Knighton: No, We Will Not Ignore Tyranny!

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

President Obama is warning people to ignore those of us talking about tyranny.  In a speech at Ohio State University, President Obama is quoted as saying, “Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

In short, he’s saying that you should pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

This is just the latest example of Obama’s demonizing of the right. After all, when President Bush was in office, many of the left went on and on about tyranny. After the passage of the Patriot Act, it was perfectly understandable to me. The government is supposed to have limited powers, and enacting a law that expanded those powers contra to the Constitution in some cases is something that should be troubling.

Now, however, since Obama is in the White House, talk of tyranny is clearly ridiculous. After all, it was President Obama who signed the NDAA into law that allows the indefinite detention of American citizens. It was President Obama’s administration that took ages to finally come out and say, “No, we won’t use drones to kill Americans who aren’t engaged in combat against the United States.”  It was the Obama administration that sent piles of guns across the border into Mexico, then used the resulting use of guns as grounds to take away our Second Amendment rights.

The fact is, any government can become tyrannical. Our founding fathers realized this, which was why the Constitution specifically restricts their powers.  This is also the reason why people like Dianne Feinstein and Michael Bloomberg are so outright reviled by those who actually value liberty.  They want to ignore, or outright remove, those protections in the name of taking care of people.

That’s why Obama’s comment about “self-rule” is absolute bull. We don’t have self-rule.  If we did, then I’d be free to do as I wished so long as it didn’t infringe on the rights of another. If I didn’t like guns, I’d simply not buy them. Instead, we have people who want to restrict my right to purchase a firearm with more than a 10 round capacity. They want to restrict my right to order a huge soda with my meal. 

They don’t want me to rule myself.  They want to rule me.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is tyrannical.

The truth is the idea of “self-rule” is a sham.  If it wasn’t,President Obama would have dropped Obamacare as soon as the polls indicated people didn’t want it. The individual mandate would have been gone, if nothing else. After all, 62 percent of Americans want it gone.  Where’s the self-rule there?

So, I’m going to keep warning about tyranny.  I’m going to point out how politicians on both sides continue to remove our rights in the name of taking care of us. I’m going to keep on because people will listen. Given enough time, people will see how people like Obama use misdirection to pretend they are representing the will of the people on some issues (like saying expanded background checks should pass because 90 percent of the people supposedly supported them) while ignoring it on others (such as how 62 percent of the people oppose the individual mandate in Obamacare).

No tyrant in modern history that I know of ever acknowledged publicly that they were a tyrant. That was left for others to determine. Obama simply seeks to undermine those who would say the same about him…just like every tyrant in history.  Is Obama a tyrant?  Not yet.  However, it hasn’t been for lack of trying.

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