On Sept. 14, 2001, WND published my first political column, “Yield no more freedom.” I wrote it in response to the Sept. 11 attacks in an attempt to warn Americans of the assault on their rights and liberties by the U.S. government that I believed would soon follow. Unfortunately, despite being correct, my warnings largely fell on deaf ears, as conservatives and liberals united in an attack on American freedom that culminated in the Patriot Act, drone killings and secret assassination lists.
Over the last 11 years, my predictions have been both eerily prescient and ludicrously inaccurate. While I did correctly foresee the financial crisis, the global economic depression and the collapse of the housing market, my ability to anticipate election results was reliably poor. Unfortunately, the one area where my expectations seldom went unfulfilled was the way in which the federal government continued to expand its intervention into the U.S. economy and the lives of America’s citizens almost unchecked by resistance on the part of the people or their elected representatives.