Scratch a “Liberal,” find a Fascist: The Case of Barbara Boxer
freedominourtime.blogspot.com | Dec 20, 2012
“Is it not part of the national defense to make sure that your children are safe?” Boxer asked during a Capitol Hill press conference in the misguided belief that this content-free trope somehow constituted compelling wisdom.
She blithely stated that her proposal wouldn’t be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act (which was supposed to prevent the domestic use of the military for the purpose of law enforcement) because it would allow governors to re-purpose troops who are already being used for drug interdiction operations. That is to say, the militarization of schools wouldn’t constitute a new Posse Comitatus violation, but rather expand on an existing one.
Boxer’s proposal to militarize the schools could have been taken directly from “The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012,” a terrifyingly prescient essay published twenty years ago in Parameters, the journal of the U.S. Army War College by military historian Charles J. Dunlap. This glimpse of a dystopian future takes the form of a long letter written by an officer awaiting execution as a traitor to the junta that has seized control over the United States in the wake of military disasters abroad and socio-economic turmoil at home.
“It wasn’t any single cause that led us to this point,” writes the condemned patriot to a friend. “It was instead a combination of several different developments, the beginnings of which were evident in 1992.” Rather than de-mobilizing at the end of the Cold War, the ruling establishment expanded the military’s mission overseas and made it an even more pervasive presence at home.
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Military personnel became “an adjunct to all police forces in the country,” the officer recalls; social and economic problems were redefined as “national security” issues and brought under the military’s area of responsibility. This is how uniformed military personnel became ubiquitous: People became accustomed to the sight of “uniformed military personnel patrolling their neighborhood…. Even the youngest citizens were co-opted…. [We have] an entire generation of young people who have grown up comfortable with the sight of military personnel patrolling their streets and teaching in their classrooms.”
There is a sense in which Boxer’s proposal is redundant, since armed “warriors” are already deployed in countless schools nation-wide: They are called “resource officers,” but they are taught to perceive themselves as front-line troops on a combat footing.