We’ve all done it. In the heat of anger all of us at one time or another have called someone a name like: bitch, jerk or asshole. Seemingly harmless names, as it pertains to sticks and stones, but without realizing it we have all taken part in the dehumanization of an individual. As upsetting as that realization maybe, when dehumanization is conducted by government, it reaches a whole new level of disturbing.
Dehumanization can be defined as:
To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility: slaves who had been dehumanized by their abysmal condition.
When people are told to see an individual, or a group of people, as anything other than human it can be considered dehumanization.
When a government utilizes dehumanization tactics, as the Obama Administration and politicians on the left have been doing with the Tea Party, it must seriously be considered one of the 8 Steps To Genocide.
The 8 Steps To Genocide is a document created by Genocide Watch that lists the eight stages which must occur in order for the mass murder of a particular group of people to take place. While these stages may not happen in the consecutive order as they are listed, they will all be present in the process towards genocide. These 8 stages or ‘steps’ are:
1. Classification– “All cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi.”
From the first day that the Tea Party emerged the Obama Administration, the main stream media and progressive politicians have done their best to classify the Tea Party as three things: rich, white and racist. By doing so the progressive left hoped to not only minimize the Tea Party’s ability to gather support, but it also helped to create an “Us vs Them” mentality in the minds of the public. Ironically, the Tea Party has always had a wide variety of ethnicity and people from all walks of life. But sadly, truth is always the first victim when it comes to propaganda.
2. Symbolization- “We give names or other symbols to the classifications. We name people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguish them by colors or dress; and apply the symbols to members of groups. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization. When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia.”
April 9th 2009. Rachel Maddow said:
“Even Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is getting in on the hot tea-bagging action,”
From that point on the progressive left, even President Obama, began utilizing the term “Tea Bagger” to demonize and symbolize the Tea Party. Hateful anti-Tea Party propaganda, like the pictures below, spread across the web overnight.
The hatred by the progressive left for the Tea Party is so intense that even a video titled “How to Speak Tea Bag” was created then posted on the government subsidized National Public Radio’s website.
Recently the Tea Bag was once again used as a symbol of hatred when Congressman Roger Willams of Texas had his office door vandalized (Pictured above). As The Bell reported, on October 7th, 2013 progressive activists taped tea bags, along with hate filled signs, on the Congressman’s door. One sign in particular called the Congressman an “Anti-American Racist”. (Gee where have we heard that before?)
Sadly this hatred, fueled by the symbolism, has even progressed to the next level: Dehumanization.
3. Dehumanization- “One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to vilify the victim group.“
While Genocide Watch defines dehumanization as equating people with things such as animals and insects, I believe the argument can be made that it should also include terrorists. Ever since 9 /11 the American people have come to see terrorists as one of the lowest forms of life. So for the sake of this section on dehumanization, I have included ‘terrorists’ as a species lower than humans.
Hints that the progressive left were going to dehumanize the Tea Party began early in the Obama administration with the release of a report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC was formed by the DHS) titled: “The Modern Militia Movement”. This document was created as a tool to help law enforcement officials identify possible domestic terrorists. According to the document, you might be a domestic terrorist if you owned a Gasden (Don’t Tread On Me) Flag, believed the Federal Government had overstepped its Constitutional bounds, oppose illegal immigration or abortion and were Christian. (Cough Tea Party Cough).
The Obama administration ignored the outcries of Tea Party who claimed the document was a form of intimidation. Instead of offering an apology, the Obama administration issued another DHS report in April of 2009 titled: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” This report was blatant propaganda created to specifically target the Tea Party (Even though officials claimed it wasn’t) and listed not only anti-government groups as possible terrorists but Veterans, those who oppose illegal immigration (seeing a trend there?) and those who oppose gun control.
On a side note, from the time I founded my blog, The P/Oed Patriot, I began to notice daily visits from the DHS and other Tea Party bloggers noticed the same trend. I believe these visits were a direct result of the profiles in the leaked DHS reports from 2009 because like millions of Americans, I fit the profile in both documents. (More or less).
This form of round about dehumanization utilized written media but it would only be a matter of time before the Obama administration, and their allies, began to dehumanize the Tea Party verbally and directly.
In July of 2011 Harry Reid began referring to the ‘Tea Party’ as “extremists”. He continued this disturbing trend through the rest of the year and into 2012 where in February of 2012 even the Obama administration began openly asking for money to fight “Tea Party Extremism”. While these examples were written off as political posturing, Obama followers took it as a sign to ramp up the rhetoric of hate.
