God help us.
Word is out that the president wants us to report dissenting citizens spreading “fishy” information about Obamacare to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If that sentence doesn’t scare the crap out of you, read it again.
This is what I think about Obama’s “Snitch List”, as it’s been affectionately nicknamed by the majority of the American people:
Collecting information about dissenters has a long tradition, particularly in the 20th century. In Germany in the 1930s, a charismatic leader named Adolph Hitler won the hearts of the people with his inspiring, energetic speeches. He then rallied young children and adolescents to be “patriotic” and report their parents for opposing him.
We all know what happened next.
Are we now going to have children reporting their parents? Friends reporting what they heard at a party? Ladies reporting the gossip from the beauty parlor? Obama wants people to forward their friends’ emails to the White House enemies list. Basically, he wants you to snitch on your neighbors.
Encouraging people to report dissidents is a famous communist totalitarian scare tactic. People become cautious when discussing the government for fear of being reported. It happened in Cuba under Fidel Castro. My dad has a friend, and older woman who escaped from Cuba and now lives in Miami. She told me that when Castro was coming into power, his political opponents began to…disappear. Literally. Overnight. She said that there was one time she was watching a man make a speech on the TV, and she said to her husband, “That man is going to die,” and sure enough, he was gone the next day.
I think that Americans, like teenagers, suffer under an illusion of invincibility. The “It won’t happen to me” syndrome. Oh, Connie Ann, don’t talk about Stalinist Russia. That was Russia. It was a long time ago. That could never happen here. This is America.
Are you sure?
The question for Americans isn’t “Will this ever happen?” The question for Americans today is, “If things continue this way, if people stay silent, how long do we have? How long until another civil war? How long until we lose everything?”
Maybe things will be different from what you would expect. I was reading a blog just now, and I saw a comment someone made. It’s an interesting theory. Using the screen name “Old Guy,” this gentlemen wrote:
“Most Posters seem to feel that Obama and company compiling a list of people who oppose an all powerful state is bad but not serious. Stalin killed between 20 and 50 MILLION people out of a population of 164 Million.Historians cannot agree on how many were killed, because people just disappeared.
The people compiling this list are the same people who want total control over your health care. If you use mail order meds. How do you verify that the right stuff is in the bottle. Big Brother controls the drug company and you are on his list. The computer fills the bottle, prints the label, you pass away. No police in the middle of the night, no protests, etc. Stalin would be jealous.”
I felt the need to spread that man’s words a little farther.
I don’t mean to scare you, honestly. I just want to make you aware. Personally, it is a little scary knowing that because of this blog post, I will probably end up on Obama’s enemies list. Luckily, there are millions of other bloggers saying the same thing as me. Whatever. I’m going to exercise my right to free speech as long as I still have it (I don’t. Someone will snitch on me, probably).
A friend and I were discussing the current trend in events, wondering whether there was any country we could escape to if things got too dangerous in the United States. The sad truth is, for young free-speech Capitalist Liberty-lovers like us, there is no place to go. America is the last hold out. America is still the greatest country on earth. This is our country, and we cannot abandon her. If need be, we must stand and fight for our land.
We need to remember the principles upon which our country was founded. We need to remember the millions who have died to preserve our freedom. We need to remember the people who stood up over 200 years ago to say to their bullying government:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
-The Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776.
Take that, Comrade Obama.