We hear it every day on the news and read it on radical political sites about how the US Government is full of Nazi's or fascists or new age Hitlers, etc. Glenn Beck screamed it for a couple years before people finally got sick of seeing his face every day. But once in a while these people are pointing fingers at a real situation. Surprisingly no one in the TV news media has covered the most recent real situation of a police state coming to fruition in Arkansas.
The mayor of Paragould, Arkansas., Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall supported a plan to begin in 2013 that would arm local police with AR-15's and decking them out in SWAT gear. On top of that theatrical Orwellian act the plan also includes stopping and checking the ID of anyone walking around town, for any reason, whenever. Some of the best parts of this whole absurd situation are the actual quotes Police Chief Stovall:
"This fear is what's given us the reason to do this. Once I have stats and people saying they're scared, we can do this. It allows us to do what we're fixing to do."
"If you're out walking, we're going to stop you, ask why you're out walking, check for your ID. To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason."
"Well, I've got statistical reasons that say I've got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you're doing out. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area."
For once I might have given a tip of the hat to the shock fest TV news ... if they actually talked about it when it was really happening.