We Thought We Were Free

The America we live in, our nation, our people, our society, is not the America most of us were born in at all. The uniquely American forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the football games, the local bars, the movies, the concerts, and the holidays. But the spirit, which most of us never noticed because we made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, has been fundamentally transformed. The transformation has occurred through the slowly creeping separation of not only the government from the people, but the people themselves from their country. It has taken place so gradually and so insensibly that the majority of Americans, preoccupied with the latest crisis happening in their own lives, have failed to see the slow motion underneath of the whole process of our government and the spirit of our country growing more and more remote. Yet, replace the word America with the word Germany and you’ll find that the parallels are hauntingly similar to the conditions in which Milton Mayer described in his book They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

For the most part this shift has occurred due to the culture itself in our society collapsing in the name of equality with little to no resistance or opposition from a populace who chooses to remain indifferent to the nature of the threat we are facing. This indifference in America to cultural issues and government lawlessness that we believe are seemingly unimportant and non-connected is akin to the appalling fascination of watching a man being hanged with the slowly dawning realization that it is a reflection of ourselves in a mirror. The effect of remaining indifferent while we ourselves tighten the noose is compounded by our nation’s steady departure from the ideals upon which we were founded. Freedom, liberty, the Constitution, and limited government have given way to dependence, decadence, censorship, and despotism. Growing out of the personal misconduct, gross neglect, and habitual disregard of public interests by our elected officials, our nation has degenerated from a constitutional republic, ruled by equality before the law, into a benevolent democracy, ruled by a mixed mob of corrupted autocratic elites.

The productive and self-reliant America is quickly vanishing into the past as we enter a new era of equal poverty, one-party rule, and systematic bureaucratic corruption.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at the helm as the bureaucratic mindset transcends both sides of the political aisle. Both parties embody the same philosophy of power for powers sake. While the Democrat party does indeed have a strategy, the Republicans seemingly do not. The former uses the mob in conjunction with the government to intimidate and coerce individuals into submission while the latter capitulates promising to “fight another day.” This happens day after day on issues ranging from government enforced housing dictates to government backed investigations aimed at stifling dissent on opinions deemed “wrong” such as those related to “climate change.”

For example, on Monday the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new guidelines warning that it is a form of “racial discrimination” for landlords to refuse to rent to those with criminal records due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system. The new federal housing guidance applies a legal standard that was upheld by the United States Supreme Court last year under the guise of “disparate impact” which allows plaintiffs to challenge housing practices that have a discriminatory effect without having to show discriminatory intent. Meaning, plaintiffs can now sue landlords without having to prove actual discrimination exists by using statistics that show minorities are “disparately impacted.” So called civil-rights attorneys working for the Department of Justice and urban activist groups will now be able to exploit landlords by showing that statistical patterns of “racial disparities” and “segregation” exists even if no evidence of actual discrimination is found for the purpose of ensuring “racial and economic justice.” The new guidelines by HUD are apart of a larger push by this administration using “disparate impact” claims in order to force “equality” upon individuals and institutions such as: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks or Latinos; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 housing and employers who turn down individuals for jobs due to having a criminal background. This Orwellian twisting of statistics into evidence without factual backing is precisely what is happening in other realms within our government as well.

For instance, last week 17 of the nation’s 18 Democratic attorneys general calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power,” announced that they will be targeting any and all companies that oppose the myth that is “climate change.” Speaking at a press conference on March 29, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced, “The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real.” He went on to say that if companies are committing fraud by “lying” about the dangers of climate change, they will “pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.” “By threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe their climate theories, the attorneys general in this coalition are trying to end the debate over climate change, declaring any dissent to be blasphemy regardless of what many scientists believe,” writes Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Spakovsky further goes on to note that this inquisition by the AG’s, “strikes a serious blow against the free flow of ideas and the vigorous debate over scientific issues that is a hallmark of an advanced, technological society like ours.” Yet, in a society such as ours the free flow of ideas is only allowed to flow if the ideas being discussed are in accordance with what the government allows.

The end result of these kinds of policies is that equality before the law ceases to exist along with individual choices, dignity, opportunity, and Liberty. For those Americans like myself, I no longer feel that America is a free country because our lives are now governed by the will of a ruling class elite 3,000 miles distant whose interests are in opposition to my own. The ruling class is only interested in accumulating personal power in order to exercise that power over others. Today’s ruling class elites seem to be re-enacting the old Soviet playbook by practicing the tactics and strategies developed by the Soviet Communists.

Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, elaborates on these tactics used by career politicians within both parties. Atbashian writes that these strategies and tactics include, “proactive, relentless, and simultaneous attacks on the opposition in multiple areas; preemptive demonization of the resistance; advancing the notions of ‘change’ and ‘historical progress’ as a moral obligation of every well-meaning citizen; spreading the perception that the opposition is standing in the way of history; using the media to disseminate prepared supportive narrative.” Atbashian continues, “planting disinformation; rewriting history; acting through allegedly neutral proxy organizations; discrediting ‘enemy’ media sources; promoting class warfare; stirring strife and division among citizens; provoking conflict while blaming the opposition for a hostile reaction, and so on.”

Using tactics such as those explained by Atbashian, the public is controlled and the entire nation is turned into a mob set against each other demanding various grievances be alleviated and “class privileges” redistributed in the name of “social justice” and “economic equality.” The government ends up benefiting in such a climate of manufactured chaos as the demands by the public are then met with government created solutions. This cycle repeats on a daily basis and since “equality” cannot be attained by bringing everyone up to the level of the “privileged class”, the “privileged class” is thus “brought down to the level of mediocrity, with most of their earnings and property taken by the government,” notes Atbashian.

The America in which we find ourselves living in today is one that is becoming unrecognizable to the America we once lived in even a decade ago. Sadly, too few have had the courage to resist the means in which the “fundamental transformation” is occurring by considering how it ends. Then again, one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings and if the majority of Americans today still believe they are truly free, then this is the beginning of the end.

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