Soft Tyranny, first coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his 1835 work entitled Democracy in America occurs whenever the social conditions of a particular community hinder any prospect of hope among its members. For Tocqueville, hope is the driving force behind all democratic institutions. As such, whenever this all-encompassing hope is taken away from the people, liberal democracy fails. Examples of this failure can be seen in the Weimar Republic of Germany during the 1930s (which led to the ascent of Hitler) or in the French Third Republic around 1940. Hope for a better future effectively died in both of the aforementioned situations. As a result, fascist regimes were established to fill the void left by the departure of hope.
Soft tyranny is often cited by historians as being the driving force behind many insurrections. The most obvious area in which soft tyranny affects people occurs with their fiscal situations. Price control is typically considered to be a common feature associated with communist societies; however, it relates directly to not only rebellion, but also soft tyranny.
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
Observing the slow take-over of every part of our government, one can see how a soft tyranny could evolve in our country. Basically, through gradual, small changes in policy, the United States would be fundamentally transformed into a state controlled completely by the government. When a soft tyranny occurs, there is usually a majority in the governmental houses. The system of checks and balances doesn’t matter because they generally all agree on the same principles. This allows these representatives and policymakers to impose whatever will they wish upon the population. (squidoo.com)
And here we have Pravda “congratulating” us on our descent into Marxism with the election of our dear leader:
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. (Pravda, April, 2009)
The article explains how over the past several decades our public education systems have been “dumbed down,” our churches have declined in spiritual power and our economy has been overtaken by political thievery.
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
Dick Morris shares the insight of the bestseller Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin:
The leading contribution of the Levin book is to define and explain “soft tyranny.” It is soft tyranny that requires us to sit by passively while our ethic of cultural assimilation is replaced by a permanent enshrining of diversity. It bids that we let our rights to our own property, which we have worked for and acquired, be sublimated to government power disguised as human rights. It asks that we elevate the demand for equality over that for economic initiative and the incentives which propel them.
Soft tyranny wants us to wait on a global consensus to act, even when inaction leads to genocide in Bosnia, homicide in Iraq, and nuclear armaments in Iran.
These are just some of the reasons the American people rose up September 12th to protest at the capital in Washington D.C. In spite of the state-controlled Pravda-like news organizations minimizing of the event, the administration is well aware of its opposition to their increasing control of our American way of life and our liberty.
And now we have, on the anniversary of Russia’s takeover of Poland, Obama abandoning them and the Czech Republic to whatever their fate might be without the anti-missile shield we were sworn to uphold to protect our allies. As Michael Wisniewski, director of the Europa 21 Foundation in Poland explains in an impassioned letter sent to Atlas Shrugged
Now it belongs to the past. It’s not only about this incident, but it was something that created great outrage here. It’s impossible to remain so positive towards US now – people are reacting emotionally. Even most pro-US media and journalists comment, that our close relations with USA was mistake. That we were wrong and we should focus on our closer neighbours – like France or Germany.
But some people understand – as I am, that this is wrong reaction. Wrong, because people don’t recognize, that “America” (United States) is only a country, and have a policy that is set out by current government. All I can say is that Obama would undermine strong support for American world’s policy not only in Poland and Czech Republic – but also in the whole region. This process cannot be revised under this government (Obama). But US won’t lose Poland as ally. Because many people would realize this simple fact, that we can’t blame US, but we can only blame Obama’s administration. And Obama is not United States. What is more – many Americans understand, that Obama’s foreign policy hurts US interests all around the world, and USA is the country, that would lose the most from his policies. So we should understand it here, in Europe – that the mayor victim is not Poland – but US…
The time now is not to stop our vigilance but to increase it. Washington would like to see us melt away into the grassy lawns of the Capital–a brief memory in history on that cloudy Saturday in September–but we will not.
Before we contemplate the future, however, we must confront an exceedingly unpleasant fact. For nearly a century now, the friends of liberty, local autonomy, and civic agency have been in retreat, and the administrative state has grown by leaps and bounds. (Paul Rahe at Heritage.org)
American Majority has developed an After the Tea Party plan to which you can subscribe. But showing up and forwarding emails is not enough to ensure freedom and limited government. It is only the beginning. Call your representatives in the House and Senate and urge them to preserve and fight for your liberties. Tell them if they vote a certain way then you and your friends and family will certainly not be voting for them. There is a rule in politics which politicians know but don’t publicly admit to. If they receive one phone call or one written non form letter or email they know there are at least another twenty people out there who feel the same way. Same goes for phone calls to their offices.
We the People will not go quietly into this soft tyranny, not by a long shot.