Enemies of the State

Thinking shouldn’t be a crime. But it is. In today’s society, you can be penalized for having thoughts that don’t conform to the prevailing social and political status quo. The popular term is “political correctness,” though “intellectual fascism” might be more accurate. In his book 1984, George Orwell created the term “thoughtcrime” as any thought that opposes or questions the ruling party.

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 a foreign occupation concealed behind a facade of benevolence and misleading its citizens as to their true purpose. 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 and the GOP establishment giving 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. But make no mistake, they’re regarded as enemies of the state, a danger to this new political status quo. The Democrats are vigorously trying to silence these so-called “extremists” through intimidation and propaganda, while timid Republicans try to discourage anything that might threaten their reelections.

In one sense, Republicans and Democrats are nearly the same. While they may have different philosophies that motivate their actions, the results are usually identical: An impenetrable bureaucracy that’s expensive to run and difficult to control. Sadly, it’s a trend that neither side seems interested in changing. 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.

 

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