Taming the Beast: Government Laws and Regulations that Usurp Rights

Back in the 1980’s, some saw the Reagan presidency as being a fulfillment of Orwell’s “prophecy” of government control over the individual: art predicting life.

As it turned out, the opposite was true. President Reagan worked to free the individual as well as business, which opened up one of the longest runs of economic prosperity in American history.

Since the Reagan era we have witnessed a massive expansion of government power and size, with ever- increasing control over the individual.

Big-government statists took advantage of our preoccupation with our everyday lives to usurp individual rights and diminish our liberties.

Under the Clinton administration, we witnessed an attempt to control of the individual in the push to nationalize health care.

The administration claimed that national health care would be good for all Americans, but it was another effort to usurp freedom in the name of personal health care security.

Hillary Care was stopped dead by a handful of doctors, the insurance lobby, and a small number of informed citizens, who exposed the chilling details of government-run health care.  This led to large Republican gains in the 1994 mid-term elections, helped by Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America.

By the late 1990’s, Americans were largely becoming apathetic regarding their rights, but there appeared to be no imminent danger.  Fat and happy, many of us slept.  We slept as the HIPAA law was enacted and regulations regarding our medical information privacy began taking shape.  It was controversial even at that time in that it would set the stage for greater controls over your information.

This law massively increased costs to health providers, with no improvement in access to care or in confidentiality of patient information.

Under President Obama, we’ve seen the federal government engage in wholesale trampling of the Constitution to the point of violating the entire Bill of Rights.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) was written in record time behind closed doors and rushed to passage through Congress with representatives and senators admitting that they had not read the bill.  No Republicans in either house supported the measure.  This law allows government to control all aspects of our individual health care in the name of cost containment and includes:

  • Government ownership of our health records
  • Bureaucratic management of our health (the “death panels”).
  • Diminished ability to select your own physician.
  • Likely physician and hospital shortages
  • Mandatory purchase of government-defined insurance product

In 2012, we saw the National Defense Authorization Act take on a more ominous tone.  This allows the president to imprison any American without due process and effectively suspends Habeas Corpus.  Congress and the president again showed their disdain for the American people by pushing this through behind closed doors.

On March 16, 2012 President Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness Order which effectively gives the president control over all resources of the nation including food, livestock, water and transportation.  All resources can be seized and placed under federal control in the event of a “national emergency!”

Another recent executive order will make any protest in the vicinity of a Secret Service controlled operation or activity  illegal, including when a protected person is attending or participating in an event.  This can be used to stop protests when President Obama is in town campaigning for reelection.

With the passage of the aforementioned laws and the issuance of executive orders diminishing the impact of the first 10 Constitutional Amendments, the government is saying “Your rights are gone, we are in control”.

President Washington said it best when he stated “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Ronald Reagan added “Government is not the solution; government is the problem.”

With every government “solution,” our rights shrink and government control over individuals increases.

We have a choice.    We can work to elect Constitutional Representatives, Senators and a President to bring the federal government back into line with the Constitution and restore our liberties and unalienable rights.  Returning power to state and local governments is part of this solution.

The Tip of The Iceburg: A commentary

The Tip of The Iceberg 

President Obama’s accusation of Supreme Court activism has been stunningly and effectively countered.  A three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to “answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law.”  The president has commented on the Trayvon Martin case without facts, inflaming racial distrust and hatred.  He told the outgoing Russian president he will have “more flexibility” after “my re-election.” These incidents are the tip of the iceberg.

What’s happening here? 

The President, a self-described Constitutional scholar (though definitely not a Professor, as the media erroneously report), is fundamentally wrong.   The Supreme Court has asserted, since Marbury vs. Madison, the role of judicial review, that is to judge the constitutionality of a law.  Judicial activism describes the act of a Judge or Justice making law and going outside the limits of the Constitution.

In the Obamacare case, the Supreme Court is well within its scope of responsibility in deciding the constitutionality of a federal law.

In the Trayvon Martin case, the president commented on the death of this 17 year old with no facts to support his position. He injected racism and inflamed a segment of the population.  Rather than leading peacefully and demanding a calm, full investigation, he fuels the very vigilante mentality that he supposedly meant to vilify.

In his now-infamous “open-mike gaffe,” he reveals himself as working to further the agenda of a foreign, hostile power, rather than the interests of the United States.

All of these incidents exemplify the President’s hard left philosophy and community organizer methods.  Divide the country and diminish their trust in the institutions and the Constitution.

President Obama has executed much of his agenda through this type of divisiveness with impunity.  He is also skirting the Constitution with its division of power and system of checks and balances.

He is blatantly trying to divert attention from our horrendous economy (largely due to his failed economic policies), our deteriorating national security, nagging eligibility issues, and the popular resentment against government-run health care.

What does this mean for the coming election? 

This was always the plan: a second term with a pliable Congress and Judiciary to fundamentally transform the government from a republic to a dictatorship.  We’ve been traveling down that “Road to Serfdom” faster over the past three years, though for about 70 years the federal government has steadily extended its reach and control over the individual and the states.

