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Biden’s Creeping Police State

Most Americans believe in law and order. But they don’t believe that the federal government should suppress their entirely legitimate political beliefs. Which is exactly what the Biden administration’s now doing.

We all count on robust public safety. Every one of us. Unfortunately, taking a page from Critical Race Theory, President Joe Biden seems to think – or, his far-left aides do, anyway – that the only people who need to be watched are non-Democrats and those on the right.

How else to explain his recently released “strategy” for fighting domestic terrorism? In March, Biden’s National Security Council determined “that domestic violent extremism posed a ‘heightened threat’ in 2021.”

Today’s domestic terrorists espouse a range of violent ideological motivations, including racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred as well as anti-government or anti-authority sentiment,” the document said.

Go through it and you’ll see all of the examples are so-called right-wing militias and even the misguided Jan. 6 demonstrators at our nation’s Capitol.

There are no mentions or even allusions in Biden’s “National Strategy” to the literally hundreds of riots and dozens of killings that accompanied the far-left uprisings in more than 140 cities across our nation over the the last year, perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and Antifa and heartily supported by leftist Democrats.

Those leftist riots cost as much as $2 billion and killed 27 people while injuring more than 2,000 police officers. The Jan. 6 “insurrection,” by contrast, led to $1.5 million in damage and one person dead: military veteran Ashli Babbitt, a protester shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Or maybe not. The name of the shooter is being withheld from the public as if it’s a state secret. Which it is.

The Bidenites are clear who they’re targeting, and it isn’t BLM or Antifa: They call the “two most lethal elements” of domestic terrorism “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists who advocate for the superiority of the white race” and “anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists, such as militia violent extremists.”

This isn’t just boilerplate. Biden is turning the Department of Justice, FBI and CIA into politicized arms of the state, with huge resources to go after those the White House doesn’t like.

See Also: Biden Accidentally IDs Antifa And BLM As Domestic Terrorists

As American Greatness’ Julie Kelly recently tweeted about “Biden’s ‘domestic terrorism’ plan of attack. At least $100 million, she says, will dedicated to the ‘DOJ, FBI, and DHS to ensure that the federal government has the analysts, investigators, prosecutors, and other personnel and resources it needs to thwart domestic terrorism.’ ”

So, yes, this is quite serious. And by the way, Biden and others on the left are ratcheting up their rhetoric against even their political opposition in Congress and a former sitting president of the United States. The danger to our constitutional rights hasn’t been this great since World War I, when Democratic President Woodrow Wilson signed the Espionage Act, followed by the Sedition Act.

Those laws, in effect, made it illegal to “incite disloyalty” or even to oppose government policies. They even outlawed “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language” against symbols of the nation. Anyone convicted for crimes against these laws could be fined heavily or even imprisoned for up to 20 years.

Wilson, a bitter racist who also re-imposed segregation on the nation’s capital, remains a much revered member of the “progressive” pantheon. Is Biden taking a page from him?

As part of his domestic terrorism campaign, Biden now is even encouraging Americans to “report” friends and families whom they think are radicalized. This sounds like the USSR or Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, when citizens were encouraged and even rewarded for giving up their neighbors and family to the government.

But this is America, right? Well, guess what – as we noted recently, Biden’s definitions of “domestic terrorism” fit his own followers far better than those on the other end of the spectrum. So his focus on the right side of the spectrum is highly suspect.

And yet, with supposedly “moderate” Attorney General Merrick Garland as his bulldog, Biden intends to go after those who disagree with him, including those who think there was fraud in the last election.

Just look at Garland’s recent veiled threat that the DOJ will be ” ‘applying scrutiny’ to post-election audits and will offer ‘guidance.’ ” What kind of “scrutiny”? What kind of “guidance”? The states, not the federal government, run elections. Article I, Sec. 4 of the Constitution is clear. Do Biden and Garland agree with congressional Democrats that this is another area that should be taken over by an over-reaching federal government?

And where do the incursions end? Unless it has clear evidence of a federal crime, the DOJ should butt out.

