Hey Muslims! We’re coming for you! Yes, it’s true, America has found a new enemy of “freedom” and will do anything they can to restrict your rights in the name of defending you from “them”. But, this is probably not news to you, you can probably think back to before September 11th 2001 when Muslims were just people who followed Islam; before they were “terrorists” or “godless” people who “hate freedom” and “repress women”. The truth is, America has had a long history of enemies of the State, and the government has regularly violated it’s own policies in order to keep people in order. It started before we were even a country, the British taking the proverbial crown as our first enemy prior to the Revolution. Who did the Revolution benefit? Were the working stiffs any better off after the British left? With the ink still drying on the Bill of Rights, the government had even the nerve to cite its own people as “enemies’ with the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts. Since the 19th Century, we’ve hosted a good amount of new enemies; the Native Americans, Blacks, Irish, The North or South (depending upon your side), Mexicans, Spanish, Germans, the government has always had an ethnic or regional group to point their finger at and say “I need to violate your rights in order to protect us all from THESE PEOPLE!”
This was the norm, but it wasn’t until the Cold War that the government fully realized the potential a State of fear could bring. After WWII, we quickly turned our backs to our communist allies in the Soviet Union; we interrogated, killed, and detained suspected communists in the name of freedom…how ironic! For years, the government repressed free speech, the right to assemble, to privacy and other rights GUARANTEED to us by our constitution. The Cold War raged for decades, but eventually, we lucked out and Soviet communism collapsed. The 1990s brought massive change, growth, and decadence to the USA. We were enjoying our victory, making money, riding the new internet and PC wave, and rightfully so, we were creating and deserved to reap the reward. But the State had no one they could point the finger at to scare us into giving up our rights. They tried using Latino immigrants, but people are more afraid of dying than they are losing their jobs. But alas, their wish came true, and on September 11th 2001, they were given the opportunity to turn America back into a “Fear State” when 19 men cold bloodedly terrorized our people. Now, what these men did scared us all, and it should, but to me, what the government has done since is more frightening. We’ve judged an entire religion based upon the actions of 19 men and their terror organization. Claiming that Muslims are dangerous, or are terrorists, is like claiming that because of the existence of the KKK or Neo-Nazism, all Christians hate Blacks, Jews, Latinos, etc… Even more so, we have given back so many guaranteed rights we once enjoyed. With the passage of the Patriot Act and NDAA, we’ve told the government: “Go ahead, snoop through my personal life, hold us without charge or evidence, violate the Constitution, just don’t let me get hurt!” And now coming soon: internet censorship via SOPA and PIPA! “Control what information I can access!”
We are brewing a new form of Fascism, where we give up our rights to the State for protection from “the enemy.” Hitler burned his Reichstag, Nero burned Rome, Mussolini consolidated his power over his people; is this the company we want to keep? Now, Republicans are gaining votes in Jewish communities, which were once considerably Democratic, due to their hard-stance against Iran and Islam. I advise the Jewish population in the USA, to be careful whom you’re trusting. 15 years ago, these same people you’re voting for probably would have condemned your neighborhoods and the validity of Israel. First they are coming for Islam, but eventually they’ll get around to coming for you too, then every other population that the feel they can exploit to garnish fear in the public.
I know… this sounds crazy… right? Do you think Jews in Poland thought people would go along with Hitler relocating and eventually exterminating them? Do you think that the general American public would typically say “no, we don’t need a proper trial!” or that we would actually give diseased blankets to freezing people in order to kill them off? That Hutus in Rwanda though that Tutsi would actually kill off half of their population? No, of course not. We always imagine that someone will step in at some point and stop it before it gets too out of control; it can’t happen to us! The question is how long do we play the game before we realize that it’s getting out of control? Right now, hypothetically, we could be in the early stages of such oppression. Again, it sounds crazy, but think: We’ve given up the right to be charged with a crime before being detained, our speech is being limited, our access to information is at stake, we’re allowing the government to instill martial if they deem it necessary, we’ve given the government clearance to spy on us. I truly hope we do not go down this road, but we’ve opened up Pandora’s box and we’ve created the option. To me, the option is frightening enough.