Is America heading towards civil unrest? Because it sure is happening across the globe ...
More than 3 million demonstrators – one in 20 of all French people – marched yesterday against the President's plans to raise the standard retirement age from 60 to 62. Tens of thousands of students joined the marches for the first time, threatening to radicalise the protests and broaden them into a rebellion against a deeply unpopular presidency.
Militant union branches in the railway and oil-refining industries were pushing last night for a showdown with Mr Sarkozy, who has made reform of the loss-making state pension system the make-or-break issue of his final 20 months in office.
Now, consider the following ...
- US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Public Pension Deficits
- Social Security Announces They Will Screw the Elderly, Again, in 2011
- Foreclosure Fraud: It's Worse Than You Think
So, we have the same (if not worse) pension problems as France, retirees are getting screwed over by Congress again (just like France), and the foreclosure fraud scandal is just the tip of the iceberg on the problems still facing the banks.
It's simply unrealistic to believe that civil unrest is completely out of the question here in America, so we better start taking this subject seriously. Wouldn't you agree?
There’s so much uncertainty and anger over so many things – California’s budget cuts, civilian trials for 9/11 terrorists, scandal after scandal in Washington and of course, ObamaCare – that a little civil unrest in the coming months wouldn’t surprise me.
Strong words. Of course, it’s not something I want to see. Those of us who grew up watching TV in the late sixties and seventies have had our fill of strikes, riots and general chaos. It’s not a society we want for our children.
But history doesn’t care about what we want. It just happens…
[T]he ugliness could come from anywhere – the Left, the Center or the Right. Almost everyone in America thinks they’ve been betrayed.
There are plenty of left-wing activists who feel let down by their people in Congress and the White House. Gitmo is still open. The public option is dead.
On the political center and right, of course, the fire of betrayal also burns. But it’s a different kind of betrayal – they see it as Washington forsaking the values of the nation’s Founding Fathers. This is the Tea Party anger, the Glenn Beck anger.
It’s the anger of Americans who still believe ours is a nation of property rights. They see politicians as having made it a nation of entitlements.
Don’t dismiss it as some kooky extremism. This anger is much broader than even the millions who follow Rush Limbaugh or Fox News. Think tens of millions.
It’s an anger I see in my father who votes libertarian. It’s an anger I see in my friends who now curse their votes for Obama. And it’s an anger I see in myself.
Yes indeed, Americans are angry ... and righteously so.
You may think this is "extreme," but the Ruling Class certainly IS taking the possibility of civil unrest seriously. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over civil unrest, and the U.S. Congress is actually gearing up for civil unrest ... in diabolical ways.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
(a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
(b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure--
(1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
(2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
(3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
(a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate not fewer than 6 military installations as sites for the establishment of national emergency centers.
Nah, c'mon now ... Our patriotic, All-American Washington Overlords would never do something like that!
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. -- Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)
The Economic and Social Crisis
The financial meltdown has unleashed a latent and emergent social crisis across the United States.
What is at stake is the fraudulent confiscation of lifelong savings and pension funds, the appropriation of tax revenues to finance the trillion dollar "bank bailouts", which ultimately serve to line the pockets of the richest people in America.
This economic crisis is in large part the result of financial manipulation and outright fraud to the detriment of entire populations, leading to a renewed wave of corporate bankruptcies, mass unemployment and poverty.
The criminalization of the global financial system, characterized by a "Shadow Banking" network has resulted in the centralization of bank power and an unprecedented concentration of private wealth.
Obama's "economic stimulus" package and budget proposals contribute to a further process of concentration and centralization of bank power, the cumulative effects of which will eventually resul in large scale corporate, bankruptcies, a new wave of foreclosures not to mention fiscal collapse and the downfall of State social programs.
The cumulative decline of real economic activity backlashes on employment and wages, which in turn leads to a collapse in purchaisng power. The proposed "solution" under the Obama administration contributes to exacerbating rather than alleviating social inequalities and the process of wealth concentration.
The Protest Movement
When people across America, whose lives have been shattered and destroyed, come to realize the true face of the global "free market" system, the legitimacy of Wall Street, the Federal Reserve and the US administration will be challenged.
