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The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. —James Madison, Speech in the Virginia State Convention of 1829-1830America is Ruled by Bureaucracy
Over the last year, Americans have witnessed deplorable incidents of our government's use and abuse of power, which was also followed by deceit. The following are a few examples of these incidents:
All of these abuses were perpetrated by government bureaucrats, and all were intended to deceive the American people. Presently, Americans do not know who is ultimately responsible for Benghazi, IRS targeting and harassment of “patriots,” the scope and reach of the NSA and PRISM debacle, and the “deals” between government and mammoth tech and communication firms. Bureaucrats are protecting the bureaucrats, and America has become ruled by bureaucracy.
Of course, bureaucrats didn't spontaneously self-create programs and policy. Elected, Federal politicians empowered bureaucratic functionaries and readily extend and perpetuates their authority.
Dastardly, Federal politicians savor this scheme of governance. Politicians pass laws that have little specificity and turn over rule-making and enforcement to bureaucrats. Hence, politicians gain status and prestige. Then, bureaucrats make rules and enforce laws. While politician bask in glory, nameless bureaucrats often regulate and punish with little or no public notice. then, when scandals become known, bureaucrats protect themselves by silence and obfuscation. On rare occasions, Congress and the media investigate and after the decision makers are identified, bureaucrats are most often shifted to other positions and agencies. Finally, when the investigation discovers a potential crime, a bureaucrat invokes the fifth amendment – our right to not incriminate ourselves – and is often placed on administrative leave.
Dangerously, this bureaucratic scheme of governance has eviscerated the intent and purpose of our Constitution. Recognizing the danger of concentrating power in a few people, America created a republic. Power was dispersed by numerous and varied structural restraints, checks and balances. Dangerously, bureaucratic governance has overrode constitutional intentions and restraints. Our present form of government – rule by bureaucracy - must be dismantled.
Harmfully, ObamaCare is the prime example of rule by bureaucracy, which will be featured in another post.