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American Fear
The Daily Reckoning ^ | 03/26/11 | Don Cooper

Posted on 03/26/2011 9:41:29 AM PDT by Graneros

Whether they realize it or not Americans live in a constant state of fear every day. I’m not referring to the fears of everyday life like losing a job or having an accident of some kind, but rather a more sinister and devious fear; a fear that Americans only dare talk about around the water cooler or at cocktail parties so as not to be taken seriously; a fear they try to mask with a with a whimsical tone of sarcasm or indifference. Whether Americans want to admit it or not, it’s the single greatest fear in their lives: fear of the government.

Right about now there are those reading this thinking: Don Cooper is a drunk. To which I reply: what’s that got to do with it? Maybe more people should drink if that’s what it takes to sober up and confront what they are really afraid of.

In their defense, I’ll admit that reality is scary. No argument that living in delusion is warmer, safer, cozier, and easier. Pretending is always more fun than reality, that’s why we go to the movies. But fear of the government is a fear that invades a person’s soul and – since the government intervenes in every aspect of our lives – it affects every move we make every day.

Fear of the government is hard to recognize and acknowledge. It’s a fear that we are taught early on in life and to which we become accustomed. We inevitably end up tucking it away in the far reaches of our minds in order to function “normally” every day and live our lives. But just as a car backfiring will trigger a sense of fear from a shell-shocked veteran, so too can the State trigger that…

(Excerpt) Read more at dailyreckoning.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: government; policestate; sheeple

1 posted on 03/26/2011 9:41:35 AM PDT by Graneros
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To: Graneros

“Trusting government with money and power is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys.”

P.J. O’Rourke


2 posted on 03/26/2011 9:44:06 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Graneros

Live with awareness and preparation so you don’t have room for fear.


3 posted on 03/26/2011 9:49:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Graneros

I understand the article completely. I guess it is a “Love my Country, fear my government” type thing. Every day, I notice more and more ways to take away our individual freedoms. Add that to the “I don’t see anything wrong” philosophy concerning illegal immigration, rising gas prices/food prices/everything in the world prices... yep, I’m afraid. Informed but afraid. Just a thought.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 9:54:20 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: cripplecreek
Live with awareness and preparation so you don’t have room for fear.

Exactly. It's tremendously liberating.

"Today is a good day to die. But I didn't say for whom."

5 posted on 03/26/2011 9:57:04 AM PDT by Noumenon ("How do we know when the Government is like that guy with the van and the handcuffs?" --Henry Bowman)
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To: Graneros

Last night when my husband and I were out to dinner with our son, I asked him what his favorite thing to play at recess was. This brought a memory to my husband’s mind of playing a game called “Smear the Queer” when he was our son’s age and how no one thought anything of it.

Not that I like mean kids, but I thought, wow, a time when it was ok for people to acknowledge what so many rightly feel, that it is not natural or good to be gay. A time when playing that kind of game wouldn’t land a kid in re-education and hot water. I thought how sad it is that the whole nation is often too intimidated to say what they really think and live in fear of the reaction if they were to even say that simple opinion aloud.

Needless to say, my husband and I felt the need to whisper our observations because we were in public.


6 posted on 03/26/2011 9:57:30 AM PDT by God pays good
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To: God pays good

Not fear of government...

Fear of THIS government.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 10:01:30 AM PDT by CaptainKip
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To: Graneros

What a coincidence, aFReeper was just saying...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2691471/posts?page=1


8 posted on 03/26/2011 10:06:15 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Graneros

Few are speaking this truth, but I’m sure it is foremost in many, many minds daily!


9 posted on 03/26/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Graneros

I certainly do not trust our government to protect me or any other woman against the creeping radical Islamization of our country.

It seems that liberals have blinders on when it comes to the so-called “Religion of Peace.” It is simply not politically correct to state the obvious - that Islam is a threat to women everywhere on earth!


10 posted on 03/26/2011 10:11:55 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Graneros

Government is nothing more than a group of people who have been trusted with power and authority.

