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Sooner Or Later Progressives Will Get Around To You
Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 03/17/2013 1:35:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

First, they came for the smokers.

No one would argue smoking is good for you. But it’s legal; growing tobacco is even subsidized by the government. Yet, when governments started limiting the right of people to smoke in places public and private, non-smokers did nothing. They didn’t like smoke; they’d heard second-hand smoke was dangerous. Why should they allow owners of private establishments to choose whether those establishments allowed people to engage in a legal – in fact, subsidized -- activity?

Then, they came to “clean up” the healthcare mess. They would take the sick and poor off our hands. We would no longer have to join together as a community to provide for those who can’t provide for themselves; dear, benevolent government would do this for us. First, with Medicare for the old. Then, with Medicaid for the poor. Then, the definition of poor would expand … and expand … and expand ... and nobody would speak up because who wants to come out against the old, the sick and the poor?

And then it wasn’t just the poor. It also was the uninsured. Some were uninsured because they were unemployed. Others because their income level didn’t permit them to buy health insurance. Can’t be for allowing them to just hang there. No convincing evidence they were dying in the streets or were significantly underserved by the healthcare system regardless of their health insurance status. And plenty had the money to buy health insurance and chose not to.

But hey, when you’re a Progressive, and you’ve tried for a half-century to take over health care, who are you to let minor details such as this stand in the way? And when you get your chance – so much disaffection with a spendthrift Republican president that Democrats could grab control of both houses of Congress and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, you grab that chance and you pass the most sweeping Progressive legislation since the New Deal – Obamacare.

And when the rest of us find we can’t afford our health insurance because of all the new requirements placed on it by our Progressive friends and their enlightened legislation, nobody can do much more than complain. Who defends greedy insurance companies? Who defends faceless corporations when costs finally reach the point where they drop their plans, forcing their employers into the Obamacare system where Progressives have wanted them all along, or even drop their employees?

The secret is the impact is felt gradually. It’s like a boa constrictor. By the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late.

Now, they come for our guns. It’s for our own good. Otherwise, we’ll have more school shootings, such as the terrible incident in Connecticut. Never mind the guns used that day were stolen. We hear about the need Newtown illustrates to limit weapons and ammunition clips that can fire several rounds per minute. We are never reminded the killer at Newtown shot 24 people in 22 minutes. Speed or power of the weapon was not an issue. One person somewhere in that school with a weapon would’ve saved many lives.

But most of us don’t think of those details, and we don’t own guns … particularly the geniuses in Washington who make these decisions. So we don’t complain sufficiently, and the Progressive agenda advances.

They also have come for the rich people. I’m not rich; what do I care if the rich get taxed a little more? Never mind that I might like to be rich one day or that almost certainly a rich person pays my salary. Never mind what it might mean to him paying salaries that his taxes keep going up. He is indefensible. He’s taken more than his fair share. Tax him. And tax him some more. And when that’s not enough, tax the rest of us … but do it in a way we don’t really see it. Not income taxes. Payroll taxes. They’re gone before we even get our checks.

If there’s one thing progressives love it’s a power grab in the name of “doing good,” and the “good” they most often wrap themselves in is “for the children.” When they eventually discover the “good” they sought to accomplish by quashing a little piece of our personal liberty did not come to pass, they never reverse course and retract their government intrusion. Instead, they offer a solution that seizes a little bit more. It’s a never-ending cycle of self-fulfilling prophecies, a Yellow Brick Road that leads to an Emerald Prison of mini-tyrannies populated by a disconnected people who stood by doing nothing because the power government was exerting did not affect them.

But sooner or later government will run out of other people to tax, other things to ban, other choices to regulate and, like a caged tiger, it will turn on the hand that feeds it. It’s its nature.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want his people to be fat. So he tried to ban “sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces” but was rebuffed by a court, at least temporarily. Progressives do not quit, or get deterred, when voters reject their ideas, what chance does a court have?

He’s now going after Styrofoam containers to leave a “better” planet for the children. This will lead to higher costs to restaurants, which will lead to higher prices for customers. Customers will ignore it or blame the restaurants. There’s always another kabuki dance.

What do the non-rich care if taxes were raised on people who were not them? What do those with health insurance care if government enacts a requirement that everyone who doesn’t have it buy health insurance?

Tyranny seldom comes all at once, it comes slowing, incrementally, in small doses cloaked as something else, something good. Each thread appears innocuous and unimportant but is part of a tapestry rarely recognized as what it is until too late.

