California Family Hit With SWAT Raid . . . Ordered By The Department of Education

In Stockton, California, Kenneth Wright was at home with his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 when a SWAT team burst into his home at 6 a.m., dragged him out on the lawn, threw him to the ground, and put the family (including the kids) in squad cars. His alleged crime: default on student loans. On top of the overkill in using SWAT teams to target defaulting students, the city got it wrong. They were looking for Wright’s estranged wife. The D.O.E. now insists that it was not just about loans but part of a criminal investigation that it was carrying out.

There has been an expansion of SWAT teams with the infusion of federal funds, often connected to anti-terror programs. Departments appear to be searching for ways to use them, including as http://jonathanturley.org/2011/03/25/under-siege-steven-seagal-attacks-home-in-arizona-with-armored-cars-and-swat-members-to-arrest-man-accused-of-cockfighting/.

In this case, Apocalypse Now was unleashed by the Department of Education as it called in the police for a defaulted student. The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations. However the Stockton Police Department said that it only provided one officer and one patrol car and did not participate in breaking Wright’s door, handcuffing him, or searching his home.

Does this mean that the Department of Education now has shock troops? The Department admitted that it issued the search warrant. That is pretty disturbing that the Department of Education now has authority to issue search warrants and trigger raids on homes.

Recently when the Education Department bought 27 shotguns it released the following statement:

Here’s a statement from the office in response to a question about why need 27 shotguns with a 14-inch barrels:

“The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As such, OIG operates with full statutory law enforcement authority, which includes conducting search warrants, making arrests, and carrying firearms. The acquisition of these firearms is necessary to replace older and mechanically malfunctioning firearms, and in compliance with Federal procurement requirements. For more information on OIG’s law enforcement authority, please visit their Web site at : http://www.ed.gov/oig”

The D.O.E. issued the following statement in saying that it was carrying out its own raid but not over student loans. Here is the statements as found on Reason:

Yesterday, the Depart of Education’s office of inspector general executed a search warrant at Stockton California residence with the presence of local law enforcement authorities.

While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect. This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General’s Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments.

Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we can’t comment on the specifics of the case. We can say that the OIG’s office conducts about 30-35 search warrants a year on issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds.

All further questions on this issue should be directed to the Department of Education’s Inspector General’s Office.

Source: NEWS 10 as first seen on Reddit.

Jonathan Turley

Kudos to Elaine for shotgun story.

135 thoughts on “California Family Hit With SWAT Raid . . . Ordered By The Department of Education”

  1. I don’t blame the insurance companies for living under regulation, greed boy. I blame them for excessive profit taking at the expense of the ill and the dying. If anything, they are under regulated. But please, call me a “commie” again. It’s funny. Especially since you’ve demonstrated time and again you make up meanings to political science terms to suit your needs time and again. Whereas when I call you a corporatist, I am merely being accurate.

  2. typical red, blame the insurance companies for having to live under government mandates. and compete under onerous regulations. also why do you think there are only 5 major health insurance companies? that’s right, give that commie a cigar, government intervention in the market.

    Why does it cost about $900 per eye to do lazik surgery to correct vision but $3,279 to do cataract surgery? becuase of competition.

  3. “health care already is a highly regulated market and look what has happened to it. ”

    Regulation has nothing to do with the problems in the health care insurance industry. Excessive profiteering at the expense of the lives and quality of lives for patients denied coverage so some asshat insurance company executives can have salaries nowhere near proportionate to what they contribute to the operation of the company and let’s not forget those perks like week long spa junkets where no work is done at all other than executive ego massage. Monies wasted while patients are denied coverage.

    In addition, there is also the very real issue of how risk pools operate. You want to reduce costs? In insurance, the first place to start is by maximizing the size of the risk pool. The largest possible risk pool is everyone. Second, you also reduce administrative costs in the health care system by having a single pay processing channel instead of the multiple channels you have now.

    “And nationalize the oil industry, look what happened in the 70′s with just Nixon’s price controls. ”

    Awwww. It’s always about money with you, greed boy. Nationalize the oil industry and you’ll not have criminals like Bush and Cheney – oil men in government service for their own P/E statements – starting needless wars for their pocketbooks. Screw the Exxons and Halliburtons. Their profits are not worth a drop of our troops blood. They want to fight a war so they can steal oil? Let their Boards of Directors get off their fat asses and go fight it themselves. Given the actions of the Bush administration, gas prices are a secondary concern to warmongering for private profits.