The federal government’s contempt for individualism and liberty hit a crescendo during the Obama administration. Freedoms of speech, association, religion, and private property rights, have all been attacked and the mechanisms put into place to destroy them and subjugate the citizens to the federal government.  Attacks of racism, sexism, and elitism are tools for fomenting discord and dividing the American people.  As the election approaches, Americans of different races, sexual orientations, and income are more disjointed than ever before.

What can we expect should the president win a second term? 

If Obamacare is not overturned, we can and should expect that we will see the death panels formed along with greater access to voluntary and non-voluntary “assisted suicide”.  We can also expect to have the federal government take more aggressive control of our choices in the marketplace.

We can expect an ever greater acceleration of affirmative action and reverse discrimination as evidence by Attorney General Holder’s own statements last week that the affirmative action has only just begun.

We can expect a direct frontal assault on religious freedom in America focused on the Christian and Jewish faiths.

We can expect the ills that go along with moral relativism including more abortion, post birth abortion, and further acceptance of pedophilia and other sexual aberrations.

We can expect a foreign policy that weakens or undermines our allies (Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Eastern Europe) while strengthening our adversaries (Syria, Iran, and mainly Russia).

We’ve seen the administration create a crippling energy policy that is restricting access to Canadian oil (and increasing the price) by impeding the Keystone pipeline effort, restricting drilling on federal lands and offshore. In the latest development, the administration is giving a chain of Alaskan islands to the Russians.  These islands are oil rich and greater in size than RI and Delaware combined.  We can expect ever higher oil prices (also hugely beneficial to Russia and other adversaries) due to this president’s agenda and we may even cede more territory.

We can expect a diminished military capability and erosion of our superpower status due to budgetary cuts, severe reductions in our nuclear arsenal, and overly restrictive rules of engagement that leave our military unable to adequately defend themselves.

We can expect further usurpation of citizen’s basic rights and of our national sovereignty due to treaties such as the law of the Sea and Agenda 21, the UN rights of the Child, and others that subjugate the Constitution. Under a recent executive order, the President has given himself the ability to completely take over the economy, internet and media in case of “national emergency.”

With numerous federal judgeships and two or three likely Supreme Court appointments, the President will be able to profoundly transform the Judiciary and promote the left wing agenda through the courts.

We can expect further consolidation of power within the executive as the Obama names more Czars that have no accountability to Congress or the people.

We need only see what has happened in these three short years to understand that America is beginning to scrape the iceberg.  If we can’t change course on November second, America may sink as quickly as Titanic did.

God Bless America
Lori Hendry
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Recently, President Obama made an unscripted statement that revealed his socialistic mindset:

Recently, President Obama made an unscripted statement that revealed his socialistic mindset:

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” (Video of the Presidents statement:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orhOOBNVG8)

Belittling individual achievement is a purely Marxist principle and it’s just plain wrong.  If government is responsible, then why doesn’t everyone succeed?

Our founders knew that man could succeed if given the opportunity and freedom from oppressive government.  We’ve had over two hundred years of men and women breaking new ground without the government as the foundation of their success.

President Obama recently used the Golden Gate Bridge as an example of federal prowess. The problem is, it was neither built by nor funded by, the federal government and, I’d argue, would not be today.  In fact, the federal government attempted to quash it.  When the bond sale to finance the Golden Gate Bridge failed, Amadeo Giannini purchased all of the bonds on behalf of the his company, the Bank of America.

We’ve seen countless amazing accomplishments by entrepreneurs.  Microsoft and Apple, as corporations, markedly improved the condition of man and created more wealth for more people than any government could imagine.

Of course, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did not do perform every function in the company, that’s true.  They had a vision of what they could achieve given the correct mix of funding, the market, and the available talent.     These are the true leaders of society.  They are wealth creators who became rich by producing things people want and need.  In the process, they improve our standard of living.  The government in no way built these companies.  Rather, they harassed Microsoft with a nonsensical antitrust lawsuit when they bundled their internet browser with their operating system.  Similar harassment is now going on against Apple.

Small business and large business owners have something in common.  They create jobs that raise the standard of living, but also the wealth that allows the funding of government. The president would like to claim their success on behalf of people that did not invest their time and money. Excessive taxation and regulation strangle small businesses and reduce the supply of goods, services and jobs.  Entrepreneurs are less likely to risk their own time and capital in creating a new business if their profits are to be seized.  This is why socialist economies struggle and fail.

Mitt Romney contributed to the economy by founding Bain Capital.  This company put private money at risk to rescue troubled companies and finance startups such as Staples, Brookstone, and Domino Pizza.    Bain Capital is responsible for the creation of more than one hundred thousand jobs.  This was not blind luck, nor did the government create this business.  The government “invests” taxpayer money on green boondoggles such as Solyndra, leaving us holding the bag when they go belly up!

When Mr. Romney took leadership of the troubled Utah Olympic Games, he turned it from a disaster with over $400 million in the red and ended $100 million in the black.

Jobs created by entrepreneurs such as Mitt Romney have been key to helping people lift themselves from poverty, improve their standard of living, and to have hope for a brighter future.    Isn’t job creation the hope and change that Americans really want?  Mitt Romney is the right man at the right time with the right experience to turn America around.

Elect Mitt Romney and vote out all big government, business killing Senators and Congressmen!

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