Dictators and would be dictators are always labeling certain individuals and organizations — like the mainstream media — that they fear might oppose their one-man band style of leadership enemies of the state. There are literally dozens of ruthless dictators around the world like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and their admirers such as Donald Trump that love to play this game.

For at least the mildly informed the words and deeds of these fascists authoritarian types have no appeal, but for the lazy, silly and guilt ridden such persons of power can seem to be offering direct salvation from life’s complexities, but then eventual for most of the duped “who knew” sets in and shatters their fantasies.

But there are other types of enemies of the state. Many of America’s super rich can be said to be enemies of the state, those who’s over the top greed threatens the very lives of average citizens. But not all billionaires fall into this category. A few ultra wealthy men like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett invest enormous sums of money in philanthropic ventures that enormously benefit humankind.

On the other hand, right wing politicians and their attending poisonous alt-right media and lobbyists who are nothing more than paid shills for the greedy are at the top of the list of enemies of the state. Also those who insist that all politicians are the same, causing some folks to lose heart and not vote can be seen as enemies of the state. And far left leaning citizens who can’t bring themselves to vote for the lesser of two evils and thus end up voting for third party candidates like Ralph Nader, giving us instead George W. Bush and the middle eastern mess that that entailed, or those who voted for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, which was just enough to allow Donald Trump to slip into the White House, they, too, are enemies of the state.

In fact anyone whose words and deeds threaten the heath, life, liberty and happiness of the many, either directly or inadvertently so are enemies of the state, but certainly not venerable entities such as the New York Times or the Washington Post, newspapers that on rare occasion slip up on reporting the God’s honest truth — the real watchdogs of liberty.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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