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TR 239 - The Days of Disenchantment

TR 239 - The Days of Disenchantment

Saluting those who served their country and are now being targeted by their own government.

It’s scary.

The thought that any government, anywhere, might actually be targeting the most loyal, passionate, service oriented men and women—who willingly volunteered to sacrifice their lives to protect the freedom of perfect strangers—that the government would be targeting them for discrimination, intimidation, and even incarceration, is utterly despicable. More than that, it’s scary.

It’s scary because it means the government is intentionally and systematically targeting any individuals it thinks might be a threat, any person who might challenge their authoritarian rule. Most veterans are upstanding citizens who often continue acting out their heart of service in their own hometowns, translating their years of training and sacrifice into the betterment of their communities.

Some become entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, or inspirational speakers. Some become corporate leaders, non-profit organizers, preachers, performers, podcasters, policemen, or politicians. In other words, American veterans—all 20 million of us—are simply out in the world, doing our thing, appreciating the fact that we’re not at war, embracing the journey of life, and building our own American Dream.

That’s the bright side of it.

On the dark side are those who come home wounded, missing arms and legs, missing their eyes or ears, suffering from the scars of horrendous burns, or heavy exposure to any number of harmful toxic hazards. For many, the darkness is even deeper. Too many of those who chose to serve come home with wounds that no one can see, and they suffer the torment of an internal hell that haunts them night and day.

And let’s just pause for a moment to appreciate those who made the greatest sacrifice of all, those who never came home, those brave men and women who died in the line of duty, sacrificing their own lives, so that others may live free.

Never forget.

All the comforts we take for granted, our American way of life, was only made possible by those who chose to rise up and resist tyranny, to cast off the crown, those who chose to fight to the death to preserve freedom for future generations.

I have a very deep respect and immense gratitude for all of the courageous warriors and brave veterans in every generation who have made my life possible—who paved the way for all of us to flourish in the most free and prosperous nation on earth.

That’s why I felt so disturbed by this headline:

The Government Is Still Waging War on America’s Military Veterans

What the hell? Is this just hype and hyperbole? Is it just another sensational headline?

Unfortunately, NO—this is a wake up call and a warning of what’s to come.

John & Nisha Whitehead penned this piece to put down on paper a host of examples of the government abusing the use of force to harass law abiding citizens, military veterans in specific, for little more than vocalizing opposition to oppressive, unconstitutional government dictates—something being dubbed as “Oppositional Defiance Disorder” per the following indications:

  • Persistent stubbornness

  • Resistance to directions

  • Unwillingness to go along with the crowd

  • Deliberately annoying others

  • Testing limits by ignoring orders

If a veteran demonstrates “a recurrent pattern of negativism, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least 6 months,” then they have become a menace to society, potentially threatening public health and safety, and can be locked in a psych ward, or worse, be descended upon by jacked-up SWAT teams who are trained in lethal interventions and authorized to kill.

They may be living peaceful lives, but their acts of peaceful noncompliance—now officially a mental disorder known as ODD—are seen as subversive to the state. But it turns out that this is nothing new:

“This growing trend of diagnosing veterans as mentally unstable is troublesome for a number of reasons. In 2009, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis published a report entitled Rightwing Extremism, wherein domestic extremists were proposed to be the newest and most dangerous threat to the US since al-Qaeda.

While admitting that they did not have definitive proof that “domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.”

So, they have been sowing this narrative for more than decade. That means that agents have been trained to believe this crap, for more than a decade. That means that the weaponized DOJ of the Biden administration—itself an extension of the Obama era—has been fully indoctrinated and hyper-sensitized to the perceived threat of military veterans who might be inclined to challenge their unlawful behavior.

That’s the scary part.

Who are they targeting?

From the 2009 Department of Homeland Security assessment:

“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

I added that emphasis on the rejection of federal authority in favor of state or local authority because that is key—that is in fact the order of Constitutional authority. Authority flows from We the People, to the many States, and then to the United States federal government, which has a very limited scope of authority.

