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Speaking to the families of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Barack Obama said that defenders of “the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense.” He continued with, “Why is it they think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies? That’s not the meaning of liberty.”

As Obama would say, “Let me be clear”, and clearly he knows the meaning of liberty. He skillfully has worked to eliminate it.
Some examples:

By signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act, Obama empowered the government to arrest anyone on suspicion of terror, including U.S. citizens, imprisoning without habeas corpus or due process.

In his 2008 campaign, Obama pledged to protect whistleblowers. Later, this promise was scrubbed from a government website and in a whiplashing move, his justice department began its relentless prosecution of those who report government abuses. John Kiriakou was charged with espionage after exposing the CIA’s torture program, Thomas Drake was arrested and charged with espionage for exposing NSA abuse, and the constitutional scholar president declared Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning guilty prior to trial.

Obama’s Kill List: It’s casual Tuesdays for the president, when he decides the next to die in a drone strike. So casual, Obama described the decision to murder American citizen and terror suspect Anwar al-Awaki “an easy one”. A month later, al-Awaki’s son was killed—also incinerated by a drone.

The Terrorism Screening Database is maintained by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center. Obama’s bolstered this. Of course, it’s classified information as to how individuals make the no-fly list and if you’re mistakenly placed on it, good luck being removed for that flight home to see your dying mother or father.

Wiki defines liberty as “the quality individuals have to control their own actions.” I wandered to Google and found plenty of links to the word.
Then, after pushing nouns against verbs, I shrank this document to check email. Had one from Liberty Mutual. Coincidence? I don’t think so, but as long as I am at liberty to use Google to search the web for info, I have little control over what enters my inbox or invades in an advertisement.

Meanwhile, on Monday evening in the aftermath of yet another massacre by a lunatic with a weapon of mass destruction, the Senate failed to pass gun legislation. Democrats are raging blame on Republicans and the NRA and now have planted their asses in a sit-in, theater to manipulate the fraud we call the electoral process.

Diane Feinstein, referred to as Senator Warbucks, because her husband further enriched their already uber wealth through partial ownership of URS Corp., a company that landed an Army contract early in the war of terror, said:

My own view very personal view is that we’re going into an election season and Mr and Mrs America you have to stand up and you have to say I’m gonna vote only for people who will do something to close the terror gap to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally incompetent who are criminals and would use them illegally maybe just maybe this next election can produce something.

I deliberately avoided commas and periods except at the end because, well, we’ve heard this stream of consciousness devoid of conscience for years—on and on and on and on. While these living, breathing, inside-the-beltway gargoyles endorse global bloodletting in their worship at the altar of greed, inspiring more acts of violence in a never-ending cycle of vengeance that profits warmongers.

Forget a democracy. Forget a republic. We live in neither, residing instead in a vortex of Evilism. No lesser to decide between or among. We are soaking in viciousness. I said the same last weekend. I am a broken record within a broken country with a record of assaults on humanity, broken promises, broken dreams, and I am brokenhearted for multiple reasons, including the latest on the record 65 million refugees who’ve fled their homes—displaced by violence.

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Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. She was an instructor of memoirs writing at Johns Hopkins’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in BaltimoreEmail: missybeat@gmail.com

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