The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
— Ayn Rand
One of my favorite writers is Daniel Greenfield, aka Sultan Knish. He gets it and I strongly recommend that you read all his writings. His latest is one of those where I wish I had said that and it is just so uncannily perfect and spot on that I want to share pieces of it with you. Then you need to go there and read all of what he wrote on the subject. I guarantee you that if Conservatives got it the way Daniel does, we would be ready for this fight and we would win.
Let’s get it started. From The American Iron Curtain:
In March 1946, Winston Churchill told a Missouri audience, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia.”
Today a new iron curtain is descending. It encloses the small Missouri town where Churchill gave his speech and all the great capitals of a great nation. Behind the iron curtain lie New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and countless others.
It covers a million streets and hundreds of millions of people. Its shadow passes over stores and factories, homes and schools. It is not a physical wall. There are, as of yet, no border guards with rifles waiting to shoot those wanting to leave, there are no watchtowers or leashed dogs keeping an eye on the inner frontier.
It is a wall of words. A wall of laws, regulations and mandates. The 2012 Federal Register had 78,961 pages. There are 11 million words of ObamaCare regulations alone. With so many regulations, everyone violates a few of them without even knowing it. Assemble all the millions of them together and you have a great wall that would dwarf anything in China
The American iron curtain is still made out of paper, but in time it will be made out of cement and iron. Tyrannies begin with paper, but end with metal. The state begins by imposing bureaucracy on a free people and ends by imposing tyranny on them. When they will not obey the paper, it resorts to steel, iron and lead.
Oh, how right he is. To quote Mao Zedong: Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. We have progressed from ‘nudge,’ to ‘shove’ and we are just entering the ‘shoot’ phase. Not so long ago, when Reagan was President and America was a much freer, happier nation, we knew who the enemy was. We saw communism for the malignancy that it truly is; one that sports a Ushanka Hat or a Little Red Book. Those communists have grown in power, as have their proxies in radical Islam. But the infection has spread to America and we have been infiltrated in every institution of power we have while we slept or played video games. It will go down in history as a silent coup of epic proportions, propagated by the enemy within America. An enemy we invited in as you would a vampire, out of misplaced guilt and weakness, and that vampire has drained the freedom right out of America. Americans seem oblivious to the blood loss; anemic in the extreme and about to succumb to collectivism in its basest form — Communism.
As C.S. Lewis warned the greatest evil “is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.” Progressives who have cut their hair and put on a suit, now rule the boardrooms and the halls of power. Quietly and seductively they pass thousands of regulations to take care of Americans… put them in their place for their own good. Let the wealthy elite rule and live your lives unfettered by uncertainty, by individualism, by freedom. After all, evolution is revolution:
We do not fight men with nuclear missiles or red armies of freezing conscripts waiting to march through Europe. Instead we fight against an evil empire that has arisen in our cities and its red army of front groups that insinuate their ideas into every institution they take control of.
Conservatives have lost the ability to lay out the stakes in the clear and simple language of a Churchill or a Reagan, to let the people know that they are not choosing between politicians, but choosing whether they will be able to have the car of their choice, the doctor of their choice, the meal of their choice and the book of their choice.
Choice, the word that once used to define the American experience, has been relegated to a debate over whether mothers have the right to kill their children. That choice is still the focus of a national debate. But the billion other choices that millions of people make have been taken off the table.
The conflict is simple and straightforward. It is the struggle over whether America will be an open system or a closed system.
America has fallen into a one party rule — a soft dictatorship overseeing a closed system. Progressives control both the Left and the Right. The Marxists hope to close the door on the Constitution and individual rights once and for all through the next few election cycles and the manipulation of votes by ushering in millions of illegal aliens. Are Americans truly awake? I don’t believe they are. If they were, there would be millions marching, elections would be landslides taking out the Marxists and there would be a return to Constitutional principles on a grandiose scale. America had better wake up and fast. Our own iron curtain is descending and many will die. Is this what you want for your children and grandchildren? Will you not stand for them? I’m not advocating violence. You can fight this in numbers, in protests and at the ballot box. But we must do so now. We don’t have the luxury of waiting for the next election or the one after that. This time, all of the American way of life, all we believe in and hold dear hangs in the balance. This is it. If we lose now, freedom will be lost for generations if not permanently in this country. The Founders and our military shed their blood, gave their lives so we could live free. Will we so easily and so freely kneel before tyrants? I won’t:
The American iron curtain is not substantively different than the iron curtain anywhere else, its descent is only slower and the men and women lowering it are more familiar.
The politicians are not guttural foreigners with harsh voices, they speak of American values and invoke American history even as they dismantle both, they stand in front of flags and speak of social justice at state fairs.
They claim that the old system is broken, that it’s unfair and inhumane, that progress is inevitable and that the march of progress and the progress of science have revealed that their way is best. The Mohamedans had their revelation from an angel and the politicians have their muse who shows them that a better world is possible when all men are slaves and the right men rule over them.
They speak of the power of the people, but they only mean certain people will have power and other people will have the power to support them. Like a Soviet election, the power of the people will be limited to voting “Yes” or “No” with the negative vote punishable as subversion and treason.
They don’t call for shooting their opponents, though occasionally the liberal thinkers at the think-tanks that come up with the ideas and talking points that are incorporated into their laws and speeches are indelicate enough to broach the subject. That sort of thing usually comes later.
But probably not much later in Obama’s transformed America. Sultan Knish is right, we are being buried under a wall of paper, of regulations too numerous to count. A hybrid of freedom and tyranny cannot long coexist in a government such as ours. One or the other will prevail. Each generation has a challenge, a calling that they are led to. This is ours and it will be historic. Most do not begin to fight until it is too late and the bullets fly and the bodies pile up. They wait until the suppression is so great, they die trying to defeat it:
People do not try to tear down a wall that they do not even know is there. It is only when they see the wall, when they feel its chill in their bones, when they sense its shadow over their lives, when they strive to climb over it and are shot down, when they chant against it and are beaten; will they be ready to tear it down.
Until the men and women of the open system come with a clear message warning of the wall that is being built around a free people, then they will go on losing elections and the cause of freedom will be lost, drowned in iron and paper, put in chains and filed in a trillion crowded databases.
Only when Americans see the wall, when they sense its shadow over Missouri and Florida, over New York and California, from ocean to ocean and border to border, will they be ready to tear it down.
Only then will they be ready to be free.
Do you sense the wall descending? Do you shudder at the shadow of tyranny falling upon us? I do. Are you ready to reclaim freedom? Then join the Tea Party and the 912 Projects. Join the Cruz Coalition. Join millions who are fighting because we love our country and our freedoms, our God-given rights, and we will not go quietly into the night. We will fight the Marxists and we will prevail.