When Tyranny is challenged, how do they respond?

My fellow Americans,

19th century French lawyer, politician, and philospher Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his masterpiece Democracy in America in the 1830’s. It’s not an easy read, believe me. But the messages have relevance for this topic. In the context of what I wrote in my last post, it would be good to understand what likely comes next when tyranny is challenged. For when we, like Dorothy, finally pull back that curtain, and see what is actually going on, the tyrannical beast has only a couple of options for response to our discovery. Before I go into that, I want to provide a couple of important points from de Tocqueville. Here’s part of what he wrote:

That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

If you don’t feel like wading through it, I will give you my cliff notes version:

Those that are tyrannical work very hard, in a systematic way, to slowly eat away at our freedoms.

Let me repeat:

Those that are tyrannical work very hard, in a systematic way, to slowly eat away at our freedoms.

I hope you really think about that. What they do is they create more and more roadblocks to freedom and liberty, and it is important to point out, they view it as completely justified and necessary; the ends justify the means. This is because they believe they are your parent, and we are their children. This directly translates into action, systematically putting in place measures to control you, who you talk to, who you network with, and manages your every move. They believe it is they who should care for you, regulate you, and monitor you.

The ways they accomplish their mission are many, as they now have many tools at their disposal to exert their influence in their ‘children’s’ lives. Think about the parent who takes the keys away from their rebellious child, or takes away the XBox or PlayStation, when the child talks back or challenges their authority. We see this on the internet as well, when so-called ‘Social Networks’ are not really “open”, when the creator of the site has the power to filter your comments, or worse yet, even takes you completely off the site if you don’t conform to what they think you should be writing, or posting, on that site. This is a challenge to the tyrannical authority, and a threat to their power that they crave viscerally.

What I’ve outlined are just some of the creative ways we see the response of tyranny being practiced every day. But if a French guy from the 19th century could see it then, why do we not see it happening today? It is because we are slowly being lulled into la-la land. But now, not everyone is. People are waking up to the reality that is happening right in front of their eyes, if they dare to peek behind the curtain.

So what is the tyrannical authority’s next move? What do they do when they see that the child they attempted to crush through regulation and controls and censorship, does not go away? They attempt to continue to consolidate their base with those who are still asleep, to expand their families (their ‘children’) into a growing web of decit. They grow their networks, and hope that another ‘problem child’ does not rise to the surface, at least not until they hope they will have grown so large, and so powerful, that one or two ‘problem children’ won’t matter to them.

They will talk about all of the great things they are doing, how busy they are, how great they are and mighty they are, their guest talk show radio appearances. But they are really just the wizard who eventually gets caught with his pants down.

Perhaps they try to fight in the legal system, or perhaps they expand their ‘backroom dealmaking’ with other networked ‘parents’ to expand and consolidate their power. And here we see the pay to play system, like Illinois politics, and, like Yogi says-“its de’ja vu all over again”. But we see ahead of these tactics, and we make note of them before they are able to even try as they might, to break us, continuing to bind us in their expanding web of control and censorship.

But there is another response. Perhaps the tyrannical beast has a change of heart. Like the wizard, once caught behind the curtain, he sees there is a chance to come clean, to admit some mistakes along the way. We pray the wicked can be converted back, reborn if you will.

Will we welcome them, or spurn them? If we are truely American patriots, we will welcome them with open arms on the promise they continue to demontrate and practice the principles and values of liberty and freedom that were preordained by God Himself, and embodied in the spirit of the Constitution. We expect honesty, we maintain hope, and we remain humble in the struggle for freedom. We offer an open hand, in sincerity, that together with hard work, we will break the tyranny ahead.

So now, we’ve come full circle, back to our 19th century French friend de Tocqueville. He writes about the incredible spirit of what is singularly ‘American’. He has often been remembered for this answer to the question about what makes America a great country:

“America is great because America is good.”

Yes, my friends, America is great, so long as we continue to fight against tyranny in any form, when we see it.

-Paul

© 2009 Paul Rohricht

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2 Responses to “When Tyranny is challenged, how do they respond?”

  1. Thanks. I hope you can look at the other posts as well at some point. Keep working hard, I’m very proud of you!

  2. Very good daddy!

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