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  •  Exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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    Silverbird, Bhishma

    We pretend we haven't experienced tyranny. We try to forget. But into the 50s, people were being lynched.

    Into the 60's, folks were being assassinated, and the assassins were protected by the state.

    School buses full of children were attacked into the 70's.

    In the '70s and '80s, the FBI were breaking into opposition offices and stealing and destroying paperwork.

    God knows what's happening now that most of us aren't aware of. We know that in the last decade QUAKERS were being tracked. We know that your local police department can, today, simply call up Sprint and ask your location (8 MILLION times has Sprint revealed individuals locations without court order!) We know that massive data vacuums are in operation TODAY.

    So folks can pretend that tyranny is something new in American history. That for the first 100 years of American history half the population weren't considered citizens at all -- could have ANYTHING done to them. That until the 1890's villages in the US were being burned to the ground, men, women and children murdered.

    That we weren't feeding radioactive cereal to children in the 50's. I guess that's not tyranny. That until the 1970's men were knowingly left infected with syphillis as part of a government funded program. That courts could order folks sterilized in the US until the late '70s!

    No, America hasn't known tyranny for 200 years. Thank God for the mystical protection of the Constitution, and the God-like wisdom of the founding fathers that has protected from tyranny for two centuries.

    Gah -- sometimes it's just too much.

    •  But earlier they had to keep it secret (0+ / 0-)

      or there would have been an upwelling of popular outrage.

      The radioactive cereal experiments were secret and unpublicized (we are only just learning about them).

      The Tuskegee syphilis study was secret and unpublicized.

      Nobody talked about "sterilization of the unfit", it was just done quietly and never reported on.

      For that matter, nobody talked about lobotomization - it was just done quietly and never reported on.

      Once the stories started to come out, the shit really hit the fan....

      If it's
      Not your body
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      AND it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 05:01:18 PM PST

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      •  Some of it was, some of it wasn't (0+ / 0-)

        The "sterilization of the unfit" was quite publicly discussed in the academic and the mainstream media from 1900 'til WWII loomed on the horizon -- just like the projected "race war", the lynchings that were threatened by public newspapers in the aftermath of the Jack Johnson victories and such.

        What happened was that after WWII, our cold-war propaganda campaign came into direct conflict with the realities of American life -- just as it did in reverse in the Soviet bloc. We were both forced to behave in a more human manner -- the Soviets quit their purges and mass murders, while we were force to at least "disapprove" of the worst of our own excesses and hide them.

        It was a good thing. But now there's no Cold War, removing one of the controls -- but we still believe our own bullshit about ourselves.

        I see ugly things on the horizon if we don't face up to our history.

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