Creeping tyranny: DOJ pressures banks to choke off “undesirable” businesses

Incrementalism is the process whereby policies and processes are slowly and quietly introduced into a society or a nation until the citizens wake to a new reality and find their lives have been “fundamentally transformed.” It is a creeping tyranny, and it is happening right now, right under our noses.

Here’s the latest insidious example. As described by Glenn Reynolds in USA Today, the Department of Justice is quietly trying to shut down perfectly legal businesses it deems “undesirable” through a program called “Operation Choke Point.”

Of course my immediate response is, who is the Czar of Undesirability?

Timothy Geigner of Tech Dirt explains how it works: The DOJ informs financial institutions that certain industries are more likely than others to be involved in unauthorized charges of consumer credit and bank cards. They likewise inform the banks that the DOJ is going to keep a special super-awesome close-eye on these industries, with the implication being that there will be a great deal of prosecutorial action, subpoenas, and scrutiny on those industries, not to mention penalties on the institutions that work with them. The intention of the government, it would seem, is to make the banks unwilling to deal with the government harassment and simply cut anyone in those industries off from the financial institutions.

And so it seems under some guise of consumer protection emanating from the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” — another of those oxymoronic pieces of legislation commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank — the federal government has undertaken the mission of ruining private sector businesses, and taking out those it deems “undesirable.”

Reynolds mentions it’s currently happening with porn stars, whose banks suddenly terminated their accounts, but other industries as diverse as ammunition sales, coin dealers, payday loans and “racist materials” have all been targeted. They are perfectly legal businesses that haven’t been charged with breaking any laws. The Justice Department simply doesn’t like them.

Writing for Human Events, John Hayward points out “it is extremely dangerous, and strongly antithetical to the American understanding of citizenship and government, to have the ruling elite presiding over a nebulous “legal but undesirable” classification rewritten at their whim… and enforced with government power.

The pursuit of “justice” by the Justice Department, or any other government agency, should involve criminals who act in defiance of clearly written law… which is another way of saying that government power must be constrained by our elected representatives and their congressional votes. Instead, the American people are growing more accustomed to the titanic centralized State deploying its power against law-abiding businesses.

We’re being made comfortable with the idea that Big Government is a supreme organism with its own desires and agenda, which it often places ahead of its duties to the people and the law.”

Totalitarian tyranny doesn’t just happen overnight and blatantly. It creeps into the fabric of our lives unnoticed until it reaches a point of no return. Such is this “Operation Choke Point” coming out of what has to be the most politicized Justice Department in the history of our Republic.

And I’m quite sure our liberal progressive socialist comrades will denounce such a program — since they’re oh, so tolerant.

Fascism is showing its ugly face and what happens when the Czar of Undesirability decides that Christianity is undesirable — because a radical gay group castigates it as hateful? Heck, we already see small business owners being driven to ruin — in New Mexico with the photography studio and in Oregon with the bakery, someone complained and the government determined them to be “undesirable” businesses — and so it has actually begun.

I believe late term abortions are “undesirable” as well. I wonder if Planned Parenthood will make the “list?” Seems there are a lot of lists out there these days, and my friends, I’m quite certain you and I are on a bunch of them.

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Salzig Hund
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What should we be doing? What can we do?

SandyLester
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Stand or die

Chris
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Vote the evil doers out of office. Talk to your coworkers, friends and neighbors to shed light on what’s happening. Most people are so self-absorbed in their lives they haven’t a clue these events like this are even taking place.

Philanthropussy
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Who are the republicans going to blame for their mistakes if the liberals, dems or progressives were gone? Probably turn on each other .

Philanthropussy
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Sorry to tell you, buy gays have rights just like everybody else. If a company can discriminate against gays and claim religious rights, then what’s to stop them from being the same to Jews, unmarried mothers, women who wear improper clothing? Slippery slope, people.
It’s okay for republicans to yap about their rights being violated, but when other people want the same, there’s a problem.

SandyLester
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Sorry to tell you this about thought police
People opposed to homosexual agendas sre losing their lively hoods because the homofacists feel bad
Homosexuals have the tights as everyone else
A normal person if baker cannot accommodate them hoes to a other baker, they don’t run to the press and cry
People are getting sick to death of the constant bitching from the homofacists

Philanthropussy
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The baker told the gay couple why he could make the cake. If he would have kept his big mouth shut, things would have turned out better for this business. I’m no saying he should lie. Just say NO, busy. He’s a baker for God sake. Bakers get busy.
Homofacist bitch bec people are violating their rights. Just like you bitch about your rights being violated.

