Once a land of pioneers, America has been reduced to a land of people desperately clinging to their government issued security blankets.
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it. -- Douglas MacArthur
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. -- James Madison
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of [administrators] too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. -- Thomas Jefferson
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear" since September 11, 2001, "with the cry of grave national emergency" about a "monstrous foreign power that [is] going to gobble us up."
Protecting us from this monster of course, requires "the loss of liberty at home."
Thanks to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on November 25, 2002, Americans have experienced such a rapid decline in their personal liberty that, in Jefferson's words, "too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery."
As the first president to refer to the U.S. as "the Homeland," President George W. Bush raised legitimate concerns about what our country would become. After all, war has a way of changing society. It has certainly changed our form of government, with today's Executive Branch wielding powers unimaginable not only to America's founders, but to King George III himself!
Now, a once free and independent people are poked and prodded by whim, as they're trained in obedience to their Masters.
While traveling back from a remote worksite on the afternoon of Thursday January 20, 2011 along SR86 in Southern Arizona, I had an experience at the Homeland Security checkpoint located near mile marker 147 that pretty much summed up many of my encounters at this internal suspicionless checkpoint over the past few years.
As I was coming to a stop at the checkpoint, the resident K-9 handler recognized me and yelled out the following warning to his fellow agents:
"It's that guy, guys"
Having been duly warned, the Border Patrol agent who appeared to be in training at the primary stop location asked in response:
"What do we usually do? Just f_ck with him?"
Although I couldn't quite make out what was said, one of the other agents ran up to the back of my vehicle and told the agent at primary to essentially wave me through. The agent at primary turned his attention back to me and with a dismissive gesture stated:
"All right...get out! Go ahead!"
As I continued to pull away, it occurred to me that the reactions of the agent at primary were probably the most honest ones I had encountered during my compelled interactions at these checkpoints over the past three years. He most likely understood that given their abysmally low interdiction rate, the checkpoint wasn't really there to interdict illegal immigrants which is its only lawful function. And it wasn't really there to interdict illegal drugs or stop other criminal activity either (assuming it's all right to engage in illegal enforcement operations to stop non-government sanctioned illegal activity to begin with).What the agent at primary understood and re-iterated for the world to hear was that the primary purpose of internal homeland security checkpoints is to f_ck with people to make them compliant to arbitrary interference in their daily lives. Arbitrary interference in the form of arbitrary orders from government agents wearing shiny badges on their chests and sporting nifty compliance weapons on their hips or their shoulders. In other words, the primary purpose of internal homeland security checkpoints is to engage in general public obedience training much like pet owners will train their dogs.
Please click over to read the whole thing and watch the video. Without question, these DHS checkpoints are incompatible with freedom and liberty.