It takes a history of pathology for a person to develop into someone who thinks he is so much better than everyone else that he is entitled to tell them how to live–or whether they should be allowed to live at all.
Issues of character as deep as those rarely change, but they do fester.
The proliferation of attitudes that either tolerate or reward this evil notion has been the true pandemic. It is a historical reality that the variants get progressively worse, not better.
After two years, the authoritarians in our midst haven’t suddenly become humble public servants simply because they have decided to lift their mask mandates just in time for the mid-terms.
If they continued a minute longer to force–rather than suggest–that the masses cover their noses and mouths the moment they knew how absurd it was, their masks fell off. We saw the Phantom’s face.
While touting their dedication to public service, they have shown that they would rather subjugate the public than serve them. We know many by name now and the list is longer than we ever could have imagined.
Masks have obviously been ineffective at stopping the spread of the virus, but they have been incredibly effective at spreading fear, submissiveness, and collectivism.
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After “allowing” the masses to finally remove their slave masks and take an unobstructed breath in public, they may actually try to go back into hiding. Their predictable campaigns will likely include claims that they stood up for freedom and “followed the science.”
By way of another example, some have claimed that the “difficult lesson” Harvard professor and CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem should have learned is to “Think before you tweet” after receiving a major Twitter smackdown for revealing her desire to hurt truckers and their supporters for daring to fight for Liberty and the right to dissent.
On the contrary, we hope the Juliette Kayyems of the world keep tweeting what they really think.
The lesson is ours to learn. Unfortunately, Kayyem is no longer an anomaly today. She is an example of what the propaganda media has become and what too many journalists have actively perpetuated among their dwindling audience of the most gullible.
Supposedly, there are still “well-meaning” liberals somewhere, but if they still refuse to address the full-out authoritarianism that is running rampant in their ranks, they are part of the problem, and neither will they be spared from the “progression” of the disease.
Why this is coming uniformly from their side and not from conservatives is impossible for them to deny or explain.
There was a time not long ago when they claimed to be against all of this. Today, they march in goose step with whatever their “betters” tell them to do and think–so long as it’s Democrats telling them to think it.
It’s not good news that these self-proclaimed authoritarians have lived among us all along, but it is good that so many wannabe, baby doc dictators have been “unmasked” for all to see. We can’t forget the many faces of authoritarianism now that they’ve been exposed.
Non-compliance with tyranny is essential, but once we see that any politician or un-elected bureaucrat is willing to use deception, coercion, or intimidation to force collectivism and totalitarian rule on the public, it’ll never stop until we do exactly what he fears most; remove him from power and never allow him near it again.
By Karen Kataline
Karen Kataline is a commentator, columnist & talk show host. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is a sought-after guest on talk shows around the country. Kataline’s style has been described as “funny, feisty, but fair.” She hosts Spouting Off, a live, call-in talk show covering politics, pop culture, and social psychology. She maintains an active blog and her Op-Eds can be seen online at Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller, FrontPage Mag, and American Thinker.
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