We who keep our politics right of center have always talked and joked about how badly progressives and Democrats wish they were dictators. They envy the type of control nations like China and Russia have over their citizens. They have the idea that if the politicians they love could have unlimited power for even just a temporary time frame they could finally institute all their big ideas by fiat. That way Americans would be forced to see that those ideas really work and then they would finally understand that all of this has been in their best interest all along. Boom…utopia. C0median Patton Oswalt once opined out loud that if only we could give President Obama unlimited powers for a few months we could finally see the superiority of progressive politics.
I have pointed out before that this attitude is exactly the same attitude that drove the communists to build a wall between East and West Germany. I once watched a documentary on the design of the Berlin Wall. Yes, believe it or not there was an architect behind the concrete monstrosity. The film included some rare footage of an interview with the architect whose name escapes me now. He was justifying the necessity for the wall, and clearly perturbed to even have to do so. He didn’t seem like someone who was very excited to see communism fall. He said that East Germany needed to build the wall because so many people kept leaving for the West. He said they had to build the wall to keep them in so that they could see that socialism (as he referred to it) worked. They had to find a way to force people to stay so they could finally understand that their lives would be better under socialism.
I think about that snippet a dozen times a week for various reasons. I have never forgotten and I never will. I remember physically shuddering when I saw that. That is the very heart of tyranny. “Stay still so I can tie you up so you can see how good it is for you to stay still.”