The irony of the same people who once told me that there’s no need to arm against a government turned tyrannical because it would never–never, ever, ever–do so and that the magical powers of Democracy would ensure that it never did now screaming that Trump is the new Hitler is delicious. (Never mind that if Trump is trying to be Hitler, he’s doing it wrong.)
And even with their cries of “new Hitler” these same people still swear up and down that it’s okay to give the government still more power over people’s lives because, “that will never happen here”. Cognitive Dissonance is a real thing.
But I’ve written before on the subject of “It can’t happen here.” Nothing really needs to be changed about it except what I’ve written earlier this year about depriving people of their property without due process of law, Civil Asset Forfeiture.
Note that this was originally written in 2015, before the current administration, when people were oh, so sure that “It couldn’t happen here.”
The Second Amendment is Obsolete, some say. The idea that the United States could ever turn tyrannical is pure paranoia, some say.
Well, let’s look at that. Rounding up people and sending them to concentration camps (whether called “reservations” or “relocation centers”). Check. (Treatment of Native Americans. Japanese-American “Relocation Centers” during World War II).
Illegal medical experiments involving infecting people with diseases, not treating them, and observing the effects done on people without their knowledge or consent. Check. (Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment–and particularly interesting how that was “explained” to the victims as they were getting free health care from the US Government.)
Arbitrary searches of American citizens’ households aimed at the seizure of property without either probable cause or any kind of warrant. Check. (post-Katrina gun Confiscation)
Laws passed allowing the indefinite detention of American Citizens without due process of law. Check. (NDAA 2012)
American citizens going about their daily business being stopped and searched again without probable cause or any kind of warrant (or even the “reasonably articulable suspicion” for a “Terry Stop”). Check. (TSA, not just at Airports, but at bus terminals, rail and subway terminals, highways, even High School Proms.)
“Can’t happen here?” It has and is happening here.
Tell me again how the Second Amendment is obsolete since it’s not needed to defend against tyranny.
But “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Yet, still, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Addendum Chicago police are instructed to shoot people for obeying the law. Background: Illinois, the last state in the Union with no provision for legal handgun carry for self defense, had its “no carry” law struck down and was given a timeframe in which to come up with some kind of carry law before the existing law went away entirely. So, Illinois now has provision for concealed carry. But the Chicago police Chief vowed to train his officers to shoot people obeying that law.
Addendum 2 EPA exposes people, without informed consent, to high levels of toxic chemicals to track the effects.