The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Originally posted by krossfyter
is it weakening or evolving/strengthening?
Originally posted by krossfyter
The United States is far from a police state. To say so would be to diminish the suffering of those legitimately in police states. The US has its issues, but throughout the 1900s, we moved from a nearly broken country to a superpower with greater freedom than most in the world. The police do not have the authority they once had, and the Federal government is not nearly as all-powerful as it once was. Changes do need to happen, but there's no reason for us to blow things out of proportion and ignore the many gains that have been made over the last century."
....Events proved that communism, according to the atheistic ideas of Marx and Lenin, is contrary to human nature and justice. Lenin was thus forced to ease up somewhat, but before he came to grips with the immediate problems, at least 5 million Russians died of starvation.
Religion and family life suffered greatest in Russia after the Communist takeover. Religion was considered an enemy of the Communist state: children could not be taught religion nor could religious literature be published. Many bishops, priests, and religious were murdered or jailed. Schools, seminaries, monasteries were closed. Children were encouraged to spy on their own parents and report them to the Communist police if they practiced religion in the home or held ideas contrary to Communist indoctrination in the state schools. Respect for the sacredness and indissolubility of marriage was disregarded and easy divorce was made possible. A couple simply signed a governmental paper to get married or divorced.
The Communist International was organized by Lenin and spread throughout the world, with the aim of world domination by Communists. When Lenin died in 1924, Josef Stalin took over as Communist dictator, without any voice by the people in this decision. In 1928 Stalin started the first of his infamous Five-Year plans, aimed at industrializing Russia and making the country more economically productive. The peasants had to work on "collective farms," owned by the Communist state, or in factories. Some who attempted to work their own farms and resist their Communist takeover were either shot to death on Stalin's orders or transported to Siberia for slave labor in prison camps.
Great suspicion of Communists toward other Communists developed, so that no one trusted anyone else. Purge after government purge ensured, to "purify" the Communist Party of "undesirables." If Stalin even suspected an individual Communist, the result was usually execution. With everyone spying on everyone else in the Communist Soviet Union, workers could report each other, so that a fellow worker could be done away with when resentment developed.
Originally posted by Amanda5
reply to post by syrinx high priest
You are either lucky or you have a life that keeps you occupied with your day to day life. Perhaps you have a life that is very routine and that sees you adhering to your routine.
Just because you have never been violated does not mean it will not happen - there is a first time for everything. And remember that you alone are not a community - everyone belongs to a community and what happens to others is still a reflection of you.
When Martial law starts being acted upon - they will not miss you then - just participating on this website - merely being a member - will get you noticed with a personal invite to visit a FEMA camp. Talk to any Jewish person who recalls the halocasut? Ask them if they had ever been pulled over for speeding? Children were murdered - ask them if they had ever come under Police attention? Just ask them?
Just remember that when we neglect history we are doomed to repeat it. Many many people who lived through the holocaust were regular citizens who went about their lives and never noticed anything. That on its own does not mean anything. The holocaust has been documented with photographs and written accounts - there are museums dedicated to the memory of those who were murdered.
Just because you have a good quality of life does not mean that change is not happening all around you. Be careful what you dismiss all because you are using your life as a measure. I too have a reasonable quality of life but I do not use myself as a measure - that to me would suggest I am not using my eyes to see what is happening to others. It would also suggest that I have been inured to what is happening in the rest of the world. I am awake and can see what is happening in the world - it is not good and we as a humanity need to sort the mess and heal all the harm that has been done.
Having a peaceful life that seems to be removed from all the woes of the world could suggest you are asleep but the mere fact you are on this site suggests to me you are looking - looking for answers to questions - looking to learn - looking to see whether you have the life you do due to luck or due to hard work or due to being a slave who has always done the bidding of their master. Only you know the answer.