Better Life End At Your Hand Than Theirs: R.I.P. Hunter
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Dream . . .
Hunter S. Thompson
died 8 years ago this afternoon when a .45 caliber bullet fired
from a Smith & Wesson Model 645 passed through his brain.
He wanted it
a profoundly gifted writer, sportsman, gun lover, and cultural
icon. Mostly he was my mentor. No one affected my view
of life more profoundly than he did. And I miss him
But I am glad
he is not here today, not forced to watch the death of the American
Dream play out like a slow motion train wreck at the hands of low-rent
fascists and warmongers while the General Public looks the other
liked government, he hated politicians, and it became especially
painful for him in the final years to watch liberties washed away
in the wave of fear that was 9/11. Indeed on that fateful
morning, Hunter wrote prophetically, "The towers are gone now,
reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our
Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake
about it: We are At War now with somebody and
we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our
And, we have.
a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money
we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in
the world who tries to make us uncomfortable." - Hunter
In the years
since 9/11, America has become a fascist state with a happy face
painted over a pallet of ugly reality. Bush used 9/11 as a
reason to destroy the Constitution beginning with the Patriot Act
that led to the secret wiretapping of American citizens, causing
Hunter to wonder, "Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads?”
Civil liberties advocates were likewise outraged and none
of it made one bit of difference. No one wanted to hear about
someone else's Constitutional rights when they were fear-pissing
down their own legs.
Act turned out to be the warmup for the main acts that were to follow.
Today, the government can intercept Americans' international
communications without a warrant as long as one party to the communication
is "reasonably believed" to be outside the US, as if being
outside the U.S. is probable cause to believe someone is committing
a crime. The government can now search any documents or papers,
including the entire contents of laptops and other electronic devices,
without any suspicion of wrongdoing whatsoever. Per a secret
Department of Homeland Security Report,
having a laptop computer or cell phone within 100 miles of any U.S.
border results in the complete eradication of your Fourth Amendment
right to privacy—and more specifically the right to be free
from unreasonable searches. When asked how they came to the
conclusion that was Constitutional, their answer was the same as
always: "Fuck you," or words to that effect.
the US began incarcerating so-called "enemy combatants"
in military detention without charge and without according them
the status or rights of prisoners of war, all with the Supreme Court's
approval, of course. That included a friend of mine who was
standing behind the counter of his convenience store one day and
gone the next, deported to Jordan by the U.S. government.
Why? Because they could. The fact there was no war was
irrelevant and everything seems fixable via semantics in the land
of the free. In the U.S. view, the entire world, every square
foot, is the battlefield, and if the U.S. government doesn't
like you, you just may be an "enemy combatant," giving
them the self-ascribed right to torture and kill with impunity.
Obama was going
to change all that, or so he said, including closing Guantanamo
Bay, but instead ended up expanding that prison where people just
disappear, people against whom there is insufficient evidence to
get a conviction or where the evidence against them has been tainted
by U.S. torture. And while Obama threw a bone to civil rights
advocates, banning the use of torture by U.S. military and intelligence
personnel, he has steadfastly refused to permit any review of Bush's
use of hideous interrogation techniques that violate at least a
dozen treaties and international laws. And, to show the world
the U.S. is still the 900-pound gorilla with a serious grudge to
settle, Obama continues the policy of "rendition"
where prisoners the U.S. government no longer can torture are sent
to other countries where they can be tortured there.
the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) under cover of night
on December 31, 2012, a law that permits the indefinite detention
of American citizens without charge or trial. Combined with
dozens of other Executive Orders and laws passed to "protect"
us from terrorism, America has become a full-bore police State,
and the most nauseating part is that most Americans didn't even
With the expansion
of drone attacks and Executive Orders that suspend all civil and
Constitutional rights at the stroke of pen, FEMA has gone from flood
assistance to the manager of an Americans under Martial Law.
Federal agencies with no ostensible use for guns or ammunition have
ordered billions of rounds, including FEMA that also sports 2,500
brand new GLS armored fighting vehicles that for sure won't
be used to fight forest fires, and
a "corps" of young people reminiscent of the Hitler Youth
of the 1930's. You think these kids would kill you if ordered
to do so? Me, too.
FEMA is only one agency among many that purports to need a lot of
killing tools, which makes sense only if government has no limitations.
The Department of Homeland Security recently bought enough ammunition
to wage a 7-year war with the American people along bulletproof
checkpoint booths with stop and go lights which can be used
for, well, your imagination is as good as mine.
The list of
Constitutional violations goes on but that's enough for now
and would have been far too many for Hunter.
