The Problem: The depth of hostility which divides the United States is clearly evident to any observer of the ongoing political campaigns. What’s more worrisome, however, is the possibility that this conflict could escalate beyond the violence threshold. In this context, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent report on “patriot” groups and militia activity is quite troubling. It reveals that increasing numbers of people feel so alienated from society that they have essentially given up hope of working within the system. When we further consider the recent FBI report indicating that extremist groups have been recruiting military personnel, we have even more cause for concern.
Phi Beta Iota: Emphasis added. The Southern Poverty Law Center has always had a problem understanding that when a government fails to actually represent the public interest, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government. What the Southern Poverty Law Center does not get is that it is not just white militants that are making plans for life without the existing government, but all groups with any degree of sense. The USA suffers from massive corruption across all elements of the society, led by a two-party tyranny of corruption so deep and pervasive as to make a third world dictator envious. Europe is on the verge of implosion, with Spain, Portugal, and Italy primed to follow in the steps of Greece, where the banks have collapsed and informal currencies are proliferating. After the faux US election in November 2012, it is highly likely there will be a severe Reduction in Force (RIF) across the government, at the same time that multiple forms of economic collapse come to the fore in the US. In a situation like this, it is good to recollect the words of Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York):
When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it.