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Who are the real dictators?

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For those people who put all their faith and trust in the U.S. government, today is either a very good day or the first day in what will be a very depressing four years.

For those of us who put our faith in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, today will be just like any other day because our leader remains in control. God is large and in charge and he holds the ultimate veto over whatever man may impose.

But, it’s funny how many Americans sweat and fret over who is in political power as though their very lives depend upon who occupies the Oval Office. I know, because I was like that for a long time.

People like that think, “If only ‘we’ can win this election, then we will be able to protect ‘our American way of life.’” Which, when properly translated, actually means “impose our will on the rest of the nation.”

Today’s transition of power went off without a hitch for the 46th time, just like it was designed to do by our very brilliant founding fathers. In the process, yet another American dictator was deposed.

Those of us who have enjoyed freedom our entire lives seem to have a penchant for calling our top elected leaders “dictators.”

  • Johnson was like Mao Zedong.
  • Nixon was like Khrushchev.
  • Ford was like Hitler.
  • Carter was like Hitler.
  • Regan was like Hitler.
  • Bush 41 was like Hitler.
  • Clinton was like Hitler.
  • Bush 43 was like Hitler.
  • Obama was like Hitler.

Can you tell when we stopped teaching history in schools?

And, to believe the mainstream media, Trump was not just like the despot, but actually Hitler reincarnated.

Yet, to everyone’s surprise, in all those cases, no political enemies were publicly executed. No dissidents were thrown into prison along with their families. No journalists simply disappeared. Nobody was gassed to death and tossed into a furnace after having their tooth fillings extracted, hair cut off and body parts sold or given away.

All the rhetoric showed was a deplorable lack of historical knowledge by people who banter such titles and phrases around as though they had no real meaning.

Despite all the hyperbole, senior political leaders have not changed. They remain scoundrels who act in what they feel is the best interests of a diverse nation of people.

What has changed are the people they represent.

Americans have grown increasingly intolerant of viewpoints that do not line up entirely with their own. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to have a grown-up debate with someone before the name calling, swear words and mudslinging begins.

What is truly terrifying are not the actions of elected or government officials, but of ordinary citizens of all ages, backgrounds, sexes, income levels and education that demand the voices of those who disagree with them be totally silenced.

Events of the past month have demonstrated the lengths to which private citizens with unprecedented power are willing to go to erase people from public discourse. If you don’t entirely agree with their point of view, they will:

  • Close your social media accounts;
  • Delete all your followers and contacts;
  • Shut off your email;
  • Turn off your websites;
  • Cancel your book contracts;
  • Seek to revoke your college degrees;
  • Defund your businesses;
  • Freeze your bank accounts; and
  • Prevent others from supporting you with credit cards.

All of that is done outside the purview of government officials so as not to be challenged on constitutional grounds. “It’s a private company. It can do whatever it wants,” they say when supporting the latest example of politically-biased deplatforming.

Try telling that to restaurant and small business owners during the COVID panic.

Before declaring anyone to be like Hitler or some other fascist tyrant, perhaps people leveling such charges should first study up on history, then look into a mirror and evaluate their own actions against those of real dictators.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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