Paul Joseph Watson, at Prison Planet, is tracking the growing controversy over a Homeland Security (DHS)/Walmart campaign that encourages Walmart shoppers to report on anything that they deem to be “suspicious activity.” The slogan, developed by Allen Kay, of Korey Kay & Partners, is “If you see something, say something,” and the message will play on monitors in Walmart checkout lanes.
DHS apparently provides no guidance as to what constitutes “suspicious activity,” but based on past performance, it will include all the usual suspects except those who genuinely mean the country harm.
Now, Mr. Kay opines that anyone who see any potential for harm in this evolution is “insane” (see para 4 here.)
Not so fast. The critique is well founded. A blanket encouragement to report on others is a time-honored – and very successful – technique for enhancing a sense of personal power and self-esteem, acquiring various tangible or intangible rewards, or simply taking revenge on one’s enemies. At best, it may clog the system with unwarranted reports. At worst, it will divide people even more, making them suspicious of one another. Division and mutual suspicion make people easier to control, which is the unwavering goal of totalitarian leadership. Remember, according to Representative Dingell (D-MI), the American people must be controlled. (He was talking about Obamacare at the time, but medical care is another comprehensive way to make people the playthings of self-appointed elites. Lenin was sure of it, and rightly so.)
It may be that Mr. Kay is just one of the Mad Men looking for a good way to sell a product, but if he didn’t take into account the dictatorial nature of the Obama regime, as exemplified by its vast attempts to seize power outside the constitutional checks and balances, then he is a dope. If he did, and still agreed to pursue the campaign, then he is what we would have called a collaborator behind the Iron Curtain.
I hope this controversy swells into a (excuse the word) controlled uproar. I also wonder what kind of “deal” the traditionally anti-union Walmart has been maneuvered into, and if it is now becoming a tool of the Obama regime. (See how easy it is to get suspicious?)