Here, let the professionals show you how it's done. You're almost there! You've got the color part down, now fix the scheming part!
This film is in 14 parts at Youtube. Watching it is surreal from the outset, because we see people like ourselves, ready to confess to crimes that aren't crimes, who are ready to spy on their neighbors, all while pretending to be their friends. How does a people get to this state of mind? What will it take to make us spy on each other? In some places in this country, notably in very liberal states, there is a uniformity of thought. Neighbors rat each other out to the home owners association when someone has an American flag posted too high, or has a bumper sticker supporting the son and daughter in the Marine Corps. Neighbors report violations of recycling bin crimes, for example. Petty things get them to turn each other in. It's just a small step toward totalitarianism, that's all it is.
Informing is as old as the hills, and it isn't the first time our current government has tried to stifle 'lies about the government'. But here's a blast from the past:
SEDITION ACT.An act in addition to the act intituled, "An act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States."
[Approved July 14, 1798.]
ABSTRACT.SECTION I. Punishes combinations against United States government.
1. Definition of offence:
Unlawfully to combine or conspire together to oppose any measure of the government of the United States, &c. This section was not complained of.
2. Grade of offence:
A high misdemeanour.
Fine not exceeding $5000, and imprisonment six months to five years.
SECTION II. Punishes seditious writings.
1. Definition of offence:
To write, print, utter or publish, or cause it to be done, or assist in it, any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States, or to stir up sedition, or to excite unlawful combinations against the government, or to resist it, or to aid or encourage hostile designs of foreign nations.
2. Grade of offence:
Fine not exceeding $2000, and imprisonment not exceeding two years.
SECTION III. Allows accused to give in evidence the truth of the matter charged as libellous.
SECTION IV. Continues the Act to 3d March, 1801.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled. That if any persons shall unlawfully combine or conspire together, with intent to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States, which are or shall be directed by proper authority, or to impede the operation of any law of the United States, or to intimidate or prevent any person holding a place or office in or under the government of the United States, from undertaking, performing, or executing his trust or duty: and if any person or persons, with intent as aforesaid, shall counsel, advise, or attempt to procure any insurrection, riot, unlawful assembly, or combination, whether such conspiracy, threatening, counsel, advice, or attempt shall have the proposed effect or not, he or they shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanour, and on conviction before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and by imprisonment during a term of not less than six months, nor exceeding five years; and further, at the discretion of the court, may be holden to find sureties for his good behaviour, in such sum, and for such time, as the said court may direct.
SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall write, print, utter, or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered, or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering, or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either House of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, with intent to defame the said government, or either House of the said Congress, or the said President, or to bring them, or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against them, or either or any of them, the hatred of the good people of the United States, or to stir up sedition within the United States; or to excite any unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States, done in pursuance of any such law, or of the powers in him vested by the Constitution of the United States; or to resist, oppose, or defeat any such law or act; or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign nation against the United States, their people or government, then such person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.
SECT. 3. And be it further enacted and declared, That if any person shall be prosecuted under this act for the writing or publishing any libel aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the defendant, upon the trial of the cause, to give in evidence in his defence, the truth of the matter contained in the publication charged as a libel. And the jury who shall try the cause shall have a right to determine the law and the fact, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.
SECT. 4. And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force until the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and one, and no longer: Provided, That the expiration of the act shall not prevent or defeat a prosecution and punishment of any offence against the law, during the time it shall be in force.
More about the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798
Now, however, the pendulum has swung to the extreme, where treason and sedition are the norms, especially in academia, where patriotism is almost a capital crime worthy of death.
Agencies whose role is to protect the citizens from enemies from without, are now infested by enemies from within. How routine it has become to see top secret information about intelligence operations splashed all over the pages of the NY Times, on cable news, on sleazy websites. Julian Assange and others like him are legion. He is only the famous guy. The rest are nameless traitors and cowards.
So mock, for a bit longer, the little Pavlik Morozovs of Attack Watch. Just don't be too surprised when Dolores Umbrage shows up to question you in the not too distant and dark future. After all, there are so many new laws and regulations to violate that won't be enacted until 2012. So easy to pass a law based on wishful thinking, quite another to enforce reality to conform to one's wishful thinking.
Ah, but that never stops Communists in their deathquest for Utopian fantasies, it won't stop us, either.
I almost forgot: The Communist Manifesto is now following me on Twitter! I'm not sure if I should be scared or not.