Preparing for Dictatorship … Questions for the Younger Generations


Following the reelection of Barak Obama many of us in the Conservative/Republican minority are asking “What now, what next?”

I’m closing in on 70 years, and having lived a life blessed by living in a free republic, I think it’s time these questions be directed to the younger generations. So here goes you young folks … let me ask you:

  • Are you ready for life under a dictatorship?
  • Are you even aware that the prospects of a dictatorship are very probable?
  • What will you do if suddenly you awoke realizing your valuable freedoms have been taken away?
  • Are you willing to reexamine some of your core beliefs?
  • How will you react if you come to see that what you have believed, even for many years is wrong?
  • What will you personally do to preserve liberty and opportunity for your own and future generations?
  • Are you paying attention to what’s going on around you?
  • Do you have a historical understanding of what life under a dictatorship really means to real people like yourself, for example have you studied Nazi Germany, Communism or American slavery?
  • How is your faith life, do you have an understanding of who God is and his role in your life?

We’ve had ample warning over the months, years, decades and centuries; warnings that cry out for us to “pay attention!” lest we wind up in the chains of tyranny, be it a soft or hard tyranny.

We Americans have received from our previous generations a unique gift; the gift of being able to govern ourselves based on principles of individual liberty and opportunity. But it is a gift that is not perpetual, a gift that is not guaranteed, a gift that is not easy but a gift that must be renewed by perpetual vigilance lest it be lost.

So how do you, the younger generations, preserve this wonderful legacy of liberty? How do you, the younger generations, guard against those who would take away your liberties? How do you, the younger generations, live, survive and perhaps even thrive under a dictatorship?

Before I address these questions (address, not answer) let me address the obvious question as to why I believe dictatorship is looming its ugly head:

  • The Obama regime’s national debt is on track for utter destruction of the American economy, leaving all of us at the mercy of our government handlers; they themselves will be doing just fine, thank you very much.
  • The Obama regime has, in place and cemented in, an array of czars that will take the place of Senate approved cabinet officers; unelected, unconfirmed and unaccountable to anyone except their Executive branch masters.
  • The Obama regime has in place a storehouse of Congressional legislation, in the form of the Health Care Act and the Financial Reform Act, to justify any manner and any number of regulations desired, with no Congressional oversight required or desired; a rich vein of ore that should last for years .
  • The Obama regime has made the Congress of the United States obsolete and irrelevant, moving all legislative actions to the President, the czars and the regulatory agencies. Do any of you remember the dreaded Glenn Beck telling us that just a few short years ago?
  • The Obama regime is in a devils embrace with the national media and will soon dictate virtually all of what we read hear and see on the media; conservative outlets like Fox News, Limbaugh and Glenn Beck will be marginalized and will diminish to irrelevancy and nuisance status. Media outlets like NBC have demonstrated their unswerving and blind loyalty to the government and can no longer be trusted to honestly inform the public and  keep government in check.
  •   The Obama regime is moving towards a complete takeover of education with actions such as moving student loans from the private to the government sector.
  • Who knows what else …

By now you notice there is no sugar coating in what I’ve said. We are at a serious inflection point in American history and may be the generation that President Reagan warned about when he said:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Or what Benjamin Franklin answered when questioned about what the Constitutional Convention had given us:

A Republic madam, if you can keep it.

If you think it can’t happen here, if you think this is just some right wing rant, ask those Germans of the 1930’s. Ask the Russians of the 1920’s through the 1980’s.


So do I have any answers, any wisdom or council to give to you of the younger generations? Well yes, I guess I do have a few things to say.

If you have a faith in the living God of the Bible, and a relationship with Jesus Christ, cling to it and nurture it above all else.

If you don’t have such a faith and relationship, seek it. Seek the Lord while He may be found.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord …”
— Jeremiah 29: 10-14

Question with boldness! Much of what you have been taught in your schools is false. Seek the answers yourself and find where there is truth and where there is deception.

Study the foundational documents of our nation, and study the lives of those that produced the words “We the people … “ as the opening words of our constitution. Study especially the life of George Washington. 

Study the life of of Dietrich Bonheoffer, a German pastor who came of age in the era of Hitler and gave his life in defiance of the evil Nazi regime.

Ponder the words of Martin Luther King Jr. as he pleads with us the following:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

In this election of 2012 we have betrayed Dr. King and his dream. The election was won almost entirely by appealing to people based on the color of their skin; on their gender, on their age, on their economic status; on anything and everything but the content of their character.  I believed Dr. King when he said those words in 1963 and still believe them today, and I beg of you to not let such an election happen again in your lifetime.

I pray young people, that you will pay attention to what some of us older folks have to say, and at least listen to the experiences and warnings that come from our collective years.

God bless you.

Don Johnson – November 2012

7 responses to “Preparing for Dictatorship … Questions for the Younger Generations

  1. I enjoy your essays….I’m at 70 and have had a good Christian based life of work and reward. Years ago I read a Cloward Piven paper that just shook the dayllights out of me…never forgot it. And today I cannot watch any new clip of our president without ‘seeing’ Adolph Hitler…..I weep for our grandchildren and feel so helpless. Your latest is right on target and totalitarian history like none other is being made today in the guise of eliminating poverty…..

  2. Thanks Ed, I remember fondly the times in the past where we have worked together at Tyndall AFB and ANG at Gulfport MS. Also remember fondly our Mexico Beach Great White Snake Hunts
    God bless you Ed!

  3. Thanks for te essay, Don. You are right on. I fear for our country in the next 4 years. With MR. Obama doing what he wants without fear of what Congress or the Supreme Court (those unelected persons) will do (I will have more freedom after the election) he can probably accomplish what you describe in 4 years. The moment the election was over he stated again his intent to redistribute the wealth.

  4. Eloquently stated, Don. I admire the clarity and succinctness of your essays. All I can say is I will continue to pray for our country, that blinders will fall away and a nation of people will wake up to what is really happening.

  5. From John in Seattle:
    The signs of a coup are visible in SEIU , a constitutionally denied continuation in power for Obama, the buying of ethnic and racial votes with promises, and the apathy of the dependent masses. I may not see it in my lifetime, but mychildren will.. Putin is engineering it in Russia today. John

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