AmericanThinker May 19 2013
In the days before the 1905 Russian Revolution, there was great discontent with the Tsar’s dictatorship. The revolution was a “wave of mass political and social unrest that spread through vast areas of the Russian Empire. Some of it was directed against the government, while some was undirected. It included terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies.”
These cataclysmic changes evoked a number of reactions. Isaac Leib Peretz, one of the luminaries of Yiddish literature, wrote a small essay entitled “Hope and Fear,” wherein he asserted the following.
As victors. You may become the bureaucracy: apportioning to each his morsel, as to inmates in a poorhouse: allotting work, like a sentence of hard labor. You will destroy that creator of new worlds-the human spirit. You will fill the purest well of human happiness-initiative-the force that is able to pit one man against thousands. You will mechanize life. To improve it, you will command it to be burned.
You will be occupied with regulations: with writing, assessing, making notations. You’ll be busy prescribing: how strongly, how often, a pulse is permitted to beat: how far an eye may see: how much an ear may take: what kind of dream is permitted to a yearning heart.
Peretz’s concerns seem very apropos these days as we see a lawless government grabbing as many of our rights as they can. For an overview of the scandals, see here. In addition, the multitudinous bureaucracies created under Obama have stymied the economy and numbed the citizenry, and they continue to evoke deep fear among Americans.
Consider Mr. Obama’s overhaul of the welfare system, eliminating the work requirement and thus consigning people to the care of the government (and ultimately dispiriting them). Then there is the PPACA, better known as ObamaCare, which continues to unfurl its onerous requirements. And to add insult to injury, we now discover that the very same person who was in charge of tax-exempt organizations when the IRS targeted Tea Party groups “now runs the IRS office responsible for enforcing ObamaCare.” Furthermore, she was very nicely financially rewarded by Obama. And we are to trust these individuals as they pry into our financial and medical private affairs?