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Category: Tyranny

Sep 20 2021

Why the Ruling Elite Is Anti-American

The Administrative state, which is imposed on us by the liberal ruling class regardless of who we vote for, is anticonstitutional and anti-American. It is not a legitimate government, because even as it imposes tyranny in the most picayune manner, it refuses to perform the fundamental duties of government, such as keeping crime under control and defending the border from foreign invasion.

Students would come out of school knowing all this, if all colleges were more like Hillsdale College:

To sum up: our government has become our enemy. It represents progressive ideology and the interests of the ruling elite. It does not represent America, or act in America’s interests — on the contrary, it is often aggressively opposed to them.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Sep 20 2021

Justice for J6 Fails to Constitute Insurrection

The philosophical founder of the modern Democratic Party remarked that “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Now it works differently: first as farce (the January 6 riot), then as more pathetic farce (Justice for J6).

The original farce was when lax security allowed (and even explicitly invited) a handful of hooligans (possibly egged on by FBI provocateurs) and some well-meaning people who got caught up in the crowd to trespass in the People’s House. The only person who died violently was Ashli Babbitt, who was executed by unpunished, self-praising Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd. Yet the unscrupulous leftists comprising the mainstream media and Democrat Party hyped the incident to the point that many liberals may literally believe that the guy in the buffalo costume nearly overthrew the US Government to install Donald Trump as Dictator for Life. The possibly treasonous Mark Milley tried to twist the event into a “Reichstag moment.”

Those who took part have been hunted down and imprisoned under atrocious conditions, in stark contrast to the participants in the many hundreds of Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots indulged in with Democrat encouragement last year. On Saturday, the liberal establishment attempted to exploit the Justice for J6 protest against their unjust treatment by hyping it into a second “insurrection.” This was even more of a farce.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved calling up 100 National Guard troops to defend the Biden Administration from the protesters. Like all things related to January 6, this was theater — more specifically, theater of the absurd.

Breitbart reports on how it turned out:

Photos and video taken around the Capitol show media and police, many heavily armed and in riot gear, vastly outnumbered protesters, who were gathered in support of defendants detained in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack.

Journalists alone reportedly outnumbered the entirely peaceful protesters, despite their numbers being swollen by cartoonishly obvious undercover FBI agents posing as right-wing extremists by dressing up as frat boys with fashy haircuts.

Authorities managed to find a protester with a gun. Unsurprisingly, he turned out to be yet another FBI infiltrator.

Meanwhile, the January 6 protesters still rot away in prison, effectively as political prisoners, and Ashli Babbitt is still dead.

As Andrea Widburg notes,

[A]lmost ten months after January 6, Americans are being held under miserable circumstances without the benefit of a “speedy and public trial,” and without being “informed of the nature and cause of the accusation” against each of them.

The extremely low turnout of actual protesters at Justice for J6 may be because conservatives tend to be responsible people with families and jobs. They cannot afford to spend 10 months cooling their heels in a DC jail. Democrat intimidation appears to be working.

On tips from Varla, Wiggins, and KirklesWorth.

Sep 18 2021

Beware of the Tyrant Variant

JP Sears is best known for comedy, but his topic in the video below is no laughing matter. He raises the alarm regarding a highly infectious variant of a terrible disease. Its potential long-term damage makes Covid look like a mild cold.

Some call it authoritarian moonbattery; Sears calls it the tyrant variant:

JP’s metaphor illustrating why the authorities want to atomize us by preventing us from socializing is especially apt. Leftist are like hyenas that can only take down lions they have separated from the pride. Heaven help the hideous beasts when the pride responds.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Sep 15 2021

Open Thread

America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. On the road to tyranny, we've gone so far that polite political action is about as useless as a miniskirt in a convent. ... Something's eventually going to happen. Government will bloat until it chokes us to death, or one more tyrannical power grab will turn out to be one too many. ... Maybe it'll be one more round of

Sep 14 2021

Open Thread

By today's standards King George III was a very mild tyrant indeed. He taxed his American colonists at a rate of only pennies per annum. His actual impact on their personal lives was trivial. He had arbitrary power over them in law and in principle but in fact it was seldom exercised. If you compare his rule with that of today's U.S. Government you have to wonder why we celebrate our independence. - Joseph Sobran

Sep 11 2021

Open Thread

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson

On a tip from Jack Bauer.

