But Then It Was Too Late


“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand”, wrote Milton Mayer in his book They Thought They Were Free published in 1955.

What Mayer was describing in his book was the ever widening gap between the government and the people that happened “so gradually and so insensibly” no one seemed to notice.

“Each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) notes Mayer, “as a temporary emergency or associated with real social purpose…And all the crises and reforms so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter”.

Mayer could have easily been describing the ever widening progressive government we have here in America today. The largest of this gap being carefully created by “unknown, unnamed, and unelected bureaucrats who supplant regulations for what was once the law”, describes Mark Steyn.

This bureaucracy is summed up by an ever limitless governing set of rules that are not legislated by representatives accountable to the people, but invented by an activist government that determines transgressions and prosecutes infractions for rules they themselves have created hidden behind closed doors.

“Thanks to the ever more tangled spaghetti of preferences”, writes Steyn, “subsidies, entitlements, and incentives, apply to different citizens unequally”.

In the words of Victor Davis Hanson, what has happened under these preferences is that “old agencies are reinvented for new progressive missions” while the President is said to feel “liberated” in his revolutionary mode no longer constrained by Congress, the Constitution, or the voters themselves.

For instance, in our bureaucracy serving as the “senior lawyer for the largest government agency” while earning Obama’s personal and political loyalty will in-turn reward you with a promotion to a job you are completely unqualified for.

This was very much the case in regards to the Obama nominated Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson.

Less than four months after being sworn in as Secretary, Johnson was directed by Obama to do an “inventory of the Departments current practices” and relay back to the President on how it could “conduct enforcement more humanely”.

On the surface Johnson’s task to review DHS policies for humane purposes may have seemed inconsequential, but under the Obama adminstration, words have been reinvented to mask the unpleasant reality. In this case an “inventory of Department practices” masked the reality of what Johnson was in fact doing beneath the surface. For eight months Johnson worked as the architect to developing the basis for Obama’s announcement granting executive amnesty.

You may have missed it as the four different DHS memo’s were quietly released in conjunction with Obama’s announcement on November 20th to grant executive amnesty to illegal immigrants. Johnson wrote every single memo and detailed exactly how the DHS would now be prioritizing enforcement while relying upon prosecutorial discretion.

Johnson exploited our immigration laws working in concert with Obama’s directive and seemingly rewrote the deferred deportation eligibility requirements for over 4 million illegal immigrants currently living within our borders.

The government only grows more remoter as unelected representatives like Johnson are continuously appointed by a purely ideologically driven President that in this case pits citizens against illegal immigrants.

The divisiveness this creates is easy to understand when you look at the whole process from the outside with the common sense to realize that American citizen taxpayers will end up footing the bill for people who are here illegally.

Yet, what is more concerning than this, is the lack of concern or even protest on behalf of the American people that are now forced to help pay for the President’s agenda.

And it isn’t just with immigration.

When videos surfaced of the now infamous architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, declaring that Obamacare would “not have passed if it had been presented honestly”, we heard crickets from the people.

Even more shocking than his “stupidity of the American people” comment are recent revelations uncovered from an October 2009 policy brief in which Gruber calmly laid out the fact that the “only way to control costs associated with Obamacare is to deny treatment”.

To note, this was after Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on his transition team before Obama took to the nation to outright lie to us in stating “premiums would go down dramatically”.

There was no public outrage to this and the mainstream media buried this story without holding Gruber or the President accountable.

So Gruber gets a pass much in the same way our legislators do when no one held them accountable after passing, without reading, the 3,000 page health-care bill.

“What good is reading the bill if its a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”,  proclaimed Rep. John Conyers after voting for Obamacare.

When our actual legislators, who in theory represent the best interests of the people, find it unreasonable to know what it is they are actually legislating into law, the end result becomes a bureaucracy embolden.

If we could do this without much opposition at all, ponders the bureaucrat, then what could we do next?

Explained in Milton Mayer terms “Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D”.

Re-writing our immigration laws is not so much worse than relying upon our Representatives to pass without reading a 3,000 page multi-trillion dollar bill that encompasses one sixth of the economy. And if you didn’t make a stand against the passing of Obamacare, why should you with Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration?

And so on to steps such as the abolishment of Voter ID laws by Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and the creation of a 21st Century Policing Task Force to review “better policing practices” and report to the President in March of how to implement this. And so on to Step E, F, and G.

How then is this to avoided?

My suggestion is simple, Principiis Obsta and Finem Respice – ‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end’.

In our case as in the case of Mayer’s “one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings”. If we do not take a stand in one of the many scandals surrounding this adminstration then the end will inevitably be a bureaucracy grown to such an extent that each and every one of us will eventually fall under attack.

If we continue to do nothing and do not take a stand when the IRS targets Conservatives or the White House targets the Constitution or politicians target our police and borders, then we will meet a fate similar to that of Pastor Niemoller in They Thought They Were Free. 

Mayer concludes of Niemoller, “when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; Then they attacked the Socialists, he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; Then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. Then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something –

but then it was to late.”



  1. Nick: This is an excellent piece of work. Tyranny inch by inch unfolds as the government subverts the rule of law with draconian regulatory structure to achieve its progressive ends. There is nothing new about this approach to usurping democracy. Few see the end point of this decline in their daily endeavors. Why? Because mundane tasks take precedent in the form of survival day to day. Mediocrity is allowed to persist as long as the check is in the mail. Intolerance to the regime’s tightening grip is suppressed quickly by the legal apparatus established to squelch those who see beyond the horizon. Americans are in a coma presently. When they awaken it may be to late to shake off the detritus left from those who consumed the nation and more importantly the Constitution. Mark Davis.

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