What exactly does tyranny look and smell like?

My fellow Americans,

Tyranny can present itself in many forms. It smells, it festers like an infection that begins small, but grows and grows until you finally notice its time to do something about it. If it walks like a duck, it’s a duck. Sometimes you can see it very clearly. But most of the time, it is hidden in the shadows, behind the curtain, and we, like Dorothy, don’t bother to look behind it.

Why don’t we look? We sometimes don’t look because we are afraid that what we may in fact find is that which we don’t want to see. We want to trust. I believe it is basic human nature to want to extend trust without personal gain, without anything in it for ourselves. I am not saying we should stop that approach; I think we should always first give the benefit of the doubt to all we meet. Wouldn’t you want others to give that to you as well?

But once in a while, we feel that infection starting to fester, and we know we need to do something; we need to get it checked out. It is good to just take a peek behind that shadow and behind the curtain. If you see nothing, it may be just your imagination, or you’re having a rough day or busy week. But if you see something, take note, and tell others what you have seen. Others you tell may tell you that “it is not really a big deal”; they may say “it must have been just a technical error”, “everything will be ok, let’s just keep moving on”, or something like this.

But it is our duty, as Americans, to point out tyranny where it exists. We need to tell our families, our friends, our neighbors and we need to confront the tyrants head on. The founding fathers did this, and helped others see the tyranny which called itself the British Empire. Since then, new empires can emerge, except now it is not done with an army, it is done through the internet. But the result is the same: absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Thomas Jefferson wrote this about tyranny: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”.

Where you think there may be tyranny, it probably is. Be sure to keep checking behind that curtain, take a peek from time to time. Stay vigilant, and keep your eyes wide open.


Your comments are welcome, please post them here and on my blog-we can all learn from each other, and it may spark other ideas too!


tyr⋅an⋅ny   /ˈtɪrəni/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [tir-uh-nee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -nies.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.

1. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.

© 2009 Paul Rohricht


4 Responses to “What exactly does tyranny look and smell like?”

  1. Donna, again, we agree. The work of the tyrannical monster is systematic, and it is a well-oiled machine. But we will organize too. I am working with the 912 groups here in Pennsylvania. If you would like to learn more, just let me know. You know where to find me: https://paulrohricht.wordpress.com

  2. i’ve looked behind the curtain and the tryannical monster is huge and it’s living in an emerald city built on our tax dollars. I believe 90% of these government folks are not even true americans, they are imposters who have infiltrated and have been busy for years to overtake our country and destroy our constitution. They’ve hit our schools, civil liberties, industry and all government offices. They know we know and they believe we are powerless. Until now, the line has been drawn in the sand.

  3. […] I want my country back. This blog is about how far our country has come from the founder’s plan, exemplified in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. « What exactly does tyranny look and smell like? […]

  4. Beautiful piece and so true. We must live up to the ideals and dreams of our founders or this country will be lost forever. Then where will people go to escape governments.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: