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Tipping Toward Tyranny

June 19, 2013 by  

Tipping Toward Tyranny

“We know better than what they tell us, yet hope otherwise.” — Thomas Pynchon, in a 2003 introduction to George Orwell’s reprinted classic, 1984

After the past few months, nothing President Barack Obama and his Chicago troika (first lady Michelle Obama, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder) says shocks me. Their ideology is based on their African-American heritage and their Islamic sympathies. What should shock us is that we are allowing the Obama Administration to do what it wants with nary an objection — not from the people, not from the press and not even from our Republican representatives in Congress.

Our latest engagement in Syria will only make that nation a breeding ground for future terrorists. The consequences of that will be arguments by the Obama Administration for even greater authority. That will mean Americans will have fewer liberties.  Don’t count on public outrage.

In a recent poll from the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, 56 percent of those surveyed said the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program to track phone records is acceptable. Only 41 percent said it was unacceptable. When asked about anti-terrorism efforts, 62 percent of respondents said it was more important for the government to investigate possible terror threats, even if the price was personal privacy.

I cannot comprehend how almost two out of every three Americans are perfectly willing to let Obama shred the 4th Amendment. It gets worse. Some Republicans in Congress are suggesting that journalists should be subject to arrest if their articles put the Nation at risk. Risk is how the Obama Administration defines it. If this happens, there goes the 1st Amendment. All of this begs the question: If we are willing to give up these Constitutional rights, are we willing to give up everything in the Constitution? Will America sacrifice the right to bear arms and even the 22nd Amendment, the only instrument that limits the President to two terms?

I try not to be too pessimistic, but it seems that we are at a tipping point — something Malcolm Gladwell studied and wrote about in his acclaimed book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. In it, he states, “Change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment.”

Flying Blind And Blind Trust

My own personal experiences have demonstrated that Gladwell is correct. I almost had a life-ending moment, and I wasn’t aware of it until it was upon me.

It was 20 years ago when my uncle, Dick Myers, flew me to Billings, Mont., in his Cessna 172. We took the trip to see Little Bighorn Battlefield, the site of Gen. George Custer’s last stand.

Dick had let me handle the controls from the co-pilots seat many times before in mid-flight, but only on perfectly clear days. Dick had flown for decades, with 2,000 hours as first in command. When he asked me if I wanted to take control over the middle of Montana, I said, “You bet.”

We were cruising at 120 mph at an altitude of 8,000 feet. Dick was taking a rest in the left seat, eyes closed.

A cloudbank overcame us with me at the controls. I understood only two gauges: the altimeter and the airspeed indicator. In pilot jargon, I was flying VFR, or visual flight rules. Given my inexperience, it was necessary for me to be able to see the horizon just to keep the plane flying straight and level. But I was blissfully ignorant as the clouds came upon us. Everything seemed fine when Dick became startled, saying, “I have the controls!”

I didn’t know what all the excitement was about, but certainly Dick was plenty excited. He grabbed the yoke and rammed the throttle forward. The small Cessna’s single engine roared. We momentarily broke through the clouds. It was then that I was able to see I had not been flying straight. Our plane was listing to the right, and the nose of the plane was pointed toward the prairie below.

It couldn’t have been much more than a minute; but in that time, I had lost all ability to tell up from down. It is called spatial disorientation. It is what happened to John F. Kennedy Jr. when he crashed his Piper Saratoga into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., in 1999. All Dick had to do was give the instruments a quick check to stabilize the plane as we flew back into cloud cover.

“That was close,” Dick exclaimed. I could tell he was angry at himself for not being alert as I flew into the clouds. He had trusted the weather report before we departed which said there would be an unlimited ceiling. After we landed (and over a much-needed beverage), he told me that when flying, things can go bad in the blink of an eye. As Gladwell explained in his book, a great many things reach a tipping point.

It is easy to blame the loss of liberties on Obama because of his disregard for the Constitution. Yet millions of Americans implicitly trust Obama to do the right thing — even after the Benghazi, Libya, cover-up; abuses by the Internal Revenue Service; the seizure of telephone records of reporters; and the all-encompassing NSA spy program.

How can you blindly trust someone you have never met and don’t know? Even the people who have written about Obama and support his policies admit that nobody — with the exception of his wife, Michelle — knows who Obama is.

Let me tell you about trust. That same summer I was flying the airplane, there was a front-page story in our hometown newspaper. Our family doctor of 15 years was arrested (he was later convicted) for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male patient. The news was crushing because he was a good doctor and, I thought, a sensible man. He delivered our babies and even made house-calls if anyone in the family was ill. He had a wife and child. He was the kind of man that women wanted to be with and men wanted to be like. He had a thriving practice. And I thought I knew him well.

All these years later, I still ask: How could I have been so wrong? Who do we really know?

I have known my wife for 40 years. I believe I know what is in her heart, and she knows what is in mine. But beyond my wife, I really can’t make blanket statements about anyone. And I certainly wouldn’t make one about someone I have never met who is also a politician.

When millions of Americans feel they can trust Obama, we are near a tipping point. I just hope that America can save itself before it’s too late.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers   

John Myers

is editor of Myers’ Energy and Gold Report. The son of C.V. Myers, the original publisher of Oilweek Magazine, John has worked with two of the world’s largest investment publishers, Phillips and Agora. He was the original editor for Outstanding Investments and has more than 20 years experience as an investment writer. John is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He has worked for Prudential Securities in Spokane, Wash., as a registered investment advisor. His office location in Calgary, Alberta, is just minutes away from the headquarters of some of the biggest players in today’s energy markets. This gives him personal access to everyone from oil CEOs to roughnecks, where he learns secrets from oil insiders he passes on to his subscribers. Plus, during his years in Spokane he cultivated a network of relationships with mining insiders in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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  • Bob Lyon

    Thank you for the brilliance of the context of this piece. As an amateur pilot, I am personnaly aware of how seemingly trivial situations can quickly go awray without our realization of what is going on.
    Good analogy to the Obama syndrome.:

  • Pete

    Your Manchuria candidate is following the Cloward Piven strategy to a T and mixing the whole poison stew with a healthy dose of radical Islam. You will be destroyed from within.

  • james

    we all know what he is and what he is doing!!!!The problem is congress does nothing and we should quite paying the government and see what happens!!!!!!I cant believe no one can do anything

  • shadow1776

    When 9/11 happened and the Government blamed Osama,he told the papers over there, ( That if the American, people want to know who to blame, look to the Government, inside there Government. ) The President does not run anything anymore, he is just a puppet figure. Time for Americans to take control before its to late.

    • omanuel

      You are right on target. The problem started with the formation of the UN on 24 Oct 1945, a few months before George Orwell started writing his warning to the public, “1984.”
      Oliver K. Manuel

  • Russell Wasp

    Right on. This reminds me of the slow cook. Eventually we realize we’re done when it’s to late. Thus our liberties and freedom are slowly taken away until he have none. Then we are living under the influence of a tyrant or dictator. Trust should not be treated lightly. If so we fall to deception very easily.

  • Brenda Bush

    Bravo! Too many people want Camelot and will suffer dellusional chaos for a snatch of the dream. Only this time, the fools will be the feast of a vulture dictator and his ilk. Our culture is sour…far too few critical thinkers give away the store. And the godlessness abounds and gives them no compass. Great article…!

  • John Hudson

    Fool me once shame on me,fool me twice I’m an Obama supporter.

    • shadow1776

      The Government has caused a big mess. But like always they point fingers and lie. They take all kinds of liberties that violate our trust. Laws that dont make sense, and outrageous, taxes. Everything leading to communism. To many secrets being held from the people, and to many lies being told. I think its time to say (NO MORE..!!!)

  • JT

    It’s true about what the article is stating .
    The point is that we the common wealth are losing our liberty and if we do speak up then the government will act soon it and come at us like the German SS. I wonder what will it take before Americans will say enough is enough. Seems King Solomon tried to warn us , but we’re not listening

    • shadow1776

      Some are listening
      We know the Government is. But the trouble is getting people to work together, before its to late. The Government does not care about freedoms or whats best. Only about there power and comfort. Time for the, people to make a stand.

  • omanuel

    We are living under the conditions George Orwell warned about in the book, “1984″. Obama is but a puppet of those who engineered a One World government out of fear and loathing that humans might use forbidden knowledge about energy in the cores of heavy atoms to destroy all life on Earth, including the lives of frightened world leaders. Oliver K. Manuel

  • Rick

    Well I do not trust Obama or his administration. To many scandals since he has been in office. The two that really open my eyes were Benghazi and the Gun Control.
    When our president did nothing to help those American citizens who died in Benghazi attacks, then our president is just as guilty as the terrorists.
    Gun Control was the other item which really bothered me. By the Constitution we as citizens have the right to bear arms.
    Our fore fathers were very intelligent when they wrote the Constitution. So I will fight to save our countrys Constitution just like my fore fathers did.
    President Obama needs to be impeached now.
    We the People need to stand up and fight to keep our Constitution intact.

  • Kristine Brock

    Excellent, thought provoking article. I will definitely pass it on. I agree with your point here.

  • Kristine Brock

    Amen to all the comments below. Just read all of them.

  • Darien

    This is right on! A tsunami of governmental wrongdoing is sweeping over our country faster than the brains of our fellow countrymen can process it. Very few are making an effort to stand against it.
    Thank you for your timely article!

    • Ron r

      Yeah almost as bad as Reagan, and Bush administrations !!

  • http://Facebook Karen Shue

    I am not sure I trust any polls. I doing my part in signing all constitutional issues I can find. Also, praying for God’s guidance.

  • joe

    A very enlightening read and agree to all points made!

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  • roy bolan

    True article if we did something wrong we would be tossed in jail which shold happen to them they have a much bigger agenda and are purposely seperating citizens to make it eazier for their unamerican dreams

  • Theresa

    The only real terrorist are those in Washington!

  • http://none johnny reb

    we southerners done had it out in a knock down drag out with the damn federals once before,its high time we had round two,only way i can see things ahchangen is for a mass heapload of folks getting riled enough to oust these scumbums by force.
    does this generation have the fortitude of our founders and all them who gave their all in our 1st war of independance and the southern 2nd war of independance from tyranny.
    i know dang well i am!

    • Ron r

      Spoken like a true looser.

  • Dominique Della Fera

    People are being spiritually blinded by his color but he is half white but they don’t talk about that they will defend him no matter what he does but how did he get into office he wants to take America down and he knows what he is doing it will only take Gods mercy on this nation and grace because America doesn’t deserve it they have turned away from the truth. OBAMA IS CONFUSED IN THE MEAN TIME DESTROYING THE NATION MORE THEN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT HE DOES NOT TELL THE FACTS BELIEVES HIS OWN LIES A GOOD TALE BEARER BUT A DECIEVER

  • sandy brier

    What can WE do? I am apolled at all he is doing without outrage from a single person!!

  • omanuel

    John, I hope to post a paper for comments tonight or tomorrow that exposes the root cause of world tyranny.

    Oliver K. Manuel

    • omanuel

      Fear and loathing of the energy that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki convinced world leaders to form the United Nations on 24 Oct 1945 and to hide that source of energy from the public.

