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The Signs of Dictatorship
American Thinker ^ | 7/11/2014 | Eileen F. Toplansky

Posted on 07/11/2014 3:38:23 AM PDT by markomalley

As is often bemoaned by scholars, genuine classical education in American schools is virtually non-existent. Whereas 100 years ago, university students learned Greek and Latin, today, remedial math and English instruction is the norm.

Yet, if people had a glimpse of Solon who lived approximately from 640-560 BCE, they would take to heart his warning about the "Signs of Dictatorship."

The power of hail and snow springs from a cloud,

and thunder from the fire of lightning.

Strong men destroy a city, and a tyrant

enslaves a people through their ignorance.

A ship once out of port is hard to capture:

know this now before it is too late.

Near the end of his life, Solon warned the citizens that Peisistratus, the general in the final war for Salamis and leader of northeastern Attica, was becoming tyrannical.  Yet Solon's warnings were ignored -- in fact, the people dismissed them as the ravings of a madman.  Solon responded with "[a] little time will show the citizens my madness. Yes, will show, when truth comes in our midst."  And, indeed, he was proven correct when Peisistratus did show his true tyrannical colors.

Barack Hussein Obama consistently flouts American law, disregards the separation of powers, and seemingly could not care less about the swirling scandals surrounding him.  As of May 2014 there have been 23 executive alterations of Obama's own Affordable Care Act.  Chris Conover at Forbes highlights the egregious and unilateral changes to Obamacare when he explains that "[t]he Constitution and its carefully crafted system of checks and balances matters. If President Obama disagrees with a statutory provision enacted into law (and that he signed!), the proper course of action is to go back to Congress and get the law changed."

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1 posted on 07/11/2014 3:38:23 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

There is no US Congress.

There are self-serving EXEMPT WHORES who are traitors
to the US Constitution, who make LAWS for others
from which they (and their Moslems) are IMMUNE and EXEMPT.

The EXEMPT US Congress is COMPLICIT with the loss of Law
and this previously healthy country. COMPLICIT.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 3:41:07 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: markomalley

Good stuff!!!


3 posted on 07/11/2014 3:41:16 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I will settle for a "perfectly good, gently used" kidney...Apply within...)
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To: markomalley

The difference is that our Tyrant will be out of office in a couple of years.

Trickle Down Tyranny, his signature practice which employs thousand of local tyrants to sow his Saul Alinsky practices everywhere, will begin to fade away.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 3:45:25 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: markomalley

The final proof will happen when and if zer0 uses his legislation by fiat abuse of power to either allow his entry into the 2016 election, or more likely ban that election and with the backing of his. ‘New action army’ crown himself ‘Dear Leader’


5 posted on 07/11/2014 3:46:01 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: markomalley

I would like the Tea Party to take out a full age ad in the NY Times publicly apologizing to Germany for the Obama Administration’s spying on an ally. The ad should say that in no way does the Obama Administration represent the sentiment of the vast majority of Americans and that we offer our sincere regrets.

This is the tactic we ought to employ: publicly disavowing that the Obama Administration represents the people of the United States. We ought to do this via an open letter to the governments and people of Central America saying that we do want immigration but that illegal immigration is not good for the people of Latin America and is not good for the USA.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 3:46:02 AM PDT by veritas2002
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bump


7 posted on 07/11/2014 3:48:14 AM PDT by foreverfree
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8 posted on 07/11/2014 3:54:45 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Balding_Eagle
The difference is that our Tyrant will be out of office in a couple of years. True… but unfortunately, a precedent is set. “A ship once out of port is hard to capture…” doesn’t necessary have to just refer to the tyrant currently in power.
9 posted on 07/11/2014 4:04:42 AM PDT by hecticskeptic (In life it is important to know what you believe….and more importantly, why you believe it.)
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To: markomalley

BUMP


10 posted on 07/11/2014 4:05:03 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM HEAVEN WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: veritas2002

Should be a weekly with all the other crud we don’t agree with.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 4:07:06 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: markomalley

Revolt is coming.


12 posted on 07/11/2014 4:10:53 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Diogenesis

Stop it....

We're whore's but we just cant resist because the pickins' are so easy.

13 posted on 07/11/2014 4:19:33 AM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: hecticskeptic

Our Constitution was supposed to protect us.

Let me say it again.

Our Constitution was supposed to protect us.

Our sons are being murdered in the military (Benghazi, Extortion 17, and the bloody Rules of Engagement), our administration is arming the enemy, our allies are being thrown under the bus and spied on (the info probably went to Russia with Snowden), the radical progressives are taking guns, the media is absolutely useless (why there is not a pure conservative basic tv station I will never know), and here we sit.

