First Principles: Tyranny and Oppression Will Come To America In the Name of Fighting Some Foreign Enemy

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” -James Madison, fourth US president (16 Mar 1751-1836)

Power corrupts, right?  There is no greater time that those in power have the ability to flex and exert this power than in the name of some enemy.  This lends itself to abuses.  This particularly notable among the most corrupt.  But, also among even the least.  But then, maybe I am an optimist.

When I look back on history, I see that there excesses  even when it came to Lincoln.  Before that there was Jackson’s removal of Indians east of the Mississippi.  But, more recently, we have the internment issues that occurred during World War II at the hands of FDR.

Closer to contemporary we have the Patriot Act.  There is little doubt this was enacted to combat a very real threat.  There is even less doubt that it has done a lot of good.  But, then there are the excesses.  One of these excesses is the politicization of the court that allows surveillance of private citizens in the US.

There is no doubt that it has been manipulated badly to try to politically ambush President Trump.  All of the indictments to date have zero to do with the thrust of the investigation.  Moreover, the Clinton Foundation and President Clinton and HRC all have very openly colluded with the Russians.  This is an abuse of power as it was never intended.

But there you go.. all in the name of fighting some nebulous foreign enemy.  It just goes to show how wise our Founders were.



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6 Responses to First Principles: Tyranny and Oppression Will Come To America In the Name of Fighting Some Foreign Enemy

  1. jonolan says:

    I really don’t think so. I think it’s largely already in progress to combat a domestic enemy, not a foreign one. Just look at how the Left villainizes normative Americans and look at the attempts at tyranny that they’ve already made.


    • I agree in part. Antifa is absolutely Fascist for example. But, you’re correct. This is pandemic almost with how widespread and pervasive it is. All we can do is stand up for what’s right and prepare to stand steadfast against the onslaught.


      • jonolan says:

        And therein lies the rub. We cannot effectively stand steadfast against the Left without taking offensive action as well since no purely defensive war was ever won. Hence, to be effective, we must counter-attack and, to effectively counter-attack such a large force, we must resort to certain levels of what is frankly tyranny.


      • I hope not. If you look at my blog, Jonolan, you will find that with respect to cultivating the mind back to the underlying principles of western civilization and classical liberalism, I have provided a year’s worth of tutorials for inquiring minds. I shared this with everyone but mostly this has to do with nurturing my children’s minds and ability to think. It’s my hope to be a part of stemming the tide. I could be wrong. I could be right. But, I believe the best and most important battles are won on our knees and in the minds and souls of our children.


      • jonolan says:

        Sadly, I do believe your wrong. The tide wears away any static barrier that tries to stem it in time.


      • Maybe that’s why our founders reminded us to be eternally vigilant?


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