Tag: Tyranny

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.

Doing What Comes Naturally: Telling Others How To Run Their Lives

 

As a Christian, I understand that the best of intentions can go horribly wrong. Our sinful natures corrupt our best efforts and heartfelt desires. It is not just because we often lack the wisdom to know the actual outcomes of those intentions (that’s another post), but out of love and caring we can seek to control others seeking what we think are desirable results. I have seen it in myself and in others,  but it really seems to come out of people when they have some government position, even one with little authority.

When I got married and left home, I was happy that our parents did not try to run our lives. I would not have tolerated it. But now that my kids are grown and married with children (in that order), I find that I am tempted to “make suggestions” and perhaps stick my nose in where it does not belong. I feel like I would make better decisions than they are making. I do this because I love them. Why let them make their own mistakes and learn from them when they can just listen to me? Because they do need to learn some things on their own and they do need to run their own lives.

How Much are You Willing to Sacrifice, or Where is Your Red Line?

 

Several months ago, I wrote about a profound blessing I experienced: I chose a Hebrew name, since I couldn’t remember the Hebrew name I was given as a child. (This method is acceptable under Jewish law.) At the suggestion of a friend, I chose the name of a woman I admired, Ruth, from the Bible, who was a convert to Judaism, and through circumstances, left the land of Moab to accompany her mother-in-law back to the land of Judah. I’ve always been in awe of her generosity and commitment, and am honored to carry her name.

But today I realized that Ruth also demonstrated a willingness to make sacrifices, too. When she traveled with Naomi back to Judah, both women were widows and they would be two women traveling alone. But Ruth was also leaving Moab, the land of her birth. When she left, she knew she was leaving her sister and her family behind. In those days, she likely realized that she would never see them again. She would also be leaving the familiarity of her environs, and would be going to a foreign land. In those days, even though they would probably be connecting to Naomi’s relatives, they were two women alone without plans. Ruth’s choice was indeed honorable: to choose to be with her mother-in-law and to practice her new faith, regardless of what might lie ahead.

She was also sacrificing much.

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Faced with the need to Do Something! about rising COVID cases, Maine governor Janet Mills has indeed done something: On Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills issued a new executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in public regardless of the ability to maintain physical distancing. . . . The order requires people to wear a […]

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Social Distancing, Alienation and Tyranny

 

When we keep our distance from people, we are continually reminded that the world is less safe than ever. Other people potentially endanger our lives; after all, whom do we believe when we read the data about which people endanger us and who is most vulnerable? Ultimately our fear will move us to protecting ourselves by accepting the tyranny of the State. Let me explain:

When we social distance, we are intentionally separating ourselves from others. We limit our exposure to large groups: weddings are limited in size or are broadcast on zoom; funerals leave us vulnerable to exposure; going to church has become a hassle as people try to keep their distance from each other; even small family gatherings could be dangerous.

Harden Not Their Hearts (or Minds)

 

As states and localities figure out how to proceed on COVID-19, I’ve noticed a framing of the argument that I think is a mistake, at least at this point on this particular issue. The framing I’m seeing is one of liberty vs. tyranny. Stay at home, wear a mask, follow the arrows in the grocery store aisles, and so on. As someone who largely agrees with those who think the benefit of staying home is far outweighed by the economic damage, those skeptical that wearing a mask will do much, and those disdainful of traffic signs for stores, are using framing will harden the hearts and minds of the people on the other side.

Immigration restriction comes to mind. When someone tells me that I hold my positions because of racism, despite my having laid out my actual reasons, then my heart and my mind closes. There is no conversation anymore, there is no compromise, there is only strife. War. Pick your issue — abortion, same-sex marriage, gun control, whatever. When my interlocutor insists that I want to impose racism, control women’s wombs, or see people die, I stop caring what they say because they obviously don’t care what I’m saying. I stop listening to them because they’re obviously not listening to me. When that happens, there is no way we can have any sort of exchange or even come away with a mutually agreeable plan. On the other hand, people can and do change minds when we’re actually talking about the same things and not mischaracterizing others. At least we understand each other and can continue with love and trust.

Quote of the Day: Quarantine vs. Tyranny

 

“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people.” – Meshawn Maddock, a protest organizer with the Michigan Conservative Coalition

We have seen this phrase pop up frequently since two weeks ago when Maddock was quoted as saying this by a news outlet. The reason why is the phrase rings true. While there was justification for a lockdown on March 15 (the last day I was able to attend a Sunday church service), that justification has long passed. We were told that we needed to lockdown for a month because it would keep hospitals from being overwhelmed and allow us to build up hospital capacity. That has been achieved. Any further lockdown is indeed tyranny.

