President Obama made the following commencements comments about tyranny to the graduating class at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013:
“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 do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
It’s always the other guy who’s the tyrant. Did Adolf Hitler present himself as a tyrant? He believed that he was doing the best thing for his people. The trains ran on time, there was prosperity, and the people had a renewed hope for Germany. It was all a setup for a tyrant.
These men would never have considered themselves to be tyrants. In fact, if you accused them of such a thing, you might find yourself in a concentration camp, gulag, or on the trash heap with a bullet in your head.
Do you think these men enticed people to follow them by revealing to them that they would establish political tyrannies? They made promises to the people. That’s why they were put in power. Hugo Chavez was a tyrant that the people of Venezuela voted for.
Would Barack Obama have spoken out against Stalin or Hitler before their governments degenerated into full-orbed tyrannies? Would the President have supported the Polish Solidarity movement over against the Communist tyranny?
Would he have joined the 52 singers of the Declaration of Independence? Here’s the opening paragraph:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
In fact, the signers of the Declaration described the king of England as a tyrant:
“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
Considering what the War of Independence was fought over, our nation can’t be anything less than a full-blown tyranny.
Consider this second in the list of Facts against the King:
“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”
Consider the following letter from Attorney General Eric Holder that was sent to Gov. Sam Brownback on April 26th in response to a new law in Kansas that prevents government agents from enforcing federal gun laws in the state:
The Second Amendment prohibits the Federal Government from forbidding people in the various states from “keeping and bearing arms” for “the security of a free state.” It is the duty of the states to protect its citizens against the usurpation of their constitutional rights.
Ours is a slow moving tyranny. An iron fist in a velvet glove.