Leo Tolstoy said: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Every day, political pundits bray about various issues. They all have well-rehearsed talking points to which they refer when they are caught off guard by a question. Whether or not the talking point are valid is another topic. Some are based in fact, and simply rehearsed for clarity; while others are based in circular logic and lies, and rehearsed because they are fantasies. Regardless, when a pundit is firmly entrenched in a particular belief, it is very unlikely that they will admit they are incorrect when new evidence comes to light.
Just as Tolstoy said, it is a rare thing indeed when a man finds the courage to change himself; realize that his former opinion may have been less than right; and admit that in front of other people. Of all the pundits that could change their opinion, I would never have guessed that Piers Morgan would be the one to do so.
On a recent episode of Tonight, Piers adjusted his position on government tyranny. Prior to now, Piers had mocked previous guests that had suggested that limiting the Second Amendment was setting a dangerous precedent. He would laugh, telling them—specifically Ben Shapiro—that our modern government isn’t capable of tyranny; that we should not be so paranoid. Now he has (slightly) changed his tune:
“I went off on some of the pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me: ‘Well, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny.’ [I would say] don’t be ridiculous; your own government won’t turn itself on you. But actually, when you look at this…this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government. I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior. I think what the Department of Justice has done, actually, to the AP, is bordering on tyrannical.”
Up to this point, Piers foolishly believed that our government would never turn itself on us. He condescended toward gun rights activists, believing them to be paranoid. What Piers didn’t understand is that government, by its very nature, is always on the border of tyranny. We have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to ensure that we are protected from our government; to keep the scale from tipping in the wrong direction.
It is a common misbelief among Liberals that because of our position in time, we are entirely safe from tyranny. Many Liberals incorrectly believe that because we have seen what happened in Germany, Italy, and China; that because we have seen monsters like Hitler, Mussolini, and Mao; we could never fall into the trap of oppressive government. But history has seen a multitude of people fall under tyrannical governments. It would be presumptuous of us to think that because this is the year 2013, we are completely safe from oppression. Power still remains as beautiful a lure as it has ever been.
It’s unfortunate that it took a trifecta of major scandals to penetrate Piers Morgan’s thick skull; but as far as Liberals go, he is one of the densest. If even Piers Morgan can see that our government is bordering on tyrannical, maybe others can also change.
The possibility of tyranny will never change, but the peoples’ response to it can.