The Final Hurdle
is something that dies unless it is used." - Hunter S. Thompson
As civil liberties
are peeled away, government is presented with a final hurdle before
control over the herd is complete: guns. Not their guns,
but those 300 million guns in the hands of citizens. That
just won't do. At some point, Joe Lunchbucket is going
to wake up and not like what he sees out his front door and if he
has an AR-15 with 1,000 rounds of ballistic ammunition, he can express
his displeasure in a meaningful way. Joe's guns and millions
of others clearly need to be collected and turned over to government.
That is the clear intent. The only question is how.
Like the rest
of our civil liberties that have been trashed on the altar of 9/11
and the irrational fears that resulted, what government needed to
move America toward full-bore gun control is exactly what happened:
a maniac with a semi-automatic rifle (conveniently the exact type
the government wishes to ban first) entered (or was released) into
an elementary school to murder children and their teachers.
A better anecdotal case for gun control could not have been scripted,
unless, of course, it was scripted. Now, before I am arrested
for that observation, I hasten to add that I am not saying the government
was behind it, but only that it would not surprise me if they were.
For sure government at all levels participated in the Big Lie and
coverup that followed, to-wit, the shooter didn't actually use
an AR-15 Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle to kill those children,
seemingly obvious since it was still in his trunk after he killed
the kids and himself.
press ignored the obvious and material, as did Obama and most Democrats
in Congress, and all jumped on the event as a justification to ignore
the Second Amendment, characterize gun owners as trigger-happy paranoid
freaks, and outlaw weapons that look like (but are not) military
weapons, stop the sale of high capacity magazines, and eliminate
the right to sell any firearm without registration, the final step
before confiscation, already proposed in more than one State, including
a bill in Missouri that would ban semi-automatic rifles and give
law-abiding gun owners 90 days to turn in their firearms to law
enforcement or become felons. All ignore the fact that so-called
"assault weapons" are used in only about 7% of all crimes
shotguns (like the one being used by Obama in his recent effort
to prove he is not anti-(all)guns) are used in crimes considerably
more often than the weapons he claims pose an intolerable threat
to public safety.
goes from here should be obvious to even a casual observer.
The right to bear arms will continue to be weakened until it is
as meaningless as the right to due process and equal protection.
This go around it may be high capacity magazines, the kind that
would give you a fighting chance against the bad guys at your door
ordering you to come out with your hands up for a good reason, a
bad reason, or no reason at all. Or, it may be registration
all guns, regardless of who sells them. Or maybe the
U.S. goes the way of Canada and requires an advance "license"
to purchase a gun with a requirement to then register it under penalty
of law. That way government will have all the information
they need to do with guns what they did (and may do again) with
gold confiscate them. (See Wendy McElroy's excellent
piece entitled, "Will
Obama Confiscate Guns and Gold." )
has been drawn into the play orchestrated by Washington, not surprising
since the U.S. funds it's drug war south of the border to the
tune of nearly $10 billion a year. After the ignominy of the
U.S. letting weapons walk across the border into the hands of Mexican
drug cartels, Mexico is now requesting a list of all weapons sold
in U.S. States that border their country, under the auspices of
tracking down weapons that are used in crimes there. One need
not wonder long to know that the U.S. is behind that request.
Next will be demands under various treaties and war drums against
guns will be heard even louder. The irony of it all will be
missed, intentionally. Mexico, with some of the strongest
gun laws in the world, is one of the planet's murder capitals
with 120,000 killed and some 25,000 disappeared over the last six
years. Why? Because in Mexico only the bad guys have
good guns. That same reality has permitted horrible human
rights violations against a defenseless population by the Mexican
military. Indeed, in the last five years, the Mexican military
opened some 5,000 investigations into human rights violations, almost
all of which go exactly nowhere.
And, the same
is coming to a town near you. Soon, owning the wrong kind
of firearm, a magazine that holds more rounds than the government
is comfortable with, along with tens of thousands of laws and regulations
that provide criminal penalties for behaviors we all engage in daily,
will make us all criminals and it will be open season on those the
government finds most corrosive to their plans. So be it.
the endgame long ago, in 1971 lamenting that “in a closed
society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting
caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
is where we find ourselves. Don't get caught. Don't
out while you can.
Reprinted with permission
from The Dollar Vigilante.
February 23, 2013
Karger is a lawyer, and frequent contributor to The
Dollar Vigilante, who has represented American businesses against
incursions by government and labor unions for 30 years. In 2001,
he left Dallas and moved to San Miguel de Allende in the high desert
of central Mexico where he sought and found a freer and simpler
life for he and his wife, Kelly, and their 10 dogs. Karger's website
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