Dateline: 29 April 2015
We Americans are routinely lied to by our government and the government-controlled mainstream media. Official truth and reality are now what the government and media say they are, regardless of any evidence to the contrary.
All manner of bogeymen have been presented to the American public as justification for turning America into a militarized police state. Fear is repeatedly used to manipulate people and take away freedom.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Vigilance in this respect means the act of keeping watch over government to make sure it does not assume powers and take away freedoms that are guaranteed by the founding documents and principles of our nation.
Vigilance is being suspicious of every new law and act of government, knowing that it is the natural tendency of all governments to consolidate power and control by the force of law, and, in so doing, exert tyranny while repressing personal freedom.
Vigilant Americans are now routinely labeled as "conspiracy theorists" and potential "terrorists." The government looks at vigilant Americans as a threat to the nation. Thomas Jefferson would surely be considered a threat to our present form of government (as it has become) if he were alive today, and believed the things he believed when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
John Whitehead, of The Rutherford Institute, is a man who take this matter of vigilance seriously. His recent essay, Turning America Into A Battlefield, is a concise and cogent summation of the seriousness of the American situation. I recommend it to you.