By Maria Kneas
History shows us that as free nations become complacent, they become vulnerable to manipulation. Most dictatorships rise gradually—a step at a time. Smooth-talking politicians make each incremental step seem reasonable, because the masses are blind to the tides of change.
We have been warned over and over. But sadly, a time comes when the wisdom of the watchmen is no longer heeded:
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” (Wendell Phillips)
“Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.” (Thomas Sowell)
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” (Edmund Burke)
Austria illustrates the power of gradualism. In 1933, it was a free nation. In 1934, its government began to centralize its power and welcome the influence of Nazi sympathizers. By 1938, it had become a Nazi dictatorship.
The downward slide began with one crisis after another. A third of the people were out of work, inflation rose to 25%, and political turmoil caused civil unrest. People longed for a leader to rescue them. Adolf Hitler campaigned in Austria, promising to solve their problems if they were annexed to Germany. A persuasive speaker, he gave them hope and won their hearts. The Austrian people voted him in.1
Why? How could the Austrians be so blind? The answer is simple: they faced hard times, so they chose to believe Hitler’s promises. They didn’t see him as we do—brutal, arrogant, narcissistic and ruthlessly ambitious. That image came later, when it was too late to escape his grasp.
In the beginning, Hitler appeared as a caring, charismatic, captivating visionary.2 His words brought hope of prosperity, and his public image was intentionally shaped with pictures of his smiles, benevolent deeds and warm encounters with children and babies.3
After Austria was annexed with Germany, then new government jobs were created, and order was restored. The people were encouraged and hopeful, and—for a short while—the nation prospered. Then it crashed. This transformation is described by Kitty Werthmann, who lived in Austria when it was ruled by the Nazis:4
“Dictatorship did not happen overnight. It was a gradual process starting with national identification cards, which we had to carry with us at all times.”
Next came gun registration, followed by attacks on freedom of speech. There were so many informers that people became afraid to say anything political, even when they were in their own homes.
Kitty Werthmann tells of other changes, including nationalization of education; indoctrination of children; socialized medicine; government control of businesses; and a lack of respect for human life. Before the annexation, most Austrian mothers stayed at home to take care of their children. Under Nazi rule, both parents had to work, so the children were sent to government‑run daycare centers.
Gun control came in two stages. First there was gun registration, and then the people were required to give up their guns. Once the people were unarmed, then they had no way of defending themselves against the Nazis.
After that, political correctness replaced freedom of speech. Taxes were increased to eighty percent (four fifths of income). The nation became filled with informers. Anybody who spoke against the government was arrested, and the people lived in constant fear.
In Austria, the transformation from freedom to dictatorship was incremental. No nation is immune to such things, including the United States. In fact, America seems to be following some of the same incremental steps toward totalitarianism.
National Identification Cards
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act. This, in effect, would turn drivers’ licenses into a national ID card. However, the law is controversial, and 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions opposing compliance with it. 5
Congress eventually repealed the law. However, there are ongoing attempts to do things that are similar, but not as comprehensive. According to an article dated March 28, 2013, Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham are determined to get a biometric national ID card required for everybody who is employed. And this is so important that they met with President Obama to discuss the matter.6
Nationalizing Education and Indoctrinating Young Children
Kitty Werthmann told us how Hitler nationalized the education system. Christian symbols were removed and prayer was banned. Through their government‑run child care program, the Nazis indoctrinated the children with politically correct ideology and absolute loyalty to Hitler. The daycare workers were trained in Marxist psychology, rather than motherly love, for Hitler was fascinated with communist methods of mind control.
Hitler worship became part of the new structure. Children idolized Hitler and sang his praises.
Some American children have been taught to do the same for Obama. I have seen videos of young children singing Obama’s praises with adoration, and teenagers singing his praises quite militantly. I have also seen a video of a young boy praying to Obama. (Once such videos become controversial then they tend to disappear from YouTube, so you might have difficulty finding them.)
