The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear
By John W. Whitehead
Posted July 19, 2019
How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and “we the people” have none?
You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.
This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship. It works the same way every time. More…
US Constitutional protections are being rapidly eroded as citizens experience warrantless surveillance, censorship, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.
Consider what you are giving up the next time you feel fear from some menace, threat, or perceived enemy. Who is placing you into this state of fear? If certain rights are given up, do you believe they will later be restored?