You may not care about any of the targets progressives are pursuing now or in the near future, but they will run out of things you don’t care about before they run out of will to control. Sooner or later they will come after something you like or do. If you sit by do nothing as the individual liberty of others is continually limited, you’d better hope there are enough people left able and willing to speak up when they get around to you.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: healthcare; nannystate; progressives; secondamendment

1 posted on 03/17/2013 1:35:01 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Great article Kaslin, and SO true!
2 posted on 03/17/2013 1:50:42 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Kaslin

The new Nazis aknocking at the door.

Unlike my relatives who died in Auschwitz, I’m warned this time.


3 posted on 03/17/2013 2:05:07 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s pointman on Obamacare (universal health care) is longtime Communist Party USA (now Democratic Socialists of America member), Dr. Quentin Young. Obama’s old Chicago buddy (Cook County Hospital, etc). There is a picture of them together, arms around each other, at www.keywiki.org, search for Quentin Young’s name.

Now you know the whole story.


4 posted on 03/17/2013 2:07:22 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

5 posted on 03/17/2013 2:08:30 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Kaslin

Or we will get around to them...


6 posted on 03/17/2013 2:10:00 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Kaslin
I objected to their nanny-state overreach on smokers, even though I do not smoke. I object to their malicious overreach on the HHS abortion mandate, even though I have no moral objection to the use of birth control and of some of the items included in that mandate. As for Bloomie's silly overreach, he can have my firearms and my Big Gulp when he pries them from my cold dead hands. I just wish the GOP had a leader who felt the same.


7 posted on 03/17/2013 3:32:52 AM PDT by Pollster1
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To: Pollster1

I LOVE HER!!!

Not only did she stick in in Bloombergs eye with the Big gulp, but also for those who criticized Rubio for takingn a sip of water.


8 posted on 03/17/2013 3:37:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

"In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society," - Chancellor Palpatine

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." - Padmé Amidala, to Bail Organa

9 posted on 03/17/2013 3:45:23 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

From Star Wars III-Revenge of the Stith in cas someone REALLY has not seen this movie.


10 posted on 03/17/2013 3:48:52 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: BigCinBigD
Or we will get around to them...

Somehow I doubt it.

Leftism is seductive. It preys on the emotions of people. Anger, hate, pity are it motivations.

Freedom and Liberty do not engender strong feelings until it is already gone. The reason Leftism workers so well in taking liberty is that people rarely get worked up about the loss of someone they don’t knows liberty.

The reason the US didn’t enter WW II until we were attacked was because it was someone else far away that was being attacked. The Nazis didn’t seem that bad. We didn’t know those people. The Left in this country are much the same but have learned many useful lessons from the Nazis’ failure. One big one is incrementalism. They do not try to take over the country in one fell swoop. They are taking the country inch by inch.

Most people today have no idea how much freedom they have lost in the last 90 years. People who do not study history (most today) have no notion of what has be surrendered to the Left.

The loss of small liberties tends not to provoke people to action; this is the Left’s big advantage. They always couch their restrictions on liberty in language that sounds benign and even helpful.

The Left also has strong allies in the press, the bar and academia. They are shaping the minds of our youth and building their goals in to case law.

It isn’t hopeless but we fighting them have a hard row to hoe.

11 posted on 03/17/2013 3:59:12 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Kaslin

Every time I meet someone who supports the government using force in support of a “good cause”, I point out to them how easily it would be for the government to do the same to them.

Few of them listen. Makes me wonder what their reaction will be when they wake up one morning with government goons taking them in because they violated someone else’s “good cause”.


12 posted on 03/17/2013 4:33:59 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Kaslin

The enemy is the middleclass we are the engine that moves the country we are the ones who have the guns to prevent tyranny from taking hold, we are thier number one threat, not the taliban, not alquida, not the north koreans or china we the people are.


13 posted on 03/17/2013 4:37:27 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Kaslin

ping for later.


14 posted on 03/17/2013 5:11:45 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: HarleyD
From Star Wars III-Revenge of the Stith in cas someone REALLY has not seen this movie.

I know where it's from but I have REALLY not seen the movie...

15 posted on 03/17/2013 5:15:07 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

You’ve spared yourself 2 1/2 hours of your life. ;O)


16 posted on 03/17/2013 5:17:09 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: raybbr

I saw the first two many, many times and even wrote some pretty good fiction about it (some of it professional). I saw the third movie, too, but don’t like to admit it). That was enough. :-D

Sorry, back to regularly scheduled thread.


17 posted on 03/17/2013 5:28:09 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

He’ll if you look at O’s whole family tree and his associates you will find the percentage of them being card carrying Communist Party members and anarchists but the MSM won’t point this out because they are complicit in the Progressive takeover just te same.


18 posted on 03/17/2013 5:40:54 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: RWB Patriot

> Every time I meet someone who supports the government using force in support of a “good cause”, I point out to them how easily it would be for the government to do the same to them.