In the current era the problem is simply this:

The kind of people who desire powerful or influential government positions are almost always the kind of people who can never be trusted with power, authority, or the tax money taken from others.

They are not motivated by a desire to serve America and to further the interests of the nation and all citizens.

Rather, they are motivated by a desire to use a position in government to further their own agenda, their own philosophy, and to benefit the interests of their own circle and their own financial backers.


11 posted on 03/26/2011 10:24:20 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Graneros
While having breakfast this morning with my lovely bride, an ad came on the TV for a tax lawyer promising to protect you from the IRS. I thought of the old CSNY lyric "In a land that's known as freedom, how can such a thing be done."

Q: How can you square an IRS, an agency that makes the old KGB look like the PTA, with a free people?

A: You can't! Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and watch fear abate (fewer "wars" as well).

12 posted on 03/26/2011 10:26:15 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: Graneros
Fear of the government is hard to recognize and acknowledge. It’s a fear that we are taught early on in life and to which we become accustomed.

If children attend government schools that are socialist funded, compulsory by means of police threat, and collectivist managed by voting mobs ( school boards), they will learn that government has **enormous** power over their lives. Gradually they become comfortable with government, socialism, collectivism, and voting mobs controlling their lives and "correct thinking".

At the end of the day, all government mandates are enforced at the end of the barrel of a gun, and that scares the hell out of everyone, as it should.

Even the youngest children in our government indoctrination centers soon learn that behind every government school teacher and principal stands an armed policeman.

13 posted on 03/26/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: God pays good

Where I grew up “Smear the Queer” was just “Kill the Carrier” played without a ball. Usually the biggest guy called out who was the “queer” and took the lead in chasing and tackling. Makes me wonder now who indeed was the ‘queer’.


14 posted on 03/26/2011 11:15:22 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Graneros

I don’t fear the government. The government is fine. It’s the usurper and his commie buddies who are very frightening.


15 posted on 03/26/2011 11:34:03 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: wintertime

re: “Even the youngest children in our government indoctrination centers soon learn that behind every government school teacher and principal stands an armed policeman.”

I wish this were true! In my experience, the students I have in the public school have NO FEAR of teachers or principals.

On a related issue, if the public schools are what is teaching us to be fearful of the government - isn’t that a good thing? I thought you would be promoting the idea that public schools promote the opposite - not fearing the government - wouldn’t that be more sinister?

Also, you’re saying we fear the government, not because of the IRS, activist judicial rulings, anti-gun laws, censorship of politically incorrect language, the EPA, etc - but because of public schools!!?? I don’t think so.


16 posted on 03/26/2011 12:26:59 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Graneros

AMERICA FIRST.

Every day.

No less.

Always. STOP SELLING OUT OUR NATION!


17 posted on 03/26/2011 12:30:13 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Nevadan
I wish this were true!
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You honestly wish that students would learn that behind every teacher and principal in a government school stands an armed policeman.

It is through fear of police that you wish to teach.

Three of my children were homeschooled. Honestly, I couldn't have kept them from learning if I tried. Beyond basic literacy and arithmetic they taught themselves ( until they entered college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13.)

18 posted on 03/26/2011 12:38:29 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

My wife and I are thinking about taking our daughters out of public school and homeschooling.

If you - or any other Freepers - have links to sites that have good info on this subject would you please post or Freepmail us?

Thanks in advance for any help!


19 posted on 03/26/2011 12:49:08 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The more government turns away from these truths,the more I fear for my country and the stateism and tyranny of political parties and special interest.
20 posted on 03/26/2011 1:12:02 PM PDT by shanover (These are the times that try men's souls....tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered. Paine)
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To: APatientMan
Homeschooling Legal Defense Association Their site is a good place to start.

Then contact your local homeschooling association. Check Google for associations in your state. Your library may have a list, and of course the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association.

My homeschoolers are adults now. We were among the pioneers in our community. It is soooooo much easier now.

By the way...We found it was actually cheaper to homeschool than to send our kids to government school. Just the savings in school clothing alone paid for the curriculum we bought, and there were no activity or school trip fees. I would not allow my children to take the school bus so we had gas savings as well.

