Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – So a Soviet-style form of government, form of life is right around the corner? Some people would say: That’s the price you gotta pay. Wow. Do schools in the United States even teach the term “civil liberties” anymore? Does it mean anything to anyone outside of the very energetic and motivated among us when it comes to these sorts of things? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: We go back to the 19-teens, in the period known as World War I. You will find a great quote from the great H.L. Mencken, a satirist and author without equal in his time. He had a collection of essays that went under the title of A Book of Burlesques. If you know what the term burlesque means, it’s already funny. Mencken’s A Book of Burlesques, you will find this little gem, and it’s often misquoted. I myself have paraphrased it. This is the actual quote, and I think this bears heavily on our current state of affairs. Just so you don’t get your hopes dashed that the slumbering American giant has now awakened. [mocking] “Maybe this’ll be the thing that wakes America. You need to wake up, American people. Wake up!” Let me assure you, they are still slumbering mightily. They are sawing logs the size of sequoia redwoods out there over this. This is a big snooze fest for those that are not politically active and motivated. Your average American sherson does not car what his or her government is doing to them right now. They have no interest in it whatsoever as long as, as I said, they can keep social media and Starbucks coffee.
Here’s what Mencken said under the headline of “The Jazz Webster.” He takes a bunch of words and he redefines them to fit life in 1916, about the time Woodrow Wilson was conning the American sheeple into entering World War I. This is one of the things that Mencken was protesting mightily against. Here’s the jazz version of Webster’s definition of democracy: “The theory that two thieves will steal less than one, and three less than two, and four less than three, and so on ad infinitum; the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” So they know what they want, the average American sherson out there, and it’s more than what we have here today apparently. It is disconcerting.
Here are the results from the polls: “Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is.” What, does the government need to monitor the contents of what we’re flushing down the toilet now, American sheeple? How much further is further? Do each of us need to have assigned a guardian spook, a guardian spy to watch and micromanage and catalog every last thing that we do, lest we stray from the government’s guidelines when it comes to nutrition, who we ought to be calling and when we ought to be calling, where we ought to be driving and how we ought to be driving and what we ought to be driving in? This is really troubling…
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Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks.
Mike: So a Soviet-style form of government, form of life is right around the corner? Some people would say: That’s the price you gotta pay. Wow. Do schools in the United States even teach the term “civil liberties” anymore? Does it mean anything to anyone outside of the very energetic and motivated among us when it comes to these sorts of things? I wonder sometimes.
A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur. [Mike: So they’ve almost convinced half the sheeple that this is a great thing and we ought to have more of it.] The new survey comes amid recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s extensive collection of telecommunications data to facilitate terrorism investigations.
Overall, 56 percent of Americans consider the NSA’s accessing of telephone call records of millions of Americans through secret court orders “acceptable,” while 41 percent call the practice “unacceptable.”
Mike: That means then that a majority, a landslide majority with 56 percent of the vote, 56 percent of the sheeple — according to this particular poll, anyway — now align themselves with the forces of darkness. Please don’t misunderstand. This is not a conspiracy theorem that I’m laying out here. I’m just going to say, though, reading the results of this poll, if one wanted to corral and cajole and herd, if you will, more of the hoi polloi American sheeple into doing things that they wanted them to do, and could convince them to do these things if their “security” were threatened, wouldn’t it then make sense that one of the things that that entity could consider doing is to stage or maybe allow certain kinds of violent activities and violent events and attacks to occur? If they did, [mocking] “We don’t want that to happen again. Surveil me, baby, surveil me. Harder, harder! I want more!” It doesn’t seem out of the question to me.
In 2006, when news broke of the NSA’s monitoring of telephone and e-mail communications without court approval, there was a closer divide on the practice — 51 percent to 47 percent. [Mike: So the longer you put the frog in the boiling pot of tyranny, the more he likes it, in other words.]
General priorities also are similar to what they were in 2006: Sixty-two percent of Americans now say it’s more important for the government to investigate terrorist threats, even if those investigations intrude on personal privacy, while 34 percent say privacy should be the focus, regardless of the effect on such investigations.
Mike: This also then means that the American shersons out there have accepted hook, line and sinker this fabricated mythology here that all of these jihadi nutballs are out there and they’re not provoked or prodded by anything that our government has ever done or is continuing to do today, and that they are after us because we are us and that’s why they’re after us and that’s always why they will be after us. If I have to surrender anything to stop them from coming after me because I am who I am, then I’m willing to suffer it. Since I don’t really know that they’re snooping on my phone records, I’m not really suffering anything.
But with a Democratic president at the helm instead of a Republican, partisan views have turned around significantly.
Mike: Why should civil liberties be a partisan issue? Either you are for civil liberties and their protection or you are not. How is there a grey area in the existence of and then the protection, and I would say devotion, to guarding of civil liberties? You can make the argument that it was the evisceration of civil liberties in the 1760s and 1770s that instigated what we know today as the American revolution, couldn’t you? Wasn’t it the door to door, banging on doors, quartering of soldiers, general warrants issued — by the bye, that’s the other thing that’s troubling about this. The whole NSA cobbling of phone records and email records, they say they’re not tapping phone calls, but since we know that they’re storing six zettaflops or zettabits or whatever the terminology is, zettabytes of data, there’s not enough text data on Earth to fill that up. There has to be multimedia, video, audio and what have you that’s being stored at that new Mordor in Utah. Let me ask you people in Utah a question. If they erected a Washington Monument-style evil eye in the sky above the new Utah security processing center, just curious.
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