Scratch a “Liberal,” find a Fascist: The Case of Barbara Boxer

freedominourtime.blogspot.com | Dec 20, 2012

barbara boxerDemocratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California, a bottomless fountain of foolishness, has proposed a measure that would permit governors to deploy National Guard troops to provide “security” at government-run schools.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.

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