( Our adventures with the school bus is a topic for another post. In two consecutive years children were crushed to death by our county school buses....very sad.)

21 posted on 03/26/2011 1:19:22 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Graneros
A "go bag" is a good thing. Make sure you have one. And, don't forget your ammo.

Was that off topic?

5.56mm

22 posted on 03/26/2011 1:23:38 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: wintertime

re: “You honestly wish that students would learn that behind every teacher and principal in a government school stands an armed policeman.

It is through fear of police that you wish to teach.”

Actually, that is what YOU said was already the situation - or did you forget?


23 posted on 03/26/2011 6:13:04 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan
re: “Even the youngest children in our government indoctrination centers soon learn that behind every government school teacher and principal stands an armed policeman.” ( Wintertime) (post #13)

“I wish this were true! In my experience, the students I have in the public school have NO FEAR of teachers or principals.”(Nevadan)

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Nevadan, I am truly sorry that you would feel the need for police threat to instill fear in your students. I can't imagine having to spend a career going to work every day in such an environment. In contrast, homeschooling my children was the most satisfying work I have ever done.

The point of my post #13 was clear. Government schools need to be abolished precisely because of the government compulsory attendance and the police threat that stands behind every government teacher and principal. Simply by attending children become accustomed to government compulsion and the laws that confine children ( whose only crime was not being aborted) to a prison-like environment.

Children soon learn that truant officers will track them down if they do not report for their daily prison confinement. If they resist, real police with real guns are sent. If they resist further, they soon face court appearances ankle collars, and even confinement in hard time kiddie-prison ( euphemistically calls “alternative school”.)

In post #16 it is evident that you would approve of fear of police to force learning in your classroom.

Perhaps if you were in a private school where parents valued your services and imparted those beliefs to the students, you would have a more satisfying teaching experience.

Once my homeschool children achieved basic literacy and numeracy they literally taught themselves. They loved it! I couldn't have kept them from learning if I had tried, at least not in the home environment. Maybe if I had sent them to our local prison-like government schools I could have killed their desire to learn.

By the way, our local government school in Maryland had 4 first grades. The government prison-like school in our current community also has 4 first grades and similar numbers for every other grade. This isn't a school. It is a Marxist, government compliance, indoctrination factory.

24 posted on 03/26/2011 6:50:07 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Nevadan

re: “Even the youngest children in our government indoctrination centers soon learn that behind every government school teacher and principal stands an armed policeman.” ( wintertime post #13)

“I wish this were true! In my experience, the students I have in the public school have NO FEAR of teachers or principals.” ( Nevadan post #16)
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One more thing:

While the threat of police action, as well as truant officer visits, court action, parental fines, ankle bracelets, time in “alternative school, and other means will get a child into the government prison-like school, the child still has control of his mind.

Once in the school the child can resist and refuse to learn. From your statement, I suppose that is what you must face every day. Again, I am sorry.


25 posted on 03/26/2011 6:58:13 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

re: “The point of my post #13 was clear”

Once again, YOU are the one who said, “Even the youngest children in our government indoctrination centers soon learn that behind every government school teacher and principal stands an armed policeman.”

You made the claim - not me. I said your claim was untrue.


26 posted on 03/26/2011 7:23:40 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan

“I wish this were true! In my experience, the students I have in the public school have NO FEAR of teachers or principals.”(Nevadan)
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In post #16 it is evident that you would approve of fear of police to force learning in your classroom.

Honestly,...I am sorry. No one should have to go to work in such an environment day after day.

Government schools need to be shut down.


27 posted on 03/26/2011 9:46:15 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: M Kehoe

No I think it fits inside the topic. And it is also good sound advice.


28 posted on 03/27/2011 9:27:10 AM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: wintertime

Wintertime, to be honest, I don’t respond to your posts in order to engage you in a discussion - I’ve found that to be a complete waste of time because you never listen - you just “emote”. You don’t follow through on the logical consequences of your statements. You refuse to see anything outside of the paradigm you’ve created about public schools.

