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Now let’s not get carried away. This is not Orwell’s “1984.” Not yet, anyway. But it sure makes for a good trial run. And tyranny is never too far from hand.

Back before the schools quit teaching American history and our Founders became vilified as radicals, every child was taught about tyranny. This is what it looked like. And if we are not careful, it is what our future could look like, too.

Charles Hurt can be reached at