Democracy, Fascism, or Tyranny?

I see many changes in our nation today. One change of concern is the governmental interference in the exercise of our first amendment rights. The government appears to be moving towards a more fascist rule instead of a representative republic. I’ve seen it in what is and isn’t allowed in the public square and on public platforms. Because concerns over fascim have increased, I looked up the definition this morning, and it appears that the unknown editors of truth were busy re-writing the definition of this term. The page for fascism was broken for a time. I’ve seen this before with the google searches for certain terms and definitions. When big government or big tech changes ‘on the fly’ the definitions of words and terms to suit their agendas, we have a big problem. The definition of fascism by wikipedia, for some reason this day, seemingly had to be removed, edited or adjusted. Perhaps due to the reporting this morning on fascist type actions being taken by the federal administration or perhaps not. We may never really know.

According to wordnik.com Fascism is “A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.”

Today we see the federal government exercising coercion, suppression, and oppression in coordination with private social media companies and various reporting platforms to monitor, suppress, cancel, and blackball American citizens from their constitutional right to free speech across all social media platforms. The federal government has decided that it knows what’s best and best for us. They have decided that anyone who doesn’t follow their current party line or politically correct policy should be squelched as determined by some unknown and unidentified governmental senior officials. Citizens are being disavowed, and disallowed to exercise their right to free speech. The administration is taking names, writing them down, and telling social media platforms to cancel them. It sounds kind of like what happened to the last president. He had said that if they could censor and silence him as president, they could do it to anyone. It appears they are. Biden said that those who are opposed to vaccines or don’t want to take a vaccine are killing people. It seems that if someone in power doesn’t like what you say and do, they can and will censor and remove your rights to free speech.

Without the exchange of ideas (even bad ones) and the ability to respectfully discuss and debate the issues of the day, we are effectively under a fascist system of government. The president’s press secretary admitted today in a press briefing that her and the administrations thoughts and beliefs on appropriate treatments for the virus trump any Big Brother tactics the administration is now using to limit, restrict, and cancel the speech of our fellow citizens on social media platforms. In fact if someone is deemed to have posted misinformation, she says that they should be banned altogether and across all social media platforms. In other words, the first amendment is not as important as the administration’s directives on what is and is not true about the virus and methods of dealing with it.

Never mind that during the course of the virus, government leaders in the field of science in the highest offices have said at one time erroneous statements they believed to be true and then completely reversed their statements and mandates to say the exact opposite idea or policy. We heard that we shouldn’t wear masks, then we should, and now maybe we should mask again. Where’s the discussion and the debate on the facts? The government says follow the science, then they don’t follow the science. Federal recommendations say no mask is needed if someone is vaccinated, but if we get on a plane, we all must wear masks even if vaccinated. What about all the representatives from Texas who were shown on a plane without masks. Do only democratic politicians get to go without masks on planes?

Is it only senior governmental officials and politicians who get to determine what is true and truth? It appears so. Now it is clear that the social media platforms and most news outlets are also in government’s back pocket to do their bidding. What happened to the free press? Ask the Cubans, Russians, and Chinese – if they will talk to you. As far as our government officials? What standards do they hold to anyway? Are they known to be truthful, ethical, honest, and trustworthy? Are they right? Are they always right?

“Let them die.” This was the shouted statement of a federal employee yesterday at a Fairfax, VA education meeting when talking with parents about people who oppose the teaching of critical race theory. It appears that this is the next shot over the bow of anyone who disagrees. This call for death by a federal employee to some American citizens this week and many more politicians calling for and encouraging violence and destruction over the past year seems very dangerous and divisive. Why do they want us to be fearful and divided against one another? Mark 3:24-25 Jesus says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Is the goal of some in power to pit us as citizens against one another. President Lincoln and others have quoted this verse. It was true in Jesus’ day, Lincoln’s, and today. Is this the road tyranny?

Tyranny is defined by dictionary.com as “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.” Is this what we are seeing? Is this what we chose in our elections? Is this the government under which we want to live? Is this the government of, by, and for the people? Is it????

Unfortunately, it appears that there is a hard push by many elected officials for fascism at a minimum and for tyranny if they can get it. Is this what we want? Is this what we voted for in our elections? There is a proverb that says, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Is this what we are seeing?

I pray that our nation and its people will seek what is true, stand for what is right, support one another – loving their neighbors as themselves, show patience for a variety of thoughts and ideas, sincerely debate to seek what is right and true in order to share positive and unifying ideas that promote the general welfare for all of us in these still, for now, United States of America. I pray we won’t let evil rule or win in our homes, churches, communities, and nation. Let’s say no to division, divisiveness, and destruction in our homes, community and nation. Don’t let the devil and his followers win in his desire to steal, kill, and destroy. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Let’s look to and listen to Jesus. In I John 3:7-10 John says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” Lastly, I pray that we will all seek to do right and serve the Savior who ultimately sets all things right and saves us eternally from our sins. May God bless you and may God bless America.

Robin Robbins House ©️
7/16/21

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