Are we presently on a path to tyranny? Throughout history, free societies descended into tyranny when their populations realized they can use the power of government to give themselves benefits at the expense of others. Is the increasing size and expanse of government leading us there?
Once freedom is obtained, many will sacrifice it for money and wealth. Men are not angels and some will ‘eat their young’ (or worse) to obtain it.
When a government expands beyond its basic role of protecting people’s essential rights, it begins to infringe on liberty and people’s rights.
A tyrannical government will first clamp down on free speech and political opposition. Regarding the the first amendment and free speech,
Frederick Douglass said, “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.”
If the government has already curtailed free speech, the defense of freedom becomes becomes much more difficult, if not impossible.
The ongoing effects of the Patriot Act, especially in light of recent revelations regarding stunning and massive government eavesdropping on American citizens, recording of ALL our daily electronic communication ‘metadata’, the top secret NSA-PRISM program, the corruption of the IRS targeting political groups… is causing a ‘chilling affect,’ whereby people think twice about opposing the current political regime for fear of being targeted in some way. It suppresses free speech.
Are we as a country becoming tyrannical?
Merriam-Webster definition of tyranny
1. oppressive power; especially : oppressive power exerted by government
2. a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler
3. a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force
Oxford definition of tyranny
Cruel and oppressive government or rule
Dictionary.Reference.com definition of tyranny
-arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority
-oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler
-the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler
Macmillan definition of tyranny
1. cruel and unfair treatment by someone in a position of power
2. the power that something has to control people’s lives and the way that they behave
3. a government that treats people in a cruel and unfair way, using force to control them
Collins definition of tyranny
-government by a tyrant or tyrants; despotism
-similarly oppressive and unjust government by more than one person
-arbitrary, unreasonable, or despotic behaviour or use of authority
I will let you be the judge… if nothing else, we’re getting much closer.
What are you going to do about it?