Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Let's talk about Zeks, baby...

Remember this little chestnut?

"I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration."

— Hillary Clinton

I consider myself to be an exceptionally proud American. My family hasn’t really been here all that long (my father’s mother was born in Wales, and his father was conceived in Poland but born in the States. He married my grandmother while a bomber crewman in WW2. My mom was born in Toronto, Canada, and her family came to the States in 1960.)

I proudly served this country for four years as an Army Military Policeman. Most of my friends are former & current military folks who took an oath to uphold, protect, and defend this nation against all enemies, foreign AND domestic.
Needless to say, I’m more than just a little disturbed at the recent events transpiring in this country.

Firstly, we have people who are being beaten up by uniformed, union thugs for trying to voice their opinions and displeasure at the crap being fed to us by the government. That reminds me an awful lot of Hitler’s brownshirts.


The Sturmabteilung, abbreviated SA (German for "storm detachment" or "assault detachment", generally meaning "storm troopers"), functioned as the paramilitary arm of the Nazi Party. It played a key role in Hitler’s rise to power. The SA were called "brownshirts" for the color of their uniforms; this distinguished them from the Schutzstaffel (SS), who wore those really snazzy black uniforms that scared the shit outta everyone.

Secondly, these little town hall meetings full of hand-picked, hallelujah-shouting supporters, just like the early Hitler rallies. I mean, they already know what the questions are gonna be, because they selected them beforehand to lob softballs at Uber-Man. I used to live across the river from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and I'm embarassed at how hard they kissed his ass.

Third, we have a government (and its leader) who has inserted itself into the banking and automotive sectors, and thusly taken control of private industries. They have appointed their own hand-picked minions to do their bidding and try to pass it off as “the people” having an ownership in this disaster, just like the Nazis did.

Next, we have a government filling us full of crap with a so-called stimulus that was fed to us under the auspices of “shovel-ready” projects to get people working again, mostly on infrastructure projects like building roads and bridges. Hey…that’s like…the unemployed people of a post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany, and Hitler put thousands of them to work. The Nazis introduced public work schemes for men who worked in the National Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst or RAD). Their work included digging ditches on farms to assist irrigation, building the new autobahns, planting trees, and other fun shovel-ready projects. The economy was so stimulated that the people soon found themselves ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship.

And lest we forget that Herr President Uber-Man has asked us to politely inform him through the Interwebz of people spreading anti-Reich propaganda, um, I mean, misinformation about the healthcare socialization program. Please, inform on your neighbors. Now we’ll have people who dislike conservative bloggers ratting us out to the new Gestapo at flag@whitehouse.gov . The Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei or “Secret State Police” will soon be rounding us up.

NOTE: I absolutely and categorically resent, and am nauseated by, the possibility and implication that people are being encouraged to rat out their friends, neighbors, or family members, or just people they don't agree with. This is bullshittery of the highest magnitudinal order.

We have Frau Pelosi, Anf├╝hrer des Amerikanischen Representantenhaus, accusing protesters of carrying swastikas. Lady, those signs had that big circular “NO” symbol superimposed over those swastikas. The people are trying to tell you and this Amerikanische Reich that they think that you guys are the Nazis. The anger is NOT manufactured. It’s quite real.

You’re trying your damnedest to turn us into your little socialist worker’s paradise. Lest we forget that “Nazi” is itself yet another German contraction. It was the National Socialist German Workers' Party, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP, and is best known in English as the Nazi Party.

The above poster translates into "National Socialism: The Organization of the Will of the Nation"

By trying to silence us and our dissent, the President, or at least his administration, is guilty of committing a crime, according to United States Code.

According to 5 U.S.C. 552a, United States agencies, including the Executive Office of the President shall, “maintain no record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained or unless pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity.”

I finally got my wish! I’ve become enough of a pain in the ass as a writer that I’m on a government watch list! I sorta figured that I’d end up having radical Islam issue a Fatwa against me and declare Jihad upon my ass, but this is just as funny. But now some poor schlub at the National Security Agency, deep underground across the street from Fort Meade, Maryland, is stuck reading my blog.

Also, a lot of talk has been made this week also of this new recruiting ad for the National Guard, seeking folks to fill Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 31E, Internment/Resettlement Specialist. I really want to think that this is just much ado about nothing, but I do kinda wonder…

You see, as I said before, I am a former Military Police soldier. My MOS was 95B. For two years I worked in close conjunction with 95C’s, which were Correctional Specialists, and I had also received additional training in EPW operations to set up camps for Enemy Prisoners of War. Nowadays the 95’s have been replaced by 31’s; the standard MP MOS is 31B. Seems they’ve done away with 31C’s in favor of this new 31E specialty since there are fewer dedicated military prison facilities, but the Army is finding no shortage of refugees to help in camps and there looms the specter of setting up Gitmo-type internment camps here in America to house the prisoners we take in the Global Contingency Against Man-Caused Disasters (ObamaSpeak for the War on Terrorism). The National Guard & Reserve MP units with 31E soldiers would ostensibly be geared towards resettling folks in temporary shelter after natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

In my heart of hearts, I really hate to think that my beloved MP Corps would be used as SS camp guards to incarcerate dissidents against the Obama government. I somehow feel that if they try to set up these camps, they’d have open mutiny on their hands, and with good reason. Soldiers do have the right to refuse illegal orders. It’s a really scary thing to think that we’ll be rounded up and sent to Gulags like “zeks” in the old days of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union.

I’ll no longer be Mojo Steve, or The Lightning Man…just Zek #052869.

