According to the definition, tyranny is “cruel and oppressive government or rule.
I’ve already touched on this once but thought it was better to go over it again as it’s important to me. I do not advocate violence and believe that our forefathers put in place mechanisms that will overcome tyranny. Such as elections. But history has shown us that if we don’t take care of ourselves – who will? Some might say that; in today’s society the police and government are there to help and protect.
I beg to differ and we see it every day. In an article in the New York Times by Nick Cumming-Bruce on Venezuela he writes, “Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents.”
In a 2016 article from PBS by Lisa Ko revealed “California led the country in the number of sterilization procedures performed … Approximately 20,000 sterilizations…” There are landmark cases such as Madrigal v. Quilligan where Mexican American women were sterilized under duress while giving birth at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center in the 60s and 70s. (Ko, 2016)
There was legislation ‘Eugenical Sterilization in the United States where by January 1, 1935 there were 28 states with laws in effect. (Ko, 2016) You might say these events occurred years ago and you would be right for the sterilization issue. However, the tyranny may be more clandestine than we realize. We have to stay diligent to keep our country free. To keep the citizenship on the right path so all people have rights and are free. I teach on a college level and I ask my students this question, “would you allow or want a police office to enter your home without a search warrant?” There are some who say, no and some will say, yes. To those that say yes, I ask this important question, “What if the police officer wasn’t ethical?” We must have check and balances in the world.
There is an old saying that I believe in, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” There must be a balance, a way to protect everyone.
Cumming-Bruce, N. (2019, July 4). The New York Times. Retrieved from The New York Times Company: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/04/world/americas/venezuela-police-abuses.html
Ko, L. (2016, January 29). Independent Lens. Retrieved from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/unwanted-sterilization-and-eugenics-programs-in-the-united-states/