Implementing a police state requires a few things: a person or group of people who want to control the mass of people, a mass of people unwilling or unable to resist the oppression coming from that group of controlling people, and a controlling mechanism which is often implemented through the threat of force from law enforcement or military martial law. If one of these factors is missing, then a police state cannot be created or, at least, cannot be maintained.
If you are familiar with history, one of the more common ways to control a populace is through distraction. If the leaders can get the population focused on an outside (and ideally abstract) enemy, then the populace will tend to be more compliant because of the social peer pressure of patriotism. Instead of seeing the oppression creeping into their everyday lives, people say, “We have to protect our country!” or “We have to protect our country’s interests overseas!”
Which makes a new poll by the Military Times and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) interesting for those of us who are concerned with personal liberty. RT.com notes about the new poll,
“The survey, described by the Military Times as a first-of-its-kind study, included a question: “How do you view the US government’s continued involvement in nation-building efforts, establishing democracies in the Middle East and North Africa using US military and financial support?”
About 55 percent of service members said they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” those efforts, while 23 percent responded positively to an idea of carrying out such missions. The remaining 22 percent were either unsure or of no opinion on the issue.” (hat tip to here for the source)
In other words, military personnel are tired of being used as cannon fodder which serves as a distraction for the American populace. I don’t blame them. To love your country does not mean that you want to die for no good cause.
Before you get too excited about the possibility of the American populace waking up to see the reality of the current situation because they no longer have their distractions from overseas conflicts, RT.com also wrote,
“The majority of US servicemen surveyed by the Military Times and IVMF believe that the government should be more involved in combatting terrorism (62 percent), homeland defense (68 percent), cyber security (81 percent) and nuclear deterrence (51 percent).”
In other words, military personnel in the survey seemed to be comfortable with a more militarized police force and potential martial law here at home, just not with U.S. efforts to do the same overseas. Unfortunately, this means that the military, at least not those personnel in this poll, are not going to be in the corner of personal liberty for U.S. citizens.
Because of this, I would recommend that you remain ready to take your family and go off-grid, if you need to, so that you can remain free.
What do you think about this survey: Good news or bad news and why? Comment below.