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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 11:58 AM

211. I remember a few years back when the Bush administration wanted to deploy Blackwater

in Southern California. The citizens objected so loudly that they didn't dare do it -- at least no openly.

Nevertheless, between homeland security checks at airports and the integration of military equipment and techniques in our local police force arsenals, there is a very troubling problem for me.

I think about how the generals did away with democracy in ancient Rome, how Napoleon took over in France after the Revolution. We are in a time of tremendous social upheaval. It isn't new. We have been going through this for quite some time. People who need order more than anything are very nervous about the change. When I see Blackhawk helicopters flying over this part of LA at a low altitude, I wonder who decided to send them there.

I see a tremendous danger of a military coup in our country. The military and the federal courts have, in my opinion, the most power in our government, because they do not run for election. The military leaders have the most knowledge of the institutional history in D.C. And they have the greatest expertise at obtaining budgets they want. The Constitution makes the military inferior to and requires it to answer to the civilian part of our government. But in reality, as we see with Obama, our presidents are increasingly either in awe of or frightened of the military leadership.

I think that there is a good chance that our next president in 2016 may well be someone sponsored by or directly from the military.

Thomas Jefferson and others of his generation were very knowledgeable about ancient history. They absolutely did not want a standing army, and for the very reason that I am frightened by the Black Hawks overhead and the thought that we may already be seeing a slow but sure military coup in our country.

I would like to be wrong, but you will have to do more than just ridicule me to convince me that I am.

We are supposed to have across-the-board budget cuts including cuts to the military budget this year. I will be watching to see whether the military budget actually is cut. I suspect that the anti-Syria and anti-Iran (which according to the French press are closely related) news we are being exposed to is intended to whip up a hysteria in people that will result in no cuts to the military budget.

The Black Hawks overhead are, in my opinion, part of a larger picture.

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