    “As far as abuse to employees? A good economy will end that as employers scramble to provide higher wages and better working conditions than their competitors to attract the most skilled workers. ”

    ROFLMAO

    I’m looking for the turnip truck you fell out of last night if you believe that self-serving corporatist bullshit.

    And this? This bit makes no sense whatsoever . . .

    “You a free loader since you seem to be so worried about employee abuse. You must be violent too since you seem to be worried about that as well.

    So you are a violent free loader, yep I figured as much. You probably are throwing Molotov Cocktails in the streets during the protests at the economic summit meetings.”

    No. I worry about abusive business practices because I don’t want anybody abused so some dick like you can make an extra dollar.

    And violence? You’re the one preoccupied with beating up little girls. I am not violent by nature and by training. When I encounter violence, I seek to end it quickly as possible and with the minimal amount of damage possible. What I am is a pacifist – I seek the least damaging of all solutions first. You, on the other hand, just want to see some “skanky asses kicked” as a way to resolve conflict. And among children no less. Worried about violence? You bet I am in a world filled with violence prone nitwits such as yourself. But worried about violence because I’m violent? That makes no sense at all. If I were a violent person, I’d be worried I wasn’t getting enough violence, not looking for ways to prevent it. I’ve never thrown a Molotov in my life, but if you want to say I’m a “violent leader” when there are literally years of posts here where I advocate peaceful solutions to societies problems before violence comes about as an inevitable outcome of the corporatist graft rooted abuses that plague our society, you knock yourself out. Knocking yourself out is, after all, what you are best at in this forum.

    “Your beloved European model has about a 20% unemployment rate with little room for advancement. Young people take note, you want a job? Vote for the libertarian or conservative candidate who believes in real free markets. You already voted for the Marxist/socialist and look what he has done in just 2 years. ”

    First, a statement with no basis in reality. I advocate the Norwegian model, not the British or French models and as of 2011, Norway has a 3.2% unemployment rate.

    Second, the domestic economy (and in large part the economies of European countries too heavily vested in our Casino on Wall St.) was wrecked by the Conservatives and allies the Libertarians in their efforts at bank deregulation. As for Obama being a socialist? Hardly. He’s about as socialist as Reagan was and just about as much a true Democrat as well. He’s a corporatist ass kissing toady much like yourself who makes excuses for corporate criminals and the political criminals that aid them in the quest for booty instead of investigating them and putting them on trial, so your implication that Obama was the “socialist choice” is pure fantasy. Just like most of your ideas. Speaking of fantasy, there is no “socialist majority” in Congress either, just corporatist assholes like yourself who just happen to work for different market sectors – the GOP is the Oil Party and the DNC is the Insurance Industry Party and other than some social issues they play against each other to inspire emotional voting over informed voting, there is not a dimes bit of difference in either party. Informed voters would put the GOP and DNC (and the Libertarians as well) out of business.

    “Socialism/Marxism/communism and any variant of that despicable economic model has been discredited except to the most stupid or ideological among us.”

    Nice of you to give yourself a promotion to the smartest and least ideological among us when you are clearly neither. The only thing you discredit is yourself and your failed ideology and you do so repeatedly and ad nauseum, fascist troll.

    “P.I.G.S. are getting slaughtered – Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain. They all have one thing in common. What is that you ask? They are socialist economies.”

    Correlation is not causation.

    Portugal’s problems are rooted in mismanagement of debt and a thin manufacturing base with 75-80% of their economy rooted in service sectors. Real economic strength in a country is never ever rooted that heavily in service industries as the manufacturing base is the only true measure of an economies health and strength. Service based economies are built on a foundation of sand. This is why our loss of manufacturing capacity in this country to outsourcing is so troubling. When economies stall, the first area hit is service industries because service sectors are always secondary to manufacturing sectors in an economy. Portugal is a democratic republic who admittedly had a Socialist party in control when the skids hit, however, their problems began long before the Socialist party took control by mismanaging the growth of their manufacturing sector under various regimes and the lets face facts about socialism or any other model – it’s only as good a tool as the management utilizing it. Poor management can bring down any economy regardless of the model chosen. I point to America as a prime example of this dynamic. I should also point out that Portugal has a free market economy. You mistake having a socialist party in power as having a socialist economic model.

