Every time someone wants something to be HEAVILY regulated and I bring up how that could lead to government tyranny they call this a "paranoid fear of a future dystopia". And I honestly don't know how to respond. I could always bring up history and how tyranny has taken place time and time again, but sometimes I feel like it isn't enough because of a lack of present tyranny (in the US). So what do I say to these people? I'm at a loss.
That is a fantastic question Anon. Thank you for asking.
The fact is, as you said, history is full of examples of democratic governments going tyrannical. Hundreds of millions of people have been killed by their own government. Many people here in America often scoff at the idea of tyranny here, as if we are immune to it, and insist that anybody who arms themselves for the possibility of tyranny are crazy. Those people could not be more wrong, and should take note of the gif below.
Lets start with our very own NSA. History is replete with examples of when surveillance gathering turns into labeling followed by outright persecution. The data collection done by the NSA is intensified upon those who worship in a mosque, people who write and readarticles which criticizes the government, speak publicly about their opposition to various government policies, publicly profess a belief in the 1st Amendment, and anyone who works as a journalist.
What about our public education system? It is becoming more and more leftist every year, and it’s getting scary. People are dumbed-down and stripped of individualism by the state and their proxies and accomplices in the school systems, the media, and social programs and policies which breed dependence. This enables the easy manipulation of the people at large by their ‘shaped’ thought processes, their dependence and their subsequent lack of clear judgement and critical thinking. This is why they hate private and charter schools, they cannot control them. (They also don’t value parenting nearly as much.)
Liberals want to tell people how to think, not what to think.
After this, the state identifies those who are not complying to the dumbing-down process, which would be those who remain independent and critical self-thinkers who ‘dare’ to speak out, who organize, and who question the state. Lists are created. Sound familiar? (NSA)
Currently we are seeing the harsh reality of a society that has it’s media, education, and culture controlled by the left. Through the media and propaganda proxies, conservatives who engage in anti-government thoughts, speech, or behavior are often demonized, labeled as terrorists, and even penalized. Surely this has to sound familiar to any outspoken conservative. By doing this, people who have conservative views become deterred to express them, and often feel threatened. Our voice becomes more and more silenced.
So think about all the horrible things our own government can and is doing at the moment.
The NSA is collecting hordes of information that they shouldn’t be.
Workers for TSA can search your body and property.
The government at any time can declare a citizen an ‘enemy combatant’ and the constitution goes out the window. You can be detained, denied legal representation, tried in secret, and shipped away.
The IRS has apparently recently assembled a $350 million high-tech tool ‘Neural Network’ which they use as a massive automated parallel computer system that can analyze data from different networks to find irregularities, “suspicious” activities, or unusual behavior patterns. They do this so they can understand the behavior of any individual.
The Department of Homeland Security can purchase not only billions of rounds of ammunition, but thousands of armored vehicles, molecular laser scanners, and drones to create a domestic military force.
The Commander in Chief has the authority to “seize private facilities when necessary” using this domestic military force.
So to your friends who laugh at those of us who prepare while saying that there is no tyranny here, ask them again, is that actually true?
“Because I’m tired of working for candidates who make me think that I should be embarrassed to believe what I believe, Sam! I’m tired of getting them elected! We all need some therapy, because somebody came along and said, “‘Liberal’ means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on Communism, soft on defense, and we’re gonna tax you back to the Stone Age because people shouldn’t have to go to work if they don’t want to!” And instead of saying, “Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave It To Beaver trip back to the Fifties…!”, we cowered in the corner, and said, “Please. Don’t. Hurt. Me.””
Bruno Gianelli, The West Wing (Gone Quiet)
You ask why I call myself a liberal - well, this is why.
To say Bernie Sanders is the most liberal candidate in the race is not just an understatement, it fundamentally misstates his place on the political spectrum. From a policy perspective, Hillary Clinton has more in common with Republican hopefuls like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) than Sanders, who advocates for single-payer health insurance, free college for all Americans and rewriting U.S. free-trade agreements. And he has a strong message for his 2016 rivals.
Despite very low levels of trust in the federal government and elected officials (you try growing up under President George W. Bush and graduating into the Great Recession), millennials are more politically engaged in their everyday lives than any previous generation. And on nearly every one of the issues that millennials consider to be the most important, Sanders comes out as the unlikely champion.
American politics is a lot like trying to order a pizza for your friends. The Republican wants pepperoni with orphans tears dipping sauce for the crust. The Democrat wants gluten free pineapple. The Green Party is cool with whatever as long as no as there’s no meat and the animals that went into making the pizza were treated humanly. Meanwhile the constitution party wants pepperoni, borderline theocracy, and anchovies for some godforsaken reason. The libertarian is trying to convince everyone that several small pizzas should be order so everyone gets what they want but he really doesn’t care about dinner because he’s been sneaking down into the basement to eat Chinese takeout with the anarchist