I’ve been thinking about Germany in the 1930s as the Nazis built their police and surveillance state. Most Americans aren’t familiar with that history, so they don’t know that many people opposed the Nazis, especially from the Church. Nor do folks realize how careful the Nazis were to push only hard enough to make progress, but not to provoke any pushing back. Then one day, it was too late to try to oppose them. They had built the police state brick by brick, & the trap was shut. Then the war made it easy to brand anyone who opposed the regime a traitor. War offers that cover for totalitarian states.
An even more thorough police state is being built in the US today, with capabilities the Gestapo could only dream of. Many complain, but few oppose at any risk to themselves — I mean principled opposition that is willing to stand lawfully on the constitution and the law in court and even risk jail. I don’t mean morons who think that shooting up a post office will change anything.
Until somebody says, “No, that’s illegal and I won’t go along,” nothing will change. Self-government cannot be preserved by cautious people watching heroes from the sidelines, or blogging or surfing the internet. Only a “belligerent claimant in person” can enforce his rights.
More than 125 years ago Swiss philosopher Henri Amiel said, “If liberty is to be saved, it will not be by doubters, men or science, or materialists; it will be by religious convictions; by the faith of the individuals who believe that God wills men to be free.”
Franklin Sanders, 9 June 2014