I haven’t written anything here in a while, mostly because Ace has been kicking ass and I don’t have much to say about the election (beyond the fact that I can’t understand how anyone could be okay with the possibility of Sarah Palin being president). But a friend of mine linked me to this story from the Army Times and I had to comment on it. Basically, the plan is to have the Army’s Third Infantry Division First Brigade Combat Team (about 5,000 troops) come home from Iraq in order to patrol the US. Keep in mind, these are not reservists or National Guard; this is the actual, regular Army. Supposedly their purpose here will be to deal with natural disasters or terrorist attacks, but if you read the article more carefully, you learn that they are training “to help with civil unrest and crowd control…weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.”
Basically, what they’re training to do is disperse, incapacitate, and arrest protesters.
Thoughts after the jump.
The reason this concerns me is because normally, such jobs fall to the police and in extreme cases the National Guard. Instead, we’re going to have soldiers who have trained and taken part in urban warfare, ready to be deployed on American streets in the event that protesters become too unruly for the liking of the federal government. This is not policing; this is not crowd control; this is the beginnings of martial law. This is the beginning of a coup. This is the beginning of fascism.
I realize that this more than likely sounds paranoid to some. But the fact is, no government lasts forever. To say that a military coup, or a fascist regime, can’t happen here because we’re a democracy is to invite those who would infringe upon our freedom for their personal gain. As Americans, it is our duty to vigilantly protect our Constitutional freedoms from all enemies–foreign and domestic.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming months. But there’s a very real possibility that this will not end well, that the rights we hold as entitlements will be threatened. I suggest all who are concerned take steps to prepare themselves. Buy guns, buy ammunition, buy canned food and bottled water. The worst thing that will happen is you’ll be prepared for a natural disaster. But we may need to be prepared for something far more insidious, and I’d rather be called paranoid for worrying about a totalitarianism that never comes, than be unprepared for one that does.