NOVEMBER 29, 1999
How much will you take?
© 1999

Frederick Douglass once observed, "Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

What will the American people submit to?

What WILL the American people accept? Too damn much!

There was a recent story about a couple of bad guys that were caught with the benefit of whiz-bang technology. An Altoona father-and-son burglary team was arrested after investigators got some help from a monitoring device that tracked their movements by satellite.

"Authorities obtained a search warrant to place the Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring device in the suspect's car and then matched his travels around Iowa with reported burglaries."

There is a TV commercial bragging about a GPS system that can and will call you if or when you have a breakdown. Cool! Someone somewhere knows exactly where you are all the time. That can be very reassuring and comforting. Unless the folks tracking you don't have any respect for your best interest or privacy.

Technology exists, and is in use -- which permits someone you may not want to -- to have the power to shut off your car, find your exact location, and more. A recent caller to my radio talk show reported of an incident in which he drove a rental car from Nevada into Arizona for some sightseeing. Moments after crossing the state line into Arizona, a NEVADA police car pulled up to inquire if he was all right, and what was he doing in Arizona? The police had been notified a Nevada rental car had crossed a state border.

On board diagnostic systems in newer cars allow "someone" to render the car inoperable. If you don't make a child support payment, are late on taxes, fail to respond to a summons, etc. your car can be rendered inoperable.

Some will say "Good! Serves the deadbeat so-and-so right!" However, what if the report is a clerical error? What if the bureaucrat making the decision to stop your car is not using the tool as a champion of justice, but (as Joe Farah and the Western Journalism Center discovered about their IRS audit) the action was prompted by "political motivation"?

Consider the potential for harassment. What if every Western Journalism Center writer, every Congressional opponent, every administration critic suddenly were rendered car-less. THAT might get some attention even the mainstream co-conspirators couldn't ignore. However, what if not everyone was halted at the same time? What if "bureaucratic oversights," administrative "whoops" were to happen randomly and periodically?

The key goal and objective of the tyrant is to CONTROL. Whether it is gun control, smoker control, tax control, or control of the ability to freely move.

In order for any tyrant to oppress a people, it is necessary to control the crucial elements of their lives. Control of their money, fuel, food and water, and freedom of movement accomplishes that. In order to prevent them from rising up against a tyrannical government, it is necessary to disarm the people.

Now before you sluff this off as the paranoid ramblings of another radical right wing wacko, please take a moment to connect the dots.

Long ago the Army taught me to do a SWOT analysis in developing a situation report. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats. Here is your homework assignment: Do your own SWOT analysis of our contemporary republic. What are our remaining strengths? What are the potential opportunities? What are the current and pending weaknesses? And lastly, list the current and potential threats to the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

If you honestly and objectively complete the above assignment, you can join the ranks of those that love their country, but distrust their government.