    Ireland over investing in IT industries at a time IT investment was down combined with a poorly and under-regulated banking system (much like here) and over reliance on foreign energy was the cause of their downturn. They are not a socialist country politically nor a socialist economy. Ireland is a Parliamentary democracy with a diverse make up but was dominated by the conservative corporate special interest friendly Fianna Fail which was only deposed from long standing dominance – as in 90 years (making them the longest lived political party to hold dominance in Europe) – in 2008. They have a poorly regulated free market economy dominated by exports controlled by multinational companies, pharmaceuticals, and IT, but Ireland has a free market economy.

    Greece has an almost identical causation to their problems as Portugal, again with a base overly weighted to service industries and mismanagement of debt. And like Portugal, you mistake having a socialist party in power as having a socialist economic model. Having a high level of government services does not a socialist model make. You mistake having a socialist party in power as having a socialist economic model. Greece is also a free market economy.

    Spain is more like a mini-America in the basis of their economic woes. Unlike the aforementioned three countries though, they didn’t get too leveraged into the American property bubble (caused by under-regulated and lax enforcement of laws against companies like AIG and GoldmanSachs) by way of investment, but rather had a domestic property bubble of their own creation. Poor regulation and poor management of the domestic economy led to Spain’s downfall. However, their economy is a free market economy.

    In the end, all of the “PIGS” are management failures, not model failures although their models are all flawed forms of free market economies. Their management problems due in large part to special corporate interests getting their puppets into positions of power instead of the people getting pols who actually work for the people instead of those who line their pockets. Just like here.

    Contrast these failures (all free market economies) and our domestic failure (rooted in a laissez-faire capitalist model) with Norway to see what the socialist model properly managed can accomplish. One of the highest standards of living in the world, some of the happiest citizens in the world, and a robust economy with a strong manufacturing base are found in Norway. Norway which has escaped the ravages of the global economic downturn. And don’t start with your “oil props up Norway” bullshit again as that has been debunked numerous times by both me and Tony C.

    Now run along before I disarm you again.

  4. “Only a free market can efficiently and effectively allocate resources to where they are put to the most productive use.”

    A statement worthy of comparison to the saving of Tinker Belle in Peter Pan, as he asks to audience to believe in fairies. Just as there are no fairies, there has never been and never will be a free market. It is a chimera of people who read (or heard of) Adam Smith, but weren’t capable of understanding what he was really saying. A free market is an oxymoron backed by those who lack the depth to see its innate contradiction.

  5. “That detracts zero from the truth of the man’s actual words, let alone his deeds”

    Friedrich,

    Are you serious, I don’t think so. Methinks you’re attempting a “Devil’s Advocate” gambit. Pretending to advocate for Trotsky and communism. A Trotskyite wouldn’t be so quick to extol the Russian
    Revolution, since the “accomplishments” you talked of, save the army, were all done by Lenin and Stalin. They hunted poor Leon after he won them the revolution simply because he wanted to be top dog. Les sums up the refutation of your argument well:

    “Not to mention gulags and torture for dissidents! And next to no freedom of movement, speech, or association for everyone else! Utopia, it was!”

    In reality though, your argument is a “Potemkin Village” in nature because you believe the opposite no doubt. I think you’re just another Right Wing wannabe, who thinks his slick disinformation will
    somehow associate the Russian Revolution with Liberals and thus support the argument that socialism/communism highlight their current agenda. The intrinsic dichotomies presented in your comments:

    “America’s Foreign Policy has ALWAYS been Liberalism, that is, extending democracy on bayonets.”

    “No wonder the Imperialist West foisted such a draconian blockade against them, indeed a Cold War, starting not in 1948 like mythology has it but rather in 1917, because a slave revolt like that had the potential to be the rotten apple that ruined the entire Imperialist barrell.”

    You show confusion in assigning blame. You equate the imperialism of US foreign policy with Liberalism, when in fact it has been directed by the Right Wing corporatocracy, for its economic benefit. This is a weak semantic game on you part and played poorly to boot. However, that does suit your purpose of pretense.

    There is a problem with those of your ilk, be they counter propagandists as I suspect you are, or true believers as you claim to be. You are so caught up in pre-suppositions about society, that your solutions are always ultimately Draconian, whatever the “ism.” If as you imply you really want to save the mass of humanity from exploitation, then the only way to go about it is to start from certain principles and rights basic to all humans. Then you need to figure out the ways to achieve them, unfettered by canons of economic/social theory and grounded in the fact that all inhumanity
    stems from a will to power by sociopaths who use their “isms” to fool the people.

