posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 09:42 PM
Many people often wonder how the German people could have allowed their country to fall into the grasp of the Nazis and do nothing as that torturous
regime left its stain on history. I myself used to be puzzled at how so many seemingly normal people could just stand idolly by as those atrocities
were committed in their name. However, after watching my own government and fellow countrymen over the last 20 years or so be manipulated into the
same kind of treacherous policies, it has become more than clear how that kind of tyranny can get its grip over society. I'm sure that the 1930s
German population was in the same kind of ignorant stupor due to the same kind of manipulative practices as our own society is today.
A democratic republic with a government that is "of", "by" and "for" the people, requires the citizen to live up to certain responsibilities.
Some of these responsibilities include being informed and holding government accountable. It also requires that we maintain the mechanisms and tools
to keep government in check, such as the first 10 protected rights spelled out in the Constitution, as well as a strong, free and healthy press, the
fourth estate. We are not only sitting idolly by as these tools are being eroded, we are also cheering it on and celebrating our own loss of liberty.
It is now considered unpatriotic to question government, demand accountability or oppose politicians who over-step their mandate. We are now electing
politicians to make our choices for us, instead of by us and anyone who cries foul, is branded as "the enemy". Anyone with even a minute
understanding of history, knows that this is how tyranny always shows its ugly head. The book of tyranny almost always starts out this same exact way
and sadly, by the time the public finally comes too and realizes what's happening, it will be far too late, as we will have by then given up every
tool at our disposal to combat such a tyrannical force. In short, the problem is equal parts ignorance and complacency, the two most dangerous
obstacles to freedom, liberty and prosperity. A government should never be trusted, ever! The generations before us have made this mistake all too
many times -and paid the price for it too, just as the generations after ours will pay the price for our current mistakes.
The government -and our elected politicians- are supposed to serve us, not the other way around.