First thing yesterday, an issue at work. Black woman got a drink, gave me a dollar and a dime, claimed to have given me a 10. She went off cussing calling me a thief and a liar (though neither is true, I can deal with that, been falsely called that a lot in the past 3 ½ years I've been a cashier. People all the time trying to pull one over on you). Had that been all she said, I would have done my best to calm the situation, but it wasn't. Then she said, "You did it cause I'm black!" I lost it. I don't yell at customers, but I did right then. It's one thing when someone blanket statements that a group you are a part of is racist. It's another altogether when someone says it to your face. Some background – I attend a congregation of the church in which one woman plus my wife and I are the only white people there. If I'm racist, that's news to everyone I go to church with, and the previous congregation. We would pick up kids from the low-income (welfare) apartments across the street from our house and take them to church. Majority of them were black. Skin color doesn't matter. It's the heart. At that point yesterday I came to personally experience how great the divide is between the races in many parts of the country. People are trying to turn everything into a race issue, no matter how small. I am hoping that the good people on both sides (which I believe to be a shrinking majority) will stand up and put a stop to this, but my hope lately is low.
The thing troubling me the most lately is the turning of America into a police state. Think Jose Guerena. Think the Indiana Supreme Court ruling, which said that if a cop tries (or does) enter your home illegally, you have no right to resist. Think the US Supreme Court ruling, which just expanded warrantless search abilities. The Fourth Amendment? What's that? I was discussing these subjects with a coworker, then I left work and turned on the radio just to hear about an instance of police brutality in DC yesterday. Apparently some activists were dancing at the Jefferson Memorial, the police didn't like it, even though the activists were not breaking the law, and the police arrested a dozen of them, body-slamming one man and choking him (start at about 3 minutes into the first video).
Some people are saying that violent resistance is not the answer. They say violence only begets violence. Supposedly conservatives saying this. Hmmm. They rationalize that if a police officer is the one abusing you it's different than if it's a burglar or a rapist, in which case it's alright to be violent. Guess the brainwashing has been effective. Look, people, a criminal is a criminal, whether they are wearing a badge or a mask. The only difference is that our "justice" system has become so corrupt that they will prosecute you for defending yourself from a criminal with a badge, rather than prosecuting the criminal. That's not how it should be. The government workers are supposed to be CIVIL SERVANTS, not violent lords. If we don't do something, when does the abuse stop? You think voting can save us? You are either more optomistic or more naïve than me. The more I watch, week after week, the more I believe we've passed the point of no return. As I told my wife last night, if this was the late 1700's, the founders would have shot the D.C. police. Where is our sense of outrage? Did it die with the acceptance of the status quo? Wake up!!!!
I hope I'm wrong, but let's face it – we pretty much have two options staring us in the face, and they may coincide or agitate each other, or be unconnected in any way. One option is the complete collapse of our financial system. Remember what happens in times of crisis – the people generally call for the government to do something, so therefore the government siezes more power, even though it doesn't help the problem. What will you do if the dollar crumbles, as it is already doing now? Haven't you watched as you buy groceries? Have you watch the price of gold shoot up? It's not because gold is suddenly worth more, it's because the dollar is suddenly worth less. If I remember the numbers correctly, for every one ounce of gold in possession of the U.S., there are about $56,000 dollars printed. So, that means that if we had to have a base for our currency (which we should), then the true price of gold right now is about $56,000 per ounce. Have I made my point yet?
Option 2 – The massive implementation of the police state finally crosses the line and plunges us into another revolution. There are many people who will not stand down to an illegal entry. The new court rulings and precedents that have been set will lead to bloodshed, both of honest civilians, and taxpayer subsidized gangs (police). Much like in the movie "V for Vendetta" there will be a trip point, as Americans are waking up. In the movie, a little girl was wearing one of the masks, and a "police officer" shot her in the back. The people swarmed with improvised weapons, killed him, and the revolution was unstoppable. What will be our trip point?
I need to put a disclaimer here for any .gov people paying attention (as a few have visited). None of this is a threat or should be taken as such. It is mearly my gleanings from historical principals of past events and translating them into potential outcomes.
As for me, I'm preparing for whatever may come, to the best of my abilities. I'm also trying to find a way to help the system keep itself in check. On my list of plans is to have a meeting with our county sherriff and possibly the local town police chief. I'm not sure how to arrange this, but I'm going to do my best. I'm also going to arrange it (best as possible) at a public place, and will be openly wearing my sidearm as a citizen. Some would say this is dangerous. I hope you are wrong, though I'm not sure, myself.
So, for my readers, I would ask that you give me some feedback. In the light of current events, if you were meeting with local officials, what would you personally ask them? If you have a site of your own, I would also ask that you help me with this, as it could turn into a major project that I share for others to reproduce.
Thank you for bearing with me.