As a Dutch person, whose entire family and herself have known the denial of freedom and equality before the law in World War II, both in Europe and in the Pacific Rim, I want to explore the means by which the citizens of a nation can be deprived of liberty and legal equality.
In the case of the Dutch and many others, liberty and equality were denied through conquest: in Europe by Nazi Germany and in the Pacific by Imperial Japan. Both the Nazis and the Japanese made extensive use of concentration camps to sequester citizens of the conquered nations whom they considered troublesome or potentially troublesome. My family and I were in one of the 500 camps in the Pacific Rim. Those inside the camps were outside the protection of any law.
Liberty and legal rights can be lost as well through negative changes within a nation itself. It involves an erosion of popular liberties and the protection of those liberties through manipulation of an unwary citizenry.
The objective of a just society is equality before the law. Obviously there is no other equality. There is no equality in nature, nor in intelligence, nor abilities and therefore in circumstances. The equality that is the objective of a socialistic system is an artificially imposed equality, a redistribution of wealth through government action. There is a lot of talk about “equality” these days, but much of it is dangerously misleading. In Germany before the Nazis there was a system of constitutional law which provided legal equality. But in Nazi Germany this had disappeared, there was no equality before the law. Therefore, the Jews, the genetically handicapped, homosexuals, gypsies, and all who were considered useless eaters, had no defense against the state.
Then there is propaganda. The ideas disseminated by governments through propaganda are potential threats to liberty. Propaganda is used by rulers to conceal their improper encroachments on the established limits of power. Many of these encroachments are seemingly of little consequence. But if they are not resisted they become larger and more ominous, a fact that the propagandists are well aware of. So the lie is born. The lie proceeds more rapidly under a “popular” or “charismatic” leader. An unattentive or willfully uninformed populace will fall victim to the demagoguery, the propaganda, the lies. This is how it began in Nazi Germany. Hitler’s rise to power is a complicated business, but it followed this pattern, including the silencing of the opposition.
Today subtle but disturbing parallels can be found in our United States. Witness the demonizing of the opposition party and the refusal to consider its contrary opinions; the failure to hold favored parties, groups or individuals responsible for illegal activity; the cavalier disregard of constitutional and legal restrictions.
Even in a nation founded on the ideals of the supremacy of the law, little violations can start mounting. The usurpation of power begins here. The best protection for guaranteeing our equality and liberty is a jealous determination to resist any encroachment upon our constitutional protection and our personal freedoms as guaranteed under our system of law.
Elections, fair and legitimate, are our very first line of defense.
Posted by: Hulda Bachman-Neeb, Estes Park, Colorado
Right Turn Colorado invites you to a DIVA Night at Lillians’ of Fort Collins.
Enjoy a private evening of shopping fun and a chance to meet candidates running for State Offices. Enjoy refreshments. 10% of the price of all items you purchase will be donated to Right Turn Colorado.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
Location: Lillians of Fort Collins, 2601 S. Lemay (next to Sunflower Market), Fort Collins
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17th.
Actually Winston wasn’t very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington. Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its “unseemly violence” and the “bad example it sets for the rest of the world”, Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn’t nearly as exciting.
Yet it wasn’t the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn’t anything like real turkey.
And ever since the government officially changed the name of “Thanksgiving Day” to “A National Day of Atonement” in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims’ historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.