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American tyranny: Wanted — a remedy

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny that will keep us safe under every form of government,” Samuel Johnson reminded in “Boswell's Life.”

In Mr. Johnson's day, the late 1700s, if a sovereign — a monarch, a ruler, a king, a lord or a potentate — oppressed his people to a certain degree, they would rise to cut off his head. Given the events of the past week, we're starting to seriously wonder if America — all of it — has reached that “certain degree,” metaphorically speaking, of course.

Liberals and “progressives” were quite quick to dismiss the import of the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting for bureaucratic hell those of a conservative bent. But with the revelation that the Justice Department went on a secret fishing expedition through the telephone records of The Associated Press — and has the effrontery to defend it with governmentspeak gobbledygook — many of those same liberals and “progressives” are having second thoughts about the role of government.

Heck, if the federal government keeps up this kind of behavior, even liberals and “progressives” will be singing the praises of the Second Amendment.

The Obama administration is running roughshod and amok over the very fabric of America. “Where law ends, tyranny begins,” William Pitt reminded in advance of the American Revolution. Or to take liberties with another quotation from Mr. Johnson, again from “Boswell”:

“No government power can be abused long. Americans will not bear it.”

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