Trifecta for tyranny

We posted what follows on November 11, 2010.  In light of recent events, perhaps it is time to repeat it.  Guns…Fast and Furious, wealth…the rich aren’t paying their fair share, religion…

I received what follows from a very good friend.  It is too topical and powerful to keep to myself.

There are basically three things that give us power over our government, our religion, our guns, and our wealth … Ultimately, through such political sleight of hand, the three things that give us our power over our government are rendered powerless — the tyrant’s trifecta.

Read it all. The connection of the three, and the systematic attack is stunning, not to mention scary.

The stealth confiscation of your God given liberties has been underway for some time, says the author. An amazing reminder that freedom requires vigilance and a willingness to fight for your freedoms.

There are basically three things that give us power over our government, our religion, our guns, and our wealth.  Religion gives us power because it maintains the notion that our rights are provided by our creator, not a king, elected body, or a document.  The rights that we, as individuals, possess transcend any edict passed by other men, and, thus, they cannot be taken from us by man or government.  It is worth mentioning, here, that while bowing may be customary when meeting heads of state around the world, in America, we bow only in places of worship.

Our guns give us the ability to defend ourselves against errant governmental authorities should such authorities attempt to deprive us of our rights.

And, finally, our wealth makes possible our financial independence from government lest we are tempted to surrender our rights in exchange for sustenance.

With these three things, it would be very difficult for tyranny to establish itself in our nation.  Without these things, however, we become little more than fodder for tyrants.  That is why I worry.

It is no secret that for years there have been those in government who have gone through great pain to eradicate any mention of God or Creator or religion from public policy.  Prayer is disallowed in schools or public buildings, religious displays are banned, even the Pledge of Allegiance has been all but eliminated from national thought.  Recently, President Obama, speaking on two separate occasions, misquoted our Declaration of Independence by stating that we are “endowed with unalienable rights”, omitting the phrase “by our creator”.  Call me crazy, but, I believe that was no accident.  The same President has been telling us for two years that the government will provide the “right to health care”, among other things, thus advancing the notion that rights come not from our Creator, but from the government.  Note the subtlety here, the goal is not to ban religion, but to trivialize it.

On the subject of guns, it has been obvious for decades that many in our government wished the Second Amendment had never been written, and have been working feveriously to whittle away at our right to keep and bear arms wherever and whenever they can (for our own protection, mind you).  Again, we are reminded of the President’s quote while on the campaign trail that we, out of fear and ignorance, desperately cling to our guns and religion.  There he trivializes both the First and Second Amendments in a single sentence.

But what of our wealth?  Sure they can tax us, but they cannot take away what we’ve already been taxed on, and have managed to save, can they?  Well, maybe not directly.  But what if they were to create massive deficits, so massive, in fact, that there would be no way our nation could repay our debtors.  Under such conditions it might become tempting to pay those debts through “monitization”.  Of course, the long term effect of printing money is inflation, or as Reagan put it, the cruelest tax of all.  No, the government may not take our wealth away, but it can make it worth less, or even, worthless.

Ultimately, through such political sleight of hand, the three things that give us our power over our government are rendered powerless — the tyrant’s trifecta.

But, they wouldn’t take advantage of that, would they?

Hum, think about that.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. VictimsRevenge on November 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks SOS for sharing that with us, and it's definitely worth the taking the time to read.

  2. Dimsdale on November 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Samuel Adams: If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.


    'nuff said.

  3. gillie28 on November 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Well thought-out and expressed – and a little scary, if it wasn't for faith.  While I understand the attitude of Americans concerning the right to own weapons, the US is like an armed camp – with gangs, criminals and private militias with varying agendas, armed to the teeth. Don't know how this situation could ever be resolved, without having faith in the Word of God that a Divine being will intervene at some point and sort things out.  Having wealth is a noble goal, but often leads to greed, corruption and exploitation.  However, the Bible teaches how to overcome our personal "demons," and use wealth wisely.  In other words, the first part of the "trifecta" gives us standards, hope, and a prophetic understanding that a better world can and will exist.  If it is removed, then the other two will lead to tyrrany whichever side "wins."

