“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.” –Charles Baudelaire
The great thing about movie villains is that many of them are so easy to spot. They’re often so obviously evil that you wonder how anyone could believe otherwise. They look evil, they do bad things, they’re just plain up to no good.
Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate and Elizabeth Hurley’s Devils in Bedazzled take a different approach: The approachable devil who gives you what you desire, but always with a twist. There’s always a catch, an unintended consequence. And there’s always a price to pay.
Tyranny is much the same. Tyranny will never announce itself as such; no official will ever hold a press conference and say, “Hey everyone, I’m a tyrant!”; no one will ever form a Tyranny Party. It will always come under the guise of something desirable, something that seems good on the surface but is rotten on the inside. And once you have tyranny in place, it is very difficult to overturn.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. Synonyms: despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
Are we there yet? Not quite. But we are inching closer. What scares me is that we are doing so of our own free will. We are electing our leaders; we are choosing to watch American Idol or Honey Boo Boo and not have a clue about our country.