“Soft tyranny,” was first coined by Alexander de Tocqueville in “Democracy in America” as: “Whenever the social conditions of a particular community hinder any prospect of hope among its members.” Some differentiate “soft” tyranny from “hard” or Stalin-esque tyranny as being bloodless. But life can be extinguished without a drop of blood being spilled.
Wikipedia states that some historians describe a “soft” tyranny by the conditions that bring it about, citing 18th century France: “The most obvious area in which soft tyranny affects people occurs with their fiscal situation…the price of bread…increased to the point where common peasants could not afford to purchase it on a daily basis…violence in the form of rioting emerged as a consequence…which can…disrupt and eventually unravel an entire socio-economic order.” 21st century America is closing in on those conditions.
On Wednesday, InvestmentWatch reported that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of meat, chicken, eggs and fish had risen to an all-time high. The phrase to note in describing the cost of feeding oneself and one’s family is “all-time high.” When the BLS first began tracking food costs in 1967, the index figure was 38.1. In May of 2013, during Obama’s “recovery,” it had risen to 234.572. By May of 2014, the figure reached a staggering 252.832, an unthinkable 7.7% increase in food costs in one year.
InvestmentWatch cited the BLS conclusion that gas prices are now at a six-year high: “The jump in crude, driven by concern that the crisis in Iraq will disrupt supplies, may boost pump prices by 10 cents a gallon at a time when they normally drop…” Who is responsible for the situation in Iraq? A little-reported item was published in Maclean’s on Wednesday. Canada has conditionally approved the Northern Gateway project which would eliminate necessity for the Keystone pipeline. Crude would now run directly from Alberta to the Canadian coastline, for overseas export. The Lyin’ King shelved the Keystone project long enough to make it a moot point: “Queen’s University energy policy expert Warren Mabee says…‘Keystone XL is caught up in politics. President Obama does not want to move in either direction at this point. He’d rather keep it boiling on the back burner as long as he can.’”
On June 6 the BLS also asserted that 6.3% of America’s labor force, or 9.8 million people, were unemployed. This did not take into account those that had been jettisoned from unemployment rolls, left the workforce or were forced into part-time work through the loss of full-time positions. A Gallup poll in 2013, countered the regime’s falsified math. Gallup’s numbers indicated that unemployment was worse, 8.6%. And that was a year ago.
In 2012 Obama signed an Executive Order that is now all-but forgotten. FOX News reported then: “President Obama’s signature on an executive order…updates presidential authority to take control over national defense resources in time of emergency…The executive order…says any other previously issued orders or rulings by previous presidents shall remain in effect unless they are inconsistent with the new order…The purpose of the order…is to make sure the U.S. is prepared to mobilize technological and industrial resources ‘capable of meeting national defense requirements’…in peacetime and in times of national emergency.’” Ostensibly put into place because tension with Iran was hotting up, current conditions put this “update” in a new light.
None of the scandals, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, the VA debacle, the Bergdahl trade for five Guantanamo terrorists, the tsunami of illegal children “spontaneously” flooding the borders and the current return of significant portions of Iraq to terrorist control, are the result of administrative one-offs; it is crucial to recognize that everything is the result of intentional, presidential policy. As a result, a theory to consider may just be that Obama is trying to force a public, on the verge of desperation because of Legislative fecklessness, to act. Martial law would go a long way toward putting a cast on his so-called “lame duck” presidency.
Federal Departments have been siphoning up ordinance for almost two years, with very little attention called to it by the media or Congress. Forbes reported that the Department of Homeland Security purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in 2013. They were joined by such unlikely entities as the USPS, Social Security Administration, IRS, Department of Education, HHS and even The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Bureau of Land Management did everything in its power to gin up armed confrontation with Cliven Bundy. The BLM used confiscation and destruction of Bundy’s cattle, overt threats involving their use of weapons and making promises of lethal force against the Bundy family. Support for Bundy came from many states and peacefully defied government forces. Had Bundy’s supporters opened fire it would have given the regime a free hand to launch martial law as defined by Executive order.
There is no quicker way to consign an idea to ignominy than to posit what could be construed as a conspiracy theory. But, when six years of presidential policies alone results in the unprecedented grinding of an entire nation into the dirt, perhaps it’s time for wishful thinkers to stop pretending that the Emperor is swathed in sartorial splendor and that he is, instead, naked. Preferably before our soft tyranny gets very, very hard.
Then it will be too late.