Liberal author Naomi Wolf, a one-time advisor to former President Bill Clinton, joined Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night. Wolf has been studying the end of democracies for twelve years and fears that’s where the U.S. is headed.
Wolf sees this as a “terrible crisis.” So do I. Which is why I named a blog after it.
The full clip can be viewed below. Here are the highlights:
I’ve been writing…for months and months about what I see as the terrible crisis that we’re in, that we have to recognize. Under the guise of a real medical pandemic, we’re really moving into a coup situation, a police state situation and that’s not a partisan thing, That, as you say, that transcends everything you and I might agree or disagree on that should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution. We’re absolutely moving into what I call step 10.
I wrote a book in which I pointed out there were 10 steps that would-be tyrants always take when they want to close down a democracy. Whether they’re on the left or the right they always do the same 10 things and now we’re at something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. You described it really, really well. It is step 10 and that’s the suspension of the rule of law, that’s when you start to be a police state and we’re here, there’s no way around it.
… once I realized New York State had emergency powers, I know from history that no one gives up emergency powers. They always drag it on and drag it on…
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say this can be suspended if there’s a bad disease…never has there been months and months and months of emergency powers when we weren’t fighting a war.
One of the most frightening comments Wolf makes is that the “window” of time during which a society can “fight back” is short. It then becomes too dangerous to fight back. She says:
Lockdowns have never been done before in free societies. And really we’re turning into a version of a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes. And I really hope we wake up quickly because history also shows it’s a small window in which people can fight back before it’s too dangerous to fight back.”
Carlson said he’s “starting to think that we’re being divided as a country precisely so we don’t have conversations like this.”
Let that sink in.
When I hear liberals voicing opinions like this, my ears perk up. Wolf could be any libertarian. And my guess is that she’s not alone – that many Americans recognize the crisis we’re in. Certainly they realize they’re not as free as they used to be.
At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I think we are in that “small window” Wolf refers to. If we do nothing, we will soon reach the point when it will be too dangerous to act.
Those who don’t recognize the peril we are in have either never experienced the lack of freedom or learned about it from those who have.
Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!