The recurring Game of Thrones’ mantra is “Winter is coming”. In our country, tyranny is coming. But more specifically, tyranny is here. Whether it is called soft tyranny or tyranny depends on the individual. The patriot who stands up for the foundation of our nation, has Sacred honor and is willing to sacrifice everything for future generations understands that there are no degrees to tyranny. Like slavery, tyranny is an all or nothing concept. You cannot be a slave for an hour a day. Any portion of your life that is taken without consent is slavery. Any portion of your life, liberty or property that is taken with consent is tyranny.
Tyranny and its consequences are easily seen in the United States. The tenets of tyranny throughout history have not changed:
- The government oversteps its legal authority.
- Propaganda censors the truth.
- Justice is divided into tiers.
- Indoctrination is introduced into the educational system.
- Religion is suppressed or coerced by the state.
- Taxation and regulations are used to make two classes: workers and looters.
- Opposition to illegal acts by the government is classified as sedition.
- Reporting illegal acts by the government is classified as treason.
- Medical care is rationed.
- The right to private property is abolished over time.
If you cannot list tangible examples from the above list, you are not paying attention. As the Germans found out:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
You can see the parallels today as different groups are targeted by the media and government. Remember Rule 13 from “Rules for Radicals”:
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
This targeting is done at all levels and people have found it to be a useful tool to gain personal power. Truth and honor have been replaced by ignorance and treachery. Where is the virtue that is the bedrock for the Republic? Where are the patriots who will not cower for fear of a label?
Winter is coming for the Republic unless we are willing to fight for the Great Experiment. I believe it is too late: apathy has become dependence.
Bondage is coming. May your chains rest lightly on your shoulders.