Aesop’s Fables Speak to Us Today

 

Few of us would argue that we live in decadent and conflicted times. As a free people, we seem willing to compromise repeatedly our freedoms and blessings, responding to fears that have been inflamed. Our morals are being challenged at every crisis as they eat away at our conviction and determination to be brave, free, and honorable people.

In the midst of the latest crises and compromises, I thought of Aesop’s Fables. Most of us have probably been exposed to at least some of his stories, but before I share some that I think would particularly speak to our times, I wanted to check out Aesop’s personal story. Some scholars question whether he ever existed, but there are some who believe he was a real person:

Aesop was a Greek storyteller born in approximately 620 BCE. Tradition says he was born as a slave, but developed a real talent for fables that were used to teach truths in a simple, understandable way. While Aesop was revered for his abilities, it is almost certain that many of the fables attributed to him were actually written by countless people over the ages.

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  I came upon this story at Ann Althouse’s blog the other day. I couldn’t quite make sense of what the story was about so I looked into it a bit and found a wee bit of tyranny enabled by our extensive and bloated administrative/regulatory state. It turns out that Ben Domenech, the publisher of […]

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Sheriffs Have Discretion, Too, and It’s Going Viral

 

If you elect a sheriff, they get to play the independent mandate “I’m a check against tyranny” card like every other elected government officeholder. And some are (from the Greenwich Times):

In Snohomish County, Washington, Sheriff Adam Fortney is refusing to enforce the governor’s stay-at-home order. He claims the order “intrudes on our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” On April 22, he told constituents via a Facebook post that “along with other elected Sheriffs around our state, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights.”

QOTD: Their Dream, Our Nightmare

 

My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) … The most improper job of any man … is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

J. R. R. Tolkien, in a letter to his son Christopher Tolkien (29 November 1943)

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I can’t help noticing that hard times bring out the inner totalitarian in many of our elected officials, especially those for whom I did not vote. There was a good deal of discussion and snickering when the oratorical cadences of Mayor Pete seemed to match those of B. H. Obama. It seemed as though Pete […]

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The news has been pretty grim regarding the new virus making the rounds of most of the world this year, wreaking havoc on China, where it originated, and spreading quickly to other countries, including the United States.  It is fortunate that so far the US has very few cases, but that could change rapidly. Now, […]

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Bullying Continues to be Official California State Policy

 

Once again, California adds to its program of bullying the residents of other states over issues that have no effect whatsoever on any resident of California.

The Golden State has demanded that Iowa residents submit to their demands on a policy that will have no effect whatsoever on any resident of California, and seeks to punish the residents of Iowa for not submitting. This is a textbook definition of “bullying.”

Formidable to Tyrants Only

 

The title comes from the Declaration of Independence. Third on the list of grievances, Ol’ Tommy J. has this to say:

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

Keep Your Hands Off My Coffee!

 

One of the smartest decisions that my husband and I ever made was leaving California more than 10 years ago. The state is once again trying to make an obscene intrusion on the lives of Californians, and they are truly insane this time. (Yes, I know they’ve gone insane before, but this one is, for this coffee drinker, over the top.)

According to a WSJ article, California is once again trying to terrify its residents with a cancer fear — for coffee. You see, coffee has acrylamide, a flavorless chemical produced during the roasting process:

Acrylamide is one of more than 900 chemicals on a list of those known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Businesses must warn about the presence of any of the chemicals under the law, known as Proposition 65.

Quote of The Day – Tyranny

 

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

― C.S. Lewis

Otto Warmbier and the Triumph of the North Korean Propaganda Machine

 

What are we to make of the strangely incurious reaction by most media outlets and commentators toward the charges levied by the North Korean regime against Otto Warmbier? Even if one accepts that civilized countries should tolerate the manhandling of their citizens by thug regimes for such ridiculous “crimes,” I find it odd that nobody is really questioning the facts surrounding his arrest.

Most of the articles and commentary I’ve read (including those by people sympathetic to his plight as well as the “white frat boy had it coming” crowd) accept uncritically that Mr. Warmbier took down a propaganda poster in a restricted area of his hotel (to their credit @jaynordlinger and Jim Geraghty appear to be notable exceptions, but the Smart Girls and many other Ricochet podcasters appear to have accepted the factuality of Mr. Warmbier’s offense). This despite the fact that: