A friend of mine emailed me last night to beg off a hunting trip for the next few weeks because he’s been sick, and needs to return to work and get more comfortably solvent. I emailed back, “since we’re armed, why not just rob a bank?”, then paused as I was pressing “send” to wonder what the NSA was going to think of that sentiment. I sent it anyway, and I don’t really expect a SWAT team to show up at my door, but it’s creepy to know that our government is sweeping up every email, every phone call we make and storing them for possible future use. I don’t like it.
I know a couple of people who fled communist East Germany and Poland as twenty-year-olds, and they tell me that the greatest thing they found here in America was the freedom to criticize the government, politicians, even the local grocery store, without fear that someone would overhear and report them to the security forces. We are growing closer to their former reality, every day.
We’ve heard Obama “joke” about siccing the IRS on his enemies, then witnessed the exposure of a systemic attack on conservative groups by the IRS. Just last week, Dr. Benjamin Carson, a prominent black critic of ObamaKare, revealed that the IRS showed up in his office, for the first time in his entire professional career, after he’d spoken out against the plantation owner at the annual National Prayer Breakfast:
“I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual BusinessCouncil of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News.
Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s2010 health-care reform law, while Obama was sitting just a few feet away.
Much as they may delight in the harassment of a black who’s forgotten his place, Dollar Bill and his silent pals might try to remember Martin Niemöller: “First they came for the communist, but I did not speak out because I was not a communist….”