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At six in the morning, a house in a quiet residential neighborhood was surrounded by 17 SUVs, two armored vehicles, and 29 armed government agents wearing military garb. One of the agents shouted and banged on the front door until the terrified owner of the house emerged barefoot in shorts and a T-shirt. He was greeted by two rifle barrels aimed at his head. This is not a description of 1938 Berlin. It is Judge Andrew Napolitano’s account of the 2019 FBI raid on the home of Roger Stone, whose crime was being a long-time Trump friend and supporter.
“Why,” asked Napolitano, “were there more FBI agents sent to arrest Stone than Navy SEALs sent to kill Osama bin Laden?” It was a message of terror, he says, the behavior of a police state. “Totalitarianism,” wrote George Orwell, “if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.” That’s right, it could happen here. It is happening here. Courtesy of the Democratic Party, there are many parallels between 1930s Germany and contemporary America.
The Democratic Party has embraced violence as its modus operandi. The treatment of Roger Stone is the party’s way of intimidating its opponents. In 1930s Germany, the SA, a violent paramilitary group better known as Brownshirts or Storm Troopers, helped the Nazi Party’s rise with violent intimidation of Germany’s leftists and Jewish population. The contemporary version of the Brownshirts is Antifa, whose objective, says Dinesh D’Souza, is to “beat people into obeisance.” With the support of Democratic mayors and governors, violent Antifa mobs have trashed our cities, assaulted Trump supporters, and provided justification for more government control over the individual.
The Democratic Party has sent a message to its adherents that anything goes in the pursuit of power, from weaponizing the FBI and IRS against political opponents to rigging elections. Democrats will not hesitate to deprive you of your basic rights if it suits their purpose. Knocking down monuments and re-writing history are part of the campaign of intimidation. “The most effective way to destroy people,” said George Orwell, “is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Hitler understood this and so does the Democratic Party.
The Nazi Party in Germany identified members of targeted groups in order to blacklist them from holding jobs in business, universities, and government. Blacklists are making a comeback in America. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is urging a blacklist of Trump supporters. “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants,” asks AOC, “for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” Other Democrats are proposing the “Trump Accountability Project,” a “permanent record of every staffer, appointee, donor, endorser and enabler.” Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin tweeted that Trump supporters “should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position, or be accepted into ‘polite’ society. We have a list,” Rubin declared. The blacklist idea has spread to Harvard University, where a group of students has petitioned the school to bar Trump administration alumni from teaching or speaking on campus.
David Atkins, a Democratic Party official in California, wants to “deprogram” 75 million people who watch Fox News, subscribe to Breitbart, and vote Republican. He refers to conservatives as “a conspiracy theory fueled belligerent death cult against reality and basic decency.” Atkins insists that he is not advocating re-education camps for conservatives, but he is not very convincing. I suspect that Atkins and many others in the Democratic Party would love to wire their opponents up and administer electric shocks until they see the light.
One of the most effective strategies of leftist tyrannies is to divide and conquer. It is happening here thanks to Democratic Party support for identity politics, where special interest groups are set at each other’s throats. The Left is achieving the “balkanization” of society, says Mark Levin in Ameritopia. One result is the inquisition against white people that is gaining momentum in schools and corporations. Whites are coerced into confessing their “systemic racism.” The City of Seattle, for example, is holding a segregated training session for white city employees that will train them to “undo their whiteness” and affirm their “complicity in racism.” If you refuse to comply, you could lose your job and be blacklisted. Jodi Shaw, a staff member at tony Smith College, has refused to apologize for her “white privilege” as required by Smith’s Critical Race Theory training. Failure to condemn her whiteness is likely to result in Shaw being shunned, harassed, fired, and blacklisted from working at another college.
Another nightmare of Nazi Germany was the banning of books. In the US, more than 100 titles have been either removed or threatened with removal from both school and public libraries in more than 30 states. Some of the best American novels are being banned, including Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The assault on books is an assault on the First Amendment.
For some time, the Democratic Party has engaged in a campaign to destroy the Bill of Rights. Democrats have attempted to silence anyone who denies global warming, criticizes Islamic terrorism, or advocates a stronger military. Mark Steyn, author of America Alone, observed that we are turning into “one vast college campus” where there is one correct view and all others are prohibited. “The Left says, we don’t want to win the argument, we want to cancel the argument.” The constitutional right to free speech amounts to nothing, Steyn believes, when public pressure kills dissent.
The Democratic Party is the official endorser of political correctness. PC is an attempt to shut down any speech that is not in accord with the liberal playbook. Contradictory views are labeled as “hate speech.” PC is purely totalitarian and, if permitted to flourish, will destroy the rights we enjoy under the Constitution. All individual rights, including freedom of religion and the press, stem from freedom of speech. PC is a way of stifling free expression in favor of socially controlled thought. Controlled by the Democrats, that is.
Another hateful feature of Nazi Germany was absolute control over the media. In the US, the mainstream media are owned by the Democratic Party. Formerly objective news sources like the New York Times and Washington Post have become no better than Pravda. Their bias is revealed by a cowardly reluctance to ask the tough questions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Media’s refusal to report on the Biden pay-for-play scandal signals a free pass for any and all forms of governmental corruption.
The latest example of tyranny is the use of the coronavirus as an excuse to deprive citizens of their rights as individuals. Democratic governors are enforcing arbitrary rules of behavior to tell us when we can go to work, when we can leave our homes, where we can eat, when we are allowed to get a haircut, and when we can visit our loved ones. The rules only apply to us, not to the people who make the rules. Despite evidence that lockdowns don’t work, the political elite are reveling in their newfound power. Don’t expect them to give it up any time soon. “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it,” said Orwell.
Left-leaning Democrats want to jettison the US Constitution. “We should never forget,” said Sen. Rand Paul, “the Constitution wasn’t written to restrain citizen’s behavior. It was written to restrain the government’s behavior.” Advice we should take to heart.
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