Seventy-two percent of Americans today say big government is the greatest threat to the United States – more than big business, big labor…
…all the while big government itself has aimed its sights on anyone and any group it deems a threat to its burgeoning behemoth parasitic self, while it sucks the blood out of we American citizens – it’s slowly dieing body-host.
The highest percentage ever recorded, a December-2013 Gallup poll reveals 72% of Americans say that their own ‘big government’ is a greater threat to the United States than big business and big labor.
Gallup has documented a steady increase in concern about big government since 2009, rising from 55% in March 2009 to 64% in November 2011 and 72% today. This suggests that government policies specific to the period, such as the Affordable Care Act coupled with recent revelations of government spying tactics by the NSA may be factors.
Americans don’t trust their government.
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
Definition of TYRANNY
oppressive power (every form of tyranny over the mind of man);
especially : oppressive power exerted by government (the tyranny of a police state)
a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler
the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
Examples of TYRANNY
a nation ruled by tyranny
The king sought an absolute tyranny over the colonies.
The refugees were fleeing tyranny.
The Methodology of Tyranny
(excerpted from Constitution.org)
Control of public information and opinion
It begins with withholding information, and leads to putting out false or misleading information. A government can develop ministries of propaganda under many guises. They typically call it “public information” or “marketing”.
Vote fraud used to prevent the election of reformers
It doesn’t matter which of the two major party candidates are elected if no real reformer can get nominated, and when news services start knowing the outcomes of elections before it is possible for them to know, then the votes are not being honestly counted.
Seeking a government monopoly on the capability and use of armed force
The first signs are efforts to register or restrict the possession and use of firearms, initially under the guise of “protecting” the public, which, when it actually results in increased crime, provides a basis for further disarmament efforts affecting more people and more weapons.
Militarization of law enforcement
Declaring a “war on crime” that becomes a war on civil liberties. Preparation of military forces for internal policing duties.
Infiltration and subversion of citizen groups that could be forces for reform
Internal spying and surveillance is the beginning. A sign is false prosecutions of their leaders.
Suppression of investigators and whistleblowers
When people who try to uncover high level wrongdoing are threatened, that is a sign the system is not only riddled with corruption, but that the corruption has passed the threshold into active tyranny.
Use of the law for competition suppression
It begins with the dominant faction winning support by paying off their supporters and suppressing their supporters’ competitors, but leads to public officials themselves engaging in illegal activities and using the law to suppress independent competitors.
Subversion of internal checks and balances
This involves the appointment to key positions of persons who can be controlled by their sponsors, and who are then induced to do illegal things. The worst way in which this occurs is in the appointment of judges that will go along with unconstitutional acts by the other branches.
Creation of a class of officials who are above the law
This is indicated by dismissal of charges for wrongdoing against persons who are “following orders”.
Increasing dependency of the people on government
The classic approach to domination of the people is to first take everything they have away from them, then make them compliant with the demands of the rulers to get anything back again.
Increasing public ignorance of their civic duties and reluctance to perform them
When the people avoid doing things like voting and serving in militias and juries, tyranny is not far behind.
Use of staged events to produce popular support
Acts of terrorism, blamed on political opponents, followed immediately with well-prepared proposals for increased powers and budgets for suppressive agencies. Sometimes called a Reichstag plot.
Conversion of rights into privileges
Requiring licenses and permits for doing things that the government does not have the delegated power to restrict, except by due process in which the burden of proof is on the petitioner.
Many if not most people are susceptible to being recruited to engage in repressive actions against disfavored views or behaviors, and led to pave the way for the dominance of tyrannical government.
Do the methods above sound eerily present? How many of them ring true today? Is it a wonder that Americans say big government is the greatest threat to the United States?
What are we doing about it?