They May Be Coming for You

 

This morning I woke up in a state of—what would I call it—uneasiness? I’ve been reading the posts from Ricochet members, and couldn’t put my finger on my reaction to the frightening invasion of Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago. Many people compared the actions of the FBI to the tyranny of third-world countries. But that parallel didn’t quite work for me. And then it dawned on me.

Our experience may be mirroring the actions of the Nazis in Germany.

I know there are people who become quite upset when they see comparisons to Nazi Germany, and I can appreciate their distress. In no way do I want to liken 12 million people exterminated with the difficulties we are experiencing in this country. At the same time, where should I go to try to point out parallels to the lawlessness and tyranny that we are experiencing here? So I apologize in advance to those who are offended, and hope that you will know that my observations are sincere and heartfelt.

Think about it: the conditions are riper than ever for someone to “take control.” Inflation gets worse by the day as people struggle to find ways to stretch their dollars. People have become more dependent than ever on the government. Lawlessness reigns on the borders. Businesses were burned and destroyed last summer, and now people are just smashing and grabbing their way through jewelry stores and elite retailers. Rogue prosecutors refuse to prosecute criminals, even when they have violated the law multiple times.

The agencies that we had relied on for so many years demonstrate over and over again their disdain for the rule of law and for the people of this country. If you are not in lockstep (yes, I intended to use that word) with the Democrats, you are to be not only discounted but tossed aside. Your word does not count. Your expectations for a free society don’t count. And your vote does not count.

They want to take our guns away, too. New laws show up regularly that are intended to compromise our second amendment rights. The most unlikely government agencies are purchasing massive amounts of arms and ammunition.

The military has sacrificed preparedness for its woke agenda. Yet we are supposed to take them seriously when they criticize China or Russia.

When we speak of Nazi Germany, we are speaking about the Jews, right? But don’t forget that those people the Nazis labeled as “different,” who didn’t fit the Aryan idea of perfection or showed resistance to their goals, were put into camps. Those identified as mentally ill (were they?) dissidents, educators, or had even a drop of Jewish blood, were condemned. In this country, what if you are a Republican or Conservative? Or were at one time? Or have left the enclave of the Left? What then?

There are many more comparisons that would work in this context, many more than I am willing to face on this Tuesday. Maybe you have the ability or inclination to identify them. It might be very important for us to take the time for this exercise, to be ready. Because soon—

They may be coming for you.

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  1. BDB Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Unsk (View Comment):
    People are starting to talk about the “hive mind” where the peer pressure within or among people close to certain circles with government power who know instinctively what the “woke” mindset course of action is and dare not to deviate from it, which creates this almost preordained response.

    Fascinating, Unsk. It would be interesting to know where else this has shown up in other govts.

    It certainly happened to the Hillary campaign as I wrote some time ago: 

    https://ricochet.com/375246/sympathy-for-the-devil-2/

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    This harkens back to the “drain the swamp” thread.  The “hive mind” concept is a perfect reason to make sure political appointments are people of conviction and courage.  It’s the only way to shake up the hives.

    Indeed and good point. Thanks, hoyacon.

    Edit: the question is, how do you know they are those kinds of people? What if we don’t know them personally? What if they put on a good act. Gosh, do I sound paranoid or what??

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  3. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Yes! Your post hits the nail on the head and your intuition and observations are correct. God help us please!

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  4. Rodin Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    The people I run with has been using the comparisons to Nazi, Mao and others since COVID lockdowns. I now understand what happened to the citizens then. I have read their accounts of it but did not understand until then. It is surrealistic in how the world no longer works or acts as it should or always has. I have now written it off and have decided that the only way out is blood. I can see no other way. I am just waiting for the rest of you to catch up and the bloody part begins.

    I think the odds of the bloody part went up significantly yesterday. If this act stands it is our blood, if the the FBI/GOJ/IC is exposed it is theirs.

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  5. Zafar Member
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    Susan Quinn: When we speak of Nazi Germany, we are speaking about the Jews, right? But don’t forget that those people the Nazis labeled as “different,” who didn’t fit the Aryan idea of perfection or showed resistance to their goals, were put into camps. Those identified as mentally ill (were they?) dissidents, educators, or had even a drop of Jewish blood, were condemned.

    Along with homosexuals and communists.

    But this FBI raid on a former President’s home seems like the culmination, or perhaps the result, of the steady destruction of political norms.   A logical extension of the win at any cost – or defeat at any cost – approach which has increasingly dominated political life.  And not just in the US, though it’s more a Global South thing. Which makes me wonder why it’s happening there [in America].

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  6. Columbo Member
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    First they came … Pastor Martin Niemoller

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  7. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    The big question is who is minding the minders.

    Doug, I think what you are asking is who is in charge overall? Or is there a small cadre that is pulling the strings? I don’t even know where to begin to speculate . . .

    I think what we are seeing is an entrenched Federal bureaucracy. Unelected officials that will do as they please knowing that they will be in charge as elected politicians come and go. They have redefined master and servant.

