America's fast track to tyranny
The Bill of Rights is under attack as never before. And the assault, every bit the definition of “treasonous” to the most reasonable of people, is being waged by the very government whose charge it is to preserve, protect and defend it.
Worse, a growing nation of sheeple, fostered by large carrots on short sticks sold as “free,” has been complicit in helping to usher in the Era of the Dependent Serf. It's a cohort so lacking in intellectual wherewithal that “independence,” for them, is the pejorative their government masters tell them it is.
Think of religious freedom being conscripted in pursuit of further socializing medicine.
Think of “progressives” seeking to curtail gun liberties in the name of “security.” (Never mind that they are too ignorant to realize — or too hubris-filled to accept — that those who do so deserve neither liberty nor security but will learn in tragic fashion that neither can exist in such a climate.)
These are but two of myriad examples of a nation in serious straits — a nation on a collision course with history, a collision easily avoided had its citizenry even been only average students of history.
Where might this lead? To no good and to nothing resembling the constitutional republic of the Founders, a republic that's hardly the antiquated proposition its perverters claim and whose continued perversion will only embolden the dictatorial tinhorns now cutting their teeth on the Constitution from which they continually take bites.
Extrapolating America's new normal — a brainless, sophistic and extraconstitutional path — is some version of the following to be America's sad future?:
• Jan. 21, 2017. Newly inaugurated President Andrew Cuomo proposes, and the new Socialist majorities in the House and Senate promise to quickly pass, legislation that effectively decommissions all firearms through a series of manufacturing regulations and tax increases that make the production and purchase of bullets prohibitively expensive. “It is not in the interest of our national industrial policy to make bullets,” the president says.
• June 10, 2017. Secretary of Religion Elizabeth Warren announces the formation of the Church of the United States. Ms. Warren argues that it is in the best interest of the nation to consolidate and centralize matters of faith. And, she says, it is not a constitutionally prohibited “establishment of religion” by government but a “facilitation of religion” no different from granting other religions tax-exempt status.
• Aug. 1, 2017. Stung by a general rejection of the new church of state, churches are given 90 days to affiliate with the Church of the United States or lose their tax-exempt status.
• Feb. 5, 2018. In a 6-3 ruling written by Chief Justice Sonya Sotomayor, the Supreme Court rules Title IX to be unconstitutional because it promotes an impermissible “separate but equal” climate. Effective with the next regular academic year, all public and parochial elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools must have males and females on the same teams.
• July 4, 2018. Stung by a rapidly growing black market for bullets, President Cuomo announces that he has directed the Department of Homeland Security, “in the name of protecting the homeland,” to not only conduct house-by-house and business-by-business searches for “rogue bullet manufacturing operations” but to “inventory” the nation's gun stocks.
Surely this is an exaggeration bordering on the reckless, some will say. Not really, considering the reality of the last four years.
“Every step we take toward making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master,” once wrote Dwight D. Eisenhower. And as a fella named Lincoln once reminded, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”
Now is not the time for silence, dear sons and daughters of liberty; now is no time for cowardice.
Colin McNickle is Trib Total Media's director of editorial pages (412-320-7836 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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