Tyranny Watch

 

In my waning years, I find the state of our wonderfully conceived nation deeply disturbing. We once were rightfully the land of the free. Now? Tyranny is not complete but getting extremely close:

  • Vaccine mandates.
  • Use of fear for manipulation (mask mandates, shutdowns).
  • Changing the rules to favor cronies (producers of vaccines rather than cheap, effective treatment alternatives such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, which they made illegal to prescribe in many places).
  • Barriers to emigration (vaccine passports, exit taxes).
  • Department of Justice intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan. 6 protestors in jail with overcharges.
  • Conspiracy of the deep staters and complicit media to bring down an outsider who became the country’s leader (Russiagate).
  • Fraud, irregularities, and elimination of voting security to manipulate “elections.”
  • The death of free speech due to the technopolitical complex’s cancel culture.
  • Making criminals of folks who tell the truth about government incompetence.
  • Consistent lies from the technopolitical complex (e.g., false claims that Jan. 6 was an “insurrection” while the Antifa-BLM riots and burnings were “mostly peaceful,” unvaccinated citizens threaten the health of the vaccinated, masks don’t work, then so and on and on).

The continued judicial support of the Second Amendment offers some comfort, but I don’t see any movement toward flexing that muscle.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Good summary, David, although I’m sure we could enhance your list. Embedded in several of them is the disdain for the rule of law, as well as disdain for religion.

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  2. Columbo Member
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    The lawlessness of the DOJ/FBI/CIA is the worst of all. This weaponization began under 0bama and targeted his “enemy” list, using the IRS, FBI, DOJ. They sharpened it on President Donald J. Trump and having received no consequences, they have continued to use it with abandon, with the most recent victims being parent free speech rights about their children’s education in public meetings. Blatantly attacked by the Attorney General of the United States himself! Sad. Private schools will soon have monstrous waiting lines.

    All of you self-described ‘Republicans’ got it good and hard. I hope you learned your lesson, because we who knew better receive the same punishment of these non-American policies – due to your useful idiocy.

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  3. David Carroll Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Good summary, David, although I’m sure we could enhance your list. Embedded in several of them is the disdain for the rule of law, as well as disdain for religion.

    Enhance away.  It might be useful to have a running list.

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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    David Carroll: DOJ intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan 6 protestors in jail with overcharges

    This part really gives me the creeps.  For some reason, I never thought we’d see this in America.  But here we are. 

    Scary as hell…

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  5. ctlaw Coolidge
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    David Carroll: DOJ intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan 6 protestors in jail with overcharges;

    Even more alarming is that, on top of that, some of the judges are then oversentencing. In several instances, in sentencing statements, judges appear to have made assertions of fact that the government did not even allege, let alone prove…

    This falls in line with statements by Judge Sullivan in the Flynn case (his legally erroneous rant about Sidney Powell’s “ethical considerations”) and Judge Berman-Jackson in the Stone case (her adopting the left wing mischaracterization about the printers marks in the background of a photo being scope cross-hairs “over” the photo).

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  6. MarciN Member
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    None of this would bother me as much as it does if Biden were not hunting down and hurting as much as he can the January 6 protesters. He is acting like the communist and military dictators act. He has crossed a line that scares me more than anything else I’ve seen in my lifetime. 

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  7. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    Several times in the last month, someone on Ricochet has challenged my claims of tyranny.   I suspect this is because of the definition of the word rather than a perception of events.    Let’s start with some definitions from Merriam-Webster.com

    Definition of tyranny
    1 : oppressive power every form of tyranny over the mind of man— Thomas Jefferson especially : oppressive power exerted by government the tyranny of a police state
    2a : a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler especially : one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state
    b : the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
    3 : a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force living under the tyranny of the clock— Dixon Wecter

    I use the first definition where the operative term is “oppressive power”, which is subjective.  People using the second definition are likely to disagree with people using the first definition on the point of single ruler.  There are related words, like dictatorship and authoritarian.  For me the distinction is that tyranny is unnecessary use of power.  There is no such thing as a benevolent tyrant.  And since unnecessary and oppressive are subjective, we must admin that the USA has a different standard than other countries.  What is tyranny for an American might not be for a North Korean.

    Definition of authoritarian
    1 : of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority had authoritarian parents
    2 : of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people an authoritarian regime

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  8. David Carroll Thatcher
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    David Carroll: DOJ intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan 6 protestors in jail with overcharges

    This part really gives me the creeps. For some reason, I never thought we’d see this in America. But here we are.

    Scary as hell…

    DOJ intimidation of education protests against critical race theory explained.  Crony profiteering:

      Conflict Of Interest? AG Garland’s Family Getting Rich Selling Critical Race Theory Materials To Schools | ZeroHedge

     

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    David Carroll: DOJ intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan 6 protestors in jail with overcharges

    This part really gives me the creeps. For some reason, I never thought we’d see this in America. But here we are.

