In September 2018 Julian Assange said,
This generation being born now… is the last free generation.
By Guy Crittenden
I'd say he was overly optimistic.
This news item about the US takeover of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, and the one about steep escalating fines for Chelsea Manning (who is back in jail) speaks to the terrifying reality that the United States is rapidly descending into being a rogue state, defying all international law and human decency.
Time is rapidly running out for this situation to be rectified. We must ask, at what point does the defilement of individual liberty and human rights become irreversible?
I would think American conservatives and liberals, socialists and libertarians could set aside their differences and realize their country now resembles Stalinist Russia more than any kind of "Land of the Free."
Liberals especially need to turn off the Rachel Maddow and Wolf Blitzers who deceived them for more than two years about "Russiagate" and face the fact that their own government is the subject of corporate capture. In addition to a new Cold War being underway, the US is starting to look a lot like the fascist countries of Europe and Asia in the 1930s. Comparisons between Trump and Hitler might be overblown — as we often associate Hitler with some kind of "pure evil" which creates a distance — but an association with Franco or Mussolini is actually quite apt.
Please, Americans, stop investing your hopes in the milquetoast pseudo-progressives inside the Democratic party or anyone who's part of the political duopoly. You need to form a credible new third party and overthrow the current system.
Within a few years even that will be impossible, outside of violent revolution and civil war, what with the tilting of the political game board and the increasing censorship of independent media and social media. Act now! (While you still can.)
Environment and business journalist and award-winning book author (The Year of Drinking Magic: Twelve Ceremonies with the Vine of Souls, Apocryphile Press) based in Innisfil, Ontario, Canada and Principal of Crittenden Communication. Contact Guy at firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCERPT FROM: The Washing Post Article by Marissa J. Lang, May 16 2019
Police forcibly remove activists living in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
After about 36 days inside the Venezuelan Embassy, activists on Thursday ran out of time.
Federal law enforcement officers entered the embassy about 9 a.m. at the behest of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to remove and arrest the final four demonstrators inside, ending a weeks-long standoff between protesters on opposite sides of the South American country’s political crisis.
EXCERPT FROM: Angel Fox Media by Angel Fox, May 17 2019
Chelsea Manning Back In Jail With UnPrecedented Fines
Once again, Chelsea Manning stood up for our free press and refused to testify in a new grand jury held against Assange today.
This resulted in her being reincarcerated after only 7 days of freedom. In a move unprecedented in the past, Judge Anthony Trenga ordered she pay $500 dollars for every day after 30 days and $1,000 dollars for every day after 60 days in jail.