Find you, persecute you, prosecute you (if they don't just kill you). Welcome to what was once the USA.
Now I don't know what we can call this nation.
Here's the latest piece of the totalitarian jigsaw puzzle: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/06/05/nsas-verizon-spying-order-specifically-targeted-americans-not-foreigners/
So lets review what we know has been going on while the MSM concentrated on who was coming or going on "American Idol", what some actress might have been doing with her boobs and other vitally important news.
We have a DHS who consider strict constructionists of Constitutional interpretation, veterans, pro life groups and other conservative entities as breeding grounds for right wing extremism: http://cdm16064.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p266901coll4/id/3267/rec/3
The same DHS is arming itself to the teeth (along with the EPA and Social Security Administration): http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/
In the interest of sanity and fairness, I'll note the reality of that last item is still being debated: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/04/The-Great-DHS-Ammunition-Stockpile-Myth
But we're also seeing the IRS targeting conservative political and religious groups (no hyperlink needed here).
The FBI is also in on the action as they question a national pregnancy center director: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fbi-terrorism-task-force-wants-to-question-national-crisis-pregnancy-center
Lest that last appear to be an anomaly, down in Dallas we've had a similar event recently: http://www.jillstanek.com/2012/07/obama-administrations-harassment-of-pro-lifers-gets-personal/
If the government can't get you via the IRS and FBI, theres always the EPA: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/erikajohnsen/2012/04/13/sackett_v_epa_the_battle_is_won_but_the_war_is_just_beginning and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sackett_v._Environmental_Protection_Agency
While the "good guys" won the battle in that case, the war continues.How may similar scenarios are played out where the defendants don't have the resources to fight Big Brother?
Even the military chaplains aren't exempt from government mandated thought control: http://spectator.org/archives/2013/01/09/muzzling-military-chaplains
Nor is the DOJ: http://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2013/05/28/doj-tells-employees-to-verbally-affirm-homosexuality-n1607910/page/full
Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.
So where do we go from here? I sure don't know. But answering strictly for myself I'll say that raising my children in the right manner, no matter how difficult that is becoming, is my primary concern. Maybe it's just an attitude of denial but I DO NOT believe the current trend towards government sanctioned immorality and oppression will continue indefinitely. Something has to give way.
Maybe we're in store for a Biblical level butt whipping, we're certainly regressing to the level of Sodom & Gomorrah. Maybe we'll see a Great Awakening in this land before things decay further.
Perhaps it's only wishful thinking on my part. Perhaps we're doomed to become nothing more than a biped version of an ant colony. Maybe thoughts and hopes to the contrary are just an exercise of whistling past the graveyard.
I don't know. But for myself, I will not stop pushing for whats right. Call it quixotic, but really, what choice do any of us who believe in following Christ have? As we say in AA, "Fake it till you make it".
God's will be done, may He have mercy upon us all.
UPDATE: Looks like I should have waited a bit, seems the surveillance by Big Brother was more extensive than first believed: http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-from-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-cebf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html
What jerks my chain is the fact that they missed the Boston Marathon Bombers. If this was such a vitally necessary program, it should have been effective enough to catch those two yahoos. Instead it seems the focus is on Average John Q. Public. Couple that with the above mentioned stories AND one I forgot: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/28/travel/tsa-vipr-passenger-train-searches and we've all the makings of a completely Orwellian society. We're there, all it takes now is an overt push to silence dissent and enforce groupthink.
See you in the Chestnut Tree Cafe, where we'll drink our Victory Gin and toast the health of Big Brother.