America is also a nation where prayer is no longer allowed in school, and daycare is common. Obama is centralizing the public schools. His administration is completing a process begun in the nineties during the first Bush administration. A national curriculum with national standards, national tests, and a national database is fast becoming a reality. The goal is to provide “cradle‑to‑career education for all of America’s children.” The federal government is encouraging the states to provide children with “early learning experiences from birth through kindergarten entry.” 7
By imposing government education at such a young age, this un‑American system exposes Christian children to the worldviews of secular humanism, neo‑paganism, and countless other beliefs that clash with home‑taught values. It subjects them to anti‑Christian peer pressure, and to teachers who are determined to undermine their faith. No wonder children raised in Christian homes from coast to coast are fast rejecting our God and His ways. Meanwhile, churches and youth leaders are bending over backwards to conform to the new values and wants of our youth.
Government schools and the judicial system are working hand‑in‑hand to undermine the faith of Christian children. For example, Amanda is a ten‑year‑old Christian homeschooler. She is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level.” Her homeschool curriculum meets all state standards. Yet, a judge has ordered her to attend public school because of her “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs.” The judge wants her to consider “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief.” 8 In other words, the judge is forcing Amanda into government education in order to challenge her Christian faith.
Buried inside Obama’s Health Care law is a provision that gives the federal government control over all student loans. As a result, the government can now decide which students are able to go to college. It can also refuse loans for students who want to attend colleges that the government doesn’t approve of, thus putting financial pressure on colleges to be politically correct.9
New federal regulations would enable the federal government to control the accreditation of all U.S. colleges. According to former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, “the Department of Education is attempting to subject every college and university in America—public and private—to political supervision.” 10
Government Control of Health Care and Businesses
Obama’s massive Health Care law established government control of health care, which is one sixth of the nation’s economy. Its regulation will have a devastating effect on the medical profession. Why would bright students want to invest in medical school when the pay would be minimal and medical “murder” would be mandated?
My foot doctor told me, “Obama wants to make me retire early.” My general practitioner told me, “Let me take care of you while I still can.”
The federal government is wielding an increasing degree of control over businesses, both directly and through regulations. Obama’s destructive control over Chrysler has been called “another extraordinary intervention into private industry by the federal government.” As a result, many car dealerships were closed.11 According to an attorney who represents some of those dealers, Chrysler closed them because it was “under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive task force.” 12
Treating People Like Livestock
Farmers can kill animals that are born sickly or become too old to be productive. Likewise, Hitler talked about getting rid of “useless eaters.” In modern America, some “experts” want to dispose of people with a poor “quality of life.”
Kitty Werthmann told how the Nazis killed the mentally retarded people in her village. That was a result of Hitler’s eugenics program. He was following the unconscionable Darwinian ideals of an evolving, purified human race, and he wanted to produce a Master Race of strong, intelligent Aryans. People he considered to be inferior (including Jews and the mentally retarded) had to be eliminated.13
Because of the Holocaust, eugenics was discredited. However, euthanasia (both voluntary and involuntary) is spreading. Voluntary euthanasia is a form of suicide, where patients choose to die—usually with a physician’s help. This is legal in Oregon and Washington.14
Involuntary euthanasia is based on new, convenient medical standards. In Holland, where thousands of patients have been killed against their will, some elderly people are afraid to go to the hospital.15 A concerned Belgian citizen warned Western nations to guard themselves against “the encroaching euthanasia agenda.” 16
An influential bioethicist in the Obama administration actively promotes health care rationing.17 Obama’s health care law includes “death panels” with authority to deny life‑saving medical care.18 Once such care has been denied, it becomes unavailable even to patients who would pay the cost themselves.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a long record of supporting gun control. In a 2008 brief to the Supreme Court, Holder claimed that the Second Amendment does not pose any obstacle to banning guns.19
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the attempts at gun control have increased in both variety and intensity.
Obama has initiated a back‑door approach to gun control by means of an international treaty known as CIFTA. President Clinton signed this treaty in 1997 but the Senate refused to ratify it. Now President Obama is promoting it. According to John Bolton (former U.S. representative of the United Nations):
“…there’s no doubt—as was the case over a decade ago—that the real agenda is the control of domestic arms.” 20
Enforcing Political Correctness
President Obama has co‑sponsored a United Nations resolution that calls on countries to criminalize “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.” Since the President of the United States is backing the resolution, then Americans will be expected to abide by it. As a result, this U.N. resolution would take priority over our constitutional right to free speech. In addition, as Robert Spencer said:
“‘Incitement’ and ‘hatred’ are in the eye of the beholder—or more precisely, in the eye of those who make such determinations.” 21
As a result, people in power can silence those who disagree with them by classifying their statements as “hate speech.”