    Actually, the intelligence services are running the country with the FBI taking the lead for the moment. The FBI put Biden in the White House with help from the media, Zuckerberg, et al. The FBI thought they were going to put Hillary in but blew it. So they’ve been working against Trump ever since. They are terrified that Trump might return to power and are desperately trying to stop him. They know they will Be looking at long jail sentences if ever held accountable and Trump is far and away the most likely to do that they think. But Wray is confidant that they have Trump in the bag. Look how Wray gave Congress the middle finger and took off for a vacation in the Adirondacs to get out of town while the raid on Mar al Lago went down, such impunity.As I’ve said before, the FBI needs to be entirely dismantled as an existential threat to America. No one currently in the swamp, elected or otherwise, is going to do that. It will take an outsider with broad and deep and rock solid public support.  Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

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  8. BDB Coolidge
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: When we speak of Nazi Germany, we are speaking about the Jews, right? But don’t forget that those people the Nazis labeled as “different,” who didn’t fit the Aryan idea of perfection or showed resistance to their goals, were put into camps. Those identified as mentally ill (were they?) dissidents, educators, or had even a drop of Jewish blood, were condemned.

    Along with homosexuals and communists.

    But this FBI raid on a former President’s home seems like the culmination, or perhaps the result, of the steady destruction of political norms. A logical extension of the win at any cost – or defeat at any cost – approach which has increasingly dominated political life. And not just in the US, though it’s more a Global South thing. Which makes me wonder why it’s happening there [in America].

    Multi-culti means no culti.

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  9. Zafar Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: When we speak of Nazi Germany, we are speaking about the Jews, right? But don’t forget that those people the Nazis labeled as “different,” who didn’t fit the Aryan idea of perfection or showed resistance to their goals, were put into camps. Those identified as mentally ill (were they?) dissidents, educators, or had even a drop of Jewish blood, were condemned.

    Along with homosexuals and communists.

    But this FBI raid on a former President’s home seems like the culmination, or perhaps the result, of the steady destruction of political norms. A logical extension of the win at any cost – or defeat at any cost – approach which has increasingly dominated political life. And not just in the US, though it’s more a Global South thing. Which makes me wonder why it’s happening there [in America].

    Multi-culti means no culti.

    Monocultures (like Germany in the 1930s?) seem to manage the wilful destruction of political norms just fine, while some multi culti places (like Australia) so far seem to be successfully avoiding that.  I don’t think it’s something that’s the natural result of multi culti or lack thereof.  People have agency about who they vote for and why. Imho. 

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  10. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: When we speak of Nazi Germany, we are speaking about the Jews, right? But don’t forget that those people the Nazis labeled as “different,” who didn’t fit the Aryan idea of perfection or showed resistance to their goals, were put into camps. Those identified as mentally ill (were they?) dissidents, educators, or had even a drop of Jewish blood, were condemned.

    Along with homosexuals and communists.

    But this FBI raid on a former President’s home seems like the culmination, or perhaps the result, of the steady destruction of political norms. A logical extension of the win at any cost – or defeat at any cost – approach which has increasingly dominated political life. And not just in the US, though it’s more a Global South thing. Which makes me wonder why it’s happening there [in America].

    Multi-culti means no culti.

    Monocultures (like Germany in the 1930s?) seem to manage the wilful destruction of political norms just fine, while some multi culti places (like Australia) so far seem to be successfully avoiding that. I don’t think it’s something that’s the natural result of multi culti or lack thereof. People have agency about who they vote for and why. Imho.

    Australia still holds fast to the political norms of its British roots and the best of the English and Scottish enlightenments. Just having a bunch of Chinese people following those traditions doesn’t really make it multi-culti. Maybe multi-racial.

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  11. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Simple question – will the IRS agent go up the ranks by not auditing or auditing taxpayers

    They will make the tax laws more complex so that the compliance becomes harder

     

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  12. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Simple question – will the IRS agent go up the ranks by not auditing or auditing taxpayers

    They will make the tax laws more complex so that the compliance becomes harder

     

    I suspect that being known as a true Democrat will help you stay off their lists.

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  13. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Simple question – will the IRS agent go up the ranks by not auditing or auditing taxpayers

    They will make the tax laws more complex so that the compliance becomes harder

     

    Parts of the law contradict other parts, so they just have to pick one. They will find something, because if they don’t it looks like they’re not doing their jobs.

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  14. J Climacus Member
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    Our true enemy has yet to reveal himself (or herself). Biden, Hillary and the rest are too incompetent and vicious (in the technical sense of not having virtue) to fill the role of truly dangerous autocrat.  The same, although in a different way, for Trump.

    As the disorder, chaos and social and economic breakdown continue to get worse in this country,  there will come a point where people will no longer tolerate it.  They will turn to someone who promises a return to order and who appears non threatening enough to be apparently trustworthy. And they will cede their freedoms to him in return for order and security.

