Rant of the Week

Is America a Democracy?

"We are Arresting People for Talking About Things, Thinking About Things..."  Federal Prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia

There are days I cling to the idea that maybe I haven't lost my mind-- maybe it's just a huge number of politicians, religious "leaders", and police and military that have lost their minds.

In many cities in the U.S., any citizen can buy guns, camouflage, books on Marxism or Fascism, Timothy McVeigh's autobiography, or the Turner Diaries, or American Psycho, or Mein Kampf, or the ranting and ravings of any of hundreds or thousands of fanatics or religious zealots.  All with impunity.

But if you are Islamic.  If you are Arabic or Asian...

Have you read this one?

The police admit that they are prosecuting these young Islamic men for nothing.  They have committed no crimes.  They have not planned or plotted or carried out a single terrorist act, or act of violence.  The police actually seem proud of the fact that in today's political climate they are now free to lock up people they frankly don't like.  Because, if there is no criteria that involves any factual evidence, any actual crimes, or any evidence of genuine intent, then we are allowing the police to choose people arbitrarily and lock them up.  They do not choose white militarists.  They don't choose Dr. James Dobson or Al Gore or Barry Bonds.  They choose these Arab youths. 

They don't choose members of the NRA, the IRA, or the Israeli army. 

Not a single white militarist or survivalist or radical has even  been charged in the U.S. since Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City killing over 167 people on April 19, 1995.  

Do you think that that is because they have all disappeared?


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