In 2008, a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission warned that the FCC is likely to implement regulations that will give the federal government control over the content of radio, TV, and the Internet.22
In 2009, a high‑ranking official in the FCC called for a “confrontational movement” to increase federal control of the media.23 He openly expressed admiration for Hugo Chavez’ efforts to stifle criticism by seizing control of Venezuela’s media.24
The Chairman of the FCC is “poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries.” 25 In other words, the media must be controlled by the government:
“Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the ‘freedom’ of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web.” 25
An FCC Commissioner named Michael Copps has proposed a plan: a “public value test” for media. Who will pass that government test? Those who don’t will not get their licenses renewed.
“Copps declared FCC adoption of his Public Values Test would provide an antidote to the current state of affairs by requiring: more diversity… enhanced disclosure of information” 26
This reminds me of the difference between Russian Communism and Hitler’s National Socialism. Stalin ended up with a very poor country. Hitler’s socialism allowed for government controlled “free” enterprise, and at first it seemed to succeed. The difference between the two forms of tyrannical socialism was that Stalin’s government owned everything, while Hitler controlled everything.
In 2002, the federal government attempted to recruit four percent of the population as informers. These spies were to include people with access to homes and businesses, such as mailmen, meter readers, cable installers, and telephone repairmen.27 There was a public outcry, and this plan was abandoned. However, the attempt to have informants throughout the country is not new. It has continued in various ways, for years.28
As part of President Clinton’s war on “hate crimes,” the Justice Department had a website that encouraged children to report relatives who made a “derogatory comment.” 29 Now that Congress has passed the “Hate Crimes” bill, we need to be alert to similar attempts to turn children into informers.
A “smartphone” is a wireless, pocket‑sized computer that also functions as a cell phone.30 It can take pictures. 31 The iPhone is a line of Internet smartphones produced by Apple Computer. People can get “applications” (“apps”) for it, enabling them to do a wide variety of things, including GPS navigation and social networking.32 A person could use their iPhone to take a picture, get the precise location of the place (via GPS), and send the picture and location information to somebody via email, or post it on the Internet.
A new “app” for iPhones enables citizens to spy on one another and report directly to several federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Justice.33 Although this “app” is promoted as a means of preventing terrorism, these spying citizens are also encouraged to report on things such as “environmental negligence” and “discrimination.” 34
The Ability to Arrest People at Will
The President can legally declare a state of national emergency on his own authority without the approval of Congress. There is no legal accountability. Once a national emergency has been declared, the President can “take over all government functions” and “direct all private sector activities” until he declares that the national emergency is over.35
A Master Arrest Warrant enables the U.S. Attorney General to have people arrested if he personally considers them to be “dangerous to the public peace and safety.” He can keep these people incarcerated indefinitely without legal accountability.36
According to a U.S. Congressman, former Rep. Henry Gonzalez, there are detention camps in America. He said that, in the name of stopping terrorism, the President could evoke the military and arrest American citizens and put them in these camps.37
If American troops are unwilling or unable to carry out such arrests, then the President can use Canadian troops, thanks to a military agreement called the Civil Assistance Plan.38 The President can also use troops from the United Nations.39
In 2009, a bill in Congress (H.R. 645) required the Department of Homeland Security to establish at least six more detention camps on military installations. It also appears to further expand the president’s emergency power.40 Jerome Corsi observes:
“We are talking about a slippery slope: camps being prepared to be used in emergencies can easily be used to imprison dissenters.” 41
The bill failed to pass. However, it was introduced again on January 23, 2013 as H.R. 390. It failed to pass, but I suspect that they will try again. Also it might be possible to bypass Congress and do it by means of an executive order.
