Our right and our duty
By Alisa Craddock
Last year, just before the election, I wrote a warning to the American people in a column I entitled "Of Buggery, Skulduggery, and Left-Wing Thuggery." Here is an excerpt:
I thought now would be a good time to enumerate how much of that agenda is taking shape, how much is being put in place. The TEA parties a few weeks ago were not merely about being overly taxed. Many of us have, in fact, received a tax cut. No, what it is really about is an outcry against a looming dictatorship. We feel the jaws of tyranny closing around our country, and the wheels of justice are apparently impotent to stop it, as are We The People. There is great anxiety all around and within us. We can sign petitions until our fingers fall off. We can gather and wave signs, and make speeches, we can throw money at right-wing organizations and the GOP, we can plead with Obama and his mob, "what happened to the new era of bipartisanship you promised?". The people in power see absolutely no reason to obey the will of the people. They have no respect for the law, our traditions, or our morals. Pelosi has complete power to eclipse the Republican opposition, and with Arlen Specter's defection to the Democrats, he has now handed them (if the courts hand a stolen victory to Al Franken, total power, and the people in power call the shots. Obama promised in his inaugural address he would "remake" America. (Oh God, do we really want an America fashioned after San Francisco?) I heard and read little about that telling statement when he spoke it. But a red flag went up immediately in my mind (not that I had any doubt what would take place).
Obama is moving with lightning speed, as are Pelosi and Reid, to shore up their power and remake America in their twisted image, while guaranteeing, by hook or crook, continued Left-wing control of the country. His designs on controlling the Census Bureau smack of gerrymandering and a revival, as John Fund, writing in the Wall Street Journal explained, "of the effort led by minority groups after the 2000 Census to adjust the totals for states and cities using statistical sampling and computer models. In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Department of Commerce v. U.S. House that sampling could not be used to reapportion congressional seats. But it left open the possibility that sampling could be used to redraw political boundaries within the states."
There is also the Employee Free Choice Act, favored by Democrats, which would increase the number and power of unions who traditionally support Democrats with their dues and activism. And there are the Czars Obama has appointed to administer his policies on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change, who go through no Congressional approval, and who answer only to the President. Liberal Sen. Robert Byrd called it a "power grab" by the White House. In addition, Congress is going to try to impose a new species of the "Fairness Doctrine", by the creation of so-called "public interest" and "localism" requirements. This is a transparent attempt by the Left Wing of our government to control the flow and kind of information available to the public. These "public interest" requirements, should they be enacted, would put broadcasters at the mercy of local review boards that would be loaded with leftists who would have the power to police the airwaves in local communities, and to censor any broadcast content with which they disagree by recommending to the FCC that certain broadcasters have their licenses revoked.
While this is going on, there are a dizzying array of other dismaying plans shaping up. Here are a few of them:
Most disturbing of all is the "political profiling" being done by various "fusion Centers" through state police departments, and the Department of Homeland Security, targeting people with right wing political views as potential domestic"terrorists. Some "suspicious" characters might include people with Ron Paul bumper stickers (Rep. Ron Paul is a serving member of the House of Representatives, and a strict Constitutionalist), those who strongly support the principles in the Declaration of Independence, people who are one-issue voters (like pro-lifers or who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants) people who oppose restrictions on firearms, those who oppose the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship and the expansion of social programs, or who oppose a one-world government, oppose same-sex marriage, and returning veterans (because they are trained combatants and most are conservative) to name a few—in a word, people who understand what liberty is and who might oppose government attempts to take it from them. A bulletin issued to Missouri State Police by the Missouri Information Analysis Center urged police to keep an eye out for "Americans who were concerned about unemployment, taxes, illegal immigration, gangs, border security, abortion, high costs of living, gun restrictions, FEMA, the IRS, The Federal Reserve, and the North American Union/SPP/North American Community", according to ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration). Also cited as potential domestic terrorists were people who might like gun shows, short wave radios, combat movies, movies with white male heroes, Tom Clancey Novels, and Presidential Candidates Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin!" To anyone with a brain, this smacks of an enemies list, the kind of paranoia that leads to roundup of political enemies in crisis situations, not unlike those compiled by dictators in Communist countries.. And if Napolitano is compiling an enemies list, is it unreasonable to believe that at some future point it would not be used?
Like if we were to have another Islamic terrorist attack here…or a pandemic…or a complete economic collapse…widespread riots and anarchy, or all of the above? And when people demand a return to American principles, what will the response be. Obama knows as well as anyone on the right the admonition of the Declaration of Independence that "when a long train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security". Our right and our duty. Tea, anyone…?
When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. – Thomas Jefferson
Have we reached the point when we have to be afraid of our government? If we wait too long to decide, it could be too late.
May almighty God restore our nation.
Alisa Craddock is a columnist and activist in the culture war, a convert to Catholicism, and describes herself as a Christian Libertarian. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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