Thursday, May 2, 2013

We laughed in 1984. The Thought Police?


It'll never happen, we all laughed.

Think again.

The genius libs in Palm Beach, Florida have proposed one-million hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund and implement exactly that--The Thought Police, headed up by a sheriff who has repeatedly shown that he himself has a hard enough time thinking, let alone grasping the concept of freedom.

 The bulk of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's proposal is to have fellow citizens snitch off their neighbors, co-workers, church members, daycare providers. . . anyone who says they hate the government.

A reader from Texas, God Bless him, commented at the end of the story that this nation was FOUNDED by people who hated the existing government they were living in tyranny under.

In 1984, I was fresh out of the military and attending Texas Tech University. Of all things, a liberal college English professor by the name of Bruce Clark had us read George Orwell's 1984. At first, I butted heads with Dr. Clark, a young-ish professor who also used to play bass guitar for Sha-Na-Na.

As the semester progressed forward, (all kinds of idioms and puns in that sentence), I saw--and respected--Dr. Clark for what he was: a liberal professor, but one who challenged his students to think for ourselves rather than let the government or colleges or anyone/anything else think for us.

He was scared of government. Reagan was president and Dr. Clark did not like him. Interestingly enough, he did not like Carter and the creation of all the "Department ofs" that the peanut farmer's administration created. "Too much government, too much power," Clark complained.

He was right.

It was a lesson for me to not immediately discount all liberal opinions. Politically, Dr. Clark and his colleagues he hung around with at Texas Tech may very well have been more conservative than me. Socially, they were decidedly more liberal. But in looking forward (there's that idiom again), many of the liberal professors of my college days almost thirty years ago were right: It is our own government that we need to fear more than other nations and their governments.

Janet Nazi Napolitano, who I mainly refer to as Janet Nazitano, set up the snitch hotline and I still see commercials late  at night about "See something? Tell someone. Hear something? Tell someone."

As a good citizen, I follow that advice and participate. There is no telling how many times I've called in to the hotline and told the person on the other end that I saw a beautiful sunset that evening or that we were having a coyote problem in the suburb where I live or that I heard a great song on the radio that reminded me of my youth when we were so much more of a free nation than we are today. I've also called in some pretty good stock tips that I hear about from time to time, and I always try to call in and tell the person who answers that I heard the flu and cold season was going to be particularly nasty this year.

Throw-away pay-as-you-go cell phones are a wonderful thing.

But now we have the Thought Police working to go local, and starting in the same county with the same sheriff that threw out medical privacy laws and other civil rights in his zeal to be beholden to the Democratic Party machine that rules in southern Florida.

The irony is that his modus operandi is to encourage people who hear someone who says they hate government to call his office so that he can send out his stormtroopers to just check on the person and ask, "Is everything okay--are you all right?"

If this atrocity passes, the next million bucks or so that the genius lawmakers and breakers in Tallahassee will need to fork over to form will be the Stupid Police--but we already have that on a federal level, headed by Janet Nazitano.

Careful what you say, folks, 'cause this ain't America anymore.