Perhaps you think that comparing today’s political and social environment to that of the German Nazi’s is unfair. You say, as so many in the past have said, “It will never happen here!” I will admit, at least to my knowledge, our government has not implemented death camps, but there are a lot of similarities that are worth exploring. Nazi atrocities began when basic freedoms, those guaranteed by our constitution, were no longer protected by the German government. This is occurring in the US today, specifically regarding the freedom of the press, the freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, the freedom of religion, and the right to free speech. These freedoms are all being eroded and their dismantling is being aid by a not so free press corp.
Let’s look at free press first. The majority of Americans get their news from the major press outlets, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Although their share of the market has dwindled because of the internet, their influence remains dis-proportionally large. Whether from the morning daily shows, the evening news, or from the network interjection into radio news throughout the day, Americans are subjected to a primarily one size fits all broadcast. When each network did its own investigations and discovery there was a certain variety in those broadcasts. At that point it was possible to get differing views of world events. Over the past several years, the networks no longer investigate many of the stories they broadcast. Instead they repeat, almost verbatim the press release they get from the White House or its affiliates. What the consumer hears is the same exact words that started with a speech writer in the White House. Key phrases are repeated across stations and venues. There is no investigation, no questions, and no determination as to whether the information is true. When that occurs, whether the press is formally controlled by force or not, it is propaganda and the press is no longer exercising free speech. Even worse, the constant repetition of catch phrases is a blatant attempt to brain wash the populace. I am not sure which is worse, that the media is trying to brain wash its audience or that it thinks it can.
Actually, our government and its affiliates have it even better than did the Nazi’s. When someone in the mainstream press disagrees on air with the White House/Governmental message, that person is drummed out of the press corp. (Juan William, Sharyl Attkisson). Those that disagree are marginalized. Those that seek the truth are purposely pushed out or to the side. It appears that the culprit is the press corp itself which in order to promote an agenda has abdicated it role as the keeper of truth. They have voluntarily become the persecuting arm of the government. You can even see this in how they approach politicians they disagree with such as Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. A press that is no longer interested in the truth is one that is no longer free.
The right not to have your personal effects searched by the government without a specific and personal warrant no longer exists. As part of the effort to prevent terrorism, data on everyone’s cell phone calls, the from who, the to who, and the when and where made from is collected. A government that is tracking the location of the majority of its citizens and that records each citizen’s associations has more power than one that just gets neighbors to spy on neighbors. It is more intrusive that the KGB or Nazi’s, yet this is not stopped. Even when it comes out that the CIA is spying on Congress, it is not stopped. As long as these activities continue there is no privacy and no protection from unreasonable search and seizure. It is happening every day to pretty much every US citizen.
One of the arguments that has been made to justify the collection of data about every citizen is that the data is not used to target anyone other than terrorists. No one state the obvious. If the data is being used to identify terrorist, they sift through everyone to pluck out the suspected bad guys. Everyone is guilty until the computer says otherwise. Additionally, Tea Party groups, conservative groups, and some Jewish groups were admittedly targeted by the IRS for harassment and in such a way as to limit their effectiveness. That targeting, described by many of the victims, included not just IRS audits, improper questions, and tax considerations, but also, OSHA inspections, ATF investigations, and FDA involvement. From this it is clear that government is targeting those that if feels are its enemies. It is trying to intimidate them into not speaking up and to keep them at home during elections. The requirement in the constitution that the law be applied equally to all is gone. They can round you up, destroy your business, and limit your activities at will. Where is ABC, CBS, and NBC while this goes on. They are complicit in this and are not protecting freedom. The less we watch those channels and outlets the less viable their adverting will be. The best way to get these organizations to do their job is to stop watching. That stops the advertising. At that point either they become factual and relevant or expire.
Lastly, lets discuss freedom of religion. Even though the constitution guarantees the government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, recent court cases, the implementation of Obamacare and the unequal application of this provision to enhance the position of Muslims and atheists have eroded the religious freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. The government through Obamacare is trying to enforce its view that everyone should be able to get a paid for abortion through the law even though it violates the religious beliefs of millions of individuals. Moments of silence have been banned in some schools while Muslim student have been given an opportunity to pray 5 times a day in others. The bottom line is those with Judeo-Christian beliefs are under attack and the government is actively trying to marginalize their right to believe as they would.
Already the executive branch itself and through the regulatory agencies is implementing law far beyond the powers granted through the legislature. Persecution is happening. Religious freedom and political discourse are being controlled. Is it Nazi Germany? Not yet. It took the Nazi’s 10 years to fully control the populace and to remove any vestige of freedom. The assault on gun ownership is also a sign of the attempt by our government to discard the constitution. We are at a point now, where if people do not stand up and say “No More.” we are on that road. It can happen here. All it takes is the loss of one freedom, then the next. Like the frog in the pot of water on the stove. It does not know it is about to be boiled until it is too late. It is time to get out of the pot before it is too late.