  6. health care already is a highly regulated market and look what has happened to it. Go try and buy an insurance policy with a $25,000 dollar deductible if you don’t believe me.

    I think Puzzling has written on the high level of regulation within the health insurance industry.

    And nationalize the oil industry, look what happened in the 70’s with just Nixon’s price controls. You will have worse than long gas lines. Only a free market can efficiently and effectively allocate resources to where they are put to the most productive use.

    As far as abuse to employees? A good economy will end that as employers scramble to provide higher wages and better working conditions than their competitors to attract the most skilled workers.

    I have worked in all types of jobs and have never been abused once, although I will admit that people who couldn’t produce were sometimes harassed so they had to leave. But the harassment usually didn’t come from management, it came from the other workers who didn’t want to carry the free loader. You a free loader since you seem to be so worried about employee abuse. You must be violent too since you seem to be worried about that as well.

    So you are a violent free loader, yep I figured as much. You probably are throwing Molotov Cocktails in the streets during the protests at the economic summit meetings.

    Your beloved European model has about a 20% unemployment rate with little room for advancement. Young people take note, you want a job? Vote for the libertarian or conservative candidate who believes in real free markets. You already voted for the Marxist/socialist and look what he has done in just 2 years. Although that isn’t quite fair, there was a socialist majority in the house and senate since 2006. It took them about 5 years to trash our economy. And it isn’t getting better because of their economic policies and the fear of the unknown consequences of health care regulations and other regulations. That is why companies aren’t hiring.

    Socialism/Marxism/communism and any variant of that despicable economic model has been discredited except to the most stupid or ideological among us.

    P.I.G.S. are getting slaughtered – Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain. They all have one thing in common. What is that you ask? They are socialist economies.

  7. Further reports from the neighbors who watched the whole incident as it unfolded indicate the kids “were crying really loud.”

    Wright was dressed only in his boxers which were torn when the SWAT-Tactical Team-Thugs threw him to the ground.

    The screaming kids were put in the backseat of the cruiser with their nearly naked father who had his hands in cuffs behind his back. Hopefully his sons were able to help him cover his genitals. His three year old daughter continued crying.

    One wonders if the SWAT-Tactical Team-Thugs had allowed the kids to use the bathroom before they threw ’em, placed them, in the backseat of the cruiser … was the three year old fully potty trained or was she still in nighttime diapers.. Did they bring them anything to drink? Certainly the U S Department of Education has some sort of guidelines on how children should be treated when torn from their beds and “placed” in the back seat of a police car by costumed maniacs … you know something like the breakfast they recommend for all children before starting their school day.

    Wright says he begged them to let the kids go stay with a neighbor. No luck. Two hours later someone had gotten in touch with their grandmother and the children left with her.

    Wright remained in his almost naked state, handcuffed in the back of the cruiser for an additional 4 hours. He said at one point someone allowed him to move his swollen hands to the front of his body … and then recuffed him. Due to swelling, the cuffs had to be loosened twice.

    Witnesses counted 13 agents and one Stockton police officer outside Wright’s home. Tough guys … isn’t that right Special Agent Nance … macho, macho men?

    http://www.news10.net/news/article/141207/29/DOE-raids-Stockton-home-as-part-of-fraud-investigation

  8. So now they claim it wasn’t a SWAT team but merely a dozen or so police ramming through the door and dragging the guy out and then his kids … everything else has remained the same except the name of the unit.

    Soon it will be kindly Sheriff Taylor and his ever faithful deputy, one bullet in his shirt pocket, Barney Fife politely placing Wright and his 3 kids in the back of a fully converted motor home where Aunt Bea served them milk and cookies as they listened to a video featuring Inspector General Kathleen S. Tighe reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The dozen or so other police officers were present to give their home a thorough spring cleaning.

    Wright has a lawyer and I believe the subject of excessive force has been mentioned. Poor Aunt Bea will be devastated.

