Alex Jones would have us believe that the USA was once a fairy-land of liberty, peace, and tranquility. And then the big, bad federal government came along and established a police state, which Jones now claims to be heroically fighting.
But is that really the case? Or is it just the opposite? Could it be that the federal government’s power was expanded, in part, to subjugate rebels exactly like Alex Jones, who were causing trouble long before the federal government could even dream of being a police state? I believe an historian could make a good case for such a view.
In 1791, when Alex Jones’ idol, George Washington put down the Whiskey Rebellion, he had to do so with troops borrowed from the various state militias. There was no standing army, and no federal police state whatsoever, but there were plenty of Jonesian, Tea Party-type knuckleheads demanding sovereignty.
The USA omelet was created by the U.S. Army breaking lots of eggs: miscellaneous rebels, Confederates, Mormons, Mexicans, Native Americans, etc. Was it wrong to construct the greatest nation in history? Maybe, but if you polled the people, I think most would prefer the omelet to a crazy patchwork of small nations led by the likes of Alex Jones.
If there is anything that Alex Jones hates more than police, it’s soldiers. In his films, there are numerous scenes where Jones paints soldiers as freedom-hating Nazis. Why the hate? Because of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which forbade the U.S. armed forces from acting in any kind of police role on U.S. soil. It’s sort of like how the CIA isn’t supposed to spy on Americans; just foreigners.
Jones carries on like Posse Comitatus is the most-sacred law of the Republic; right up there with the Second Amendment. But if it’s so important, how did the USA get along without it for the first 100 years of our existence?
The truth is that Posse Comitatus is only sacred to Confederate types like Jones. If you read the history of the Act, it is one of the things that the white-supremacist Democratic party voted into law while in the process of ending the Reconstruction period in the aftermath of the Civil War. It’s pretty simple; they wanted a law that would prevent the Yankee army from interfering in formerly Confederate states as they went about the business of re-subjugating black people.
Alex Jones would have us believe that it Is always evil incarnate whenever the Army does something in the USA, but is that the case? Obviously not. For example, in 2009 the Army helped a Mississippi sheriff deal with a serial killer on the loose. It was just common sense for the sheriff to ask the nearby Army base for help (see the Samson mass-shooting event).
Alex Jones openly advocates that Texas secede from the union – again. He would happily plunge the USA into civil war – again. Imagine Jones leading a mass protest demanding Texas independence, and overwhelming the Texas police and national guard. In that event, Jones wants the U.S. Army to stand down and let him do as he pleases.
The issue of how and when the Army can operate on U.S. soil is a legitimate one. But Jones carries on like Posse Comitatus is the only thing keeping us from falling under the dominance of a totalitarian police state. But in reality, Jones is for Posse Comitatus for his own selfish reasons: it weakens the federal government, it weakens the security of the U.S. homeland, and it makes it easier for Jones to smash apart the USA.
Alex Jones Loves Checkpoints
One of the things Jones likes to make a stink about is police checkpoints on the highway. For example, if you start watching his film Police State 2000 at the 10:45 mark, you will see Jones harassing police officers:
Jones sneers at the officers, calling them Nazis, cowards, weaklings, and criminals. What terrible crimes against humanity were they committing? Hard to say because Jones never said what the checkpoint was about. Perhaps he was embarrassed when he found out that there had a been a prison break, or a child kidnapped, so he left the reason out of the film – which is something only a propagandist would do. A real journalist would make sure viewers knew the reason.
In any case, Jones’ visceral hatred of checkpoints only applies to police; it does not apply to Jones’ pals. When Cliven Bundy’s militia set up checkpoints on Nevada roads, Jones did not have a single word of criticism. In fact, Jones bent over backwards to rationalize Bundy’s racist comments, and had him as a guest on his podcast a few times. Jones didn’t even mention the checkpoints as I recall. (You can see a photo of a Bundy checkpoint at the bottom of this page.)
Jones also worships Bundy’s Mormon cousins in Mexico – who operate military-style checkpoints, road blocks, and watchtowers. See the 20:09 mark of Vice’s documentary The Mexican Mormon War:
Yes, the Mexican Mormons are battling drug dealers, but why are their checkpoints saintly while the Austin police checkpoints are pure evil? The answer is that Jones simply hates police and would probably replace them with armed militias who don’t answer to anybody.