Contrary to popular belief, America is not great because of our Constitution and founding principles. Rather, we as a county are great because we act in concert with those words and trust that our fellow citizens and our government will do the same.
Traditionally, government at the national level has functioned as a protector of constitutional principles, enforcing the will of the overall national population against the will of special interest groups and even individual state and local governments. President Theodore Roosevelt’s “trust-busting” to break up unfair corporate practices and the federal government’s civil rights efforts to counter southern states’ discrimination laws in the 1950s and 1960s come to mind.
But we are now embarking on the beginnings of the slippery slope of federal nullification of constitutional government. Increasingly, we find administrative mandates bypassing the will of the people by circumventing duly enacted laws. While I grant that executive fiat has its roots in a largely impotent Congress that finds itself unable to pass any meaningful legislation, I believe that governmental nullification is a central piece of the current governing elites’ program of social change and the maintenance of their own power.
Here’s how it works: A president with a strong political or social agenda uses the powers of the executive branch to appoint federal czars who determine the extent and direction of executive agencies. Secondly, a small number of members of Congress — 41 members of the Senate in this era of supermajorities needed for the passage of legislation— who are members of the president’s party aid and abet the president by blocking any and all legislation that would curtail executive power. And thirdly, activist judges fail to rein in this usurpation of power.
We now have presidentially appointed czars in many areas. Here are just a few recently appointed: U.S. border protection czar, health care czar, technology czar, tobacco czar, stimulus czar, faith-based czar, workplace czar, California water czar, AIDS czar, jobs czar, health foods czar, diversity czar, TARP czar, climate czar and even an Asian carp czar.
Most czar appointments do not require Senate confirmation, have no responsibility to report to the Congress, and are free to operate virtually in secret since they are outside the mandates of the Freedom of Information Act.
Federal agencies and czars within these agencies decree tens of thousands of pages of regulations — all promulgated by unelected government bureaucrats who answer only to the administration in power. These and even appointees who need confirmation by the Senate, like the attorney general, often selectively enforce laws of the land—such as immigration laws and voter fraud legislation.
Since a single house of Congress can thwart attempts to limit the administration’s power grab, one would think we could turn to the third branch of government to remedy the corruption. But what we find is an activist judiciary that has abrogated its primary responsibility of upholding the Constitution and maintaining a balance in government in favor of becoming a third policy-making branch of the federal government.
So now we have come full circle. We have a government that increasingly does not act in conformance with the Constitution and a people who do not trust the government to operate under our Constitution’s precepts.
We are tipping that slippery slope ever downward towards the chaos of third world anarchy. Will it come tomorrow, or next year, or next decade? Who knows, but unless we reverse the trend, start shredding your copies of the Constitution. The fat lady isn’t singing yet, but she is warming up.
— John Bagladi writes from Harpers Ferry.