Author Archives: John W. Whitehead

Don’t shoot the dogs: The growing epidemic of cops shooting family dogs

The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights. Continue reading

Pity the Nation: War spending is bankrupting America

War spending is bankrupting America. Continue reading

Forced blood draws & implied consent laws make a mockery of the Fourth Amendment

You think you’ve got rights? Think again. Continue reading

The age of tyrannical surveillance: We’re being branded, bought and sold for our data

Uncle Sam wants you. Continue reading

Rule by fiat: national crises, Fake emergencies and other dangerous presidential powers

Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? Continue reading

I’m not breaking up with America this Valentine’s Day and neither should you

Life in America has become a gut-wrenching, soul-sucking, misery-drenched, demoralizing existence. Continue reading

The State of the Union: These are dangerous times and the government is to blame

These are dangerous times. Continue reading

The day the music died: Remembering Buddy Holly (1936-1959)

The snow was heavy on that night 60 years ago. Continue reading

Jackboots in the morning: No one is spared from this American night

The American Police State does not discriminate. Continue reading

Uncle Sam wants your DNA: The FBI’s diabolical plan to create a nation of suspects

Uncle Sam wants you. Continue reading

The danger within: Border Patrol Is turning America Into a Constitution-free zone

How far would you really go to secure the nation’s borders against illegal aliens? Continue reading

Beware the emergency state: Imperial, unaccountable and unconstitutional

It’s all happening according to schedule. Continue reading

Government shutdown or not, the police state will continue to flourish

The government has shut down again. Continue reading

Say no to government Grinches and corporate Scrooges

What a year. Continue reading

A crisis in the making: Know your rights or you will lose them

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. Continue reading

To a nation of snowflakes, Christmas has become another trigger word

To a nation of snowflakes, Christmas has become yet another trigger word. Continue reading

Yes, you have the right to talk back to the government, but it could get you killed

What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line. Continue reading

This Thanksgiving, don’t just give thanks, pay your blessings forward

Listen: I know it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year. Continue reading

Red flag gun laws: Yet another government weapon for compliance and control

We never learn. Continue reading

A badge of shame: The government’s war on America’s military veterans

Not all heroes wear the uniform of war. Continue reading

America is on the brink of a nervous breakdown

Yet another shooting. Continue reading

Has America become a dictatorship disguised as a democracy?

We’re living in two worlds, you and I. Continue reading

You want to make America great again? Start by making America free again

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. Continue reading

Gimme some truth: John Lennon tells it like it is

Long before Bette Midler was roundly condemned for tweeting “Women, are the n-word of the world,” John Lennon—never one to pull his punches—proclaimed in song “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.” Continue reading

Creating a suspect society: The scary side of the technological police state

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Continue reading

Empire of lies: Are ‘we the people’ useful idiots in the digital age?

“Who needs direct repression,” asked philosopher Slavoj Zizek, “when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?” Continue reading

Suspending the Constitution: In America today, the government does whatever it wants

We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. Continue reading

What I don’t like about life in post-9/11 America

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head. Continue reading

Criminalizing childhood: School safety measures aren’t making the schools any safer

It used to be that if you talked back to a teacher, or played a prank on a classmate, or just failed to do your homework, you might find yourself in detention or doing an extra writing assignment after school. Continue reading

Vigilantes with a badge: Warrior cops endanger our lives and freedoms

I have known a lot of good cops, I have defended a lot of good cops, and I have been fortunate to call a number of good cops friends. Continue reading

Battlefield America: The ongoing war on the American people

Police in a small Georgia town Tasered a 5-foot-2, 87-year-old woman who was using a kitchen knife to cut dandelions for use in a recipe. Police claim they had no choice but to Taser the old woman, who does not speak English but was smiling at police to indicate she was friendly, because she failed to comply with orders to put down the knife. Continue reading

From Boston to Ferguson to Charlottesville: The evolution of a police state lockdown

It has become way too easy to lockdown this nation. Continue reading