Over the last couple of years, I have had to re-think this question of Human Rights. Grew up think that the US was the sole bastion of worldwide human rights. Then there was the March on Selma, the murder of the three voting activists in Mississippi, Rosa Parks, Wounded Knew, and the Chicago Riots. All of which somehow or somewhere got relegated to being a part of some sort of communist conspiracy.
Then in the 70s and 80s, I was working Central America, Caribbean and Columbia as a Special Forces officer. Got a totally different picture of human rights. I have to say that it was not pretty. Both the Republicans and Democrats overlooked what the other side was doing to further their political agenda and demonstrate political correctness.
In the last 20 years, turned my focus back towards the US with new eyes and have come to see that we are no different than El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chile, Argentina, Columbia in the 70s and 80s. In the end when the final chapter of social history of the US as human rights was practiced, it will be on par with the Spanish Inquisition, Stalin’s purges in Russia and Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. Yes, the numbers may vary depending on who keeps does the final tallies but the results will be the same.
The only person of any stature that has had the courage to speak out about it has be President Jimmy Carter. On this count he is clear and to the point. This is not a Democratic or Republican thing but a summary of the politics that will lead us down the road to a dictatorship. Among the clearest signs are number of men, women and children that are in the jails and prisons of the nation and no one is batting an eye lash. The only concern seems to be is how to make it cheaper to incarcerate them.
I offer three points of view well worth reading. The first is President Jimmy Carters recent speeches on the subject.
Jimmy Carter Accuses U.S. of ‘Widespread Abuse of Human Rights’
Then there is the book called Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing . This alone is a scary book but when coupled with President Carters human rights charges as well as the Department of Justice ‘gun walking scandle’ and the expose of the secret service party animals the clouds start to darken.
Then my gaze shifts to the treatment or recent killings in Gainesville, Florida of those with mental illness and a shudder goes down my back.
All totaled and we are only steps away from the Gulags of Stalin and concentration camps of Hitler. After all, we do have over one million men, women and children in the jails and prisons of the nation. That is 25 percent of the worlds incarcerated persons with less than 5 percent of the world’s population. No other country comes close to this.Gainesville police shoot, kill man diagnosed with schizophrenia followed up with Dick Bradley: Our limited options. In all the killings of those with mental illnesses in this town, no one has been punished. After all, they did it by the book.
It is only a small step from doing it by the book to a population with a small advocancy group and not only what but how the Nazi’s did it to the mentally ill prior to World War II and its evolution to the Jews as the enemies of the state. The question I ask you is, just where do you think we are on this time line.