Tyranny Comes Packaged with Good Intentions

Imagine you’re a journalist working for a news organization where you are free to investigate any story you choose, follow any lead, and make decisions as to what is significant and/or newsworthy. Now imagine a government official coming into your organization and investigating you as to whether you are focusing on the types of stories the government deems appropriate. Have you given enough emphasis to the environment? Have you stressed income inequality adequately? Are you promoting equal rights by offering the government-approved new definition of marriage? Are you ensuring that the public understands that gay rights trumps religious liberty?

FCCFar-fetched? I would have thought so before the news this week that the Federal Communications Commission, with a Democrat majority, is studying that very scenario. Is it at all possible to violate the First Amendment in a more egregious fashion than this?

That important Amendment is already under fire with respect to its religious liberty provisions; now freedom of the press may soon be threatened.

Who would have the gall to make such a frontal attack?

Welcome to Obamaworld.

The “study” has identified eight specific areas where citizens need to be informed: emergencies and risks; health and welfare [Obamacare, anyone?]; education [Common Core?]; transportation; economic opportunities [income inequality?]; the environment [global warming or climate change—depending on the trend of the month?]; civic information; and political information [that last one is a truly loaded term].

One of the two Republicans on the FCC board—where a vote never even was taken about a study being done—commented, “An enterprising regulator could run wild with a lot of these topics. The implicit message to the newsroom is they need to start covering these eight categories in a certain way or otherwise the FCC will go after them.”

How does the FCC go after broadcast entities? It can shut them down.

This is not yet a reality, only a study. But those have a tendency to become real. If this one does, it will be chilling. Dictators always take over the media so that they can propagandize and silence any opposing view.

Budding tyranny has been a theme this week on this blog. It wasn’t my intent to focus on it, but circumstances have made it necessary. Tyrants never announce that they are going to tyrannize; they are always taking action for the benefit of their citizens. Tyranny nearly always comes packaged with good intentions. Yet it is tyranny nevertheless.

An Incipient Tryanny

While Obamacare, or the remnants of it, at least,  remains a top news story, the rising theme, which is even making its way into the mainstream media, is the budding tyranny of all things Obama. I want to be careful when I use a word like tyranny; it can be overused and/or misused by those who have always seen it everywhere. But there comes a time when one must point out patterns.

Yul BrynnerI’ve commented regularly about Obama’s belief that he can merely declare things from his perch as president. That’s not what the Constitution says. Some commentators have even noted that his abuse of executive orders has now been surpassed by simple declarations, as if he doesn’t even need to make something look official. Just say it, and it will be done. It kind of reminds me of Yul Brynner playing Pharaoh in the classic film The Ten Commandments, who kept repeating, “So let it be written, so let it be done.” Do we now have our own pharaoh?

The media has carried the water for this president in so many ways. If not for Fox, there would be no mention anymore of the IRS abuses, nor of the ongoing investigation, an investigation that put Obama cronies in charge. The man who did that is Eric Holder, another Obama crony. Now we find out, despite the outcry over the targeting of conservative groups, a proposed IRS regulation seeks to limit further the free speech of tax-exempt organizations. There is an effort in Congress to stop that regulation from going into effect. We’ll see how that fares. Suppressing the vote worked for Obama in 2012:

For the Record

If that proposed regulation becomes law—or what passes for law anymore—we can expect more of the same:

Help the Dems

And if you dare to become a public critic of the president, especially if your criticism is well received by a large audience, you may find yourself in the position that filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza currently finds himself. D’Souza, for a relatively minor offense of trying to find ways to send more funds to a political campaign (and we’re not talking large amounts here; nothing like the Obama “bundlers” who then get ambassadorships to countries they’ve never visited and about which they know virtually nothing), was handcuffed, threatened with a 5-7-year prison sentence, and given a $500,000 bail. Others who broke campaign laws in a similar fashion were never “perp-walked,” given any prison time, or saddled with such a high bail amount. What’s the lesson here?

Coincidence

The oppressive nature of this regime is manifesting itself with increasing regularity. I haven’t even touched on the moral issues of parental rights, the right of businesses to operate without being forced to violate their religious convictions, and the attempt to shove same-sex marriage into the mainstream of society. Entire blog posts, even books, could now be written on the multiplication of such cases in this administration.

Is this what it has come to?

Govt of Obama

This has gone beyond amusing or annoying. This is an incipient tyranny.

Retiring the New Order

Barack Obama’s pledge to fundamentally transform America wasn’t an empty promise/threat. While this transformation has been obvious to anyone paying attention over the past 4+ years, sometimes it takes a really foolish act—like closing the WWII Memorial—to highlight his basic break from all of American history and tradition.

Whether you realize it or not, we are now living in a new America under this president. It’s an America we’ve never seen before:

Obamaville

Those who normally would be seen as patriotic citizens are being maligned as dangerous to the New Order:

Target

Politicized bureaucrats have been emboldened to carry out what was already in their hearts. Occasionally, one is called on the carpet for such activities, but even when one is forced to resign—like Lois Lerner, the instigator at the IRS of the investigation of conservative groups—she gets to live with a comfortable pension, paid for by many of those she targeted:

Miss the IRS

The comic strip Dilbert entered the fray recently, showing how one character fought back:

On the Run

I think that’s pretty eloquent humor, and humor remains one of our best weapons against budding tyranny. One thing tyrants can’t stand is to be made fun of. Yet this is also serious business. It’s time to take seriously the threats to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. Now where have I heard those words before? Oh, that’s just an old American document that has no relevance in the New Order.

It’s well past the time to retire the New Order.