American Paranoia Sets In -- Big Time!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
you noticed your friends speaking a bit lower and standing a bit closer
as they speak to each other recently? Have you observed, or thought
you observed, whispered exchanges between people you know to be friends
or even fellow employees? And have you noticed these exchanges in what
is sometimes referred to as neutral locations -- ie -- not the work place or the home?
I'll bet you have. I have. Yeah, most of us have IF we take a moment and think back over the past few days.
So, why do I bring this up? What's the point?
point is, dear reader, America is changing -- and changing big time --
and it is all happening right before our eyes and we don't seem to
recognize the metamorphosis.
Why? What's happened?
is no longer a free country. Yeah, I know that is a strong statement. I
intended it to be strong. I want to shake you up, to get your
attention, to pry your eyes away from the TV screen, the computer
screen, the cell phone screen, and every other type of electronic device
we have today ... long enough to point out that the very thing you are
holding in your hand, or sitting in front of and staring at -- has sold
Every time I sit down at the keyboard to write a
commentary, I am conscious that I have a captive audience. I know for
certain the US government is interested in every word I say, or type, or
transmit. I am conscious that every time I use certain key words or
phrases, little metaphorical red flags go up where ever the heck my
commentary is being received by the government. I must tell you it is
more than a little chilling. Of course, that is one of the side effects
of living in a "surveillance society" such as the United States of America. Our privacy is gone, zip, kaput! Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, all, every single one of us, is now under close observation by the US government.
"Oh," you might say, "Longstreet, you're being paranoid!" EXACTLY! That's my point -- EXACTLY!
entire country is becoming paranoid. Americans are now carbon copies
of the people who used to be citizens of the old Soviet Union. We're
even beginning to LOOK like them. Their mannerisms have been adopted
and then adapted to fit 21st century Americans.
No, we don't have Gulags. But some SWEAR we DO have FEMA Camps! (Actually,
there are two, uh, camps on the FEMA Camp controversy. Personally,
I'll hold my opinion on that until I can see a camp for myself.)
Noonan, in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, said our loss
of privacy will likely change Americans. She said: "The end of
the expectation that citizens' communications are and will remain
private will probably change us as a people, and a country." SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323639704579015101857760922.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion
her article, Ms. Noonan relates how 88 year old Nat Hentoff, a renown
journalist and civil libertarian, spoke to a group of students at
Harvard. She said: "About a year ago he went up to Harvard to
speak to a class. He asked, he recalled: "How many of you realize the
connection between what's happening with the Fourth Amendment with the
First Amendment?" He told the students that if citizens don't have basic
privacies—firm protections against the search and seizure of your
private communications, for instance—they will be left feeling
"threatened." This will make citizens increasingly concerned "about what
they say, and they do, and they think." It will have the effect of
constricting freedom of expression. Americans will become careful about
what they say that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted, and then too
careful about what they say that can be understood. The inevitable end
of surveillance is self-censorship." SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323639704579015101857760922.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion
Please pay careful attention to the last line above: "The inevitable end of surveillance is self-censorship."
I can tell you, as a conservative writer myself, Mr. Hentoff is "spot
on." All conservative writers, commentators, and such, writing today
with a progressive Marxist/communist administration looking over our
shoulders 24 hours a day and eavesdropping on everything we say, or
write, would be a fool not to be concerned. Regardless of what we may say publicly, it DOES have a chilling effect upon our writing. That, dear reader, is NOT an unwelcome effect so far as the current administration is concerned.
fairly recently, Americans were a breed apart. We were a free people
who governed themselves. We constructed and then we lived in a free
republic. That has now changed.
The republic that
we once had is now unworkable. It has crashed and burned. Why? Because
the government is no longer answerable to the people. The constitution no longer constrains the government.
US government now has only one branch functioning. Originally designed
for three coequal branches, the Legislative, the Judicial and the
Executive, the powerful Obama Executive Branch has either shuttered or
co-opted the other two. What we have today is not constitutional, but it doesn't matter as the constitution itself no longer applies.
There is an expression: "When someone is out to get you, paranoia is just damned good thinking!"
While it IS true, the political left in America seeks to use our
paranoia against us by insisting it is a weakness. It is they, of
course, aiding and betting the usurpers in our nation's capital in the
soft despotism that has so quickly stripped America of her freedom and
liberty and set her on the road to imminent destruction as a
But then, you shouldn't pay too much attention to my ranting. I'm paranoid, you know.
© J. D. Longstreet