Grassroots Commentary

And Then They Came for Me...

Joan Fischer · Jun. 6, 2013

Barack Obama’s appointment of Susan Rice as National Security Advisor is so wrong on so many fronts, but the conceivable underhandedness of his motives for doing so, and the mountain of reasons she should not serve in that post, are secondary to the mere fact that he did.

I believe we have finally reached the potentially fatal tipping point at which an American president has become so arrogant, so drunk with power, and so secure in (1) the co-operation of the complicit media, and (2) the apathy of the general populace, that he believes that there are no longer any real constraints to the realization of his tyrannical agenda. He now believes that the U.S. Constitution, and the laws that apply to the rest of us, no longer stand in the way of his full-steam ahead leftist/globalist blueprint for the transformation of America into a borderless, energy-dependent, socialist, anti-Christian, pro-Muslim, elitist-ruled dictatorship.

He may well get away with his politically-inspired non-reaction to, and his myriad of politically convenient lies told about, the massacre in Benghazi. The mainstream media have not granted that atrocity more than a small fraction of the attention it deserves, and they will dutifully see that it is buried under a mountain of fluff stories as time passes. Neither have the majority of Americans bothered to pay attention to the unbearably ugly truths about what transpired during the terrorist attack, or how despicably, and self-servingly, the administration reacted to it, when they reacted at all.

Likewise the IRS hearings should strike deep fear in the hearts of every American. Yet a conceivable majority of our friends and neighbors don’t have a clue about the magnitude of past political abuses, and the future increased usurpation of power, that the IRS’s crimes represent. They may have had an impact on the 2012 election by dramatically weakening the effect of grassroots opposition to this president’s re-election, and by providing tax favors, and power brokering, to his supporters.

The unbridled, arrogant, unconstitutional abuse of power being described before the Ways and Means committee is reminiscent of the kind of unbridled, arrogant power witnessed during the latter part of the Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1930s. Too many Americans are choosing to ignore, or downplay, the pain of the jackboots being applied to conservative organizations, simply because they believe the heavy boot-to-neck pressure doesn’t personally affect them. We have become so me-oriented that the blatant persecution of our fellow citizens somehow no longer elicits outrage among the general populace. The courageous citizens who are testifying before this congressional committee have been singled out for persecution by an agency of the American government, and their first amendment right to free speech is being brought into question by that agency, simply because their belief systems and political viewpoints may not coincide with those of this administration.

Americans would do well to reflect on Niemollerís warning about the apathy that was prevalent in Germany following the Nazi rise to power:

First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unioinist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

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