On November 1, 1478, the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in Spain by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The king and queen were devout Catholics and had the church in Spain create the Inquisition to maintain Catholic orthodoxy, especially among converts from Judaism and Islam. In 1492 and 1501 the monarchs issued orders for Jews and Muslims to convert to Catholicism or leave Spain.
The Inquisition lasted for several centuries until it was formerly ended on July 15, 1834. During the 356 years of the Inquisition, nearly 100,000 individuals were accused of some form of heresy. They were put through trials that were anything but fair. Thousands were tortured into making false confessions just to end their suffering. While figures very from source to source; at least 1,300 people were executed and many thousands were stripped of all of their possessions and imprisoned for years by the Inquisition.
The Inquisition was also rife with corruption and thousands of Spaniards were falsely accused and condemned. Sometimes personal enemies of inquisitors were falsely accused with trumped up charges. In other instances the Inquisition was simply a means to gain coveted properties, wealth and estates.
On April 26, 1933, Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler established the Geheime Staatspolizei, also known as the Gestapo or the Secret State (S.S.) Police. The first minister over the Gestapo was Hitler’s number two man, Hermann Göring. From its formation until the fall of Germany on May 8, 1945, the Gestapo was worse than the Spanish Inquisition in that they arrested, tortured and executed millions of German Jews and others.
Like the Inquisition, the Gestapo falsely accused German citizens of opposing Hitler or just speaking out against the Nazi empire. The pressure of the S.S. was so strong that friends betrayed friends and family betrayed family. Children were encouraged to report on anything their parents did that was contrary to Hitler and his regime. Personal feuds or disagreements were settled by reporting the other person to the Gestapo with false accusations.
Under the 12 years of Nazi rule, the Gestapo imposed a reign of terror that far exceeded the 350 years of the Inquisition. Germans were afraid to say or do anything for fear of being arrested, tortured, imprisoned and executed.
On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office as America’s new leader (I still refuse to refer to him as president). He has also imposed a reign of terror, but his has been more subtle than the Inquisition or by the Gestapo. Obama has been using various government agencies to unjustly target any who openly oppose or disagree with him and his dictatorship.
He has used the Internal Revenue Service to target and harass political conservatives, Republican campaign donors, any group with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name, Christians and Jews.
He has used the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on millions of Americans, especially a number of reporters that were outspoken against the Obama administration.
He has used the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to harass land owners. In some cases the EPA has prevented land owners from doing anything to improve their property. In other cases, they’ve forced honest businesses to close down for unjustifiable reasons. The EPA is being used to tyrannically control private land instead of protecting public lands as it was designed to do.
He has used the Department of Homeland Security and their immigration services to deport legal US citizens while allowing millions of illegal aliens to remain in the US. The millions of illegals are taking American jobs and depleting local and state welfare coffers.
He has used the State Department to cause friction between some our longtime allies like Israel while supporting our enemies like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Taliban and the Palestinian Authority to name a few.
He used a Democratic controlled Congress to force the nation into a socialist healthcare program that has only left more Americans uninsured than when it was implemented.
He has set in place orders that would allow him to take total control of all forms of communication (internet, television, radio, email, etc.); the financial and banking industry and many forms of commerce and travel in the case of a declared national emergency.
He used a Democratic controlled Congress to enact the Patriot Act which gives Obama and federal authorities the right to arrest, indefinitely detain and imprison anyone in the US for any suspicion of being a threat to government. The Patriot Act basically establishes a modern US version of the Inquisition and Gestapo if Obama so orders or declares a state of emergency. Anyone who opposes him could simply and legally disappear without even having to let family know what happened or where they are.
They say history repeats itself and it is looking like that is very close to repeating itself once again in a very terrifying way.