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Stop The Abuse

I’ve been seeing the domestic abuse billboards around my town for some time and I think they are great. They provide information and possible hope to those involved to seek help, real help, so that the violence will stop. But I noticed the other day as I read one quickly that there is another kind of abuse going on that fits the same patterns that very few seem to be educating and fighting for. That, of course, is Governmental Abuse.

I'm sure you've seen the signs as well. If you haven't, they basically spell out a form of domestic abuse and then provide a website to to go for more information. For example, one of the signs says:

Taking my money is abuse. Stop it.

And then provides a way to get more information. It was when reading this one that I started looking at the signs a little differently. As I continued to see them I started looking at them a little sidways and started noticing that every American has become a victim of abuse.

Let me post a few more of the signs:

Intimidating me is abuse.

Controlling my actions is abuse.

Taking my money is abuse.

Deliberately scaring me is abuse.

Forbidding my beliefs is abuse.

Physical violence is abuse.

Isolating me is abuse.

Using my family against me is abuse.

Harassing me is abuse.

Expecting me to obey is abuse.

Using religion to control me is abuse.

Stalking me is abuse.

Vandalizing my property is abuse.

Endangering me is abuse.

Controlling my time is abuse.

Continually criticizing me is abuse.

Degrading me is abuse.

Wow, each of these things I can apply to things that our current federal government is doing to us every day! And just like victims of Domestic Abuse, we sadly allow them to continue doing it, all the while finding excuses to blame ourselves for it or justifying the behavior ocurring over and over again.

From taking our money to spend as they see fit, to telling us what we can do in the privacy of our own homes, to watching our every move, to using religion to justify laws, to using the threat of the police to prevent us from speaking our minds or doing the things we feel we should do, our government is waging a War of Abuse on its own citizens and it's time that that war end.

STOP IT.

And just as we should be working hard to help elminate the disgusting practice of Domestic Abuse, something I've personally been working around for decades locally, we should also be working hard to eliminate our own government abusing us as well. We rightfully don't stand for this type of behavior to be going on in the homes of the citizens of the United States, why should we be allowing our own government to do it as well? When are we going to notice that we are so similar to those terrible victims of domestic abuse, both male and female, who are caught in a pattern of frustration and seeking out this type of behavior.

Stop the fear, stop the harassment, stop the theft, stop the manipulation, stop the intimidation.

Stop The Abuse!

Posted by Rhinehold at June 25, 2006 12:07 PM
Comments
Comment #161671

Excellent points, all!

The now-famous-cum-treacherous phrase “You’re either with us or against us” is starting to reverberate down through the levels of bank and telephone use - down into My very Personal life - in a way I haven’t seen since the Viet Nam era. I wonder where and when we will have another “version” of Kent State?

Posted by: myles at June 25, 2006 4:38 PM
Comment #161695

Rhinehold, it is government’s role to define and regulate society for the benefit of all. They derive that power from the people. When however, as you point out, the government grows so powerful that it no longer needs the consent of the people, but, can force their cooperation, it is time for revolution, as many of our founding fathers pointed out.

It is time for Americans to refresh their memories of our Revolutionary War and the leaders of it, their motives, goals, and justifications. They set this nation on a path for greatness which we largely achieved. But our current government no longer has confidence in the people and no longer feels the need to work from broad concensus.

It is time for another revolution in this country. Whether that revolution be conducted at the ballot box or in our streets, will largely depend upon on who the Revolution’s leaders are, and how desperate the people get, as well as how the government responds to the revolution. But the Revolution needs a leader, and I have to see one with the right mix of qualities to lead the way. Ralph Nader rose to try to lead, but, he had all the charisma of an eggplant. (no offense to eggplants).

In the meantime, the dialogue for revolution must continue. Meetings must take place, identifying the miscarriages of our system and Constitution must continue to be highlighted, and the throngs opposed to this overreaching centralized authoritarian government must continue to grow. Time and pressure renders mountains to grains of sand. Time and pressure.

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 25, 2006 5:42 PM
Comment #161718

What about “Stop passing laws in the name of reform that allow the multi- national corporations to abuse the citizens of this Country “?

Posted by: j2t2 at June 25, 2006 7:46 PM
Comment #161727

j2t2,

Such as?

Posted by: Rhinehold at June 25, 2006 8:13 PM
Comment #161785

Rhinehold, like setting up off-shore mail boxes to escape corporate taxation. There are a few thousand more, but, they are less well known.

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 25, 2006 11:55 PM
Comment #161808

Rhinehold,
Illegal immigration is another. The new bankruptcy law is yet another.
The recent boondoggle with the major oil companies receiving Billions is yet another.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 26, 2006 3:28 AM
Comment #161811

And 30% credit card interest rates. Shakespeare had a lot to say about companies like these in Merchant of Venice, whence came the name “Shylock” and the phrase, “pound of flesh”.

Anyone whose risk factor is so high as to warrant a 30% interest rate, should not be loaned to in the first place. Where is the responsibility of MBNA and Bank of America when they lend like this, and elevate everyone elses rates to compensate for the huge number who will never be able to pay off their debt at 30%?

This is Shylock exacting many pounds of flesh from everyone! They do make good GOP campaign contributors though. Was a time when our government prevented this kind of fleecing of the public.

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 26, 2006 4:16 AM
Comment #161849

Look, lets face facts: since this is a Democracy, and we continue to elect the people who “abuse” us in these terms, we could say we’re engaged in self-abuse.

How Victorian.

All joking aside, most people do not agree with the general principle that you’re advocating enough to discourage big government, based on that. If you really want to do your part to change this, the first step is persuading people there’s a problem; the second is inspiring them to care.

So what are the abuses of government here, and why should people care?

(This is also a point at which we can see if we truly believe what we say, when we rationally analyze it to explain to others.)

You’re not just preaching to the choir here. How do you pose this issue for Democrats and others who are not predisposed to accepting your explanation at first?

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at June 26, 2006 11:25 AM
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