Dangers of power

Regarding President Obama and Mt. McKinley. The men who wrote the Constitution would toss in the towel. “There he goes again. We tried to stop him,” they would tell us.

They knew power corrupts. They knew people who have power want more. They knew that government by the people would need a constitution that limited power. Limited it. And dispersed it. So that it was shared among the courts, Congress and the President.

They knew a president would come along who would want to skirt laws. To ignore laws. To break them. Many presidents have. This one in particular.

So he renamed the mountain Mt. Denali. That’s a molehill of a thing. Big Apple bureaucrats renamed Sixth Avenue to the Avenue of the Americas. Nobody calls it that.

But here is the problem. The President has ignored lots of our immigration law. Refused to enforce it. This affects all of us. His Justice Department refuses to move against sanctuary cities for breaking our laws. It has refused to enforce any number of other laws.

He has told agencies to ignore various parts of the Obamacare statutes. Because they were inconvenient.

He has his agencies working overtime to usurp powers granted to Congress. Congressguys have no backbone. He spits in their faces. They come up smiling.

This has become a trend. Our bureaucracies pour forth more regulations and more rules. Many thousands more every year. These choke parts of our way of life. More and more they dictate what we can and cannot do. Every decree saps our freedom in some way. Every diktat shifts freedom that was yours to the government.

Congress, meanwhile, passes fewer and fewer statutes. And so we are governed more and more by bureaucrats and their red tape. And less and less by Congress and its laws.

There are problems with this. One is that you can raise a racket with your congressguy. You can join others to vote against him or her. Or threaten to. What can you do when bureaucrats ruin your business? Sweet little.

These days bureaucrats have more power than legislators. And bureaucrats are controlled by the President. The President installs his political henchmen at the head of the agencies. He tells them what he wants them to do.

We are following the path taken in Europe. The bureaucrats of the EU have seized powers that belonged to local governments. And powers that belonged to the various countries. They reign supreme over more of people’s lives than our own bureaucrats do. And like here, nobody votes them in. And nobody can vote them out.

The UK will have a vote on EU membership soon. It is possible the Brits will vote themselves out. If they do, a major reason will be what I have just described. Many of them feel the EU has taken power away from them. Not elected EU representatives. They have little power. The faceless EU bureaucrats. It is they who have the powers that once belonged to the people of Britain.

This is not a healthy trend we are copying. It shrinks the representative part of representative government. It cedes more and more power to the bureaucrats. And to the president who directs them. It is the very thing our founding fathers worried about.

They knew that people who gain power rarely want to share it. They rarely want to share it with people they represent. Or with other components of the government. The fathers wrote a constitution that would spread the power. Many presidents have tested this principle. Many have trod on it. Some have totally trampled it.

This president has done all three. And danced on it to boot. Let’s call it the Denali Stomp.

From Tom...as in Morgan.

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