The Approach of Tyranny

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When  governments fear the people, there is liberty.”

Whether it was Thomas Jefferson who actually said it, does not matter. The sentiment expressed is so strongly American and Founding-Father-ish in flavor that the exact source is not worth arguing about; the very essence of the statement remains American to its heart. And as Americans, we have always, unthinkingly, unhesitatingly believed that the government–our government–feared We the People enough so that liberty, not tyranny, has always our watchword.

But the times, they are a-changing. A CNN poll released late last month reports that a majority of people believe that the federal government threatens the rights of Americans. That’s right. A majority of citizens of this nation fear that the government represents a threat to our freedom:

“Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

What was that again, Mr. Jefferson? When the people fear the government, there is tyranny? But then again:

“Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken – though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.”

The public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.” That too, is so uniquely American–the expectation that we can fix what’s broken; the can-do attitude; the eternal optimism that flashes out as the very best of the American spirit. As Sissy Willis describes it, the Shining City on the Hill.

We didn’t need to vote in “Hope” and “Change” in 2008. They are, as they have always been, an integral part of the American character. The pale imitations represented by Obama, Pelosi, and their ilk, are no more than faint and slightly sinister simulacra of the real things.

We have elections coming up in November. It’s time to take back our government, toss the tyranny, and let freedom ring.


H/T: Classical Liberal


2 Responses to The Approach of Tyranny

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    Bravo! It’s about time the curtain was pulled back, exposing the “Wizard of Hope & Change” as the fraud he is.

    His “Hope and Change” was nothing more than a smoke screen to tap into the gullible minds of both minority communities as well as the “Intelligencia” (those who THINK they know it all). Both were easily duped as well as the average Joe, weary of the ongoing war in Iraq.

    If there’s one thing I learned from my youth, “It never pays to NOT do your homework.” Put more briefly, “Caveat Emptor” (let the buyer beware). Those of us who DID research Barack Obama have not been surprised by his lack of experience and committment to socialist ideology. Those folks who merely bought the attractive packaging were burned in the process.

    One additional caveat: Obama doesn’t have any problem throwing ANYONE under the bus. During the campaign, he threw his Grandmother under, calling her a “typical white woman” in being fearful of blacks. So he has no problem throwing any of the democratic members of the House and Senate if it will get him his prize: Government Control of our Health Care system.

    He’s making his bid (as usual, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS) to win over those Democrats who ARE listening to the people and are inclined to vote against the bill. Don’t be surprised to discover later that certain judgeships, funding etc. suddenly appear in districts of Democrats who “reconsidered” and support Obamacare.

    Yes, we have elections coming up in November. But there’s a lot to stay on top of between now and then.

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