Seraphic Secret has a close friend who was born and lived in Communist Hungary until he and his family managed to escape to America in 1969.
His tales of life under the iron fist of Communism are chilling: the intrusion of the party bureaucrats into every aspect of private life, the intimidation to conform to party ideology, the constant fear of informers, the grim food shortages, the shoes with cardboard soles, the terrible isolation from truth because all media outlets were arms of the government.
And the endemic corruption of a system that claimed to be fair and just, but was simply a brutal thugogracy.
Of course, because my friend’s family were Jewish, their plight was intensified ten-fold.
A few days ago, my friend, a mild-mannered accountant who never comments on politics, told me that he fears for America. The Benghazi lies peddled by Obama, Hillary Clinton, the State Department, and (until a few days ago) covered up by a pliant press corps, remind him, he said, of the Communist regime he fled.
“America is not that bad,” he allowed, “but the model, the structure of state power supported by a state press, is how people lose their freedom.”
“It can’t happen here,” I quoted with no little irony.
My friend nodded: “That’s what they all say.”
It’s obvious that classic American liberalism is dead. It has morphed into a radical leftism which has found its standard bearer in Barack Hussein Obama, a rigid, cold-blooded leftist whose end-game is the complete dominance of American politics by a single political party. This is to be achieved using classic Socialist* tactics: making a majority of citizens dependent upon the state, either through jobs (shuffling paper, torturing fellow citizens with endless rules and regulations) or through welfare (redefined as a human right).
The revelations of political repression by the IRS against Conservatives should send chills up the spines of every American. For this is how tyrannies gain traction.
And under Obamacare, the IRS will have even more power.
An IRS campaign to apply additional scrutiny to conservative groups went beyond targeting “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups to include those focused on government spending, the Constitution and several other broad areas.
The additional guidelines created by the agency were part of a timeline, obtained by Fox News, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which is looking into the controversial IRS practice. IRS officials apologized Friday for the scrutiny, but new information suggests senior leaders were apprised of the effort as early as 2011 despite public denials from the top.
Read more at Drudge.
*Socialist: noun \ˈsō-sh(ə-)list\— a Communist who has not yet picked up an AK47.