I’m scared of our government

Georges Blind, a member of the French resistance, smiling at a German firing squad, October 1944.

I am desperate for a politician to stand up and call out about the dangerous path this government is rapidly taking us down. I don’t care which political party they are in. They can be a Labour politican for all I care. I just want them to unequivocally stand up for free speech.

I am not using hyperbole when I say that I am SCARED. Yes, I am genuinely fearful of this government.

In only a couple of weeks, the most unimaginable things have started happening. I feel like I am living in an Orwellian novel and I keep waiting and hoping for a political hero like President Trump to stand up and protect New Zealand.

Overnight, people are being smeared and labelled. People are losing their jobs because of their opinions. Instead of focusing the blame for the attack on the terrorist, white people as a whole are being blamed, along with anyone with conservative or right wing political leanings.

Censorship has come out of left field, and media are leading the charge to control what can and can’t be discussed. Stasi-like vigilante groups are being formed to spy on New Zealanders and to add them to lists. Websites are being blocked and the blocks extended by private companies due to government intervention.

Organisations, as well as individuals, are going to be accused of hate speech or of being hate groups and people are going to be metaphorically lined up against a wall and shot (deplatformed) by the thought-police.

The snowball that the terrorist set in motion is threatening to divide our society and destroy our democracy. This is exactly what he wanted to happen, and our “kind and compassionate” government, with the best of intentions, are creating a world that I am scared to live in.

Will my future grandchildren be able to read my articles or will they and I disappear down the memory hole? How long will it be before I am labelled a dissident and a non-person? It is not only bullets that can destroy a person.

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