It has become very obvious the shrill and derogatory remarks in current controversial issues are hardly confined to one camp or the other.
People defending one position or speaking out against it are either Nazis, Socialists, Communists, un-American, hapless, brainless mobs being led about like so much cattle or worse, standing in the way of "much-needed change" in this country. What an ill-tempered people we have become since the early 1960s.
But now we are entering into uncharted waters when supposed members of Congress and allies of the last or current regimes think it perfectly appropriate to demonize their opposition.
During the years following the cowardly attacks by Islamists on New York City and Washington, D.C., one's allegiance to our nation was questioned if you spoke out against the Patriot Act or the wars which followed. Now you are considered an impediment to Progressivism if you dare question the validity of another government program or programs, and even the audacity to demand your right to speak out against an endless array of expenditures and boondoggles.
The media is now openly prejudiced and make no attempt to hide its contemptible lack of depth when reporting on issues that will certainly affect generations to come. The end result is open frustration which needs no prodding from right or left. The growing anguish we are witnessing is thoroughly organic and a glaring example of a people who see their views no longer considered in the equation, or even thought to be legitimate.
We are a people who love our nation, but have grown to fear the government, and that is a dangerous place to be. What is worse is when members of our government confirm our fears by acting in an irresponsible manner by producing convoluted statements of policy or regressive legislation aimed at suppressing constitutionally guaranteed rights. In less than 11 months in power, the current party in control has managed to spike the deficit, make policy statements to the effect that anyone who holds contrary opinions to that of the government should be considered possible elements in a "right-wing" domestic terrorist movement, and even have your rights taken away merely for being considered a risk.
You think this is a jest? Consider New Jersey U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his legislation, Senate Bill 1317. What a horrid piece of dangerous nonsense to come out of this man and his party.
The title of this rancid garbage, in itself, should send shivers down the spine of any with even the remotest ounce of libertarian leanings or beliefs: "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009."
What a lovely ring it has to it, a bit like "The Patriot Act," only on steroids. And, pray tell, what would this newly minted law throw upon the backs of an unsuspecting people who still see themselves as free? Why it would merely allow the Justice Department new powers to "secretly determine, via a closed process," to place citizens and, I suppose non-citizens (if the government knows of them), into a data system which would henceforth deny them the right to purchase or even to "possess firearms" if said person has in any way been "known to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of or related to terrorism, or providing material support or resources for terrorism."
So based on the unfortunate material released earlier this year by our beloved former governor and The Department of Homeland Security, anyone trained to handle firearms (and could be returning from a war), or a citizen who may harbor what some have determined to be anti-government sentiment, have attended anti-administration demonstrations, or even belong to a constitutionally based militia, could now be suspect and if this law passed, placed on a "do no serve" list.
There is far more to Senate Bill 1317 than space will permit, but one must not stop here with this mere scratch of the surface (will this column constitute the possibility of being placed on a list?). Read the Web pages of those who support more control of firearms, and those who support the Second Amendment. Look into what the Congress is up to, and the bills which have already passed or have been attached to other legislation to become active (such as the hate crimes bill which is now law).
And then do something really radical, read the Constitution and our Declaration of Independence, and see if what is going on in Washington today jives with the printed word. The ever-increasing powers of the Federal Reserve, bills such as the one from our good buddy from New Jersey, the health coverage the Congress and President have compared to what they seek to create for us, and all this new money they keep coming up with, like manna from Heaven. Is this for real?
And there are actually some out there who don't understand why the fastest growing party in America is "Independents."