Few of them listen. Makes me wonder what their reaction will be when they wake up one morning with government goons taking them in because they violated someone else’s “good cause”.

The phrase “young and dumb” exists for a reason. Same reason “stupid and naive” has become synonymous in describing the left / libs / proggies


19 posted on 03/17/2013 5:45:14 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: RWB Patriot

Bill Maher is squealing about California’s ‘good cause’. Hypocrisy , thy name is liberal.


20 posted on 03/17/2013 5:46:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Pontiac
. They are shaping the minds of our youth....
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

And....Day after government school day, conservatives and those who still have Judeo-Christian beliefs let them.

Of all the weapons that the left uses against those cherishing freedom, socialist-entitlement and godless schooling is their most powerful. They are our nation's **most** serious threat to freedom.

Why is it that others do not see the danger or do not share my urgency that these indoctrination camps must be shut down?

Personally, I have made a decision. I shun government teachers and the workers who make these indoctrination camps possible. They are either too evil, too stupid, or too much of a Useful Idiot to be a friend. ( I don't have abortion workers for friends, either.)

21 posted on 03/17/2013 5:51:06 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Unfortunately, your relatives were warned too.


22 posted on 03/17/2013 5:57:48 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: wintertime
Why is it that others do not see the danger or do not share my urgency that these indoctrination camps must be shut down?

Because the Left has always known that those who love God were their most dangerous enemy.

The blessings that God bestowed upon this country have made it so affluent that few ever need seeks the aid of God’s church. Today obesity is a disease of the poor.

Those who once would seek release from their plight in God’s grace now seek their daily bread from the government.

The Left has enlisted the sybarites of the entertainment industry to assist them in to changing our countrymen in to vulgar beast that neither fear god nor respect his teaching.

The Left know their enemy and have long studied the ways to remove Him from the hearts of men.

Once God has been pushed out of a mans heart the Left can fill that space with evil and that man is subdued and he no longer cares for the challenges that come with Liberty.

23 posted on 03/17/2013 6:46:57 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: freepertoo
I saw the third movie, too, but don’t like to admit it). That was enough. :-D

That was the point when Darth Lucas refocused the power of the Dark Side of the Force on toy sales - a goal that persisted until he hired no less than Tom Stoppard to help him with the screenplay for the sixth movie. But the power of the Dark Side remained too strong, and consumed him. :)

24 posted on 03/17/2013 6:56:15 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: clearcarbon

25 posted on 03/17/2013 7:37:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Wow! What a video.

I see that it has had over 35,000 hits. Knowing You Tube, the real number of hits is likely many times that.


26 posted on 03/17/2013 9:27:13 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Kaslin
If you sit by do nothing as the individual liberty of others is continually limited,

IF?? There's no "if" about it. Everyone is sitting by doing nothing as the liberty of others is limited, whether gradually or not.

you’d better hope there are enough people left able and willing to speak up when they get around to you.

There won't be. The Founding Fathers did not wait for the forces of the King to "get around to" particular individuals. People are lying to themselves and one another, to say they will start resisting at some future moment and some specific, imagined violation of their rights. They will never successfully resist alone, they would of a certainty die if they did. They will never resist in organized numbers, because they haven't yet done so and the tyranny is already on our land.

And that's referring to the violent resistance. But people aren't even interested in non-violent resistance, which would be far better and much faster and likelier to succeed.

Starving the beast, defunding the tyrants who cannot operate without revenue, is just too inconvenient.

The Founding Fathers risked their very lives, without waiting for soldiers to come to their personal doorsteps. They put down their plows and picked up their muskets and went OUT to defeat the enemy. We, today, don't want to consider even the smallest sacrifice. And we don't want to consider what that means.

27 posted on 03/17/2013 10:13:42 AM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: wintertime
Thanks. I sure hope so! Here's another, only 30 seconds, that the NRA made.


28 posted on 03/17/2013 7:22:28 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Pontiac

There is an old saying. “A Thousand throats can be cut in a single night by a running man”...


29 posted on 03/17/2013 9:36:17 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: wintertime
Why is it that others do not see the danger or do not share my urgency

Possibly because you're a nut case.

30 posted on 03/22/2013 7:47:27 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Please do not sent messages to my ping page. However....feel free to comment in any manner on my posts and threads ( even using my name) .

Respectfully and politely,

Wintertime


31 posted on 03/22/2013 1:26:13 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Kaslin
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want his people to be fat.

But he has no trouble with their being short?

Discrimination!

32 posted on 03/22/2013 1:37:42 PM PDT by x
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To: wintertime

Replying to you in any thread automatically “sends a message to your ping page” ie informing you of a new reply. That’s built in to the forum.


33 posted on 03/22/2013 6:40:20 PM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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