…. even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.” (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) Senator Goldwater's Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, 1964
Tyrants come in all shapes and sizes. They exist in every aspect of our daily lives, at the grocery store, in traffic, at church, school, work and play. They are always dangerous and imposing figures but they become truly dangerous when granted power over others in public office. The president of the United States is the most dangerous of all positions to put a tyrant in. That power freely given by We the People can never be taken by tyrants it must come from victims who provide authority to rule.
One of the most common characteristics of domination displayed is a measure of how the despot treats those weaker than themselves. They are the existential bully of the weak and their instinctive predatory nature seems to recognize the frail instantaneously without fail. They know who to attack because they can sense there is nothing to fear in retaliation.
The psychotic nature of tyrants creates a shield against normal pangs of conscience most human beings feel. There is a noted lack of compassion and empathy for their victims. They are in a single word evil, and evil of the worst kind. There sole motivation for becoming a “public servant” it to gain power. It is the object of their desires and it alone can satisfy them. They have no concern for liberty or freedom; they are egomaniacal self serving beings who love power for the sake of power.
William Hazlitt “The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.” (1778-1830)
Their sole objectives in life are defined in terms of power over others. They are by nature and education trained to present the most accommodating persona to those they would control. They become the pedophile who is Uncle Jack or Grandpa Jones, or the neighborhood soccer coach or priest. The know how to garner trust and support of their victims. They are car dealers and lawyers who take advantage of the buying public who naively trust them. This seemingly innocuous personable trait makes it difficult for normal trusting people to recognize the danger before they become victims.
Bullies are never wrong in their mind and are often found correcting others over nonsensical issues. It is not a matter of accuracy; it is a matter of imposition of one’s will upon another. The tyrant will never admit they made a mistake; it is beyond their ability to do so because by definition they are never wrong. They are inflexible to any suggestions that things be done differently than they propose and take criticism as a personal attack on them. They will not deal with it lightly and frequently explode with invective speech toward anyone who may question their total authority. They in their minds become gods and the rest of us become their servants.
The real problem for society is when these psychotic tyrants become most dangerous. That is when they become elected officials with the power of life and death over the rest of us. They are the Mayors, Governors and President who have control over the police and military. They should never be in that position but they have usurped the authority from We the People without complaint. We become victims of their oppression by our inaction.
Most of tyrants in some way use our faith in God to control us. They communicate, they like us are believers, and have direct communication from God on what to do as elected officials. That position is in direct conflict with the United States Constitution and rule of law. This is a government of by and for the people, not of by and for the man who purportedly is God’s representative.
Aristotle “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.” (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher Politics, 343 B.C.
Compare quotes by the following two well known leaders and see if there is any comparison you can make between perceived duties they report:
Adolf Hitler "And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord."
Adolf Hitler "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior" – Speech, 4/12/1922
George W. Bush “I BELIEVE that God wants me to be president.”
Adolf Hitler "I would like to thank Providence and the Almighty for choosing me of all people to be allowed to wage this battle for Germany," Hitler – Berlin March, 1936
George W. Bush “God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands.”
Adolf Hitler “If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future as in the past the Lord God will always help us.” Hitler, at the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937
George W. Bush “freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”
Adolf Hitler "Never in these long years have we offered any other prayer but this: Lord, grant to our people peace at home, and grant and preserve to them peace from the foreign foe!" Hitler – Nuremberg Sept. 13, 1936.
Do these comments sound like any of the presidential candidates running now? Religion is the environment of the most dangerous tyrants in many instances. It is mandatory that society recognize the need for religious virtue, honesty, freedom and influence of God on our governments and lives but that affect can never be mistaken for a mission statement for government leaders to rule with an iron hand in a democratic republic.
Voltaire “So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”
The natural laws of God have guided creation of our American system of Jurisprudence. However, there is not now nor has there ever been a dictate in our constitution or rule of law that defines any leader with the “authority of God” over the rest of We the People. There is no Biblical definition of the ruler of any government being the “voice of God” or the interpreter of His message. No man can assume the role of God’s messenger and be believed.
Blind faith in men can lead to ruin. The Faith can be held only for the God, we believe, guides our lives, not men. Those who put their faith in men will always be disappointed.
Barry Goldwater Senator “Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.” (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) Senator Goldwater's Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, 1964
Other readily noticeable signs of tyranny include insatiable desire for public acknowledgement. They must be in the limelight at all times to guide the rest of us buffoons in our perilous path through life. They are always arrogant to person. There is no one that can correct them because in their mind they are correct in every way.
They are infallible and driven to make sure they tell others the error of their ways. No interpretation of facts can be accepted other than theirs because by their definition every other person’s perspective is wrong. They are quick to correct others and are relentless in their myopic world views. They resort to all means possible to convince others they are wrong, even “justified lying” when it is good for us We the people. There is nothing wrong with their violating laws or rules of morality because they are final deciders on what is and is not moral or legal. It is assumed We the People are not intelligent to make decisions on our own.
Thomas Jefferson “There is no vice… so contemptible; he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual…”
Jane Addams “The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.”
James Baldwin “No one is more dangerous than one who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity by definition is unassailable. ”James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) Notes of a native son, 1955
Jonathan Mayhew "To say that subjects in general are not proper judges (of the law) when their governors oppress them and play the tyrant, and when they defend their rights …is as great a treason as ever a man uttered. Tis treason not against one single man, but against the state – against the whole body politic; tis treason against mankind; tis treason against Common sense; tis treason against God; And this impious principle lays the foundation for justifying all the tyranny and oppression that ever any prince was guilty of. The people know for what end they set up and maintain their governors, and they are the proper judges when governors execute their trust as they ought to do it." (1720-1766) Founding Father, clergyman, minister.
The most disappointing thing one can realize is many people in free societies willingly fall victim to the tyranny of corrupt elected officials. A few of the electorate think they can get something out of the corrupt administrations. Some are influenced by effective emotional appeals, party loyalty and even appearance of candidates. Slick advertisements based on psychological testing persuade others. Yet many lack information to make valid decisions. We are kept in the dark by a monopolized press that fails to serve needs of the public and their right to know.