Mark Levin, we want our government back now. Does not our Constitution protect us? Is it worthless? Is it a joke? Did my son take an oath to support and defend a fading piece of paper? Did my brother die defending a fading piece of paper?


14 posted on 07/11/2014 4:19:38 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: veritas2002
I would like the Tea Party to take out a full age ad in the NY Times publicly apologizing to Germany

Even though Obama's an a##hole, we owe Germany nothing.... Not one damned thing.

15 posted on 07/11/2014 4:23:37 AM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Diogenesis

They print laws and EOs like they print fiat money. Each piece of law has to be backed by monetary enforcement and causes monetary self restriction.

The walls are propping up left and right.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 4:34:46 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Bullish

Indeed. The Frankfurt school and the IRS abomination are on par with the equalitarian view Germany wants to enjoy with America playing by their socialist rules. This spying scandal is a joke on us.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 4:37:10 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: markomalley

It’s obvious that for the last six years Obama has been attempting to destroy capitalism in America, and the Republican party. Overtly.

He has underestimated capitalism. After 250 years of freedom, American capitalism is truly like a weed, very difficult to eradicate completely. The private sector has absorbed the many blows to credit, capital formation, and onerous regulations by adjusting. By working harder, by improving productivity, and with a huge, immeasurable underground economy.

The Republican party meanwhile, is in the process of being altered from the ground up, by the people. What is forming as a reaction to Obama’s policies is most certainly not dead.

This leaves the Democratic Party as potential collateral damage.

When he goes around Congress, he goes around both parties. Obama shows no more loyalty to the Dem Party than he does to Israel or the UK.

I’m not so sure it isn’t deliberate. For Obama to become dictator, the Democratic party must be destroyed too.

When Democrats finally realize what he’s doing to them, it will be too late.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 5:06:38 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Balding_Eagle

The difference is that our Tyrant will be out of office in a couple of years.

Trickle Down Tyranny, his signature practice which employs thousand of local tyrants to sow his Saul Alinsky practices everywhere, will begin to fade away.


No, it won’t fade away. Every level of every government agency is infested with Progressive lefties who are dedicated to their commom agenda. The EPA, for instance will not just fade away when Obama leaves.


19 posted on 07/11/2014 5:23:36 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Vaquero

I don’t think baraq will do that.
We will probably have an election on 2016, but after that, baraq just won’t leave. I think he will force a situation where someone will have to forceably make him leave.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 5:31:02 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: Texas resident

How kind of you to call him by his first (albeit misspelled) name. Though the ‘q’ does give it a certain extra islamofascist feel.

‘zer0 ‘usually works for me or POSOTUS. But while addressing lefties I usually call him Barry Soetoro... It makes them nuts.


21 posted on 07/11/2014 5:57:54 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Texas resident

I agree with you. We can put nothing past this Evil man.


22 posted on 07/11/2014 6:31:06 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: markomalley
A ship once out of port is hard to capture:know this now before it is too late. - Solon

Democrat dictator wannabees are working from a plan... our side is whistling past the graveyard...

23 posted on 07/11/2014 7:15:56 AM PDT by GOPJ (A ship once out of port is hard to capture:know this now before it is too late. - Solon)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“The difference is that our Tyrant will be out of office in a couple of years”

Or less. :-)


24 posted on 07/11/2014 8:57:43 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: markomalley

Yet the cry goes unheeded once again. To even speak of him being a tyrant is politically incorrect. Remember, it was the Clintons, who once in office stated that only politically correct speech would be the norm, and since it is the left that has defined what that exactly is. We are cowed into compliance.


25 posted on 07/11/2014 9:07:51 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: veritas2002

http://www.libertynews.com/2014/07/exclusive-hhs-bankrolled-catholic-and-baptist-church-from-2010-to-2013-to-prepare-for-obamas-2014-invasion/

Wonder what other pre planned and paid for crisis’s are to come?


26 posted on 07/11/2014 12:17:30 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: Vaquero

The q gives him his proper due.
He earned that.


27 posted on 07/11/2014 12:36:13 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“Trickle Down Tyranny, his signature practice which employs thousand of local tyrants to sow his Saul Alinsky practices everywhere, will begin to fade away.”
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I cannot imagine why you say that, I have seen freedom steadily erode for the seventy years I have lived, during that time the ratchet has only worked in one direction, toward ever increasing tyranny. What reason is there to believe that will change just because the current resident leaves office?


28 posted on 07/11/2014 8:31:31 PM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: veritas2002

I’ve been wanting to do that full-page ad throughout the civilized world for about six years.

“We don’t like him either.”


29 posted on 07/11/2014 8:49:28 PM PDT by bootless ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."~RWR)
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