As of November 2008, TYRANNY became America’s greatest fear.
Death panels, FEMA camps, chemtrails…TYRANNY! (Yeah, I know, but some Americans truly fear this stuff.)
All manner of things like the Affordable Care Act, taxation, background checks, Mrs. Obama’s healthy eating initiative, and the fight for racial and gender equality have been labeled as tyrannical mandates sure to destroy America as we know it. (Yeah, I know, but some Americans truly believe this stuff.)
But, let’s be honest, some Americans don’t know what tyranny means. CAP LOCKED or not.
Merriam-Webster has defined the word thusly:1 : oppressive power <every form of tyranny over the mind of man — Thomas Jefferson>; especially: oppressive power exerted by government <the tyranny of a police state>2 a: a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially: one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-stateb: the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant3 : a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force <living under the tyranny of the clock — Dixon Wecter>4 : an oppressive, harsh, or unjust act : a tyrannical act <workers who had suffered tyrannies>
The tyranny of a police state.
“If citizens cannot trust that laws will be enforced in an evenhanded and honest fashion, they cannot be said to live under the rule of law. Instead, they live under the rule of men corrupted by the law.” ― Dale Carpenter
“In 2013, 33 law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire. While it is a morbid statistic, it is the lowest number since 1887. Meanwhile, in 2012, police committed over 400 justifiable homicides for the first time in more than a decade. This trend would suggest that crime is increasing…but it isn’t. It only means that officers are more frequently resorting to violence.”
We also know that investigating suspicious activity is a part of the job description. But seriously? Cruel and unusual.
““Nothing was found inside of Mr. Eckert,” the police report notes. So after he woke up, he was released — after 13 hours, two rectal exams, three enemas, two X-rays and a colonoscopy.”
Likewise, none of us want to live in crime-ridden neighborhoods. But one in three Americans are in criminal databases.
“Researchers report that more than 40% of the male subjects have been arrested at least once by the age of 23. The rate was highest for blacks, at 49%, 44% for Hispanics and 38% for whites. Researchers found that nearly one in five women had been arrested at least once by the age of 23. They further determined that 47% of those arrested weren’t convicted. In more than a quarter of cases, subjects weren’t even formally charged.”
Look. America is a nation of laws. We trust our police departments with the task of keeping law and order. Without them (both laws and officers), things would be a little chaotic. I’m no more into anarchy than you are, but this is getting out of hand and lives are being lost and destroyed.
So, if you are honestly afraid of tyranny, ask yourself a few questions. Why are our cops earning respect at the end of a gun barrel rather than with community involvement? Why should our civil rights be suspended just because we are in the presence of a guy with a badge? Why are our peacekeepers training with the military? Why are they using military hardware? Are we insurgents or are we citizens? And, finally, what are we going to do about it?