“We don’t have to worry, the government will take care of us.”
Ever heard that statement before?
Due to the current coronavirus situation, many businesses have been forced to close down and many more Australians have lost their jobs. When I raised these issues with my peers, they argued that the government could fund those businesses.
This is a standard response.
When I bring up my concerns with other issues (e.g. Internet privacy), my peers respond by saying: “If there was a problem, the government would deal with it. The government hasn’t done anything about these things, so there is nothing to worry about.”
I was surprised to see how much faith my peers had in our politicians. They completely trusted the government to take care of them and others.
Now, I am not saying the government is incapable of dealing with problems and taking care of its citizens. However, the government doesn’t ALWAYS look after its people.
The government isn’t a God; it is subject to failure and sometimes corruption.
As we have seen time-and-time again throughout history, governments can easily become corrupt and fascist. Democide (meaning government-induced death) claimed 341 million lives between 1900 and 1980.
Dictators like Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler promised their people a revolution that would bring about prosperity. Mao Zedong launched his “Great Leap Forward” in an attempt to increase agricultural and industrial production, but it resulted in a devastating famine in which 40 million people were killed.
As Hitler rose through the political ranks, he used the power he had to control the media and convince the German population that his actions were done in their best interest. The Nazi phrase, “Fur Ihre Sicherheit” (“It’s for your safety”), was used to justify their abuse.
They convinced the German people that their despicable actions were for their wellbeing and our governments have started to do the same with coronavirus. They are enforcing stay-at-home orders and have stopped people from peacefully assembling (an infringement on rights). This is all done for the “wellbeing of the public.”
The Nazis also put a stop to any criticism they received and we see this taking place today. Journalists like Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannoupalis and Alex Jones are all banned from Twitter; Facebook and Instagram mark some conservative content as “false information”; and YouTube has said it will censor any content containing information about COVID-19 that doesn’t align with the World Health Organisation’s position.
I’m not saying the current U.S. or Australian governments are equivalent to the Nazis. What I am saying is that we cannot trust our governments to stay righteous and not become corrupt. Australian and US citizens may fall for despicable politicians and government programs today in the same way the Germans fell for Hitler.
What does that mean you should do? Question everything the government does, question laws, and statements. Critically think about every situation and don’t assume the government has your best interests at heart; a lot of politicians don’t.
Many people feel better and safer believing the government is a strong fortress that can protect them. The public must be suspicious and alert to the government’s actions and hold politicians accountable.
We must always protect our rights. We can easily be persuaded that giving up our rights for the safety and wellbeing of our fellow citizens is “the right thing to do.”
Protect your rights and hold your government accountable.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.