"Workers with the mind and with the hands choose the frontline soldier..."


jay son said...

i wonder how long it will be before we see the ARBEIT MACH FREI signs posted here. both spector and mccaskel said they don't think the protests are representative of america. guess they got use to everyone just rolling over and taking it in the ass. NOT ANY MORE!

Anonymous said...

Steve, I'll be linking to this post in a post of my own. I hope it brings a few people over to visit. Best of luck.

Opus #6 said...

Way to go, Steve! Excellent posters and prose. :-D

I saw the story about you at Nickie's place.

LL said...

Well done blog, well framed argument.

Arbeit Macht Frei!

Got Mit Uns!!

As a retired Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy who served with SpecWar and in combat, I can say with some degree of confidence that the military would not turn on the people. The police won't turn on the people.

So who will President Obama use to enforce his will when it comes to breaking down the population? Union thugs? There are some things even union thugs won't do. All right, not many, but some.

Amusing Bunni said...

Wow Steve, this is a GREAT post. That is exactly what the country is becoming, Nazi Germany. You identified every reason why, too!

It gets worse by the day and I see no end in sight. I often wondered when the true patriots in the military would defend the country against ALL enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC, cause we have a whole boatload in washington, from the top on down!

You do have the most wonderful photo's. I agree, they are a very important component of a post and page and your's Rock!
Also, thanks for sending me some cool squirrel ones! I'll have to put them on mine after I finish installing the analytics, to see who's spying on me.

Lynnae said...

I LOVE all your photoshopping talents here. How do you feel about people 'borrowing' for their blogs? I'd love one of those for a button on my sidebar.
I visited by way of Nickie Goomba's blog. Yours is great and I'm going to follow!

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

Steal away! I'm flattered. Some of the ones I use are borrowed anyways from various sites. When I start writing, about halfway through I take a mental break and start scouring the web for images. In some cases, I already have the images and just modify them. But most of the time I have some sick, snarky, or silly comment in my head that just needs the perfect picture to slap it onto. I especially love to parody the Lol-Cat things.

For this particular post, I grabbed propaganda posters and ran with it. I Googled Soviet, Chinese, Nazi, even Korean posters, and selected a few good ones. The airbrushed Obama-style Hitler was borrowed intact. The Nazi "will of the nation" one is exactly how it was in the 30's.

Believe it or not, I'm a complete idiot about Photoshop. I'm self-taught with the crap Microsoft Digital Image Standard Editor that came with my laptop; I just have an overabundance of creativity I guess.

Z said...

fantastic post, Steve.
Und Sie sprechen Deutsche sehr, sehr gut, Ich muss sagen!

(ein bischen ZU gut.. hm!!)

Hillary's comment should blow out of the water all the unbelievably disgusting comments from politicians toward honest American townhallers.........in the better America we once knew.

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

I learned a fair amount of German when I lived there with the Army from 1988 to 1990. It's amazing how much I still remember. It also helps that I hung out with a German-linguist counter-intel agent (Guest Blogger Rick) who said that after awhile I spoke German with a local dialect with the skills of someone who had been through at least half of the course at the Defense Language Institute.

Z said...

Now I see MY mistakes...ah, well. I speak fairly well myself.
I've lived in Munich about a year, all told (LOVED IT SO MUCH) and after having met so many Germans who speak English, I can actually tell what part of Germany they're from just from listening to them speak English. Weird, but my husband's always surprised that I"m either right or pretty darned close.

It's a very interesting language, isn't it? Really a brain strain with that grammar but I very much enjoyed it. I lived in Paris for 4 years and my French became better than my German but both aren't fluent, that's for sure, unfortunately.

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

Oh hell, I've forgotten BY FAR more than I currently know. Then again, I was but a wee tadpole back then. I turned 19 a wek before I got there and turned 21 4 days before I came home....and I'm now 40. The only language maintenance I get is by accident these days.

blackandgoldfan said...

Steve: This was just an absolutely brilliant post (as eerily true as it is)!

I'm going to be recuperating from surgery the week of the 24th. Do you mind if I snag this?


Hello Steve. I was told I needed to come here. I guess I did. Great blog. See ya in the foxhole.

Brooke said...

The similarities between now and 1938 are truly disturbing! Even worse are the leftists who turn a blind eye to it, just as in 1938.

Excellent post!

Chris said...

Ok....Steve; you are my brother from another mother and all that and I know that we have been friends for 26 years now so I don't need to fellate you and tell you how good that was but DAMN!!! I KNOW what and how you write and I know just what you are capable of but this blog was a truly inspired piece of writing, from an angle that I just hadn't had my mind put together until I read this. I laid in bed, wide awake until the wee hours of the morning, thinking about the horrendous parallels between then and now...and the fact that the majority of us in this country are blissfully unaware of said parallels. I think you hit this on the head. Go ahead and sit down and talk to some of the older people in this country who LIVED this once already! My wife is a therapist at a nursing home and you can't believe the angst among those who live there about where this country is going and what it is turning into...and they don't HAVE to care, because they won't be here to see the end result but yet they do because THEY are the ones who put it all on the line all those years ago to stop this crap the first time!!!
So people of the United States of America bury your collective heads in the sand if you wish. I for one will not. I have 4 very good reasons ranging from 6-8 months that will not allow me to do so. I love my country, and I still take my oath to it very seriously. Don't confuse that with liking my government and the people that "represent" us in Washington, D.C. If revolution by the people is what is needed, then the government ought to know that based on past lessons the people WILL and CAN revolt. And the government WILL lose. A government cannot govern without the will of the people. And THIS person's will is not up for sale. Do the right thing America; if not for our generation than the future generations. I want to leave my children with a country to be proud of, and right now that isn't going to be possible if we keep heading down the slippery slope we are headed down.