    Scary as hell…

    DOJ intimidation of education protests against critical race theory explained. Crony profiteering:

    Conflict Of Interest? AG Garland’s Family Getting Rich Selling Critical Race Theory Materials To Schools | ZeroHedge

     

    Is there NO ONE of authority who will call this out?? The media is reprehensible!

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  10. Sandy Member
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    All true but I have begun to think that we also have the possibility of a revival.  We have been in a declining state for a long, long time–physically, morally, spiritually–and confronting the enemy close up has a way of clarifying the mind and making a life of courage and purpose more likely. I once had a co-worker who had escaped Germany as a young Jewish girl and survived in England with her family.  She told me that those were the best years of her life and I can understand that.  

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  11. Buckpasser Member
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    Lies are now standard issue for anyone on the left.  Since those people have already turned away from G_d, there is little hope.

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  12. James Salerno Coolidge
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    Just want to remind everyone that this started with a military-enforced installation in DC.

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  13. Instugator Thatcher
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    David Carroll: DOJ intimidation of public meeting protests and keeping Jan 6 protestors in jail with overcharges

    This part really gives me the creeps. For some reason, I never thought we’d see this in America. But here we are.

    Scary as hell…

    Cocaine Mitch did the right thing keeping Garland off SCOTUS.

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  14. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Good summary, David, although I’m sure we could enhance your list. Embedded in several of them is the disdain for the rule of law, as well as disdain for religion.

    Enhance away. It might be useful to have a running list.

    Personally, I’m more concerned about immigration, the CRT/BLM agenda and the LGBT agenda than I am about the issues noted in the OP.  

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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  16. HeavyWater Reagan
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    Regarding the January 6 protestors, I think they would have gotten off easier if they had just chanted their slogans and held their signs but had not rushed the Capitol building while the electoral votes were getting ready to be tallied up.  That’s where they got themselves in deep yogurt.  

    I think many of these protesters got tanked up with lots of high voltage rhetoric and their emotions got away from them.  The next thing you know they are dangling from the balcony at the Capitol with the cameras rolling.  That doesn’t look good on ones resume.  

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  17. Henry Racette Moderator
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    A bunch of years ago, in the early days of the computer revolution, there was a chess program called Sargon. (It might still be out there, for all I know.) It was pretty good: I wasn’t a bad player back then, and it still beat me pretty regularly. Sargon came with a collection of classic chess tournament games pre-recorded, and you could replay them and watch how this or that grandmaster played the game once upon a time.

    There’s one game in particular that I recall, a game famous for its aggressive use of gambits. In chess (and elsewhere) a gambit is a kind of gamble intended to gain an advantage, but entailing a significant risk of loss (hence the gamble part). In chess, gambits generally involve getting your opponent to think he’s winning something when in fact he’s weakening his own position; it often involves sacrificing a piece to achieve that advantage.

    In the game I recall, one player sacrificed an extraordinary number of pieces; the game looked to be a bloodbath, with a huge materiel advantage for the opponent. Then, suddenly, the player who had sacrificed so many pieces exploited a surprising positional advantage and won a game that looked to have been thrown away. It was an extraordinary risk that paid off beautifully. I’ve never seen another game like it. (I looked for the game a few years ago, but couldn’t find it. I may look again.)


    Back when 9/11 happened, I thought perhaps Islamic extremism would be the thing that saved us. I thought it might re-awaken a sleeping giant, unite the country around core values, send us seeking the security of our founding ideals. Islamic terrorism proved to be less competent than I feared, or perhaps it simply decided to undermine western culture without burning it down. I don’t know. Whatever the reason, it didn’t result in the renaissance of American exceptionalism that I had hoped it might inspire.

    My thinking was that we are losing the long battle. Progressivism always has an advantage, in that it’s relentless. Conservatism is a background resistance, a kind of friction; it’s rarely fired with passion, and it doesn’t expand its territory. It simply tries to hold on. Progressivism has a thousand agendas and is always pressing forward, and its proponents are passionate and angry and rude and don’t care about rules or custom. In the long run, we lose.

    Our best hope, I think, is for the progressives to push too fast, and to awaken that sleeping giant that I once thought jihadists might prod into action. It’s a terrible gamble: we are giving up a lot of pieces, a lot of institutions, a lot of customs we value. Little things like freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom to go to work and be unmolested by people with syringes. There’s a lot at risk right now.

    But the progressives are pushing too fast. Maybe this time Americans, that vast largely silent center-right majority, will finally take offense and start pushing back. Not with guns, but with words and outrage.

    It has to happen soon, or we won’t have any pieces left on the board.

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  18. RufusRJones Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    Progressivism has a thousand agendas and is always pressing forward, and it’s proponents are passionate and angry and rude and don’t care about rules or custom. In the long run, we lose.

    This is exactly right.

    They take any idea that has momentum and they try to get it over the line. They do this by talking to you “tactically”. They are going to do anything except have a straightforward discussion about what is a good policy. When you talk to them, take this posture in your mind and try to stick to policy only. Then watch what happens. 

    Even if they just leave everybody confused and somewhat intimidated, that is taking ground. 

