by Chris Shugart
Totalitarian nations, dictatorships, and police states don’t happen overnight. They start out as supposedly good ideas with considerable support from the citizenry. In fact, history shows that in the beginning, despots and tyrants are often viewed as heroic protectors, benevolent rulers, welcomed with fanfare and open arms—champions of the people. But eventually, average citizens wake up one day amidst chaos and decay, look around, and ask in bewilderment, “Wha hoppin?” Of course by that time, it’s usually too late to do anything about it.
In a similar way, our government has begun to resemble something akin to a foreign occupation. However you choose to describe it, we’re witnessing an alarming departure from what was once a constitutional republic: In President Obama’s own words, a “fundamental change” is taking place. Like many tyrannies of the past, it’s been a gradual process. And like many tyrannies, much of the population can’t see it coming. With the Democrats in charge while the GOP establishment gives their tacit approval, the country at large seems unconcerned about the growing power of the federal government.
There are a few vocal dissidents who adamantly oppose this slowly advancing tyranny. And make no mistake, they’re regarded as enemies of the state, a danger to this new political status quo. The Democrats in charge are vigorously trying to silence these so-called “extremists” through intimidation and propaganda, while timid Republicans try to discourage what they see as over-the-top rhetoric threatening their reelections.
The Washington establishment has no desire to make peace with their political opponents. They seek an end to all opposition, so they can usher in a brave new world where the citizen is secondary to the state. Many have forgotten that it used to be the other way around.