Note: This column is based on a column published on LibertyColumns.com on March 26, 2013 as “Obama: America’s Abusive Husband & Father”. In light of recent events, I will post a revised 2016 version which is not Obama specific.
Over the past several years, we have seen the American government behave in a way which, to those who believe in freedom, resembles mental illness, most often with regards to the right to privacy.
Indeed this is true. America has become like an abusive husband/father controlling a broken home.
The abuser must assert his dominance. Neocons accomplish this quite effectively by promoting eternal war for pro-business safe-spaces and “free” trade agreements which negotiate against a market freed of regulations.
The abuser is controlling of his family. He needs to be involved when his wife and children are traveling. The TSA provides a great example of this, with nude airport scanners and invasive “searching” of children under the TSA. We can also see this sort of thing in the private sphere with smart TVs, the “Internet of Things”, and the XBox Kinect.
The abuser must know who your friends and contacts are, what Web sites you visit, how you spend your money, and he must have the ability to isolate you from the public. We can see this in the government’s policies regarding the Internet, such as Obama’s attempts with SOPA/PIPA and his shutting down of domain names, “cyberterrorism” treated as an attack requiring war, the Internet Kill Switch, and the “fair” Internet sales tax which has so far failed to pass.
The abuser exploits poverty to keep the victims in his broken home. We can see this in the Copyright Alert System now in force by the major ISPs, in which only those who cannot afford to go to court against the RIAA/MPAA (residential customers) are victims of the various ISP-inflicted “punishments”.
The abuser pays close attention to his family’s behavior. He is always watching you, as the government does with domestic drones. You can find this in the NSA scandals, as often abusive husbands install keyloggers on childrens’ cell phones and monitor their wives’ browsing habits.
The abuser has no sympathy for the weak. “Suspicious persons” include Constitutionalists who believe in individual rights, as well as environmentalists and animal rights activists on the Left. All of these movements aim to fight for the weak and disadvantaged.
The abuser feels no guilt in cheating on his spouse. Homeland Security’s guidelines for suspicious persons include supporters of Judeo-Christian family values, those who oppose abortion, euthanasia, and alternative family structures.
Through violence, the abuser controls how healthy you are, as with Obamacare and the national mandate.
The abuser earns support from those who encourage the family to stay in the situation, including from other abusers, as well as pro-family people who are unaware of the abuse, such as local pastors. This can be seen as a Republican Congress pretends to oppose Obama while passing the laws he wants (or vice versa). Neocons such as John McCain have consistently supported Obama’s policies, asserting their belief that America is Obama’s battlefield, supporting drones on American soil, and promoting an Internet sales tax and biometric identification. The NDAA, supported by Obama and McCain, has given the President complete control over your fate. The abuser asserts this same control over members of his family.
The abuser has his enablers. This includes misled voters, the Mainstream Media’s propaganda, as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement, promoting Obama despite fighting his unjust pro-Wall-Street policies. And despite preaching loudly against other issues, such as abortion, Obamacare, and its mandate, Republicans ultimately pass the exact same laws.
Abuse of Americans and their freedoms have been rampant under the past three administrations, and it only gets worse. We must stop becoming desensitized enablers of Washington’s abuse, or we will continue to have abusive politicians, until the abuse to America ends in death.