A latent protest movement directed against the seat of economic and political power is unfolding.
How this process will occur is hard to predict. All sectors of American society are potentially affected: wage earners, small, medium and even large businesses, farmers, professionals, federal, State and municipal employees, students, teachers, health workers, and unemployed. Protests will initially emerge from these various sectors. There is, however, at this stage, no organized national resistance movement directed against the administration's economic and financial agenda.
Obama's populist rhetoric conceals the true nature of macro-economic policy. Acting on behalf of Wall Street, the administration's economic package, which includes close to a trillion dollar "aid" package for the financial services industry, coupled with massive austerity measures, contributes to precipitating America into a bottomless crisis.
"Orwellian Solution" to the Great Depression: Curbing Civil Unrest
At this particular juncture, there is no economic recovery program in sight. The Washington-Wall Street consensus prevails. There are no policies, no alternatives formulated from within the political and economic system. .
What is the way out? How will the US government face an impending social catastrophe?
The solution is to curb social unrest. The chosen avenue, inherited from the outgoing Bush administration is the reinforcement of the Homeland Security apparatus and the militarization of civilian State institutions.
The outgoing administration has laid the groundwork. Various pieces of "anti-terrorist" legislation (including the Patriot Acts) and presidential directives have been put in place since 2001, largely using the pretext of the "Global War on Terrorism."
Homeland Security's Internment Camps
Directly related to the issue of curbing social unrest, cohesive system of detention camps is also envisaged, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon.
A bill entitled the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (HR 645) was introduced in the US Congress in January. It calls for the establishment of six national emergency centers in major regions in the US to be located on existing military installations.
Click over and read that whole article and think about what it says. Call it "extreme" if it makes you feel better, but if you ask me, it's HR 645 that is extreme!
Do yourself and your family a favor by at least being prepared.
I am writing this article not to glorify what I have seen, but perhaps to make some of you think about some unknowns. I am a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 1980s, and when I honorably discharged I was recruited into law enforcement at a termination of service briefing at Fort Irwin, California. From there I went into law enforcement in Los Angeles for over 20 years and never looked back. I am writing this article because many people are writing about living through and how to survive civil unrest (I am sorry, a riot is a riot no matter what you call it), but I don’t think many of the readers can comprehend what it is like.
The Los Angeles riots in 1992 were some of the craziest times I have ever lived through, and even my military background didn’t prepare me for what we saw. I am not here to talk politics or why the riots kicked off; I am only here to write about what I witnessed and give the readers of SurvivalBlog.com a glimpse of what happened from the eyes of a young man.
Mob Mentality. When dealing with people during the riots in Los Angeles, many of the people we were dealing with had no idea why they were rioting. They were merely opportunists who were taking advantage of free stuff that was being looted from any store that was not guarded. And when I say guarded, I mean seriously guarded (more on this later). The mob mentality meant that if someone was looting a store, everyone with the mentality had to loot the same store before the shelves were empty and they didn’t get their share. It was almost like a shark feeding frenzy with no real purpose. But, in the middle of this, there were people pointing to different buildings saying, “Burn that one” or other orders. Those people had a purpose, and loot wasn’t it.
I mention this because whenever if and when civil unrest hits again for whatever purpose, you can bet that this will probably be the case again. During civil unrest, if you try to analyze the event with rational thought, you will not be able to figure out the smallest detail let alone the big picture. There is no order or sense of order, and for most Americans that is a place that no one really thinks about. Crime was happening all around us, but there really wasn’t a crime trend or purpose for it other than violence itself. If you are reading this and are saying to yourself, “This idiot doesn’t know how to write and he is not making sense!”, then you are grasping what I am saying. The most dangerous people in the riots were the opportunists. They saw an opportunity and went for it. Whether that opportunity was revenge on an enemy that could be blamed on some random act of violence, or that big screen TV that he had been wanting for a while down at the local electronics store.
Yes, it can happen here. In fact, it already has. Potential civil unrest is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly, especially when you consider that America truly is, the world is at a tipping point.
Knowledge and preparation never hurts.