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Victims of the darkness

By Robert T. Smith
web posted December 21, 2009

As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains
seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must
be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become
unwitting victims of the darkness.

Justice William O. Douglas

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, once formed the paradigm that was America.  The American ideal has generationally been targeted and transitioned to a more onerous one of taxation, regulation, and the pursuit of litigation.  This latter triumvirate is the hallmark of today's self-inflicted progressivism; arguably summarized singly as oppression. 

America's oppression du jour appears to stem from the belief that our founding paradigm of America was incorrect or inferior to the new progressivism.  Are we now the quoted unwitting victims of the darkness, as we leapt into the abyss clutching the ephemeral campaign trope of hope and change?

Oppression appears to us as the unjust authority over our entire nation, to subordinate or control our actions, beliefs, and general life conditions.  Oppression has been a popular tactic used by authoritarian or totalitarian regimes in the form of systemic or institutionalized government force.

Totalitarianism relies on maintaining political power by control; control over the economy, control over the message put forth by a compliant media, control of regulations, and controls and restrictions on alternative thought.  Could the takeover of car companies, complicit main stream media, regulation of carbon, and continued attempts to delegitimize FOX news or limit talk radio be clear example indicators? 

Targeting dissent from the authority's oppression requires that those in power single out, dehumanize, or delegitimize the dissenter(s).  Demonization is a good indicator of oppression.  We see demonization in the often repeated evil rich, greedy corporations, or allegations of Nazi TEA partiers.  More recently, anyone speaking or acting out against the government takeover of health care debacle is demonized by being likened to past slavery-sympathizers.  Oppression has arguably been quickly institutionalized by the Alinskyite, Chicagoans.      

The notion of a superior ideology, in conjunction with government control by those who hold themselves as superior naturally or through academic credentials reflects in our current government.  This raw power has never been achieved by the progressives of our day.  The current regime clearly intends to make the most of this seat of power positioning.  The chaos and disruption, and economy be damned, ideology takes precedence over the country's best interests. 

The Obama administration is smart enough to run the entire economy, banking system, automobile companies, health care, and even regulate the very breath we exhale (CO2).  Any issue can be resolved by increasing the size, power, and control of the government.

How to pay for and extend this government and control over our lives?  The progressives' taxation schemes are the enabling tool to help control the economy.  To paraphrase Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, "Government income redistribution programs produce the same result as theft. In fact, that's what a thief does; he redistributes income. The difference between government and thievery is mostly a matter of legality."

No taxation without representation was the battle cry of earlier America.  The notion that participation through paying taxes would necessitate an involved, concerned, and in control citizenry has been displaced.  No longer does this form of participation constrain the appetite of a near majority of Americans who pay little or no taxes, or those progressive politicians bartering their power for the delivery of others time and toil, confiscated as taxes.  Arguably, the past presidential election was influenced extensively by those seeking largesse from the federal government, confiscated from their fellow citizens. 

Health care is the newest straw man, a government-given right erected by those demanding more from the few.  No longer is there consideration of the forced removal of personal property and wealth, or the ultimate waste, fraud, and political payoff for which the tax money is actually expended. 

A form of kleptocracy has taken over our country.  The misappropriation of public funds to buy votes and maintain political power is rife in the federal government.  Fairly noted is that this kleptocracy is not limited to a single political party. 

The uncomfortable question that must be asked is whether we are really unwitting victims of the darkness, or are we paying the price for complacency, a certain lack of diligent patriotism that has delivered us an oppressive government of the elite? ESR

Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family.  He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.


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