Will Tyranny Ever Come to America?

obama-tearing-constitution[1]By: Ben Shapiro

Last week, President Obama traveled to Ohio to speak at the Ohio State  University commencement. There, he trotted out his new favorite line of attack  against Second Amendment advocates: He said it is unpatriotic to believe in the  possibility of government tyranny. Why? According to Obama, the Founding Fathers  created our government. The American dream and American government are one and  the same. By definition then, believing in the possibility of government tyranny  means opposing the Founding Fathers and the American dream.

Here’s how Obama expressed this nasty notion. He said that the Founders left  us “the keys to a system of self-government, the tools to do big things and  important things together that we could not possibly do alone … To conquer  fascism and disease; to visit the Moon and Mars; to gradually secure our  God-given rights for all our citizens, regardless of who they are, or what they  look like, or who they love.”

Government, in Obama’s view, is the great guarantor of rights. Never mind  that government — yes, government in America — has routinely stripped its  citizens of rights. Never mind that state governments stripped black people of  their basic personhood for decades, enshrining slavery with the help of the  federal government. Never mind that for a century after slavery, state  governments, with the silent assent of the federal government, enshrined Jim  Crow. Never mind that the federal government stripped thousands of Japanese  citizens of their rights during World War II and the unborn of their rights in  1973.

None of that matters to Obama. He said, “This country cannot accomplish great  things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambition.”

The Founders believed, to the contrary, that government’s job was to protect  our most basic rights so that we could pursue the individual dreams and  ambitions that truly make America great — the dreams and ambitions that created  Edison and Ford, Jobs and Gates.

But collective action is the necessary precondition for greater rights, says  Obama. Therefore, standing up to government means standing for tyranny itself.  Said Obama, “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn  of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the  root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum  up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the  corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our  brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham  with which we can’t be trusted.”

But it is Obama who has said that the people cannot be trusted with self-rule  of the most basic sort. We cannot be trusted to handle our own health insurance.  We cannot be trusted to vote correctly on issues like same-sex marriage (his  administration has tried to overrule the people of California on the issue). We  cannot be trusted to educate our children, or to hire our workers, or to own  weapons to protect ourselves, or even to feed ourselves. Administrative  government — Obama-esque government, in which the American people speak out once  every few years, then recede into subjugation — represents Obama’s version of “self-rule.”

Obama’s rhetoric here is more than perverse — it is supremely dangerous.  American rights cannot be removed by a limited government. They can be, and have  been, removed by a government actively seeking to remove rights. The Founders  knew that. That’s why the system they set up was designed to check interest  against interest, to prevent consolidation of power in any one branch or any one  person. The Founders were skeptical of government and feared government tyranny.  That’s why they rebelled against the British crown. And that is why the system  of checks and balances they created — a system that has gradually been  overthrown and replaced by leftists from Woodrow Wilson to Obama — was designed  to stop such tyranny through complexity and balance.

A people that does not fear government oppression is not a free people. It is  a subject people. A people that believes that the government  somehow invariably guards rights is not an American people — it is a Rousseauian rabble prepared to accept the yoke of tyranny. God gave us  rights. The Founders gave us a messy system of government to allow the  government to protect those rights while preventing the government from usurping  them. Worshipping government achieves neither of those purposes.

Ben Shapiro, 29, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio  host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles, and Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News. He is the  New York Times bestselling author of “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear  and Intimidation Silences America.”


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2 Comments on Will Tyranny Ever Come to America?

  1. Tyranny is HERE, NOW; it’s been here quite a long time; but the illusion/ self-delusion of accepting the illusion, was more profitable to keep in place until the past couple of decades. Our Constitution was altered and gutted in the late 1860s up to the incorporation of DC and the ratification at “gun point” of the changed 13th , as well as 14th, and 15th Amendments that effectively gut the original intent of the Constitution as it was written and ratified in the late 1780s. It’s only as the fostered illusion break down making the self-delusions harder to maintain so they also break down tat people are becoming aware of the fact of tyranny.

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