We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Over the past 100 years the US Constitution has been continually undermined by interests in Washington DC. Our once fairly simple and straightforward system has been utterly corrupted by a century of lawyering and power consolidation.
When I was in college studying political science one of the issues which came up generally was how hard our system made it to implement “programs.” I remember one of my professors waxing on about France and how great it was that the education minister in Paris once bragged that he knew the exact page students were studying across the country at any given time and on any given date. I thought it sounded horrifying. But I was (probably) in the minority.
But even as “difficult” as our system is/was it didn’t seem to me to be holding back the planners. Every year government grew. There were new regulations, there were new declarations from on high. Consolidation of power was unrelenting. And this was before September 11th.
This is a trend which began in earnest under Mr. Bush and which then began to snowball under Mr. Obama. And most people don’t even know anything about the NDAA (which Obama signed which allows him to jail US citizens without trial, attorney, or even notification of abduction). They just feel it. They know that the NSA lurks online, somewhere and everywhere. They stand with hands up in the radiation machines at the airport. They witness the increased police checkpoints. They see the president disregard the rule of law to pursue naked political ends. They feel the loss of dignity. People feel the loss of freedom and of their liberty.
We don’t want to “offend” anybody with the Constitution do we? Please go sit in the “free speech” zone and shut up.
The thought police are running the universities these days.
This is what drives me crazy about at least some Republicans. Even Ted Cruz, supposedly someone who is for a smaller government and for reining in the power of bloated federal agencies thinks somehow that Washington has the obligation to enforce drug laws which are arguably unconstitutional in the first place. How can one be for limited government, for the Constitution, if one is for the incredibly expensive and often terribly unjust Drug War?
As Part One of this article revealed, some of the games being played behind closed doors by the Fed are legal and some illegal, but all of them are troubling.
And the headline comes from the mouth of a professor at George Washington University, testifying before the House, who says he agrees with many of Obama’s policies.
The video comes from Charles Krauthammer and Fox News. We often have issues with both. However Mr. Krauthammer is right on here. How is it that Obama has changed the Obamacare law 27 times since it was passed? Only Congress has the authority to do this.
The fight for policy is often fought along K Street not in the Capitol or in the White House. In Gucci Gulch the future of industries is worked out. Who gets government largesse, who does not. Who gets what contract, who does not. Who gets surveilled and…