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  19. HeavyWater Reagan
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    I think the GOP, as the supposed opposition to progressive extremism, has painted itself into a bit of a corner.  The GOP has become very popular among those parts of the American population that are declining in number relative to America’s total population.

    It’s like what one columnist said: “The Republican party does not perform well in the cities and suburbs.  But that’s where most of the votes are.”

    To win elections you have to make your opponent look like the one who ate too many wild mushrooms.  The problem is that in recent times it is the GOP that appears to the public like it has swallowed too many wild mushrooms.    

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  20. RufusRJones Member
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    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    I think the GOP, as the supposed opposition to progressive extremism, has painted itself into a bit of a corner. The GOP has become very popular among those parts of the American population that are declining in number relative to America’s total population.

    It’s like what one columnist said: “The Republican party does not perform well in the cities and suburbs. But that’s where most of the votes are.”

    To win elections you have to make your opponent look like the one who ate too many wild mushrooms. The problem is that in recent times it is the GOP that appears to the public like it has swallowed too many wild mushrooms.

    I think talking about the electorate is a waste of time unless it’s a total professional explaining something. Stick to public policy and perhaps make adjustments based on what professionals are telling you.

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  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    David, I suspect you tried to make a change to your original post, which would have bounced it back to the Member Feed. If you don’t want it here, you’ll need to write to Jon or Bethany to move it back to the Main Feed. (Changes to the original, once it’s on the Main Feed, must be made by the editors.)

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  22. David Carroll Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    David, I suspect you tried to make a change to your original post, which would have bounced it back to the Member Feed. If you don’t want it here, you’ll need to write to Jon or Bethany to move it back to the Main Feed. (Changes to the original, once it’s on the Main Feed, must be made by the editors.)

    So I saw…too late.  I sent the request to the email for the editors.  Is that the wrong place to send it? 

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  23. HeavyWater Reagan
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    Regarding the vaccine, a huge majority of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  So, I hope the GOP doesn’t present itself as “the anti-vaccine party” because that would be a recipe for electoral marginalization.  

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  24. Henry Racette Moderator
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    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    David, I suspect you tried to make a change to your original post, which would have bounced it back to the Member Feed. If you don’t want it here, you’ll need to write to Jon or Bethany to move it back to the Main Feed. (Changes to the original, once it’s on the Main Feed, must be made by the editors.)

    So I saw…too late. I sent the request to the email for the editors. Is that the wrong place to send it?

    It’s the right place if any of them are still sober. What time is it in Arizona?

    (Sorry about that revert-to-member-feed thing. I didn’t realize it did that.)

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  25. RufusRJones Member
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    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    Regarding the vaccine, a huge majority of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. So, I hope the GOP doesn’t present itself as “the anti-vaccine party” because that would be a recipe for electoral marginalization.

    It doesn’t stop transmission. If the policies actually reflected that, there would be nothing to complain about. They need to put the screws to people that are likely to clog up the hospital and leave it at that.

    Masks are 1000% stupid at the aggregate level. 

    Forcing vaccines and masks on children is worthless.

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  26. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    David, I suspect you tried to make a change to your original post, which would have bounced it back to the Member Feed. If you don’t want it here, you’ll need to write to Jon or Bethany to move it back to the Main Feed. (Changes to the original, once it’s on the Main Feed, must be made by the editors.)

    So I saw…too late. I sent the request to the email for the editors. Is that the wrong place to send it?

    It’s the right place if any of them are still sober. What time is it in Arizona?

    (Sorry about that revert-to-member-feed thing. I didn’t realize it did that.)

    I learned from personal experience!

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  27. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    David, I suspect you tried to make a change to your original post, which would have bounced it back to the Member Feed. If you don’t want it here, you’ll need to write to Jon or Bethany to move it back to the Main Feed. (Changes to the original, once it’s on the Main Feed, must be made by the editors.)

    So I saw…too late. I sent the request to the email for the editors. Is that the wrong place to send it?

    Nope–I assume you mean a PM. But they have to actually be online to see it. So it might be a while . . . 

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  28. RufusRJones Member
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    Now this is leadership, right here. lol

     

     

     

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  29. Flicker Coolidge
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    I like your list, and this may be off your topic, but all the social issues turned upside down.  Trans this, teaching — actually training — young children about sexual techniques, gender replacing sex, actually celebrating abortion, CRT, movies repurposed for propaganda, the obliteration of science, etc.

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  30. RufusRJones Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    I like your list, and this may be off your topic, but all the social issues turned upside down. Trans this, teaching — actually training — young children about sexual techniques, gender replacing sex, actually celebrating abortion, CRT, movies repurposed for propaganda, the obliteration of science, etc.

    lol

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    Recognizing the importance of intersectionality, the Subcommittee on Queer People is committed to an organizing process and event that foregrounds the voices and experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ people who are most marginalized, both in society and within 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, including 2SLGBTQIA+ people who are racialized, Indigenous, Black, trans, women, non-binary, and persons with disabilities. 

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