Defining tyranny down

These people, I swear.

A group of conservatives, including an influential Texas activist, penned an open letter to President Donald Trump this week, asking him to restart the economy and “let Americans manage their own risks,” while decrying expanded government benefits as a step toward socialism.

“Sadly, many state and local governments are not following the personal responsibility approach you advocated,” they wrote. “They are using wrong and confusing data to strip Americans of basic liberties, and to advance tyranny at an alarming rate.”

The letter was written by Tim Dunn, the chair of the Tea Party-aligned activist group Empower Texans — whose political action committee has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Texas conservatives — as well as the co-founders of the Urban Revitalization Coalition and the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, Darrell Scott and Kareem Lanier.

It comes as pressure on President Trump from members of the Republican Party to lift virus restrictions continues to build despite warnings from epidemiologists and public health officials who predict the number of Texans infected with COVID-19 will peak in late April or May.

There’s no point in arguing with sociopaths, so I’m just going to leave that here. The reason to even point this out is so it can serve as another reminder that when any of these idiots says the words “states’ rights”, it’s all a fraud and always has been. The only belief these guys have, their only value, is their own self-interest. Everything else is just background noise.

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7 Responses to Defining tyranny down

  1. Jason Hochman says:

    Their motivation might be self interest, but I saw a video with Ed Snowden, and he pointed out that the infrastructure of tyranny is being set up around the world. Cell phone tracking, China welding doors shut, and other measures. As he said in the video, the Patriot Act was to be a temporary response to September 11, but nearly 20 years later, it is still alive. Warrant-less wire taps and other surveillance. Something to think about. (on a tangent, we said we’d never forget the 9/11 victims, but we did)

  2. brad says:


    Can we keep the eye on the ball please.

    The ball is a global pandemic.

  3. C.L. says:

    Really, Jason ? Edward Snowden as a source…for anything ? He may have been a SME on algorithms a decade ago, now he’s just an expat living in an actual police state.

  4. Jason Hochman says:

    C.L. you may want to check it out on You Tube, and decide for yourself. Snowden is probably smarter than any of the government experts who work for NIH, although Francis Collins, director of the NIH, is very smart and an interesting personality.

    Snowden does point out that the Patriot Act never went away. And just from knowing human nature, there is a saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Just something interesting to think about.

  5. C.L. says:

    “Snowden is probably smarter than any of the government experts who work for NIH.”

    Snowden, ex-CIA employee and subcontractor, is smarter than the experts who work at the Natl Institutes of Health, except for the physician-geneticist (and ex-Director of the Natl Human Genome Research Inst.) who runs it ?

    That’s something to thing about, alright.

  6. Jason Hochman says:

    C.L., indeed it is. Snowden quit school, got a GED and studied mostly independently to learn Asia languages, and went on to get a high paying job at Booz Allen at a young age. Very impressive to me.

  7. Adoile Turner III says:

    all i’m going to say was people around the nation are protesting for a reason.

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