Tyranny By Decree (Washington Times)
Over the past year, it has become obvious that what leftists cannot win at the ballot box, they will accomplish via bureaucratic dictate. After the U.S. Senate in 2009 rejected the massive cap-and-tax scheme on carbon credits, the Obama administration rode to the rescue of global-warming fanatics. On Dec. 7, 2009, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued a ruling that the EPA would begin regulating five “anthropogenic” (man-made) greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, the air we exhale. The EPA based its finding on research from the now discredited U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and rejected at least 10 petitions for reconsideration. […]
Not to be outdone, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December began regulating the Internet. Ignoring a recent court decision and Congress’ pointed refusal to grant the FCC this power, the Democrat-dominated body simply voted 3-2 on Dec. 21 (the darkest day of the year) to adopt “net neutrality” rules.
They stopped just short of redefining the Internet as a telecommunication carrier, much like telephone services. But the FCC’s move puts the federal government in a position to begin meddling with content, something the left has salivated over ever since President Obama began stacking the FCC staff with veterans of Marxist Robert McChesney’s Free Press think tank and the far-left Center for American Progress. […]
The incoming Congress has several ways to deal with these usurpations. They can defund any of the rogue agencies or portions of their budgets that fuel the policies. The 1996 Congressional Review Act also gives Congress the authority to veto bureaucratic rulemaking that exceeds authorized powers.
The new House should propose legislation and hold hearings as soon as possible, before the sticky web of bureaucratic tendrils gets too dense to penetrate. Knowing they’re on a shorter leash, bureaucrats at the EPA, HHS and FCC and countless other agencies are busy concocting ever more rules as the new year dawns. Tyranny by decree is so much easier than having to persuade the people.
“Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.” –Paul Begala, as quoted by the New York Times
One thing among many that former Clinton dirty tricks adviser and head twerp Begala knew nothing about was “coolness”. Unconstitutional usurpation of authority by an out-of-control executive branch is not “cool”. It’s illegal. Begala, of course, was speaking about his boss, Slick Willy, who at the time was growing fond of rule by decree due to a recalcitrant Republican Congress imposed upon him by an American electorate that had become alarmed by the left-wing antics of the Clintonistas. Fast forward to 2011, and Barack Obama (a man who doesn’t merely list to port–he’s already as far to the left as you can get), is faced with a similar threat to his planned imposition of socialism upon these formerly capitalistic United States. A House populated by the increasingly flinty-eyed (well, except for an often leaky Speaker) representatives of a grass-roots uprising of fed-up Constitutionalists, and a Senate nearly evenly divided between Republican and Democrat is not likely to advance the President’s “progressive” agenda legislatively. Stalemate. Ergo, the coup d’état currently being undertaken by Obama’s bureaucratic minions. And make no mistake–that is exactly what we are witnessing. From Wikipedia:
also known as a coup, putsch, and overthrow—is the sudden, illegal deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to replace the deposed government with another body; either civil or military. A coup d’état succeeds when the usurpers establish their legitimacy if the attacked government fails to thwart them, by allowing their (strategic, tactical, political) consolidation and then receiving the deposed government’s surrender; or the acquiescence of the populace and the non-participant military forces.
Typically, a coup d’état uses the extant government’s power to assume political control of the country. In Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook, military historian Edward Luttwak says, “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder”, thus, armed force (either military or paramilitary) is not a defining feature of a coup d’état.
“If the attacked government fails to thwart them.” Friends, in this country, we the people are the government. WE are the ones who must stop this looming tyranny. And the time to do it is RIGHT NOW. Urge–no, DEMAND–that your representatives use their power under the 1996 Congressional Review Act to VETO the unconstitutional actions of the FCC, the EPA, and the HHS. If we allow the arrogant minions of the left to blithely destroy the heritage of freedom for which good men and women have fought and died for the last 234 years, if we waver in the face of attack by our domestic enemies–the enemies of Constitutional governance, therefore the enemies of liberty–then we no longer deserve the right to bear the proud name “American”. We will have proven ourselves in the end to be no more than abject cowards, fleeing at the terrifying sound of the guns. And something else–when and if that time does come, we will no longer be citizens. We will be subjects.