Thursday, October 5, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

  
Dear The Liberty,
Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed (like The Rutherford Institute) were labeled extremists.

When the government waged costly preemptive wars on foreign countries, insisting it was necessary to protect the nation, the citizens believed it. And when the government brought the weapons and tactics of war home to use against the populace, claiming it was just a way to recycle old equipment, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed (like The Rutherford Institute) were labeled unpatriotic.

When the government spied on its own citizens, claiming they were looking for terrorists hiding among them, the people believed it. And when the government began tracking the citizenry’s movements, monitoring their spending, snooping on their social media, and surveying their habits—supposedly in an effort to make their lives more efficient—the people believed that, too. The few who disagreed (like The Rutherford Institute) were labeled paranoid.

When the government hired crisis actors to take part in disaster drills, never alerting the public to which “disasters” were staged, the people genuinely believed they were under attack. And when the government insisted it needed greater powers and military intervention to prevent such attacks from happening again, the people believed that too. The few who challenged the government’s narrative (like The Rutherford Institute) were dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

By the time the government locked down the nation, using local police and the military to impose martial law, there was little doubt left about the government’s true motives—total control and domination—but there was also no one left to fight back.

Now every fable has a moral, and the moral of this story is to beware of anyone who urges you to ignore your better instincts and trust the government. Remember, it was James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, who warned us to mistrust all those in power.

In other words, if it looks like trouble and it smells like trouble, you can bet there’s trouble afoot.

There’s a lot going on right now in this country for which we don’t have any satisfactory answers, but you can rest assured that The Rutherford Institute will not stop asking the hard questions.

Unfortunately, we can’t keep doing this critical work without your help. We’ve got to raise $50,000 between now and October 31, and you’re the only one who can help us.

Please take a moment right now to make a tax-deductible donation in support of critical work of The Rutherford Institute. Together, we WILL make America free again.

For freedom,

John W. Whitehead
President

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