In August of 2011 Vice President Joe Biden upped the dehumanization rhetoric when he said dealing with Tea Party Republicans over the debt ceiling was akin to negotiating with Terrorists. This slip of the tongue was quickly denied by the Obama administration as an attempt to call the Tea Party “Terrorists” by claiming that Joe Biden never actually said the word “Terrorism”.
Fast forward to September 2013. The dehumanization of the Tea Party was ramped up 100 fold when Nancy Pelosi called the Tea Party “Arsonists” while Harry Reid once again joined the dehumanization fray and called the Tea Party “Anarchists”. Not to be outdone by his colleagues Democratic Congressman Peter King crossed the line to complete dehumanization and labeled the Tea Party as “Terrorists”. To top off the cake of insults the White House officially jumped on the dehumanization parade float and according to an article in Hot Air, took a page from Peter King and basically called the Tea Party Terrorists:
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Pfeiffer why Republicans shouldn’t demand spending cuts in exchange for the CR and the debt-ceiling hike when more than six in ten Americans think that’s a reasonable approach. Pfeiffer replied that demanding spending cuts in this process is like, er, terrorism:
While the White House, and members of Congress, have no problem linking the Tea Party to Terrorists, the President has stuck to his previous forms of dehumanization by continuing to officially call the Tea Party “Extremists” as he did in this Tweet at the beginning of the recent government shut down:
The Progressive left has heard the dehumanization rhetoric from their leaders loud and clear and have been doing their best to spread the hate by claiming the “Tea Party” members in Congress are “Holding the Government Hostage” (Type that into a Google search, the results will blow your mind.) One progressive radio show host has even went so far as to say that the Tea Party wanted to “Blow Your Children Up”.
This type of hateful, dehumanizing rhetoric is extremely dangerous since it creates a justifiable excuse in the minds of progressives for any number of atrocities committed against the Tea Party movement up to and including genocide.
Terrifying evidence of this mindset has already appeared in the realm of social media. According to an article on Twitchy, on October 3rd, 2013 an unfortunate incident took place in D.C. where shots were fired and the Capitol was put on lock down. While many people were deeply concerned about what was happening, progressives on twitter were hoping the shots meant that someone in the Tea Party was being killed:
As the progressive left waits for their dreams of violence against the Tea Party to come true, others are giddy with the prospect of charging politicians associated with the Tea Party with sedition. According to articles on progressive blogs such as the Daily Kos and Politicususa.com the left are falling all over themselves in the belief that anyone preventing the full implementation of Obamacare can be criminally charged under The Sedition Act of 1798:
While Republicans constantly invoke our nation’s founders, they and a large number of individuals and organizations who support them, are in violation of one of our founders’ earliest proscriptions: Seditious Conspiracy, made illegal through The Sedition Act of 1798. – Daily Kos
With the closing of the government, costing us millions if not billions of dollars, there may be a little caveat that even the Congress cannot ignore or face prison 18 USC § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy. The law reads:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Since John Boehner and his Tea Party members have conspired to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, they are in violation of the law. – Politicus USA
If the progressive left were as astute with searching Google as they are with praying for the death of the Tea Party, they may have saved themselves some embarrassment and discovered that the act of sedition was essentially eliminated thanks to the court case Sullivan v The New York Times in 1964. (Cough First Amendment Rights Cough) Ironically Sedition seems to be a favorite tactic of the progressive left considering President Woodrow Wilson attempted to bring it back in 1918.
The Tea Party is considered so lacking in the rights reserved for humans by the progressive left that the administration felt comfortable enough to openly admit they were using the IRS to illegally target groups and people associated with the Tea Party in an effort to intimidate them. If any other administration had admitted that they utilized Federal agencies to intimidate a certain segment of the American population based upon their beliefs it would be front page news and condemned by every honest politician and citizen for being unacceptable behavior. But because the progressive left have done such a wonderful job at dehumanizing the Tea Party, the outcries for fair treatment of the Tea Party are being drowned out by the sounds of crickets as it seems the Tea Party is no longer deserving of such treatment by anyone, even by those in power who are supposed to be defending ‘liberty’.
Have any progressive leaders condemned this behavior or the spread of falsehoods committed by their minions or the administration?
I believe the reason this type of “tone” hasn’t been condemned by the progressive left is because this is exactly the kind of mindset they wish their followers to have since it is necessary for the next step of Genocide to take place. Organization.
4. ORGANIZATION: Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility (the Janjaweed in Darfur.) Sometimes organization is informal (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or decentralized (terrorist groups.) Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings.
