Knock, knock, knock on your front door (should we decide to give you the courtesy of a knock), then we break down the door and come in like a sudden flood, using lethal force on anyone who resists, often killing the family pet should he dare to bark at us. Using physical force and the threat of violence we quickly subdue the occupants of the house and take them off to jail.
Ordinary citizens are not permitted by law or the culture to resort to violence in response to a non violent act, but you have no problem with us doing so. We have slowly increased this practice over the decades, effectively conditioning you to reject the idea that our thuggish behavior is thuggish. We have your respect and gratitude as we drag a person suspected of placing a substance in his body that we do not approve of off to jail.
You recently elected a man who helped create a law that now forces every American resident to become a customer of the Medical Insurance industry, or carry a government health insurance plan. This law is such that you must choose between being a customer of one of the governments chosen business, or paying heavy fines and potentially going to prison. Judging by the lack of resistance from you, you have no problem with us fining and imprisoning you for not purchasing services as we direct.
Imagine if a satellite television provider tried this. Imagine if they fined, and, in severe cases kidnapped and placed in their private jail persons who refused to sign up for their service. You people would consider this a very serious crime, and beg us to rescue you, but when we do exactly the same to you you don’t give it a second thought. Many of you even cheer us on.
You are ok accepting abuses like this from us at the government. You have been conditioned to believe that normal morality which forbids violence, extortion, and requires general respect for another adults ability to make their own decisions does not apply to us. You frown heavily on the participant in a conflict who is the first to sink so low as to become violent, unless that first person is one of us. You have no problem with our violent responses to non violent crimes in which our victims are in no way a threat to public safety, and you do not even allow your own citizens the right to resist us. The exemption from ordinary right vs. wrong moral judgments makes it so much easier to control you people in “the land of the free.”
"(terror means) killing and robbery and coercion by people who do not have state authority and go beyond national borders".
- Bill Clinton
What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.
– Thomas Jefferson