And, while I appreciate your sincere heartfelt concern for me in my job situation, you don’t have to be. It’s true that working with kids can be challenging, but I still love them (most of the time) and I enjoy working with them very much. So, while they could use a little more respect (or “fear” as you call it) - they are also eager to learn - even in public school. Sometimes it is so much fun teaching with them that I wonder how I could have such a wonderful job. Of course, it’s not always that way, but when the little guys spontaneously give you a hug as they come in the door, it makes all the tough days worth it.

The tragic part about you and me is that you and I are both conservatives and are probably very close on our moral and political beliefs. But, the truth is that destroying public schools is not going to save America. Homeschooling and private schools are not going to save America. Getting rid of Obama, Obamacare, and every liberal in office is not going to save America. And, while I would love to see conservatives elected to every office in our county, state, and federal governments, I realize that even that is not going to ultimately save Americe either. No, in my opinion, our nation is now so spiritually bankrupt that only a spiritual revival sent to us by a merciful God can save us.

So, in the future, I want you to know that I will continue, from time to time, respond to some of your posts. But, I only will do so, as I mentioned above, not to engage with you - but only for the benefit of others reading on the same thread. Just thought you ought to know.


29 posted on 03/27/2011 9:04:59 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan
No, in my opinion, our nation is now so spiritually bankrupt that only a spiritual revival sent to us by a merciful God can save us.

If children are sent into godless schools day after day they will learn to think and reason godlessly. They must simply to cooperate with the classroom activities and discussion. Having a population of voters trained to think godlessly **has** political, cultural and religious consequences.

You refuse to see anything outside of the paradigm you’ve created about public schools.

I didn't create the paradigm. Government schools are, and **always** have been, socialist, compulsory, and collectivist managed by voter mobs ( school boards). At best they offered up a generic and lukewarm Protestantism. Today they are utterly godless. This has had, and will continue to have, non-neutral religious, political, and cultural consequences for our nation and its citizens.

30 posted on 03/28/2011 2:20:15 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Nevadan
No, in my opinion, our nation is now so spiritually bankrupt that only a spiritual revival sent to us by a merciful God can save us

At this point....I agree. Only God can save us.

31 posted on 03/28/2011 2:21:35 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Nevadan

That was an awesome post. It mirrors so closely what I see and feel in my classroom.

I had a smile in church yesterday when the pastor used the verse “Let you light shine before men so that they will see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” I’m proud to be a Christian conservative teacher and I make no attempts to hide my Christianity or my conservativeness in my classroom.

I’m not going to go into a scenario of “What if...?” or “If you...?” except to say that I value my relationship with my Heavenly Father more than anything else and as long as I am comfortable that I’m doing the right thing, I will continue to do it.

Have a great day — go teach someone!


32 posted on 03/28/2011 5:48:44 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: God pays good
Last night when my husband and I were out to dinner with our son, I asked him what his favorite thing to play at recess was. This brought a memory to my husband’s mind of playing a game called “Smear the Queer” when he was our son’s age and how no one thought anything of it.

"Smear the Queer"!!!! LOVED IT!

Hell, we played that as kids when I was growing up. Usually involved a field - none too smooth - a beat up football....and about 11 to 15 guys of all about the same age. Object? Once you got the ball, run like hell until all the other guys "smeared" you. Then, chuck the ball to someone else you wanted to "smear"!!

Incredible fun!!

Of course, today, all the parents would be accused of not protecting their kids; the kids would have to wear helmets, teeth guards, elbow and knee pads...the "play" would have to have adult supervision, with referees...and the bigger kids - who usually did most of the "hard tackling" would be accused of being "bullies" and not allowed to play at all.

And we believe we're better off than we were????

Bullsh#@!

33 posted on 03/28/2011 5:59:00 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason
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To: Graneros

“...hmmm the Feds a surely, malevolent liability to the States..and We the People?!!Who knew!!!


34 posted on 03/28/2011 6:03:50 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: SoftballMominVA

Thank you for your very kind and encouraging post.


35 posted on 03/28/2011 7:17:08 AM PDT by Nevadan
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