Half Of The Country Is Being Stripped Of Their Civil Rights!
And we’ve never seen this before…or have we?
By Ric Wasley
January 18, 2021
When in history have we ever experienced a time when a minority of the citizens could misuse their power to subjugate the majority and strip them of all civil rights? The short answer is - way too often.
Think of all of the societies throughout history where vast populations were completely controlled and dominated by a small group of arrogant elites. For most of history that has been the norm, not the exception.
Then came the great American experiment. And for the first time in history, a country succeeded in rebelling against a tyrannical power and replacing it with a republic founded on the rights of every citizen over that of the state or any group of elites.
That is why in 1776, after the meeting in Philadelphia, when asked what form of government had been devised for the new country, Benjamin Franklin replied, “ A Republic - if you can keep it.” And we did - for 245 years.
That has now come to an end and we find ourselves moving into the same sad place that so many other countries that had high-minded revolutions aimed at creating a free people, ended up. Movements that at the outset tried to grant civil rights to all people - only to have a ruthless few snatch them away.
The last 100 years are rife with examples: Russia, Germany, China, Cuba, Venezuela, and hundreds of other petty dictatorships around the world.
But we - the American people - who had prided ourselves for setting the example of freedom - always believed it could never happen here. But 3 months ago it did. And in much the same way that so many other countries and peoples had willingly slid into darkness.
Why? Because it's harder to stand up for liberty than it is to kneel for subjugation.
Sadly after standing tall for 245 years we seem to have lost that spirit of individualism and freedom and have followed so many great civilizations whose erosion of energy and coherence allowed them to slide into the abyss.
As we have seen over and over, the hard work of freedom was undone by the false promises of cradle-to-grave socialism. So comforting to let the nanny state solve all your problems. All you need to do is to give up your liberty. And in November half of our country voted to do exactly that.
The object lesson should be clear. Remember the words to the old Joni Mitchell song? “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?”
That’s where we find ourselves today. Having become too complacent after 245 years of freedom, half of the country became so brainwashed by the Democrat media/education complex that they were motivated to vote away liberty through spite and anger on the one hand, and the false promises of socialism on the other.
Didn’t they learn from the sad examples of Russia, Germany, China, Cuba, Venezuela?
No. In fact, if you asked them, most would be hard-pressed to even make the connection because the Marxist Left has run a very successful misinformation campaign for the past 50 years to rewrite history to make those evil regimes seem like they were conservative rather than radical and murderous left-wing ideologies.
Thus flames of ignorance coupled with blind, irrational hatred - created and fanned by the Democrat-controlled media, entertainment, sports, education complex over the past 4 years - created a perfect storm to convince nearly half the electorate to vote away their civil rights. And right now they are still convinced that loss will not affect them. It will only apply to those on the “other side” whom they have been taught to hate.
It will never occur to them to look at what eventually happened to those who supported the Nazis in Germany, or Communists in Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela. Eventually, the tyrants they had enabled came for them and they found themselves sent to the concentration camps and gulags whimpering, “But I supported you?”
Unfortunately, that is cold comfort for those of us with clear vision and a knowledge of history.
What can be done?
Sadly history’s lesson is pretty bitter on that too. Because evil regimes have to grind the people into the dust before they decide they have had enough and take back their rights to their own freedom and destiny.
Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long this time.
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.