In October of 2012 an article was written by a retired Colonel and a University Professor detailing how the U.S. Army might destroy domestic terrorists who, “…were motivated by the goals of the Tea Party movement…”. The publication of this article had Tea Partiers asking aloud if this “How To” instruction manual was a part of a disturbing escalation in hostility by progressives to infuse an Anti-Tea Party mindset into the Military. While many agreed that it was, the progressive left dismissed such talk as “conspiracy theories”, sadly only time will tell.
Another disturbing trend which has Tea Party members on edge is the fact that different Government agencies are purchasing large quantities of ammunition, arms and armored vehicles. According to an article in Forbes, the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 Billion rounds of Ammunition, 7,000 fully automatic rifles and 2,717 fully armored, mine resistant vehicles for domestic use. To cap it all off, they aren’t answering questions as to why:
…we hear that DHS is in the process of stockpiling more than 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines. Incidentally, those are also known as “assault weapons”, but are not the limited single-fire per trigger-pull semi-automatic types that we civilians are currently allowed to own. By some estimates, that’s enough firepower to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq war.
Then, to cap it off, we find out that DHS, through the U.S. Army Forces Command, recently purchased and retrofitted 2,717 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq. They are specifically designed to protect occupants from ambush attacks, incorporating bullet-proof windows designed to withstand small-arms fire, such as .223-caliber rifles.
…We should also understand that other government agencies began purchasing large amounts of ammo at the same time as DHS. A big difference, however, is that they have offered reasons for doing so, while DHS has made a point not to. For example, the Social Security Administration issued a post on its official blog explaining that the ammunition they purchased was “standard issue” used by special agents during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions, to ensure agent and public safety.”
As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics in 2008, 73 federal law enforcement agencies then employed approximately 120,000 armed full-time on-duty officers with arrest authority. Of the four largest, two under the DHS and two in the Department of Justice employed four-fifths of the total. That obviously represents a lot of guns, and demands an enormous amount of practice ammo. It’s also appropriate to consider that in order to ensure adequate supplies will be available, government agencies must place large orders from commercial suppliers well in advance of the time they are needed.
Still, despite active public inquiry, DHS has not only remained silent, but has gone so far as to literally black out information regarding its purchases.
What exactly is the DHS going to do with this large wealth of guns, ammo and armor? At this point your guess is as good as mine. But seeing that this disturbing trend fits right in with the “Organization” which is required for Genocide to happen it shouldn’t be easily dismissed.
5.POLARIZATION: Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction. Extremist terrorism targets moderates, intimidating and silencing the center.
In order to witness the polarization of the United States all you have to do is Google “Polarized” in the news section. Poll after poll and post after post show many people believe the country hasn’t been this divided since the Civil War.
This entire article has demonstrated how the progressive left have utilized everything from the internet to the White House in an effort to polarize the populace and cause this division. Those on the left claim their hateful rhetoric is just part of an effort to ‘mobilize’ their base. The problem with that defense is one doesn’t need to call their opponents ‘terrorists’ (especially when it’s a false claim) or wish death upon them just to mobilize one’s base to vote.. but it is a requirement if you wish to mobilize your base for something far more terrible ….such as Genocide.
As you can see, five of the eight steps required for Genocide have been met. The final three have yet to occur. They are:
6.PREPARATION: Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved.
7. EXTERMINATION begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing. Sometimes the genocide results in revenge killings by groups against each other, creating the downward whirlpool-like cycle of bilateral genocide (as in Burundi).
8. DENIAL is the eighth stage that always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile.
The only factor, I believe, which has prevented the progressives from completing the path to Genocide against the Tea Party can be summed up in three words: The 2nd Amendment.
The progressive left understands that while the American people may not have tanks and planes, they are the most heavily armed people in the free world and even though their dehumanization efforts have born fruit among their followers, it has yet to embed with the majority of the American people. So until the progressives can either remove the 2nd Amendment (or whittle it down enough to make it ineffective), and/or gain a majority of support from the people for the elimination of the Tea Party, the progressives are stuck with only ‘dreaming’ about massacring their ‘enemies’.
Kind of makes you look at the President’s efforts to curb the 2nd Amendment in a new light doesn’t it? Especially when a Democratic Congressman recently stated during an interview that the Tea Party are the “Domestic Enemies” he swore to protect the country against. (Seems we have come full circle… right back to the DHS reports).
In a disturbing coincidence, which I am sure is totally unrelated, (coughBScough) the last modern progressive politicians who labeled their citizens that believed in Liberty “Domestic Enemies” were named ….Hitler …..and Stalin.