SandyLester
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The baker said he would bake ANY cake they wanted but NOT a wedding cake…..homofacists cried to the press NORMAL people would go to a different baker

Blade_Runner_1776
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A private business has the right to refuse service to anyone. But the homofascists think they are “special” and have “special” Constitutional Rights. Thus, their “gay mafia” attack on anyone that doesn’t agree with their filthy views, while waving their multicolored flag of “tolerance”.

Philanthropussy
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Private business can’t refuse service. No special Constitutional rights, just plain old rights like everybody else. You know at one point in this great nations history, people had problems with woman and blacks gaining their rights. Plenty of people acted like you and thought it was too much. And look what happened?

Grayson Banner
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You know, philanthropussy, a PRIVATE business DOES have the right to operate their business as they see fit. OK, you are referring to the fact the business owner said he didn`t want to serve (briefly put ok) a same sex marriage. But you pull out the sexist and racist charges card that “women and blacks gaining their rights” are set back by this. NOT THE SAME! Go to another business that wants your business! It`s a free country and we are trying to keep it that way!

Philanthropussy
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Also, “this is a free country and you want to keep it that way” Free for who?

Grayson Banner
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(See below)

Philanthropussy
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Read the constitution ? It applies to everyone son.

Philanthropussy
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How is saying people had problems with women and blacks gaining their rights?????? It’s true . It ‘a history . I would love to hear your response . It is the same, gays want their civil rights. Blacks do not hold a monopoly on civil rights.

Grayson Banner
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I said “it`s not the same”! You are trying to make a “Federal Case” of a Baker saying he did not want someone`s business (which he has the right to do) compared to say a university will not admit someone because of their race? NOT THE SAME and ABSURD! Geez, if I have to explain this to you then we probably don`t have a chance of communicating. AND, we are still a FREE COUNTRY, meaning whatever you want to make of it and who is free (?), read the US Constitution. AND we intend to keep it that way.

James Cranford
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plain and simple, businesses have to learn in this day and age the appropriate way to dissuade business they do not want for ethical, moral, or religious reasons. simplest way is just be too busy. next, go ahead, but do a lousy job. or miss the deadline.

Philanthropussy
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Saying you are too busy” is what I’ve been saying for months . If you don’t call attention to yourself, no one will find out.
About doing a lousy job, that’s not a good idea . You are running a business remember . You have to do what the customer wants or you you don ‘t get paid and now with the internet, get a bad review. Just do what they want .

James Cranford
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whenever i get a review of a company or business i consider the source of the review. i know a liberal will praise a business not for its service and goods but whether they hire blacks or gays or have female managers. many in the middle and right are more likely to judge a business on value of service or goods received.

Philanthropussy
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I think it’s great you can speak for all liberals.

James Cranford
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there are varying degrees of liberals, just as there are varying degrees of conservatives or Muslims or whatever group you wanting to pick. once in awhile i run into a liberal who has some common sense. sadly, very few do, relying on how they ‘feel’ about a situation. i have had liberal friends i listened to in the past about a new business. and they didnt talk about the service or how good the food was… they talked about if t hey were union, or paid for health insurance and how many minorities worked for them. perhaps they were not… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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I agree with you wholeheartedly and sorry if I came across rude

dragontech64
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Allen West, you were forced out of the Armed Forces for brutality and torturing prisoners, ANYTHING you say is, therefore not worth considering.

Fiveseven
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And what inspired you to share this smelly little pile of nothing today?

John Rucker
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Typical left wing ad hominem attack.

Grayson Banner
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dragontech64.
You were obviously never in the military, I can tell just by your choice of words. Why try putting this obvious trolling lie into the consideration of a very serious matter. Why try passing yourself off as a person who knows something about the military or Col. West by promoting “creeping tyranny” or maybe you can`t see that connection? But, what the heck, it`s still a free country and we are going to keep it that way!

dragontech64
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Actually, you are wrong, I served in the US Air Force during the Reagan administration, and both my parents were military. And what I said about West is true. But then, the Right never cared about facts, just their own fantasy world. A disgrace like West deserves NOTHING from anyone with any self respect.