  9. …which in only 70 years managed to accomplish across 12 time zones an industrial capacity 2nd only to the USA, the world’s first state with atheist education, full employment, free child care, free health care, free abortion, free education through college, state subsidized food, water & utilities, and a constitution that enforced the law that a blue collar worker could pay no more than 10% of their wages in rent. No wonder there was such enmity from white collar workers & bureaucrats like you who backed Perestroika with such zeal — for they had to pay 20% in rent!

    Not to mention gulags and torture for dissidents! And next to no freedom of movement, speech, or association for everyone else! Utopia, it was!

    The only thing more ridiculous than someone claiming that the U.S.A. has been a force for good in the world is someone claiming that the U.S.S.R. was a force for good in the world.

  10. Mike Spindell wrote”

    “Pardon my rant, because at its base is my total astonishment that the DOE needs weapon carrying peace officers to fight “crimes” against education.”
    __________

    Not a rant in my view, Mike, since I agree with most of what you stated.

  11. Yes, Spindell, there’s certainly some truth to what you say about the “followers” of Trotsky but the same could be said of all “followers.”

    That detracts zero from the truth of the man’s actual words, let alone his deeds, which were to almost single handedly forge the ruined & destitute Czars army into the Red Army which in only 70 years managed to accomplish across 12 time zones an industrial capacity 2nd only to the USA, the world’s first state with atheist education, full employment, free child care, free health care, free abortion, free education through college, state subsidized food, water & utilities, and a constitution that enforced the law that a blue collar worker could pay no more than 10% of their wages in rent. No wonder there was such enmity from white collar workers & bureaucrats like you who backed Perestroika with such zeal — for they had to pay 20% in rent!

    No wonder the Imperialist West foisted such a draconian blockade against them, indeed a Cold War, starting not in 1948 like mythology has it but rather in 1917, because a slave revolt like that had the potential to be the rotten apple that ruined the entire Imperialist barrell. It was an example of historically oppressed peoples’ audacity that had to be smashed. It took a while, but the 500 year reich (1492 to 1992) eventually smashed it just like they’ve done with every other slave revolt over the last 500 years.

  12. I’m wondering why all of these different government agencies need guns. First it was the DEA, then the ATF, then others… I’m sure the FDA probably has them now, too… And to top it off, the DOE has them too.

    Why?

    Why can’t the FBI do this shit for them? Why do we need 500 Federal organizations that have law-enforcement authority and can carry weapons and break down doors?

  13. “For students interested in a historical follow up to the last post let me refer to the 20th century’s most articulate proletarian revolutionary philosopher:”

    Having known many followers of Trotsky in my life all I can say is that they are generally the most humorless, boring people I’ve ever met. Besides the ennui of being in their presence the other common characteristic is in their rigidity of perspective. Giving them any power over a society would be a disaster. However, that holds true for slavish followers of any of the “isms.” Save us from the “Ists” of the world because they will get us all killed in the end trying to perfect their canons of ignorance.

  14. “I don’t think you can conclude from a couple of kids fighting because one feels he was wronged by another is violent by nature.”

    I don’t think you comprehend the definition of violence (exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse) if you don’t think fighting is violence, dumbass. That or you’ve never been in a fight. Probably both.

    “It is sad to watch your mind work.”

    Now that’s projection!

    You apparently cannot distinguish between democratic socialism and the entire spectrum of socialistic models no matter how many times it’s explained to you. Again for the slow crowd: socialism and communism are not the same thing. The only markets that need to be nationalized are those critical to national security. That means your beloved free markets get the rest but they have to follow the rules that protect citizens and employees from their potential and actual abuses. It’s not free markets that are the problem. It’s unregulated free markets and particularly abusive sectors (namely health care insurance and energy – which need to be nationalized – and banking – that needs to regulated to the point they can’t wreck the economy again with their made up bullshit “financial products” like CDS’) that are the problem.

    That and your inability to comprehend and ability to only regurgitate propaganda, sock puppet for oil.

    My mind is a Swiss precision timepiece compared to that limp dirty gym sock you call a brain so it’s no wonder that it makes you sad to watch my mind work. Jealousy and lack of comprehension can often result in sadness. Sadness at your own inadequacies. In contrast, watching your mind doesn’t make me sad. It makes me laugh.

    And the joke is on you.

