Voices warning of tyranny
By Darrell Beck
Over 200 years ago President Thomas Jefferson warned future generations of Americans about tyranny: ”When the people fear their government, there’s tyranny; when the government fears the people, there’s liberty. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical…The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Conversely, President Barack Obama recently told Ohio University students about his version of tyranny and the powers of the federal government. “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
What a stark contrast of opinion; the former, a champion for independence and self-determination and the latter an advocate for “social justice” and dependence on government.
The voices warning of tyranny that the president is urging Americans to reject are the voices of ordinary hard-working, law-abiding Americans who rightfully and dutifully support the fact that the U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our law, a law that we expect our leaders to obey and honor. Because free Americans want to remain free we strongly reject socialism, fascism, tyranny and “fundamental transformation” of the USA.
Those American voices are steadfast and expect a limited federal government, fiscal responsibility, a free market, state’s rights, individual sovereignty, private property rights and a federal government that will defend liberty as intended and written into the founding documents. We expect these concepts to be upheld because these are the principles that allowed the American people the freedom and inspiration to help build America.
However, over the years too many of the people have become apathetic and less than vigilant, while allowing each successive government to gradually erode the Constitution by accepting false tokens of security rather than reaching for the blessings of liberty, thereby permitting the massive growth and power of the federal government, leading to the decline of liberty and the rise of socialism, dependence and the police state.
Today tyranny reigns within the current administration. The most ruthless internal assault against freedom and the Constitution in our history is being waged against Americans in the form of the misnamed “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” aka Obamacare, a bill that was conceived in deception and dedicated to power, control and riches for the privileged. Free people say there is absolutely no constitutional authority for government to force its citizens to purchase anything from the government. Furthermore, they have no constitutional power to impose penalties and punishment on the people who refuse to participate in Obamacare.
Today the president urges us to ignore the very same tyranny that has just been exposed at the Internal Revenue Service by declaring it a “phony scandal.” We now know the IRS intentionally targeted those same conservative voices, thus denying those citizens their first amendment rights of free speech and redress of grievances against this government and bureaucracy.
But tyranny doesn’t stop with the illegal targeting by the IRS of this administration’s political enemies, namely American patriots who are defending the Constitution and tea party conservatives. This is the same IRS of over 100,000 federal employees that has reportedly seized thousands of medical records that will soon have oversight and tyrannical control of everyone’s medical and financial records leaving these unelected, unaccountable and self-serving bureaucrats in total control of our very lives and souls as the single enforcers of Obamacare.
Adding insult to injury, the average American will be forced to purchase Obamacare or be punished by the IRS for resisting, while the Congress, its staff, government workers, public employee unions, political cronies and selected corporations “too big to fail” will be exempted from this tyrannical and illegitimate mandate by executive privilege granted by the White House. So if Obamacare is such a magnificent program according to Pelosi and the Democrats, why do so many Democrats, progressives and liberal organizations believe they are above the law and demand waivers to opt out of Obamacare?
For the federal government to demand that some people must buy Obamacare or be fined, while giving waivers to political cronies is outrageous, discriminatory, immoral, unconstitutional and tyrannical, if not criminal. This is the same irresponsible Democrat-controlled Congress, urged on by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who said that Congress must “pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.” This is the same Obamacare bill that was rammed through with bribes and intimidation by the Democrats and the likes of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) who, after finding out what’s actually in Obamacare, now calls it a “train wreck coming down.”
So it’s no wonder that this president and his corrupt administration want to silence and ignore those voices warning the people of tyranny, because if Obamacare isn’t repealed or defunded, and then ripped out by the roots, the soil from whence it came salted and its remains destroyed by fire, liberty in America will be trampled under the jackboot of treachery by its own totalitarian government.
Darrell Beck is a Ramona resident.
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