As we enter the last quarter of Calendar Year 2021 and the Fiscal New Year of the FedGov (2022), we need to consider some of these things.
Readers and friends know that I am very much an enemy of democracy. If I were a swearing man (I’m not, for scriptural reasons), I’d be a sworn enemy.
I was taught as a childish student (by my father and mother and other teachers) and as a cadet by officers, and as an officer by officers and NCOs, that democracy is an evil decay product of a failing social system.
Oligarchies and aristocracies are replaced by republics through various means. But all too commonly, throughout history, republics have forgotten limits and restraint, and have been transformed (almost always willingly) into democracies, where majorities of humans rule with no real restraints as time goes on. And those democracies seem almost always to become rule by the mob (whether it is the street mob or a self-appointing elite) and deteriorate in tyranny. And all too often the following stage is a nihilistic and chaotic anarchy. Not the anarchy of self-governing men and women, but the chaos of warlords and outlaws and predators preying upon everyone and everything. One form of the tyranny is today called fascism or corporatism, in which government and business (and other institutions, such as academia and medical and media) conspire and cooperate and crush liberty. We know it has and is happening.
Sinclair Lewis, the progressive-liberal (and very good writer) is alleged to have written or said, “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” While that certainly could happen, the prediction has been and continues to be dead wrong. (More on this idea in 2021 and beyond in a future column.)
Whoever said this back in the 1930s was many decades too late. American fascism’s august founder? None other than the sainted Abraham Lincoln, who followed these axioms:
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. (James Madison) (Although I point out that Madison was wrong in this prediction sometime before 1820: If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ” Of course, Honest Abe did his best to TREAT the Southern States as a foreign enemy.)
The greatest tyrannies are always perpetuated in the name of the noblest causes. (Thomas Paine)
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men, A History of the American Civil War, a book by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (Read about it here.)
But to continue on. Lincoln’s monumental work was carried on by two other “great men.” None other than Theodore Roosevelt, the Bull Moose himself, and his progressive “republican” agenda which snatched MORE power from individuals and States, was quickly followed by the learned and wise Woodrow Wilson – the first academic (educrat) to sanctify the White House. (Please, please note I am being most sarcastic here!)
Indeed many objective historians point out that Mussolini and Franco and Uncle Adolf (Hitler) himself were inspired by the tools and techniques created and used by Lincoln, the Radical Republicans, and Wilson.
And they warmed up the stage for none other than Franklin D. Roosevelt himself, with his New Deal and alphabet agencies and cowed Supremes. And then WW2.
But that war and that administration served as a strong mentor to the next in our parade of American fascists: actually, TWO of them: Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Milhous Nixon.
Again, these two men and those “serving under them” (and using them for cover AND concealment AND more) based their grand endeavors on sound principles:
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” (Baron de Montesquieu)
“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.” (C.S. Lewis)
The Great Society, the Gun Control Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Environmental Protection Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, and so many more examples of “for the good” of the victims of Johnson and Nixon: the people of the Fifty States. They followed the examples of Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts.
So today, tyranny is strong and powerful here in the States. We have indeed slid down a slippery slope, ever lower into the degradation and decay of the bottom dwellers: the parasites who are tyrants – and tyrants, sadly but clearly, of our own making.