  15. For students interested in a historical follow up to the last post let me refer to the 20th century’s most articulate proletarian revolutionary philosopher:

    “The doctrine of formal democracy is…. but the theory of so-called natural law. The essence of the latter consists in the recognition of eternal and unchanging standards of law, which among different peoples and at different periods find a different, more or less limited and distorted expression. The natural law of the latest history – i.e., as it emerged from the Middle Ages – included first of all a protest against class privileges, the abuse of despotic legislation, and the other “artificial” products of feudal positive law. The theoreticians of the, as yet, weak Third Estate expressed its class interests in a few ideal standards, which later on developed into the teaching of democracy, acquiring at the same time an individualist character. The individual is absolute; all persons have the right of expressing their thoughts in speech and print; every man must enjoy equal electoral rights. As a battle cry against feudalism, the demand for democracy had a progressive character. As time went on, however, the metaphysics of natural law (the theory of formal democracy) began to show its reactionary side – the establishment of an ideal standard to control the real demands of the laboring masses and the revolutionary parties.

    If we look back to the historical sequence of world concepts, the theory of natural law will prove to be a paraphrase of Christian spiritualism freed from its crude mysticism. The Gospels proclaimed to the slave that he had just the same soul as the slave-owner, and in this way established the equality of all men before the heavenly tribunal. In reality, the slave remained a slave, and obedience became for him a religious duty. In the teaching of Christianity, the slave found an expression for his own ignorant protest against his degraded condition. Side by side with the protest was also the consolation. Christianity told him:– ”You have an immortal soul, although you resemble a pack-horse.” Here sounded the note of indignation. But the same Christianity said:– ”Although you are like a pack-horse, yet your immortal soul has in store for it an eternal reward.” Here is the voice of consolation. These two notes were found in historical Christianity in different proportions at different periods and amongst different classes. But as a whole, Christianity, like all other religions, became a method of deadening the consciousness of the oppressed masses.

    Natural law, which developed into the theory of democracy, said to the worker: “all men are equal before the law, independently of their origin, their property, and their position; every man has an equal right in determining the fate of the people.” This ideal criterion revolutionized the consciousness of the masses in so far as it was a condemnation of absolutism, aristocratic privileges, and the property qualification. But the longer it went on, the more if sent the consciousness to sleep, legalizing poverty, slavery and degradation: for how could one revolt against slavery when every man has an equal right in determining the fate of the nation?

    Rothschild, who has coined the blood and tears of the world into the gold napoleons of his income, has one vote at the parliamentary elections. The ignorant tiller of the soil who cannot sign his name, sleeps all his life without taking his clothes off, and wanders through society like an underground mole, plays his part, however, as a trustee of the nation’s sovereignty, and is equal to Rothschild in the courts and at the elections. In the real conditions of life, in the economic process, in social relations, in their way of life, people became more and more unequal; dazzling luxury was accumulated at one pole, poverty and hopelessness at the other. But in the sphere of the legal edifice of the State, these glaring contradictions disappeared, and there penetrated thither only unsubstantial legal shadows. The landlord, the laborer, the capitalist, the proletarian, the minister, the bootblack – all are equal as “citizens” and as “legislators.” The mystic equality of Christianity has taken one step down from the heavens in the shape of the “natural,” “legal” equality of democracy. But it has not yet reached earth, where lie the economic foundations of society. For the ignorant day-laborer, who all his life remains a beast of burden in the service of the bourgeoisie, the ideal right to influence the fate of the nations by means of the parliamentary elections remained little more real than the palace which he was promised in the kingdom of heaven.”

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1920/terrcomm/ch03.htm

    (See Chapter 3 — The Metaphyscics of Democracy)

  16. The ABC’s of Historical Materialism in regards to human history are this:

    Politics is Who gets What?

    A State is armed gangs defending property.

    An army is a State on wheels.

    Foreign Policy can only be an extension of Domestic Policy.

    America’s Foreign Policy has ALWAYS been Liberalism, that is, extending democracy on bayonets.

    Democracy has NEVER prevented a single war.
    _________________________________________________________________

    Based on these elemental precepts it stands to reason that if our foreign police, the US armed forces, can kick down the doors of Iraqis & other brown people in the middle of the night with impunity then so eventually will our domestic police kick down the doors of the citizenry with impunity.

    This is what all the mindless flag wavers on both sides of the aisle never understand, or refuse to come to grips with, because both US political parties ultimately are subservient to a single ruling class, that is, America is a one party Plutocracy (some say Kleptocracy) with two factions bickering over how best to screw over the working masses.

    Res Ipsa Loquitur

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