Grayson Banner
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Hummm…. I don`t believe you were ever in the military but OK for now… but you say “facts” about Col West. What are your “facts” and please reference (prove) your remarks. As to brutality, Bud, war is “brutal” and medals are awarded for it, and when we have too, we dish it out to our enemies (need education in US Military history…Look Up “Chesty Puller” or others) in a manner that wins over their (the enemy) brutality. That`s what it is! And that`s what makes me certain you were never military. I suggest you don`t disgrace yourself and other lefties… Read more »
dragontech64
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Since you don’t know a damn thing about my past, your doubt about me serving is, like you, worthless. What, am I supposed to scan in my DD-214 for you? Piss off. As for West, go look it up yourself, he was forced to retire for torturing prisoners including holding a gun next to ones head and firing it past the prisoners ears. I know Right wing Douche Bags like you agree with Cheney that the US is somehow justified in using the SAME torture techniques we executed Japanese prison guards after WW2 for, but we don’t. What the military… Read more »
Grayson Banner
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Ahhh DD 214. Maybe you are a veteran. But WHY are you sticking up for the enemy? Poor babys! We need people like you defending them because only Libturds will do that on behalf of the enemies of this country. And this must be a balanced approach, that`s the liberal agenda, right? Justice for our enemies? You are false DUDE. You present NOTHING to back up your trolling lies and to say that a Man who honorably served his country is a disgrace? F+++ you and all that you stand for!

dragontech64
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We sure have a vastly different opinion of who America’s enemies are. I see it as the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the major corporations that are subverting our democratic process. But to you Right Wing morons, corporations that DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS about you, America, our rights, the planet or anything but profit are just fine. So go live in their polluted crap. It fits your f*cked up lack-of-brains. And again, kiss my ass, Republi-traitor.

James Cranford
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the traitors are in the white house if you stop for a second and pull your thick skull out of the sand. those ‘evil’ corporations you cry about give money to both parties, the more liberal ones like microsoft or google give more of their money to the democrats and its vice versa. and its these ‘evil’ corporations which hire and PAY a lot of payroll and taxes. it is a damn shame your mother didnt choose abortion cause you being around lowers everybody’s IQ.

dragontech64
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Hey wingnut, what ACTUAL documented PROOF is there of any treason by the White House? (Fox Lies doesn’t count, since they wouldn’t tell the truth to save their own lives.)

Blade_Runner_1776
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Dragonnumbnuts, Allen West served with distinction in the armed forces, retiring with an Honorable Discharge. The lack of evidence for your false accusations will win you trophies with the liberal trolls.

dragontech64
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Allen West got force into retirement to avoid prosecution for war crimes, he DID NOT serve with distinction. That POS should be in prison stripes.

surfcitysocal
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Creeping tyranny is progressivism, plain and simple. We’ve seen it here on a local level where progressive city council members imposed a plastic bag ban, and then denied the citizens the right to vote on the issue. They then tried to ban styrofoam, but one of the progressives–because of the kerfuffle over the bag ban–using the same logic he used to vote FOR the bag ban, voted against styrofoam, thereby putting the issue on the back burner until a more friendly environment arises I suppose. They then tried to “enhance” a fireworks ban which would enable authorities, alerted by an… Read more »
Thomas Lorimor
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Lt Col West, I hope to see you run for President. I hope and look forward to voting for someone, of your caliber, to the White House. If there is no one running with your convictions in this next race, I truly know our country is lost. This post is only to let you know that you have support, even in Po-Dunk Utah.

FxFrenikk
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Another week, another scandal

Censored For Telling the Truth
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Censored For Telling the Truth

The American people tolerate this, so they deserve it.
I hope they enjoy the chains they are begging to wear.
Never in the history of Mankind has a nation or people
so richly deserved just exactly what’s about to happen to them.

Carrie Geren Scoggins
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Carrie Geren Scoggins

I see why someone tried to block Alan B. West’s Facebook page from mine, they did not want me to see articles such as this, as it will be in my next webcast. I really do appreciate Alan B. West, and hope him and his wife are kept safe while exposing this kind of abuse of a public office, and not just from DOJ. This is illegal discrimination that they are proposing, and they will be caught and sued.

slmkenn
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Operation Choke Point could be renamed Choke Hold on America … it’s designed to kill any business which competes with the businesses of Obama’s cronies or gives citizens any option other than the direction in which they want us to go. Ex: If a pal of Obama’s owns a Pet Vac company, your local pet groomer business will suddenly become “undesirable” – same with company philosophies which don’t agree with administration agenda. Large and small, conglomorate or mom & pop — America’s Free Enterprise days will be gone for good if we allow this man to continue his form of… Read more »
Larry White
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One may remember the first housing bubble* crisis was started by “redlining” charges by activists and FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac compelling lenders to lend to unqualified buyers in minority neighborhoods, led in large part by ACORN and the CRA. It was a blatant attack on lenders who used risk-aversion and financial analysis to accept borrowers. Choke Point is very similar, Feds telling banks and businesses who they can and can not deal with…worse than socialism! What’s next? And weknow there is a next.