Friday, March 27, 2020

Tyranny: It’s for Your Own Good!

Of recent days I have had occasion to reflect often upon the words of the author C. S. Lewis:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. . . . To be ‘cured’ against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” ― Taken from “God in the Dock: Essays on Theology”

As I behold the unrestrained growth of tyranny and socialism in reaction to the supposed pandemic of Covid-19, I begin to despair for my fellow Christians and Southerners. Many seem to deeply believe that if these things are done by their hero, Donald J. Trump, they are no longer tyranny or socialism.

Tyrannical control over individuals, businesses and churches is being exerted beginning with Donald “Adolph” Trump and extending to the governor of Florida, Ron “Benito” DeSantis (and probably to your governor as well). Local governments are not to be outdone. The county adjacent to my own, Alachua County, has just issued an order to “Stay at Home and Close All Non-essential Businesses.” Guess who decides what a non-essential business is, certainly not the owner or his customers.

In response to their crashing of the Amerikan economy, politicians now intend to create trillions of dollars out of thin air and mail everyone a government check. Really, what more could they do to totally wreck the already teetering economy?

In the history of mankind there has never been a crisis that could not be made worse by the intervention of government.

Perhaps there is cause for some people to take additional precautions and to restrict their interactions. That’s fine, but that should be up to them and not imposed by a one-size fits all government “solution.”

Closing businesses by edict; ordering citizens to stay home; locking down entire cities, or states, or countries are overt acts of tyranny. Indeed, it was not long ago that the phrase “lock down” was applied almost exclusively to prisons. How appropriate is that terminology, as now we are all prisoners of big government.

If government thinks that our rights can be overturned in a crisis that means government does not recognize the existence of those rights at all.

If you continue to trust in Trump and the Socialist-Republicans, I’m inclined to say that you deserve exactly whatever is coming your way. But I don’t actually wish that on anyone and I don’t think anyone deserves that. I would rather pray that you awake up and stand.

I suspect that we are too far gone to restore even a semblance of liberty in the U.S. But at least we can go down swinging.  And perhaps, just perhaps, if God wills, we can actually build upon the ruins of what will be left of Amerika.

Free Florida First advocates for a Free, Independent, Godly, Prosperous, and Traditionally Southern Florida.

Deo Vindice!





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