    This individual will have a lot of natural virtues: He will be well spoken, well educated, self disciplined and confident.  No mean tweets or cocaine addled sons.  People remember the ranting Hitler of newsreels but forget that he earned the Iron Cross First Class in WW1 (rare for a Corporal in the German Army) and was wounded.  In private, he charmed many of the elite in Germany with his apparent humility and grace.  He was a man of strict personal habits, a vegetarian, a teetotaler and a non smoker. The elite  believed his public persona was just that, a show put on for the masses. Mussolini was well educated and was actually a darling of the left in the U.S.  (including FDR) until he sided with Hitler in the 1930’s.

    I see an individual coming who will be broadly populist.  Like Trump, he will sense that the great mass of Americans have had enough of the contempt of the elite classes and the boutique craziness of the left. But he won’t have Trump’s drawbacks. He won’t actually be conservative but will be attractive to some conservatives because of his character and a call to traditional morality. In fact, he will probably be something like a conservative on social issues but more socialist economically. The only thing he will ask for is (temporary) autocratic powers to get us through the chaos. And that will be enough.

    EDIT: Obama has some of the characteristics of the man I’m talking about. He’s personally self disciplined and presents a non threatening demeanor. He’s an excellent public speaker who is sensitive to his audience. He rides that fine line that makes him acceptable to the far left but not enough to appear threatening to the mainstream. But Obama is not a totalitarian at heart. He never wanted to be dictator. He just wanted a path to the leisured, pampered life of a global elite.

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    J Climacus (View Comment):
    As the disorder, chaos and social and economic breakdown continue to get worse in this country,  there will come a point where people will no longer tolerate it.  They will turn to someone who promises a return to order and who appears non threatening enough to be apparently trustworthy. And they will cede their freedoms to him in return for order and security.

    I’m intrigued by your entire comment, J. In a related thought, I asked who is overseeing all that is going on. One response is that there is enough commitment from the  Left elite that a powerful leader has not emerged (and I can’t identify him or her yet). But your frightening premise rings true–someone who appeals to enough people will emerge. We must somehow regain power-our values, our integrity, literal authority–to stop this from happening.

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  16. Columbo Member
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    J Climacus (View Comment):

    Our true enemy has yet to reveal himself (or herself). Biden, Hillary and the rest are too incompetent and vicious (in the technical sense of not having virtue) to fill the role of truly dangerous autocrat. The same, although in a different way, for Trump.

    As the disorder, chaos and social and economic breakdown continue to get worse in this country, there will come a point where people will no longer tolerate it. They will turn to someone who promises a return to order and who appears non threatening enough to be apparently trustworthy. And they will cede their freedoms to him in return for order and security.

    This individual will have a lot of natural virtues: He will be well spoken, well educated, self disciplined and confident. No mean tweets or cocaine addled sons. People remember the ranting Hitler of newsreels but forget that he earned the Iron Cross First Class in WW1 (rare for a Corporal in the German Army) and was wounded. In private, he charmed many of the elite in Germany with his apparent humility and grace. He was a man of strict personal habits, a vegetarian, a teetotaler and a non smoker. The elite believed his public persona was just that, a show put on for the masses. Mussolini was well educated and was actually a darling of the left in the U.S. (including FDR) until he sided with Hitler in the 1930’s.

    I see an individual coming who will be broadly populist. Like Trump, he will sense that the great mass of Americans have had enough of the contempt of the elite classes and the boutique craziness of the left. But he won’t have Trump’s drawbacks. He won’t actually be conservative but will be attractive to some conservatives because of his character and a call to traditional morality. In fact, he will probably be something like a conservative on social issues but more socialist economically. The only thing he will ask for is (temporary) autocratic powers to get us through the chaos. And that will be enough.

    EDIT: Obama has some of the characteristics of the man I’m talking about. He’s personally self disciplined and presents a non threatening demeanor. He’s an excellent public speaker who is sensitive to his audience. He rides that fine line that makes him acceptable to the far left but not enough to appear threatening to the mainstream. But Obama is not a totalitarian at heart. He never wanted to be dictator. He just wanted a path to the leisured, pampered life of a global elite.

    2nd EDIT: He’s an excellent practiced public speaker, only as long as he doesn’t go off the teleprompter, who is INsensitive to his audience, and thinks they are all gullible idiots who dote on his every word.

     

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  17. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Simple question – will the IRS agent go up the ranks by not auditing or auditing taxpayers

    They will make the tax laws more complex so that the compliance becomes harder

     

    Parts of the law contradict other parts, so they just have to pick one. They will find something, because if they don’t it looks like they’re not doing their jobs.

    My father and my grand father taught me to always do something minor wrong on your taxes.  That way if they come they will find it and leave.  Otherwise they will just keep digging and making something up.  

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  18. Nathanael Ferguson Contributor
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    Not exactly related but…. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHClJGBjsqk 

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