In the very strictest sense, all of us [humans] understand the common definition of Tyranny. We learn this concept, at a very young age, through interacting with our peers: at school, in our neighborhoods, and every other common location - in which we extensively congregate. Only later... comes that descriptive word, in the studies of our common English vocabulary. Then, it finally dawns upon us - that "Tyrant" is just the adult word for a "Bully!" It often makes one wonder, "Why do adults have to make things so darn complicated?"
Everyone knows what a "Bully" is.... He is merely someone who refuses to accept "No" as the answer for anything... and he'll do whatever it takes to get it! He'll throw tantrums, jump up and down, shout at you, hit you, and even "beat the tar out of you" to get what he wants. We've all had dealings with them! They are loud, obnoxious, and rude. They are abusive, manipulative, and divisive. And, they are a clearly psychopathic menace to our overall society... no matter how large the scope of that society may be! So why, in the world, do we always seem to tolerate them? The answers to this question are numerous....
First, we learn [at a very young age] that it is often easier to merely ignore them - in the hope that they'll merely go away. After all, the last thing we want to do is fight them... they, just, might "beat the tar out of us too." To complain about them to our elders, requires: a commitment of time, an investment of energy, and the inevitable results are often not [exactly] what we intended. You see, "Bullies" don't like to be confronted... and, when they are, someone's bound to suffer very cruelly for it! This is the real world, as expressed, in the life of every American child.
As time marches on, however, those children soon grow into young adults - along with their friends, their associates, and even their peers… they get an education, a job, and families of their own… and they begin functioning on a much higher level! They’re bigger, their world is bigger, and their society is bigger. Alas, however, those bullies are bigger - as well… and we soon find them in our workplaces, our public institutions, and our society at large! Somehow, meanwhile, we always thought that these [frequently] misguided individuals would get straightened out, grow up, and/or disappear.
Again, we are confronted with the very same problems and issues…. What to do, or not do about the “Bullies” – who are always harassing us? Nor, considering our ongoing circumstances, is confrontation [in anywise] the easier option! You see, everything that we’ve: built, acquired, and/or accumulated over our short lifetimes of effort is now fully in jeopardy. Our Careers, Homes, and [yes] even our Families are held subject to whims of those older and more-clever “Bastards….” Our frustration, anger, and utter helplessness at this situation are thusly intensified. What do we do?
Most of us, operating [by now] under our thoroughly jaded human perspectives, will [merely] do what we’ve been prone to before over a lifetime of such readily apparent abuse! We’ll look the other way, when it inevitably happens to others, and “keep our eyes to the ground.” Hopefully, we’ll skate through our lives - never being spotted… It’s really someone else’s problem! After all, if the problem [directly] affects us, then we can always act… or, if the problem gets too big, then others will [probably] come to our aid. It sounds reasonable, anyway….
Tyranny exists for a reason, folks! It exists because it is largely rewarded, rather than punished – like it should be… it exists because, as we quietly go about adjusting and accommodating our lives to it, it is thereby encouraged to prosper… it exists because, when others around us are [so frequently] affected by it, we’ll not lift a finger to assist them in their own frustration, anger, and [yet] utter helplessness… it exists because, our own childish perceptions, make it someone else’s problem. That’s right, folks, I said it!
The difference between wisdom and simple-minded foolishness is the ability to grow up, accept responsibility for the situations going on around you, and [with resolute steadfastness] speak up for others – when they have [honestly and objectively] been wronged! Why do we think that children run to their parents? Or, those adults appeal to their societal elders? They are looking for the guidance, support, and steady-handedness only available [or accumulated] through wisdom… so, they always look upward, in their efforts at finding an [honest-to-God] example to emulate!
This can be observed in our own American History, as a microcosm of the world at large. When the “Bullies In Industry” wanted highly protectionist tariffs, they got them… even though the majority of America was even more dependent upon the exporting of our own agriculture. When the “Bullies Up North” refused to allow the Southern States to co-exist under a neighboring roof, we allowed it… even though the resulting Civil War would inflict far more damage to “The Union” than it could ever have prevented. Our common history is full of these tragic examples!
Absolute State Sovereignty, True State Representation, Absolute Ownership Of Property, Freedom From Undue Taxation, Freedom From Restrictive Regulation, and so very many others have fallen by the wayside in our ongoing “Societal Experiment.” It often seems, to many of us, that the “America Of Today” no longer even faintly resembles the nation of our forebears…. No, it doesn’t! Our modern and [now] politically tyrannical society could not be in any way described as a “Non-Denominationally Specific Democratic-Republican Theocratic Union of Interdependent and Sovereign States!”
The “Union of Interdependent and Sovereign States” was replaced by a federally imposed “Nation State.” That “Nation State” changed its nature from a “Democratic-Republic” to a “Popular Democracy” with both upper and lower “Houses of [Popular] Representation.” And over time, “A Federally Imposed Darwinian Societal Order” has effectively replaced “Our Non-Denominationally Specific Theocratic Underpinnings.” Nor, has it stopped there….
The greatest Economic Engine in the world - which once freely operated under the highly beneficial principles of Capitalism and Individual Freedom – now threatens “to throw a rod through the block,” while struggling horribly to pull the weight of millions [of those very same “Bullies”] up the hill, under an alternate-ingly Fascist and Social-Fascist political leadership! As inflammatory as these words may seem, to many of you, I mean no harm, or [even] disrespect.
In all honesty, nothing bothers me more than Common Situational Poverty… I’ve spent my life dealing with it, in one way, or another!" Nor, am I singling out any specific group of Americans… because [quite honestly] there are so many differing groups on the “political dole” that I could write an entire book on that one single subject… and, That, is precisely the problem our nation now faces economically!
America doesn’t need a “Supply-Side Economic Shot In The Arm,” nor does it need a “Demand-Driven Economic Boost.” Either effort is, as pointless, as “Spraying Ether Into A Carburetor, When The Gas Tank Is Empty!” Sure, it’ll run for a second or two… but what then? It doesn’t fix the overall [or underlying] problem… it doesn’t fill your tank… nor will it even be sufficient to get you anywhere that you can! Someone must [eventually] take it upon them-selves to “refill the tank” and if the driver can’t [or won’t] do it, then the passengers must! It is either that, or “stand helplessly around - while other nations drive by.”
For over a century, we have allowed our nation to be led by both: “Tyrants” and “Bullies” – of one persuasion, or another… when we stood to personally gain by it, we even openly encouraged them in their immoral and unethical activities… and, when we were harmed by it, we meekly stared at the ground and took it. No matter the cost, no matter the price, and no matter what we [might] have stood to lose! In all honesty, folks, we are guiltier than they are… since, it is us, who continually and fully empower them. Contrary, to any claims otherwise, all governments are inherently consensual… either, “We The People” revolt, or we don’t!
The rapidly growing and ever-evolving “Tea Party Movement” in America is the result of the unbearable tyranny of American Fascism… its ever worsening effects upon Our Freedoms, Our Individual And Personal Lives, and Our Overall Economy! And [as these ongoing factors are being blatantly ignored, by our leadership], it will assuredly build, strengthen, and begin to flex its political muscle. As our enlightened ancestors loved to say, “power will always [eventually] fill a vacuum.” Today it is the “Tea Party Movement,” but tomorrow it’ll just be “The Tea Party” and the days of our readily apparent “One Party [Fascist] System” will be over… and, personally, I long for that day!