If you want to know what oppression looks like, you need to look no further. The situation with TJIC, well known by now, is just one. The accumulative effects of having every website this one is connected to being hit by FedGov for the past two weeks is another. I have gotten independent sources inside the federal government telling me that they have received from their bosses warnings about the siege and many of these employees have hit the website and gone to others from there.
I am not saying that they had no right to hit the site, when you put something out on the web, it is for anyone to see, but the chilling effect of getting so many hits from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the DEA, the DOI, for heaven's sake means something, it is the tangible effect of chilling free speech. In reality, how many of you, the readers of this blog, have tempered your speech since knowing that the feds are hitting my site with the frequency that they have in the past few weeks? How many of you are more unnerved by the fact that it didn't slacken in the past few days, but intensified? I am right now getting more than a thousand hits a day by FedGov.
I want the truth here, because it makes a point about the conditions of liberty under which we survive at this moment.
Now, I am not going to lay the blame for what looks to be a miserable turn out on just this aspect alone, but it had to play some part in it. Sure, the weather, the time of year, the fact that no one seems to realize without forcing a vote in the Senate, Obamacare will be fully implemented barring only Supreme Court ruling.
The fact is, BashingWilliam was right, there is no America if no one is willing to stand up for it when it needs us the most. Now, don't get me wrong, I lay a lot of blame for whatever is going to happen on the 24th square on my own shoulders. I am not the leader I should be, or would like to be. I am a leader only of men and women already decided to do what they think is important. I am not a cheerleader, or a swashbuckling hero, I am just a guy with an idea that seemed to make sense some time ago, but now just looks like a money pit into which I threw my last buck.
I blame no one. I do, however, recognize much more about my fellow citizens about whom it pains me to know so much.