The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air…
Lord of the Rings fans will recognize that the above quote is from the characterÂ Galadriel, speaking of the darkness rising in Middle Earth. I’m sad to say that I find it fitting for the the current state of things in the United States, as well.Â
I think it’s plainly obvious to anyone paying attention that tyranny in America is on the rise, and in more ways than just gun control. Skeptical? Read on.
First it’s important to define what we’re talking about.Â Merriam-Webster defines tyranny as
- Oppressive powerÂ especiallyÂ :Â oppressive powerÂ exertedÂ by government
- A government in which absolute power isÂ vestedÂ in a single ruler;Â especiallyÂ :Â one characteristic of an ancient GreekÂ city-state.
Thomas Jefferson, who knew a thing or two about tyranny, had a lot to say on the topic including the following.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Do we see any examples of the above in the United States?
The Death Throes of Liberty
It is my assertion that liberty is dying in America, and doing so at an ever-increasing rate. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights protect us from tyranny, but they are quickly becoming ideals of the past. There are many examples I could give that demonstrate this, and I could easily dedicate a post to each example herein. However, for the sake of brevity I will highlight but a few, and then let you be the judge.
Habeas Corpus is a legal actionÂ which requires a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, and is protected in our Constitution. Additionally, the Sixth Amendment states that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.”
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) changes all of that. The NDAA gives the President the legal authority to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens. You can learn more here, but the short version is that if you are labeled a terrorist or an enemy of the state, your Constitutionally protected rights are effectively stripped.
If you think that this could never happen in America, think again. In 1942,Â Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the detention of 120,000 people of Japanese descent. He did so without the authority of the NDAA.
Drone Strikes on Americans
A recently leaked, confidentialÂ Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be â€œsenior operational leadersâ€Â of al-Qaida or â€œan associated forceâ€ — even if there is noÂ intelligenceÂ indicating theyÂ areÂ engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
Free Speech Restrictions
HR 347, titled theÂ Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act,Â restricts your First Amendment rights by making it against the law to knowingly protest in areas the Secret Service has designated off limits.
I don’t think I need to remind anyone that the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
To say thatÂ HR 347 is unconstitutional is putting it mildly.Â You can learn more here, including ways that this power can be easily abused.
This brings us to the current hot topic of debate – gun control. As we have covered extensively here on Monderno, the Second Amendment, which protects our God-given right to self-defense, is under direct and open attack from the political left.
What does all of this mean?
So as you can see, liberty is under attack, and in more ways than just gun control. A question that I’m often asked, and that I often ask myself, is why? The politicians know perfectly well what they are doing, they aren’t as dumb as we all like to think. So why are they taking away our rights? What’s the end game?
For those answers I say that we should let history be our guide. Look what has happened throughout history in cases where the people were disarmed, where the people were not allowed to petition government for redress of grievances, where they were not allowed their day in court, and where the state was allowed to kill its citizens without cause.
History repeats itself, so you tell me.
It’s time to wake up America, before it’s too late.