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  •  Bt late eighties, I suspect you mean the '70s. (11+ / 0-)

    Kent State? Machine guns (yes, .30-caliber machine guns) atop the White House?

    Or back to the 1930s when then United States Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur (yes, THAT MacArthur) dispatched mounted and armed cavalry into a tent city of protesting WWI veterans in Washington, D.C. The result, not surprisingly, was death and mayhem.

    This, my friend, has been going on for a very long time.

    Truth is patriotic.

    by MikeTX on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:43:09 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, it began in the 'sixties... (4+ / 0-)
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      But I was referring to the time Ronnie Raygun made it fashionable to sucker punch da' poor people in the public square.

      "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

      by markthshark on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:51:42 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely no dispute on this (6+ / 0-)

      Also, you forgot the attempted coup that Wall Street tycoons were willing to finance if Smedley Butler had been willing to be the Man On Horseback (which he wasn't - he loathed Roosevelt and the New Deal but he was too honorable a soldier to break his officer's oath).

      At the same time, compared to what happened in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria, or the USSR, genuine police states all, we got very lightly indeed, and we still are.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:52:05 AM PDT

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