We saw first hand how monies from American taxes were used for a corrupt dictatorial regime.
Secretary of State John Kerry
Andrew’s Note: Let’s hope ‘we’ don’t see this closer to home…
One of the painfully sobering realizations that come from reading history is the utter incompetence that is possible among leaders of whole nations and empires — and the blind faith that such leaders can nevertheless inspire among the people who are enthralled by their words or their posturing.
Those who want to “spread the wealth” almost invariably seek to concentrate the power. It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence. Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power?
I’ve previously mentioned Blaine Harden’s article, Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death on the the account of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only child born into a North Korean gulag to escape. Harden has now released a book on Shin’s amazing story called Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West. In it Shin recounts the 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14.
Those drawn to socialism and communism should take the time to learn what happens when you take collectivism to it’s natural conclusion and human beings cease being valued as individuals and only have value relating to their utility to the collective.
The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight…to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law.’
Andrew’s Note: So much for “the most transparent administration in history.“
If the federal government is allowed to hold a monopoly on determining the extent of its own powers, we have no right to be surprised when it keeps discovering new ones. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power.
President Thomas Jefferson
I really have great trepidation over where we are headed… We are creating a new system here. . . . The center of gravity is shifting, and that makes it unstable. Within that system you have a rise of an uber-presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. And I really think that the Framers would be horrified by that shift.”
George Washington University Law Professor, Dr. Jonathan Turley describing the evolving Executive Branch during the Bush Administration
Andrew’s Note: Many folks I talk with day-to-day forget that this increasing concentration of power in the Executive Branch and the Bureaucracy predate the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. One can only imagine how much potentially tyrannical power our Executive will have in 20 years if we don’t start opposing Executive power expansions and rolling back the extra-Constitutional powers that have already been usurped.
The New York Times reports that last March Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which superintended creation of the HealthCare.gov Web site, told a conference that he had worries: “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” When such an embarrassing experience occurred, [President] Obama responded like a ruler of a banana republic unfettered by constitutionalism and the rule of law. Although no president has even a line-item veto power (which 44 governors have), this president asserts the power to revise the language of laws by “enforcement discretion,” and suggests no limiting principle.
But even this is a crisis only if Congress makes it so by supine acquiescence. Congressional Democrats are White House poodles. They also are progressives and therefore disposed to favor unfettered executive power.
Journalist David Frost: “Would you say that there are certain situations . . . where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation . . . and do something illegal?”
President Richard M. Nixon: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”
Frost: “By definition.”
Nixon: “Exactly, exactly.”
Andrew’s Note: Sometimes it feels like 1977 all over again…
If you can keep it to a ‘nudge’ maybe it can be beneficial…but nudges can turn into shoves pretty quickly.
Dr. Jerry Ellig, Mercatus Center economist commenting on a new White House program designed at ‘nudging’ people to perform actions or adopt behaviors deemed ‘good’ via Gov’t Knows Best? White House creates ‘nudge squad’ to shape behavior