It Can’t Happen Here


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.

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  1. kohana
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Permalink
  2. Brianna
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I am seriously starting to wonder whether I should set up safeguards abroad against the possibility of the US getting even worse than it is now.  Already I am wary of setting up an IRA for retirement; how long will it be until the government decides that a portion of IRA money needs to be “invested” in government securities?  I don’t want my money confiscated in the name of the “common good” or faux-patriotic jingoism.  But whenever I look at the future in the US, everything feels so constrained, as if the best I can hope for is to keep my head far down enough that the reaping scythe passes above it when the government comes to harvest. 

    Unfortunately I am not blessed with dual citizenship, but I have started to seriously consider moving to a latin american country for a few years to establish residency rights… maybe Chile?

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  3. Johnny
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Obamacare – thousands of pages of unintelligible rules and regulations passed on a partisan basis that will be enforced by the IRS.
    So of course the IRS is just practicing for when Obamacare is in full force. You can’t expect them to know their enemies without some practice do you?

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  4. Jake
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    It is particularly galling that this came to light just five days after Pres. Obama made his arrogant speech at Ohio State scorning people who don’t trust government. I wonder how many people will notice that fact.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink


      I am assuming that your question is rhetorical:-)

      Listen, Obama can kill and eat his children on primetime TV and the media would explain why this is a new human right.

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      • Nickie Clifford
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

        Yes Robert, this man can do no wrong in the eyes of the media. This is why his obvious anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic stance is ignored.

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        • Brianna
          Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

          Nick, in order for the media to call out his anti-Israel stance as wrong, they would first have to believe that this stance was wrong.

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          • Nickie Clifford
            Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

            You’re correct, Brianna – it has become popular in the MSM to portray the Israeli’s as Fascists simply for existing in their own country. Ludicrous, isn’t it? The audacity of the Israeli’s for insisting upon defending themselves and providing a haven for their people.  

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  5. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Well, if they apologized that makes it all OK. 🙂
    On becoming a thugocracy – there is a sizable proportion of the electorate that has been called the “low information voter” – either we need more high information voters or less participation by the former.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink


      Just a guess, but I think “low information voter” is code for stupid people.

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      • Bill Brandt
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

        Stupid people getting a govt check Robert

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