I will conclude this trilogy of posts by discussing the lawlessness of this administration and other progressive regimes we have had in place from time to time. This group, however, has set the bar very high in defying the law and the will of the people. I would say that this behavior is amoral, but I think it goes far beyond that. The deliberate, orchestrated deconstruction of America's version of capitalism and republican democracy seem to reveal the most cynical--and sinister--motives. The progressives in this country, by simple count a sliver the population, have power far beyond their numbers. This power has been taken from the American people, where it should reside, with a campaign that began 150 years ago and continues to this day.
Let's look at the scorecard. The corruption de jur is Operation Fast and Furious where agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (and explosives) came up with the idea to straw buy guns, sell them to criminals in Mexico so we could track their use in criminal activity. Let me see if I have this right--we sell guns to criminals so we can find out if the guns will be used in criminal activity. Of course, the consequences of this incredibly misguided operation is that those guns were used to kill a border agent and have now been traced to a series of crimes in Arizona. Just this week, the whistleblower has come under attack inside his home agency. The Watergate model begins to rear its ugly head here--who knew what and when did he or she know it? This debacle seems to be headed to high places, maybe even the Department of Justice. Of course, we have yet to get an apology from anyone in this administration concerning the death of the agent.
The list of grievances against this administration are legion. What about the defiance of the Department of Interior to not one but two court orders to reinstate offshore drilling. This moratorium is costing hundreds of thousands of jobs. It's big oil, so I guess it does not matter. What about the corrupt payoff associated with the Pigford lawsuit brought against the Department of Agriculture? Some 98K farmers are receiving payoffs, even though fewer than 20K qualify. No one in the Department of Agriculture has been fired for discrimination--the basis of the lawsuit--and no one really know to whom the money is going. What about the FCC and its defiance of court orders? What about the DOJ selectively defending laws that are on the books? What about the corrupt actions of the National Labor Relations Board? What makes this latter set of abuses so dramatic is the posture the president has taken that the NLRB is an independent agency. Are you kidding me? What about the egregious actions of Congress to pass Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act? Both of these actions have turned healthcare and banking into nothing more than public utilities. How's that working for us?
Perhaps the most scorn should be directed at the Evironmental Protection Agency. Their out of control rule writing is killing the recovery and there appears to be absolutely no accountability. Aside from abusing the Clean Air Act, here is a small anecdote to illustrate just how bad things are. Decades ago, old growth lumber harvesting was curtailed to protect the spotted owl. Over time, that habitat was invaded by a stronger, more viable owl that migrated from the east. Rather than allow nature to seek its own level, the EPA has decided to protect the spotted owl from its invader. The policy result is to eradicate the invading species rather. I know it would be unfair to draw a parallel to illegal immigration, but the irony is rich, don't you think? Hmmm. An invading species pushed back so native populations can continue to thrive. Of course, one's perspective dictates how one might react to this situation.
It is not a sense of righteousness that guides progressives. It is a sense of right to rule that guides them. They know better than we mere mortals. We who do not have the enlightenment of social justice teaching must be enslaved so we cannot interfere with the perfection of man.
Soon, people will realize that we are being deceived on a grand scale. Some of us already know this, so we are doing our best to get the word out. An educated populous is the best guarantor of liberty, so let's continue to learn.
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