Further Increasing Federal Power
The Obama administration’s Financial Reform Bill was signed into law on July 21, 2010. It establishes an Office of Financial Research which would have “unprecedented, real‑time access to a wealth of personal and corporate financial data.” 42 This new agency would not have to be accountable to anyone. In addition, it could use coercion to get information.43
The Senate has a bill which would give the federal government much more control over our food supply. It threatens to increase food prices and drive many small local suppliers out of business.44 Even without this new law, Federal agents have already harassed small farms. In April 2010, they invaded a private dairy that doesn’t sell to the public.45
The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are discussing ways to regulate what Americans are able to read and hear. These proposed regulations “would apply across the board to print media, radio and television, and the internet.” 46
In July 2, 2008, presidential candidate Obama said that the military is not sufficient for our national security. He said:
“We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” 47
In March 2009, President Obama again discussed the need for a Civilian National Security Force.48
One approach to this is via Obama’s Health Care law. It establishes a Ready Reserve Corps that would be subject to “involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises.” 49 An article giving details about this corps is titled “Obama Just Got His Private Army.” 50
Another approach is the Universal National Service Act. If passed, this bill would require every American (including young mothers) from ages 18 to 42 to spend two years either serving in the military or doing national service as defined by the President.51 The bill contains some provisions that could be used to promote a globalist agenda.52
A National Security Letter (NSL) enables the FBI and other federal agencies to require people to give them information without “probable cause” or judicial oversight. Under the Patriot Act, the NSL includes a “gag order.” 53 According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, this makes it a crime for people to speak the truth. He said:
“If an FBI agent shows up at your house with a self‑written search warrant, the agent will tell you, you may not tell anyone about this.” 54
According to Judge Napolitano, if a person whose home was searched in this way was questioned in court about it, under oath, he would not be able to answer truthfully without violating the Patriot Act. In other words, he would have to either commit perjury or else violate the Patriot Act.
Bypassing Congress and Ruling by Executive Regulations
On December 23, 2010, the Department of Interior issued a Secretarial Order giving itself the authority to designate public lands as “Wild Lands.” On the same day, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will impose carbon emission regulations on power plants and oil refineries. This is “another power grab effectively enacting what Congress had firmly rejected when presented as cap‑and‑trade legislation.” 55
The Washington Post wrote an article about these executive power grabs. It said:
“The move… demonstrated that the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill.” 56
Accuracy in Media called The Washington Post’s article “matter‑of‑fact reporting about lawlessness by the federal government.” It called this a reflection of the sad state of American journalism, saying:
“There was no hint that this approach is illegal or unconstitutional. The account simply assumes that the Obama Administration can do what it wants, no matter what Congress or the law says.” 57
These administrative power grabs reflect the advice given in a recent report written by the Center for American Progress, which is funded by George Soros. The report is titled “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change.” 58
The original health care bill contained mandatory end‑of‑life counseling. Many saw this as being a slippery slope that could lead to “death panels.” Because of the controversy, Congress removed the provision from the bill. But now end‑of‑life counseling has crept back in through a new Medicare regulation.59 Once again, the Obama administration has used regulatory fiat to bypass the will of Congress and the American people. Charles Krauthammer said:
“These regulatory power plays make political sense… How better to impose a liberal agenda on a center-right nation than regulatory stealth?” 60
Inceasing Militarization of the Police
Policemen used to be “peace officers” who served and protected the public. However, the new trend is to become increasingly militarized, including using SWAT teams for minor offenses, and traumatizing families in the process. For example, in 2008, a SWAT team with semi‑automatic rifles raided a rural home and food co‑op, holding the family (including small children) at gunpoint for hours.61
These days, some policemen dress and act like soldiers, complete with military-looking vehicles. You can read about the extent of what is going on, and how this trend developed, in Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, which was published in July 2013.
From Maria’s book, Perilous Times & Biblical Comfort (Used with permission)
1. “Socialism vs. Freedom.” (Video of a talk by Kitty Werthmann)
2. “Adolf Hitler and Charismatic Leadership.”
3. Hitler with a little girl.
Hitler with a baby.
4. “Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away: Sobering Steps from Freedom to Fascism.” (Kitty Werthmann)
5. “National ID: Another Step to Totalitarianism.”
6. “Biometric National ID Card Could Be Mandated on All American Workers,” March 28, 2013.
7. “Cradle-to-Career Plan by Obama and Duncan.”
8. “Court Orders Christian Child into Government Education: 10-Year-Old’s ‘Vigorous’ Defense of Her Faith Condemned by Judge.”