This is no mere policy difference. The Constitution guarantees your right to free speech and free conscience. This makes America special. It does not make the federal government our nannies, supervising our thoughts, beliefs and politics.

Biden’s path leads to an omnipotent ideological police state, and ends in the loss of our most sacred rights.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • “If you see something, say something…,” unless it’s radical Islam. Then, “Never mind!”

  • Reading the items in his list of possible terrorists, at first the only organized racism and terrorism is from BLM and Antifa. It will take a federal response to stop these organized, and long-operating racist and violent organizations.

    All corporations who have donated to them should be brought up on charges for supporting domestic terrorism. In fact, it’s time for a LAW with severe penalties for supporting racist organizations. And also for political activism, since assuming they are going by EEO guidelines at least half of their people would be on the opposite ‘side’ of the political spectrum. This forces these people to be working against their own interests.

    And on a police level, there’s the unwarranted, sudden, and intentional attacks on elderly Asians and white people caught on many street security cameras. These are actions that have laws on the books, especially for those who are aged. A ‘senior’ offender list can be established, just as sex offender lists are, to keep the public informed of their addresses.

    We need to take these issues and implement them at the state levels, since the fed is weaponizing the federal government for a war against at least half of the population, which lives on 80% of the land of this great nation.

  • The loss of a free and fair press was one of the first and most significant factors in destroying the fabric of the United States of America. Corrupt power mongers are everywhere around the globe and the peasant masses are not content. Something has got to give.

  • Yes, what you said! SO, what is the answer to stop it since our voting rights have been taken way from us? Is there an answer or do we just sit back like good little children and watch it happen? We know this is going on – what is the answer!

  • If the feds can’t make anything stick they will just use the kind and benevolent IRS to audit you and they know how to ruin you and jail you.

  • this is really scary and it seems they are getting away with it. where are the Republicans while this country is soon to be totally communist

  • I said when Obama was president he was working hard to make being a police officer AS BAD a job as he could…………. so no sane person would do it! This is in his ongoing attempt to install a Federal Police force.

    You know, like the Stazi or Gestapo. Yeah, like that. And guess what they would be free to do to whites. Ya, you get it. THEN imagine if we were disarmed, as he is also working on.

  • And what are Republicans – aside from Senator Johnson – doing about any of it? Bush, McCain, and Romney? Turns out they’ve always been darlings of the Far Left.
    And, if you’re a huge fan of Trump? Do let me know if he ever lifts a finger, spends even a dime to help any of the folks locked up in DC? I’d honestly truly love to hear about it?
    And most of those folks? They were literally ripped from the “safety” of their so-called Red States to be sent to the Gulags in DC, as punishment for daring to question the establishment. So it’s most definitely not just a problem with our national faux-conservatives. Your local Republicans are all more than happy to sell you out, in a heartbeat.
    The Far Left maintains absolute control over academia, the media, the internet, and the majority of our corporations.
    And, given politicians only serve money and/or power… Exactly what is it any of us have to offer them?

  • Election fraudsters, manipulators, propagandists, yellow journalists and their power-obsessed enablers in government are today’s domestic terrorists.

  • This is what happens when the states cede power to the fed because they are too lazy to act on their own. Then when they want to retain their Constitutional rights, they are without teeth.
    This started with the 17th amendment and continues to this day.

    The Seventeenth Amendment restates the first paragraph of Article I, section 3 of the Constitution and provides for the election of senators by replacing the phrase “chosen by the Legislature thereof” with “elected by the people thereof.” In addition, it allows the governor or executive authority of each state, if authorized by that state’s legislature, to appoint a senator in the event of a vacancy, until a general election occurs.

    Thereby taking the full state power of the senate and giving it back to voters. Now the senators can thumb their noses at what the state itself wants as a whole and just pander to their voting block. Had this not been passed, Obamacare would never have made it through the senate or the opposing states would have recalled their senators. This is a national disgrace. Term limits would not be necessary as the states would control the senators and not the other way around.

    We need strong leaders with some integrity, but I fear with two decades of socialist higher education, that is something to laugh at and not to expect.

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