I just began re-reading F. A. Hayek’s classic economic and political commentary, “The Road to Serfdom” for the third time. And believe me, it is well worth the read.
Writing in the 1940s during WWII, the Austrian-born England resident details the disturbing similarities he saw even back then between the ideas manifested leading up to the establishment of Nazi Germany and those he watched playing out in the U.S. and UK.
In just the first few pages of his detailed analysis, Hayek makes a jarring statement: that if we only knew what was coming next, we would do everything in our power to reverse our course… rather like the German socialists in the 1910s would have if they could only know what their efforts were paving an easy path for: the debasing of humanity and decency on every possible level.
Every time I read that line, it terrifies me. And I think it would have a similar affect on most Americans if they only read it. Unfortunately, I’m not so convinced it would move – or even surprise – President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and their ilk. Their arrogant dismissal of obvious facts, and despotic demand for control of societal elements they have no right to, serves as rather damning evidence of their well-informed intentions.
Why else would President Obama be going “under the radar” in order to destroy American’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms? Regardless of the reasons, that kind of restriction was imposed on Germany less than two decades before Hitler took over.
The average citizen opposed to gun rights might legitimately be able to claim ignorance on the subject. But the President of the United States and members of Congress cannot if they want to simultaneously maintain any kind of credibility.
And there is even less excuse for the Obama Administration’s heavy handed – literally – use of the TSA. The Department of Justice even threatened severe retaliation against Texas if it passed a bill outlawing TSA groping.
As Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) recently asked – after witnessing a ridiculous scene at airport security, “Why are we patting down grandma and kids” instead of the “guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through?”
Without the right to protect ourselves, what comes next after submitting ourselves to molestation at the hands of government workers? Are we going to see restrictions on who can drive, as in Saudi Arabia? Will we be jailed for reporting government corruption, then forced to work all day and all night, and tortured if we don’t comply, as in China?
Don’t laugh too hard at those possibilities. Because the Germans never saw it coming either.