With every passing day governments at all levels fear Americans more and more. RR readers are well informed (here and here) on the unexplainable reasons why such diverse bureaus and agencies as EPA, US Forest Service, Dept of Eduction, NOAA, …, and now the USPS (here) are buying millions of rounds of small caliber anti-personnel (not training) ammunition and firearms. These same government units have installed and continue to add SWAT teams. Through the DHS local constabularies are receiving grants to ‘buy’ armored combat vehicles from the military (here). And on and on.
The push to get heavy weapons into the hands of state and local governments is now getting so intense that some towns are beginning to resist having to accept, learning to operate, and maintain the MRAPs and other heavily armored ‘rescue vehicles’ being offered to them. The legal means to use this muscle against civilians is already loaded and cocked in the Patriot Act (q.v.).
It’s as if our governments, led by the feds, were preparing for a massive move on its citizens that involves removing liberties, or abrogating the Second Amendment, or implementing mass relocations of citizens, or …? In short, it’s as if they were preparing to do something that they fully expect would be met by resistance from an armed citizenry, and they need to be able mobilize all government institutions to participate when the time comes.
In the meantime, the sanguine lies pour forth about these actions being ‘nothing unusual’, ‘standard procedure’, and being done ‘to save lives’. For some reason the lamestream continues to be silent on these developments. And even Republican politicians are playing their 'see/hear/speak no evil' parts in this game. (H/T to readers for the nudges to update these developments.)