9. “Where’s the Outrage Over What Just Happened to Student Loans?”
10. “Eye-Popping Power Grab: Licensing of U.S. Colleges: Federal Scheme Poses ‘Greatest Threat to Academic Freedom in our Lifetime.’”
11. “Chrysler Files to Seek Bankruptcy Protection.”
12. “Plan to Ax Dealers Not Chrysler’s Decision.”
13. “Eugenics and the Nazis—the California Connection.”
14. “5 People Die under New Washington Physician-Assisted Suicide Law.”
15. “Have Researched Euthanasia Speak Out.”
16. “‘The Weekend Cleanup: The Gruesome Aftermath of Legalized Euthanasia in Belgium.”
17. “Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief: White House Health-Care Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel Blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘Overuse’ of Medical Care.”
18. “Palin Firestorm Brings Fresh Scrutiny to ObamaCare ‘Death Panels.’”
19. “Eric Holder: Gun Grabber.”
20. “Obama, the U.N., and the Right to Bear Arms.”
21. “Obama Declares War on Free Speech.”
22. “FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content.”
23. “Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC ‘Diversity’ Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications.”
24. “FCC ‘Diversity’ Czar on Chavez’s Venezuela: ‘Incredible Democratic Revolution.’” (This article includes a video of Mark Lloyd’s statement.)
25. “Wave Goodbye to Internet Freedom: FCC Crosses the Rubicon into Online Regulation.”
26. “FCC Commissioner Copps Proposes ‘Public Value Test.’”
27. “US Planning to Recruit One in 24 Americans as Citizen Spies.” www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html
28. “Your Friendly Community Spies.”
29. “The War on Hate Bans Christian Values.”
31. “How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone’s Camera.”
33. “I Spy: Controversial PatriotApp Lets Citizens Alert the Feds.”
34. “Mobilizing the Globe” [PatriotApp].
35. “Bush Makes Power Grab.”
36. “Hidden Threats—Part I.”
37. “Detention Camps on American Soil.”
38. “North American Army Created without OK by Congress: U.S., Canada Ink Deal to Fight Domestic Emergencies.”
39. “A UN Militia in Your Community?”
40. “Bill Creates Detention Camps in U.S. for ‘Emergencies’: Sweeping, Undefined Purpose Raises Worries about Military Police State.”
41. “Is the US Government Preparing to Send Dissenters to Prison Camps?”
42. “Big Brother Loves ‘Financial Reform.’”
43. “Financial Regulatory Windfall.”
44. “New ‘Safety Plan’ Would Control What You Eat.”
45. “Federal Agents Invade Farm for 5 a.m. Milk Inspection.”
46. “Future of the News.”
47. “Obama’s ‘Big Brother’ Vanishes from Speech: ‘Civilian Security Force’ Missing from ‘Call to Service’ Transcript.”
[NOTE: This article has an embedded video of the speech. Obama’s call for a Civilian Security Force was omitted from the transcript of the speech, as published by the media.]
48. “Civilian Security Force on Agenda Again.”
49. “Obamacare Prescription: ‘Emergency Health Army.’”
50. “Obama Just Got His Private Army.”
51.”Democrat: Let’s Have Mandatory National Service.”
52. Rep. Rangel proposed this same bill in 2006 and 2007. Its provisions are discussed in “The Draft is Back—Again! ‘Universal National Service Act of 2006.’”
53. National Security Letter.
54. Judge Andrew Napolitano, Natural Rights Patriot Act—Part 3 of 3.
[NOTE: The information begins at 2:01 minutes, starting with the sentence, “Do you know that the Congress has used the Commerce Clause to make it a crime for you to speak the truth?”]
55. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December 31, 2010.
56. “White House Presses for New Climate, Wilderness Protections,” The Washington Post, December 24, 2010.
57. “Media Excuse Obama’s Power Grab,” December 26, 2010.
[NOTE: Because of the strange codes used for the apostrophe in the Internet address, the easiest way to find this article is to search for the title plus “aim.org”]
58. Center for American Progress, “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change,” November 16, 2010.
59. “Medicare Regulation Revives End-of-Life Planning,” December 25, 2010.
60. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December 31, 2010.
61. “SWAT Team Conducts Food Raid in Rural Ohio.”