What do I mean? Well, today we have lost freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms and something so basic to the governance of America that I shudder to think of it: the Law of the Land. The only last truly free communication channel, the internet was taken over by government, the freedom to bear arms began a slow death by Obama dictating on his own what kind of ammo we can have and the precedence of constitutional law has been obliterated.
Oh, we won't see too much difference right away, there will be a string of court battles. But as time goes on the government will gradually increase the pressure and more and more options will drop off the radar screen until they have us right where they want us: totally at their mercy. This is how tyranny works; it gradually moves in so that we slowly become accustomed to what is taking place and then it doesn't seem so severe. They count on all of us forgetting the past, just like good little lemmings should, while their select crony capitalist enterprises thrive at our expense.
Regarding the internet, once it is federalized, the rules of use will grow, the limitations on how competitors will operate will increase and our ability to totally and freely communicate will become more and more limited. As the government dictates more and more what the content can be, the information will become a victim of political correctness and those who don't play by the new rules will likely lose their access or worse. Expect many websites to be terminated or censored and over time net users will gradually accept the new policy and any content which the government finds objectionable will be no longer available. That, my friends, is severe limitation of freedom of speech. And it has all been done by executive fiat where no consideration of transparency and public review of the proposal has been allowed.
The most popular ammo used by hunters and sportsman for the AR-15 has also been banned by Executive Order. What makes us think it will stop there? As people become accustomed to the change, more and more ammo options will be banned and Obama will have orchestrated gun control without taking a single gun. And why do you think he is so interested in eliminating a citizen's ability to arm him or herself? Because it's the last means available to protect ourselves from unlimited government power. It is impossible to defend our other rights under a tyrannical reign without a strong self-defense capability. The Founders knew that and in our hearts we know that as well.
Finally, the President has been able to mute the Constitution in general also by Executive Order (actually, it wasn't even an order, just a memo by Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Director). It could have been stopped, but the weakness of Mitch McConnell and the pending cave of John Boehner will result in no defensive action. Cowards always show their faces clearly in times of pressure. And as for the judge who has put a temporary stay on Obama's plans? With no evidence that the legal Congressional power of Congress will be used by the legislature, as the case advances it is likely to be thrown out. The will of the people in a court room rests with those we elect; when they fail to act to express their authority, the courts are likely to consider that an indication that they are okay with the President's actions.
Expect increasing pressure on the free expression of religion as we already find more and more left-appointed judges challenging our right to openly and free worship and speak about our Lord. The thought police has already attempted several outrageous assaults on religious freedom, as seen in Houston, Texas and Lake Worth, Florida. In the latter instances building inspectors and codes enforcement have harrassed city churches and even a business license has been initiated, but it is subject to court action.
But can we trust the courts? After all, remember the court decision on Obamacare where Chief Justice went so far as to rewrite portions of the law to force fit it into a document that he could justify. Think about it, a Republican confirmed justice did Obama's bidding for him? The tentacles are attached everywhere.
Can we turn this around? Technically yes but politically probably not, at least not without courage and determination which seems missing in action. With nearly two full years left in Obama's term, Congressional cowardice has just opened the door to more egregious actions by a man intent on controlling everything you do. After all, a bully or tyrant will push things continually until he faced blowback, of which there is none. We very well might not recognize the country at all by then. Hopefully, we can change things in two years, but if we do it will take at least several generations to undo what has been done. And unless there is a huge change in Republican leadership policy, or replacement by a party that truly stands for freedom, we can continue more of the same.petuity what has been done.
The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave has been turned into the Land of the Crony Capitalists who will hold the wealth, while the rest of America, the serfs, will be left to the crumbs that are left for them on the table. What a sad state of affairs the once strongest nation on earth finds itself in and we have no one to blame but our stupid selves. Freedom is expensive and is costly, even sometimes bloody. It appears that Americans have lost leaders who even care about freedom and that's a hard thing to change. God help America.