      Oliver K. Manuel
      Former NASA Principal
      Advisor for Apollo
      PhD Nuclear Chemistry
      Postdoc Space Physics

      • shadow1776

        Unfortunately they hide a lot more from the people. They have lost the trust and respect of the people over the last 30 years. I have NO faith in our Government and I served in the army. Told my so. Not toto bother joining, not about freedom anymore. Tthey use the military as mercenaries

  • Bruce

    There just a lot blind sheep out there that feel government really has there best interest at heart they don’t and that this will always be America it won’t the basic movie going TV watching moron doesn’t have a clue to what’s happening to the country were losing it and I don’t think the tax sucking scum in Washington will stop what there trying to pull until there’s bloodshed Obama wants Islamic rule of America that should be obvious to everyone I was raised a Muslim that’s why he wants to disarm the people he hates this country and everything it stands for and what’s to ruin it anyway he can industry after industry little by little and I’m amazed every time I still hear people try to defend him because he’s black even though they see he a failure as at running the country but he’s succeeding in his goal of ruining it if the slim in Washington want civil war there a lot of people ready maybe we should get the party started

  • Pinedo53

    He is not stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing. He is trying to topple the economy, create a crisis, therefore making everyone depend on the government. All of this is his plan. There are more scandals that we do not know about yet. All these backroom deals. All of the quick, last minute passing of legislature, without any time to read the bills. This country has lost all respect for the politicians. As well as this administration. BananaCare is his way off distribution o

  • 1 4 Liberty

    One major problem that we have, is that too many Americans are too busy watching reality shows and the Kardasians (no pun intended). Being vigilant about their freedoms is not their number one priority. We all need to wake them up and inform them. Since we are vigilant and see through this puuzzle. It is our responsibility to educate our friends and neighbors to these facts. Forward emails with websites like this one Ans so on

  • TOB

    This blind following of someone who has spent millions to cover his REAL past, has LIED to the electorate numerous times, has abused the Constitution to get his agenda through, has stripped the people of their God given rights, has attacked any and all religions except his Islamic roots beliefs, has given away our military assets and taxpayers monies to those who swear to kill us, AND HE IS STILL TRUSTED?? WAKE UP AMERICA !!

  • John Hudson

    As seen by the tasing of a defender of our Second Amendment rights at a Bloomberg sponsored anti-gun rally by at least six police officers no one associated the defender.
    Many at the Concord Massachusetts anti-gun rally were Second Amendment supporter and tho they disagreed verbally, with noted loud objection, they still allowed the elitist owned
    police to arrest and haul away the defender. If
    the defender was black or a Muslim you would have seen this action on the front page of every newspaper.
    This article is correct. If you don’t stand up in mass against the tyrannical Obama regime and the foot soldiers they control your going to be sent to government camps for social indoctrination.
    If you are lucky enough to have knowledge to live off the land you might have a chance but if the local supermarket is your only ability to survive it may already be to late.

    • shadow1776

      Nobody trusts Obama, and the only people that support him, are people making money off of his criminal and unethical dealings or fools, who believe the lies instead of doing a little research.

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  • omanuel

    Fear and loathing of the energy that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Aug 1945 led to formation of UN on 24 Oct 1945 and to science becoming propaganda for misinformation. That is the root of the demise of society.

    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  • Ron r

    So what you start off saying is that every former president primary concern was their heritage, meaning that it was ok for them to have a bias for people of color. Please explain this one because I has no ideal that blacks on a whole were pro Islamic . Please enlighten me and others mr. Myers.

  • Don miller

    Well if we the people won’t unite and fight then the only other means of stopping this is to take the money away your bills and credit score aren’t going to matter much when all this comes to a head and it will sooner than later we the people have to stand I masses until we come together nothing is going to stop we talk the talk now it’s time to walk the walk united we stand divided we fall they have their stuff together they are united against us we out number and out gun them i don’t want to have to resort to violence but if they draw first blood then you gotta do what you gotta do and we need masses not just a few their should be about 20 million out there willing to unite as a show of force they do it use their same tactics we all know their not that smart so let’s show them we mean business not just a bunch of hot air

  • http://liberitydigests Steve Hufford

    Those polls are lyes nobody trust that poser fool, they make a poll say what they want it to say. Respectfully sir, I refuse to believe that there is that many fools in this country.

    • shadow1776

      Makes you wonder who they give the polls to, because I have never been asked anything or anybody that I know.


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