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Tyranny is the Deadliest Virus


Why do men lust for power over other men?  Here, I refer to “men” in the classical sense, as in “mankind.”

Such men are never content to be masters of their own fate. They are doggedly determined to be masters over others as well.

This ubiquitous human failing is rooted in hubris, ignorance, and insecurity. It has also proven to be as contagious and deadly as any plague. Genocides have grown out of such tyranny when people tried too late to reject authoritarianism and the sick ideologies that have often accompanied it.

Some, including myself, are stupefied by how few people understand the difference between being asked to do something and being ordered with the power and force of government to do it.

Before COVID-19 changed life as we formerly knew it,  we saw numerous manufactured protests over false stories and petty grievances. The primary complaint was usually that the offending word or action constituted tyranny. On its face, it was ridiculous.

Today, those same Leftist agitators and protestors could not have rushed fast enough to comply with orders that are the very definition of tyranny.  Not only have they complied but they’ve been among the first to bully those who dare to question or maybe even protest!

How did we arrive at a place where so few Americans understand the definition and the preciousness of Liberty?

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Indeed, it appears that we are dealing with an ugly virus that is deadlier to some age groups and geographic areas than others, but the same politicians who have zealously shut down entire states have stubbornly rejected any good news. They are committed to ramping up fear which makes it conveniently more likely that citizens will view their extreme orders as necessary and proper.

It took governor Jared Polis of Colorado 45 minutes into one of his numerous press conferences to mention that  9 out of 10 people won’t require any medical treatment at all–not even an aspirin. We’re thankful this isn’t the Bubonic plague.  If it were, heightening public fear would hardly be necessary.

The more that Americans dutifully comply with increasingly strict orders from politicians and government bureaucrats to shut down their lives and their livelihoods and confine themselves to their homes, the stricter and more stringent those orders continue to become.

In Laredo, Texas, people are now required to wear a face mask when going out in public or risk a $1,000.00 fine.  New York’s Socialist Mayor didn’t just demand that churches and synagogues close, but he threatened to shut down one synagogue “permanently” because they defied his orders.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo is telling families to distance themselves from one another even inside their own homes. Can video policing be far behind?  In some states, phone companies have made cell phone location data available to government officials to enable mass enforcement of stay-at-home orders.

Authoritarianism breeds even more authoritarianism and, like a virus, it spreads. We now have “social shaming” and spying on one’s neighbors, all with the nodding encouragement of the same government bureaucrats who continue to ramp up fear and intimidation.

The virus of tyranny has also spread from governor to governor, from “asks” to orders, and then, to fines, punishment, and threats of imprisonment. It hasn’t mattered how biased, subjective or extreme their dictates and demands have been. For example, pot shops and public transportation have been deemed essential in Colorado, but traveling alone in one’s private vehicle or visiting Hobby Lobby are considered “non-essential” and therefore, are forbidden. Is it merely a coincidence that the former two things have been perennial favorites of the Left while they have always detested the latter two things?

What sort of mentality cannot tolerate the rights of others to self-determination, personal freedom, and responsibility?  Take away responsibility, and you take away freedom as well. That’s why it’s not surprising that the first endeavor of Socialists is to take away responsibility from a willing public with a velvet glove and then take away their freedom with an iron fist.

Perhaps most disturbing is that so many Americans don’t understand that they live in the most exceptional country in history precisely because it was created to afford every citizen the greatest possible individual freedom and personal responsibility. America’s power and prosperity, which Socialists have so desperately wanted to blunt, was built on exactly those values.

If Liberty isn’t held as a moral imperative, a virus, or anything else, can and will become the excuse to rob us of it.

As the virus of tyranny continues to spread through our nation, it is not only possible but essential that we take care of our Liberties as well as our health.  If we don’t, we will lose both.

photo credit: JohnE777 Duty Of A True Patriot via photopin (license)

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About Karen Kataline

Karen Kataline is a commentator, columnist & talk show host. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is a frequent guest host on AM Talk Radio. She has an active blog and her Op Eds can be seen online at Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller, FrontPage Mag, and The American Thinker. She is the author of an award-winning memoir, FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin, a personal account and analysis of her experience with child beauty pageants & food restriction.


  1. Ms Kataline, what an excellent article. Thank you so much for writing ma’am.

    I am completely dumbfounded how people do not understand that they are being directed by another human being, someone exactly like themselves, with the exception of their absolute desire to completely control others.

    When you look at the real data of this China Virus, nothing that is happening makes any sense (whatsoever), but what better way of getting ‘everyone in line’ than to threaten them with death. The single greatest fear of human beings is dying (even though everyone will eventually die).

    I have maintained from the beginning that something much bigger is afoot, darker and more evil than can ever be imagined (in the course of normal thought).

    I will not obey or follow “orders” of robbing me of my personal God given liberties.

    Without appearing to over-dramatic, this is about more than just America; all of humanity and its very existence (as we now know it) is at stake.

    Thanks again for writing.

  2. So true, Karen. It seems every political leader in the US is on the side of limiting, and some, eliminating our freedoms.

  3. Joseph O'Donnell

    I agree with Mary Geiger, except that I will only “do as told” when what I am told makes sense. For instance, when not at the office I stay in my home simply because business must follow government mandates and shutter (shudder) in place.

  4. This is a great article. I feel the same way but I, like others will do as told. Up to a certain point. The fear mongering goes on. And on. Most of us don’t know what this virus can do, I hope most of us won’t have to know. I never thought I would see the day when we are ordered to stay in our houses. Where I live it isn’t quite so dictatorial but I worry it could happen. We can go shopping yet when necessary. Go for walks as long as we stay away from others doing the same thing. Go for car rides. I am one of those “elderlies” so I don’t mind staying indoors most of the time, weather hasn’t been all that great anyway. Now this face covering has me shaking my head, first it was no, don’t do it, now it’s okay. What will they think of next? I hope we all come out of this and can pick up the pieces and go on to better things.

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