  4. winnie888 on November 12, 2010 at 1:15 am

    SOS, this one is getting printed and handed to each of my kids…not to mention forwarding the link to friends & family who share these same concerns.  Not everyone I know (read: liberals) would find it enlightening to be made aware of this trifecta for tyranny.  To see anything negative about Obama is not within their power, so I'll continue to let them be blinded by his charisma…in the end, their peripheral vision will return.

  5. socialenemy on November 12, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Scary read, but very enlightening. I will definitely be sending this around to some people I know. Too bad we have to wait two more years before we can finish what began this past November 2nd and retake our country. And remember, 2011 is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end for the Tea Party.

  6. Odonna on November 12, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for posting this powerful statement on the war we are in.  Attacks on religion and gun rights are more visible.  The draining of our fiscal independence through unconstitutional IMO fiat paper money and legal tender laws with its resultant money manipulation and devaluation are the most diabolical of the attacks because it is the least seen or understood by Americans. 

    In Federalist Paper #10 James Madison called "paper money" as well as "equal division of property" "improper and wicked" projects.  

    Someone else said (and I paraphrase):  Only a government can take a thing of value like paper, apply ink, and make it worthless. 

  7. GdavidH on November 12, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Wonderful essay SOS. You have a very inciteful friend.

     May I add to the discussion the one other "right" we Americans have that keeps us free but is under assault by those who would rule us?

    The right to have our voices heard… the right to VOTE…. to elect or not elect our government.

     If we allow this right to be taken away, the other rights we enjoy are easily squelched. It is a pity in this country that so many are convinced of the rights they have that they don't exercise their right to vote.

  8. Anne-EH on November 12, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I view this with this simple viewpoint: the reason why we have the 2nd Amendment to the "USA Constitution" is that it PROTECTS the other nine Amendments, including the 1st Amendment. Just a thought.

  9. mynoc3 on November 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    This was a great post.  I especially like the question about them taking away what's already been taxed.  Like in MA, where they tax your salary firsts, then put an excise tax on something, then add a sales tax on top of that.  Fortunately there is some sanity up here and people removed one of the taxes with a ballot question.  To bad we can't use a ballot question to stop them from printing money.

  10. Lynn on November 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    SOS, You win. Almost everyday I send a link of one of the posts on this blog to my like-minded friends. This amazing essay was the one I chose today. One of my Tea Party friends just told me how much she loved it. I didn't have the time this morning to tell you, so here it is. I couldn't think of anything to add, but GdavidH thought for me. The right to vote in a fair election. After the nightmare of this last election, I could not agree more. SOS, thanks for sharing and to all the rest of you loyal commentators thank you. I can't get through the day without you, even chris os.

  11. KrisTr on November 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    My biggest fear is that Obama and his lefty friends will use already tried, most notably in Belarus, method of switching from democracy to socialist dictatorship. In Belarus, a winner of presidential elections quickly took over all independent TV stations and newspapers. When his 2 terms were up he simply changed the constitution to allow himself unlimited number of terms. He is now called the "last European dictator." 

    I already hear that there are proponents of getting rid of the 2 term-limit and it scares me to death.

  12. Ellyon on November 13, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I worry, My Mom worries.

  13. SeeingRed on November 13, 2010 at 2:56 am

    …step right zis vay to za scanner….

  14. sammy22 on November 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    It's a good thing that the Constitution was written after gunpowder was invented by the Chinese.

  15. winnie888 on November 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

    As Karman Ghia said in The Producers…"May I take your hats, your coats & your swastikasssssss?"  Problem is that this isn't a comedic Broadway musical…this is a president who would like his own personal army as strong & well-funded as the U.S. armed services.   *humming Springtime for Hitler…whoops, Obama*


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