More on that in a minute, but first, check this out:

Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.

Doesn’t that explain why the government is targeting veterans? They claim to be concerned that “rightwing extremists” are target veterans, which gives the government cover and justification for increased surveillance of veterans who might be recruited and radicalized by these so-called “extremists” who question the authority of the federal government.

Regardless of their claims, the underlying motive is clearly to identify, surveil, and curtail anyone with the skills and experience to boost the “violent capabilities” of groups who oppose the government’s agenda—you know, like groups who oppose abortion, illegal immigration, perverted curriculum, rigged elections, political corruption, etc.

Let that sink in.

The government is tracking and going after people who challenge the government.

They’ve declared that to defy the government is a mental disorder.

They even assign a color coded threat level to the people they surveil, just to make it easy for local authorities to catch you with a passing glance at their screens.

Just wait until this is linked to your social credit score and digital ID!

“No soup for you!” Says the automated message: Your UBI has now been reduced to zero for noncompliance with State authorized attitudes that are required for peace and stability and to keep people safe. Your threats to democracy have resulted in multiple demerits and you must report for reeducation immediately. Sentinels have been dispatched to assist you in the process of restoring your status as a good human.


I’m excited for Future Earth, aren’t you? Everyone is going be so compliant and democratic, there will never be a need for wars or violence—and besides, all the violent guns will be confiscated anyway, that way the government can use their guns to keep everyone safe from the remnant of radical racist rightwing extremists.

According to the government report, you’ll be able to help authorities identify any of these remaining extremists if you happen to catch anyone talking about:

“Fear of Communist regimes and related conspiracy theories characterizing the U.S. Government’s role as either complicit in a foreign invasion or acquiescing as part of a “One World Government”…that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing upon their liberty.”

Have you heard any sort of that talk? I’m sure there’s an anonymous hotline that offers an enticing incentive for reporting this sort of extremist rhetoric—but I’m not going to take the time to look it up. There is something else I wanted to say…


I bet you thought I was going to say, “The commies are taking over the world!”

No, I don’t want to pollute your mind with such a radical statement. I’d hate for you to be radicalized and become a rightwing extremist. That would be radical—and not like Ninja Turtle radical—like ultra MAGA racist, homophobic, misogynistic, carbon spewing, meat eating, mouth breathing, church going, Bible toting, Constitution loving, gun packing, pledge stating, flag saluting, far-right, alt-right EXTREMIST sort of radical… and that’s the kind of radical that might even threaten the radicals!

No friends, what I wanted to say, what I wanted to remind you of on this glorious day, is that the Constitution of the United States, which all veterans, service members, and public officials have sworn to defend, tells us exactly who holds the power of legitimate authority in this country: We the People.

The 10th Amendment make this abundantly clear:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, established the Constitution as an agreement between the States that was meant to secure the blessings of liberty for future generations. The Constitution was ordained and established by the People, and it delegates certain authorities and powers to the federal government.

Think about what those words mean.

Any authority not expressly delegated to the federal government is retained by the various States, which are in fact sovereign entities; but ultimate authority is irrevocably retained by We the People, who are in fact sovereign individuals.

And just to drive home the point, consider the 9th amendment:

“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall NOT be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

In a nutshell, any rights that are not explicitly enumerated or spelled out in the Constitution are, once again, “retained by the people.” That is precisely because of the self-evident Truth that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

These are powerful truths.

Any individual may recognize and declare their own sovereignty at any point in time. That is a direct manifestation of natural order, human nature, and independent instinct. We are not slaves nor are we born to be ruled. Inherent in our humanity is free will, the power of choice, and the ability to exercise our own sovereignty.

Though tyrants, collectivists, Communists, Democrats, RINOs, globalists and progressives may try to convince you otherwise, these are immutable truths.

What makes the United States exceptional, is the fact that these rights were written into the law of the land, enshrined in the Constitution, and protected by the generations of brave men and women who have fought and sacrificed to keep this American Dream alive.

May we never forget!

And may we never stop fighting to protect these blessings for future generations!

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