I love my country

…but I feel only a mixture of contempt and fear for my government:

I no longer live in a country where I am a citizen.  I am, I expect for the rest of my life, a subject and a suspect of a police state that exists primarily to protect our Ruling Class from the rest of us, and (where they see fit) to impose their will on the rest of us.  I can hope they are too lazy and lenient not to become jealous of the God I worship and seek his perks.  But if (as has happened before in human history) Caesar gets a mania for worship, omniscience, and omnipotence and starts demanding we have no other gods before him, then we could well see Cdl. George’s warning that his successors will soon be martyrs.

By the way, the fruit of the Noble Lie that Catholics have been arguing to defend so strenously of late is found right here.  It’s weird to live in a time when so many Christians do the intellectual spade work for the people who want to destroy them.

  • meunke

    *cue music*
    ‘Cause I’m proud to be an Americaaaan, for at least I know I’m free….ish.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    When are they coming to take you away for saying you’re the subject of a police state? Mark? Presumably they’re watching you. Don’t you have a bag packed for when they arrive and break down the door?

    • meunke

      He blogs from an Undisclosed Location. :-)

      • Pavel Chichikov

        Not to me. But I would never tell.

        • Marthe Lépine

          Maybe your comment will bring in the tortioners…

          • Pavel Chichikov

            Assuming there are any and they’re interested in Mark and they read my comments and take note of them. Big ifs.

    • Marthe Lépine

      And what about this new legislation that your country has passed? Maybe Mark will disappear, without charge and without a trial and without a lawyer. We need to pray for him.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    As someone commented on anther bog: The paranoia is off the charts!

    • Marthe Lépine

      It is probably a typo, but I like the word “bog” in your comment. We are probably actually sinking in a deep bog!

  • EdL

    Walter Ciszek pray for us.

  • Zeke

    “…but I feel only a mixture of contempt and fear for my government”

    Perfect. That’s just what a steady diet of Fox & Friends and a right-wing Christianist media is designed to do. Lighten up! People are being murdered as we speak by truly tyrannical governments. Talk about “first world problems” – we live in the best country on earth by some measure.

    • kirthigdon

      Not sure what “right-wing Christianist media” you’re referring to, but Fox & Friends is all in favor of tyrannical government in the name of fighting terrorism. Just this morning, they were praising the hassling of Glenn Greenwald’s partner. And the “truly tyrannical governments” which are murdering people are generally doing so with US-provided weapons.
      Kirt Higdon

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” (Mark Twain)

  • Patrick

    “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” – Lysander Spooner, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority


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