Sep 10 2021

Tour a Soviet Gulag

Now that we are crossing the line into straightforward tyranny under a government run by neo-Marxists, it is a good time to review the recent past of Russia, since our near future is likely to resemble it unless we change course. Other gulags that once stretched across the USSR in a vast archipelago have been erased, but the corrective labor colony Perm-36, near the village of Kuchino at the edge of Siberia, is still standing. Let’s take a tour:

Everyone knows about Auschwitz, but Perm-36 is more relevant to the times we are being led into. That’s why we have been told less about it.

On tips from seaoh and Blackjack.

Aug 23 2021

Open Thread

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. - Benjamin Franklin

On a tip from Anonymous.

Aug 10 2021

Small Joke Leads to Big Trouble in Roseburg, Oregon

Not long ago, they asked for tolerance. Now, they demand reverence. There is no tolerance for even the most harmless levity where our transsexual overlords are concerned. This applies not only in large cities that have succumbed to degeneracy but even in small towns like lonely Roseburg, Oregon (pop. 23,379).

The News-Review reports that the Roseburg City Council had scheduled a discussion of…

…possible sanctions against Council President Bob Cotterell for comments he made about gender identity that have been called inappropriate and transphobic, and led to calls for his resignation.

Cotterell’s initial transgression occurred during preparations for a biweekly City Council Zoom meeting in June:

One of the councilors had misspelled their name on a roster and another quipped that they had considered using a woman’s first name in jest.

“Well that’s fine, you’re in Oregon,” Cotterell said, according to others who heard it. “You can be a boy today and a girl tomorrow.”

Feathers flew. Cotterell’s light-hearted remark was denounced vociferously. The entire City Council was attacked for not attacking him.

Then, Cotterell did the unthinkable. Rather than issue the standard groveling apology and beg for forgiveness, he committed the political faux pas of placing objective reality before LGBT ideology. As the press put it:

Cotterell then doubled down, dismissing the criticism as an example of political correctness gone too far. He said his stance on gender identity is rooted in science and dismissed the notion that individuals should be allowed to self-identify their gender.

That is, he held to the logically irrefutable position that people are what they are, regardless of what they say they are. Such impudence will not be forgiven.

Another Councilmember calls for Cotterell to undergo “inclusion, equity, and diversity” indoctrination. He is likely to face one or more sanctions:

Those include not being recognized to speak at meetings, being reprimanded or formally censured by the council, losing commission assignments and having official travel restricted.

Can we call it totalitarianism yet?

On a tip from irandom419.

Aug 05 2021

Media Backs Lawless Tyranny of Eviction Moratorium

The Democrat plan has long been to impose Marxism by increments. Now that we are approaching the end game, the increments are larger. An example is Biden’s admittedly illegal eviction moratorium — that is, his decree that landlords must house tenants at their own expense.

Biden acknowledges that he does not have the legal authority to inflict this, but boasts that it will take time for courts to stop him. If he makes good on his threat to pack the Supreme Court with Merrick Garland types, he won’t have to worry about that in the future.

The Wall Street Journal accurately describes this as “premeditated lawlessness.”

The original eviction ban, imposed under the previous administration, was an outrage. At least there was the admittedly lame excuse that the government was still in panic mode over Covid. The Supreme Court made clear that the moratorium was allowed to stay in place only because it would soon expire. Now, Covid mortality is under control, and employers are begging workers to come off the government dole and get back to their jobs. Covid is clearly only a pretext.

More from the WSJ:

In justifying the ban, the government cited the Public Health Service Act of 1944. To halt disease, that law says the CDC may require “inspection, fumigation, disinfection, sanitation, pest extermination,” and so forth, with a final catchall phrase for “other measures.”

“Other measures” apparently means that any decree, no matter how outlandishly tyrannical, can be imposed through the CDC if they pretend it is for our health.

There’s no limiting principle.

That’s the point. We are approaching absolute tyranny, as inevitably follows whenever Marxists come to power.

It is bad enough that many landlords will continue to be ruined, as they are forced to provide free housing for parasites, despite relying on rent for income and to pay mortgages on the commandeered property. Added to this, those who disobey will be fined and thrown in prison:

This is an attack on property rights, the sanctity of contracts, the Constitution, and rule of law.

No one familiar with the fate of landlords when communists took control of China will be surprised that landlords are early targets of Marxists here too.

If pushback is not sufficiently forceful, the regime will encroach further on what remains of our freedom.

Meanwhile, the liberal media establishment that helped Biden and his handlers to power eggs them on in their lawlessness:

If the Biden Regime ends as messily as the comparably arrogant Louis XVI’s reign, out front of New York Times and CNN headquarters are likely locations for guillotines.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Not the Bee.

