It is generally considered a faux pas to compare politicians or government to Nazis. The idea is that the Nazis were so evil that to compare contemporary actions to the actions of the Nazi Party would always constitute hyperbole. But at what point does the comparison become warranted? People seem to think the time to speak up about government is once it is too late; if people just listened to the warnings from the people of Russia in the 1930s, who knows how many millions would have been saved from Stalin’s firing squads and labor camps. So I’m speaking up before it is too late, in hopes that we never arrive at the point where I can be jailed for speaking my mind. Consider the three examples below, and tell me why every American should not be concerned about the direction of this country.
First, it has been revealed that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has performed human experiments involving dangerous chemicals, downplaying the risk to participants in a majority of the tests. Despite years of warnings to Congress and the public about the dangers of particulate matter causing heart attack and cancer, the EPA then downplayed the risks to participants in a study.
“Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” the IG’s report noted. “An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures” but “human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form.”
According to the IG’s report, “only one of five studies’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” they would be exposed to, but even more alarming is that only “two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.”
Multiple people in the studies suffered immediate health effects from the experiments done on them by the EPA. So to recap the EPA can regulate private citizens and industry using the excuse of deadly PM and diesel fumes, but when the EPA tests those same fumes on human subjects, there is no risk for the participants. As a comparison to highlight the insanity of government, terminal patients cannot choose themselves to try an experimental drug not approved by the FDA.
Secondly, some Republicans in Congress apparently care more about stopping illegal immigrants brought to America as children from gaining legal status, than eliminating the indefinite detainment clause in the National Defense Authorization Act which allows detainment of America citizens “suspected of terrorism” without due process, for any amount of time. This struck me when reading an article about a plan to attach an immigration proposal to this year’s NDAA that young illegal immigrants can gain permanent legal residency if they join the military. “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte – who killed the proposal as an amendment to last year’s NDAA in a dramatic floor struggle – is weighing whether to approve the maneuver” (emphasis added). So the Honorable Mr. Goodlatte is willing to engage in a “dramatic floor struggle” to stop illegal immigrants from serving in the military in exchange for legal status, but not willing to struggle to keep Americans from being detained indefinitely, without cause, by their own government? Thanks for all the hard work!
And finally, Border Patrol terrorizing a mom and her children is just the latest in the long line of examples highlighting the abuse to which federal agents and police subject civilians. The Arizona mother was driving with her two children when she was pulled over by border patrol, who demanded she exit the vehicle and consent to a search. She wanted to know why they had pulled her over, but instead of giving a reason, agents threatened to cut her seatbelt off and drag her out of the car, in front of her 5 and 7 year old children.
“Then he took the keys from my ignition and I was forced to get out of my vehicle. If I didn’t get out of the vehicle, I felt like this man that was threatening to tase me and cut me out of my seatbelt was going to hurt me. I told my kids to stay where they were, because they were like, “Mommy, what’s going on? Where are you going?” and I was like, “Just stay where you are and just watch.”
…“They slashed my tire. It was a pretty obvious slash, straight cut on the side wall. They just seem to think they can do whatever they want and bully everybody around. It’s just not right. It’s just not right. They scared me. They scared my kids. They changed my view on basically the way I look at them now,” states Christiansen.
But then again, the Department of Homeland Security has claimed that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply within 100 miles of the border to the United States, meaning 2/3 of Americans live in a “Constitution Free Zone”. Your rights quickly atrophy unless excercised.
Arguments about the good that can be done with government are erroneous when we have hard examples of the evil carried out by government daily, and throughout history. The better-safe-than-sorry approach would have us shut down the EPA, repeal the NDAA, and arrest federal agents when they commit crimes that any other American would be arrested for. Is this the America you want to live in? If not, then its time we all start raising our voices in protest.