Robert Knight

To manage all the chaos erupting under Obamacare, the IRS is adding thousands of enforcers. That’s actually the most easily predicted effect of socialism; the worse it gets, the more the state resorts to coercion.

Socialism depends on inordinate force because it is directly counter to human nature. People naturally protect their own family interests, and then their religious communities and neighbors, secular communities and on up to the nation state. Socialism is in a constant war with all its competitors -- the intermediary institutions between the individual and the state. Hence, socialism advances an endless series of taxes and policies that weaken resistance and create more dependency on government, usually under the rubric of solving “inequality.” The final stage of socialism ends with barbed wire and armed guards – to keep people in, not out.

The first casualty of socialism is freedom of the press. Perhaps that’s why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning a “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN),” whereby researchers grill reporters and editors about what they cover and why. If they don’t like what they hear, the researchers text the newsroom coordinates to Homeland Security’s drone division. Just kidding about that last part – for now.

In a chilling Wall Street Journal column on February 11, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai painted an Orwellian picture of an FCC run amok. Participation in CIN is “voluntary – in theory,” Mr. Pai writes, noting that broadcasters are dependent on the FCC for licensing and would think twice before telling the FCC where to stick its survey. Mr. Pai also asks, “Why does the CIN study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?”

Why indeed, except that the FCC under Mr. Obama already has proposed Net Neutrality rules for the Internet despite Congress’s never having given the FCC authority over the Internet and after a federal court specifically rejected it.

From seizing the health care system, to using the IRS to cripple the tea parties, to using the Justice Department to attack voter ID laws and immigration enforcement, and now preparing to send FCC “researchers” into newsrooms, the Obama Administration has answered the question of what happens when you give liberals the Oval Office.

And it’s not pretty or even a bit funny. It raises the question that David asked in Psalm 11: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The short answer is to get off the sidelines and into the resistance.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.