Jul 29 2021

Open Thread

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. - Dick Cheney
Jul 27 2021

Open Thread

Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once. - David Hume
Jul 19 2021

Mark Milley and the Reichstag Moment

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is more worried about mythical “white rage” than the People’s Liberation Army because he is more political hack than military leader, hence his current position. Like the figurehead he serves, he tends to be wrong. But sometimes a stopped clock is right.

Via Breitbart:

Milley was allegedly so worried that then-President Donald Trump might attempt a coup after the presidential election last year that he and other service chiefs discussed a plan to resign rather than carry it out, according to reports about a forthcoming book by two Washington Post reporters.

“This is a Reichstag moment… The gospel of the Führer,” Milley told aides, according to CNN, which obtained advance excerpts of the book I Alone Can Fix It by Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

What Milley is right about is that there was a Reichstag moment on January 6. A rowdy mob that had been infiltrated by the FBI took advantage of scandalously lax security to trespass in the People’s House, possibly as a result of instigation by agents of the federal government. Although a window broken by a leftist infiltrator and an unauthorized person sitting at Nancy Pelosi’s desk may pale in comparison with burning down the German parliament building, the media/Democrat Party has made up the difference by relentlessly hyping the incident, shrieking that it was more serious than 9/11 and even the Civil War. Just like the Reichstag fire, January 6 has been exploited by the ruling party as a pretext to inflict tyranny, as those who have been hunted by the FBI or locked in solitary confinement for suspicion of trespassing can attest.

Less hilarious than Milley’s hysteria about a Trump coup d’état is his ferociously hostile attitude toward half the American population:

Milley also reportedly told aides ahead of a pro-Trump “Million MAGA March” in November that he feared it could be the “modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets,’” referring to the pro-Nazi militia supporting Hitler’s rise.

Despite cheating by Democrats, Trump racked up over 74 million votes in 2020. That is a lot of Nazis to deal with. No worries; Milley and his fellow leftist Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin exhibit the fanatism to handle the job.

On a tip from Henry.

Jul 19 2021

Biden Regime Emulates China’s Social Credit System

With technology, China tends to copy the USA, often resorting to theft of intellectual property. But when it comes to imposing totalitarianism, the Chinese are decades ahead of us. Our Democrat rulers have been watching and learning.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes the Social Credit System imposed in communist China:

The Social Credit System is a national blacklist… The program initiated regional trials in 2009, before launching a national pilot with eight credit scoring firms in 2014. … In 2018, these efforts were centralized under the People’s Bank of China with participation from the eight firms. By 2020, it was intended to standardize the assessment of citizens’ and businesses’ economic and social reputation, or ‘Social Credit’.

The credit system is closely related to China’s mass surveillance systems such as Skynet, which incorporates facial recognition system, big data analysis technology, AI and Project Maven.

Playing loud music, jaywalking, making hotel reservations and not showing up, and smoking where you aren’t supposed to are examples of the trivial behavior tracked by the government and applied to your social credit rating. You can improve your credit rating by praising government policies on social media.

Those with low scores may be denied access to public transportation and universities. Those with high scores are rewarded with hiring priority and shorter waiting time at hospitals.

We may soon have a similar system in the USA. Here as in China, it starts with government involvement in credit scoring.

Via Forbes:

If President Biden has his way, he will create a public credit reporting agency (CRA) to compete with the three major credit bureaus and maybe one day replace them altogether.

With the federal government in charge, your credit rating will have less to do with whether you pay your bills.

The proposal suggests that a government-run CRA could fix a credit reporting system that frequently holds consumers back from becoming homeowners due to problems like credit reporting errors and racial disparities.

The racial emphasis will be the main difference between our Social Credit System and the Chinese original. In order to eliminate “disparities,” whites will be docked points, whereas blacks will have points added.

The financial collapse of 2008 was brought about largely by the federal government leaning on banks to offer mortgages based on race rather than ability to pay, in accordance with another CRA, the Community Reinvestment Act. Here we go again:

The Biden Administration believes a public CRA could advance racial equity by removing obstacles to homeownership for Black, Latino and Native families.

The cultural Marxist applications are endless. Not only Caucasians but people who are heterosexual, cis-gender, Christian, etc. can expect to lose points. Ditto people believed to have attended Trump rallies or other deplorable activities, or who have disseminated “misinformation” online.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

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