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George Orwell, noting the behavior of the secret police of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, predicted in his novel '1984' the rise of super-manipulative, omnipotent secret police with sinister psychological weapons and globally-pervasive surveillance.
He predicted also that the entire English-speaking world would come under the sway of a political entity that depended on a constant state of war in order to maintain power.
It truly seems to this writer as if the corporate masters of the governments of the same aforementioned nations, possibly with the exception of Canada, read Orwell's classic with an eye keen for ideas. To observe what is going on at the expense of the ordinary public in terms of media manipulation, government propaganda and military adventurism, one would think perhaps that Orwell inadvertently wrote a manual for statist domination of the Working Class.
The language is even seeing some mild degradation through the oversexed popular culture, both also predicted by Orwell.
In terms of immediate danger to our ability to resist these destructive, authoritarian trends, a question rises on its own volition. Is there a secret police order ready to capture, reindoctrinate and 'disappear' us should we choose to dissent?
In an America where, in the aftermath of the Waco incident, a popular bumper-sticker reads "Is your religion ATF-approved?," this is for certain an issue. There are simply too many questions of ethics and motivation behind everything the U.S. Government does.
Yet to tell the truth, this writer does not believe the Government needs to implement such enforcement of its will. America's corporately-controlled government doesn't need Big Brother's Thought Police. Through some ironic quirk in the character of much of the Nation, this problem is purely academic. The Government and its masters simply do not need such a mechanism in place to defend their ill-gotten power:
They've got Americans.
Now, why would an American citizen such as myself, native to the land and without a hateful or paranoid bone in my body, make this allegation: The American People are possessed of a nature that would lead them to imitate the behavior of the frightened and intimidated citizenry of the Third Reich or the Soviet Union, much less of Orwell's fictional Oceania, no Gestapo, uniformed or not, in sight?
In the formative days of the United States, America was a wild and woolly place where people came from desperate circumstances to share in the wealth that was being stolen from the stone-aged but spiritually and philosophically astute people already living here. To do all the hard work, Black Africans were being shipped forcibly from their homeland to make White people rich beyond their wildest dreams of avarice. The entire enterprise was successful. This is insofar as the objective was to gain wealth.
The part about freedom seemed real enough for a while, at least to the White people. Eventually some White people became more egalitarian in their views and people of color become more assertive.
While the people who owned virtually everything, especially the means of production, schemed to keep the entire Working Class divided against itself via color and other prejudices, Americans began polarizing themselves against each other, and the leaders of Institutional Religion, ever hungry for money and power, stepped in on the part of Authority, as they long had done, and made, to all appearances, a new tenet of spiritual truth: everything outside of capitalism and service to the Captains of Industry and their appointed leaders (for whom we supposedly voted but were now under the control of people wiser or at least devious and richer than the other 99% of the Nation) was of the devil. Whatever apolitical denials might be made by the pious, CAPITALISM HAD NOW BECOME A TENET OF FAITH. No other political or economic system could be tolerated anywhere.
Finally, the last element of our difficulty becomes apparent: Americans, unaccustomed to losing, don't like to espouse difficult or lost causes unless it's precisely the right kind of underdog, and they love to be on the populist bandwagon with everybody. Despite all the bragging, Americans really are not so individual.
All told, Americans are in fact not all that freedom-loving. While many people cite their 'love of freedom' as their motivation for volunteering to fight for the USA in its periodic rapes of nations, their behavior in these wars belies their supposed purpose.
Americans are a Nation of vague conformists with delusions of individually, and of course, grandeur. This is not to say that America has never accomplished anything of value; yet it is inescapably clear that many of the villains America knocks down are exactly what America made or helped make them to be. That includes Adolph Hitler, a good friend and business partner of the grandfather of the sitting President (as of this writing, G.W. Bush).
Finally, I shall just spit out the gist of my presentation: Americans, at least half of them, have fallen into a pattern of behavior heretofore supposedly abhorrent in America. The right-leaning segment of this Nation actively attempts to censure and shut out those of dissenting views, which they do out of natural contempt for the assumed values of the Founding Fathers of the Nation and its Constitution, and the various psychological foibles I have described.
In short, if my reader still doesn't understand: American Republicans are trying to force their viewpoint on everybody by snitching, censuring, ostracizing and silencing anyone they find to be in the left of their own political opinion.
This behavior is becoming so widespread, especially over the upcoming election, that even some Republicans have become frightened of it.
At this point I have said enough. While I expect the Government to do this sort of thing out of its very nature, I do not expect it from my fellow citizen, and I must say that this is one of the things that has most eroded my loyalty to the thing called 'America' than anything else.
As l am certain the Founding Fathers would say, if I cannot trust the Government, that is natural. If I cannot trust my fellow citizen at least to protect my right of free opinion and speech, then the American Nation, such as it is, has become the falsest thing on the face of the Earth, in all of Humanity's time.