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"That persons who are hunting after places, offices and contracts, should be advocates for war, taxes and extravagance, is not to be wondered at..... The country, during the time of the former Administration, was kept in continual agitation and alarm; and that no investigation might be made into its conduct, it entrenched itself within a magic circle of terror, and called it a SEDITION LAW.
--Thomas Paine, Letters to the Citizens of the United States (1802-1803), inspired by his outrage over the Alien and Sedition Acts.
...The totalitarian actions of Wilson and FDR and their supporters form the impeccably progressive pedigree of Obama-aligned statists who are agitating for another nation-wide purge of seditionists.
Now, as then, the administration can count on the efforts of self-appointed watchdogs and political vigilantes -- chief among them the squalid Morris Dees, whose Southern Poverty Law Center is in everything but name an adjunct to the FBI. The indictment of the Hutaree Militia, which treats inflammatory rhetoric not far removed from the sentiments of Paine, Jefferson, and Samuel Adams as evidence of criminal intent, will be studied carefully by aspiring Vishinkys seeking to hold their own show trials.
Most ominously, Obama himself -- acting on "counter-terrorism" precedents established by his predecessor -- now claims the supposed authority to order the summary execution of U.S. citizens accused of "seditious libel."
"Sedition," as noted here previously, is our country's oldest, noblest, and most indispensable political tradition. "Libel" of any variety entails deliberate falsehood. Yet according to Obama-centric collectivists, telling the unpleasant truth about government -- thereby denying it unearned legitimacy -- somehow equates to "seditious libel."
...Chris Floyd and David Swanson, two progressive commentators who are immune to Obama's personality cult, point out that the Blessed One now claims the power to order the summary execution -- via a missile attack carried out through an unmanned drone, if necessary -- of any U.S. citizen designed a "terrorist" by presidential decree.
"Barack Obama has ordered the murder of an American citizen" -- New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric now living in Yemen -- "without trial, without due process, without the production of any evidence," Floyd laments. "All it takes to kill any American citizen in this way is Barack Obama's signature on a piece of paper, his arbitrary designation of the target as a `suspected terrorist.' In precisely the same way -- precisely the same way -- Josef Stalin would place a mark by a name in a list of `suspected terrorists' or `counterrevolutionaries,' and the bearer of that name would die. This is the system we have now, the same as the Soviets had then: a leader with the unchallengable power to kill citizens without due process."
"Obama has made it crystal clear for even the most avidly self-duping progressive," concludes Floyd....
Originally posted by passenger
I At best they might be able to contain D.C. and some key points.
Originally posted by bigshow
reply to post by Jordan River
Has nothing to do with the "white man" not liking the "black" president. I'm sure there are many black americans, mexican americans that are equally upset about the "black" president duping everyone into his lies. Drop the race card. Militias are in the constitution as a right of the people.
Originally posted by Jordan River
This honestly sounds like Rome is building up their army within. What are we becoming a militia based country now? Now we have fear within the state itself. It seems like the united states can not control their own people any more. I don't like it because the truth of the matter is that the white men don't like a black president. That is true enough for me