Fatal Conceit – a term penned by Friedrich Hayek describing the mentality of the elites in government and their circle of cronies. It is the belief that whatever the elites plan to do, be it for political reasons, benefiting their donors and cronies, must be good for the country, because after all, it is good for themselves.
Fatal Conceit leads to lost jobs, debt, insecurity and an economy that is ever more fragile. When it all begins to unravel, the elites lie and distribute propaganda to convince the less informed that all is well. Eventually no amount of lies prevent the people from noticing. They feel the pain, the lost jobs, the inflation. They see the lawlessness and the double standards. Eventually the people in office one by one, and even the government as an institution, loses legitimacy… and then:
“If the people conclude that the government is no longer bound by the rule of law then the people will conclude that neither are they”- Michael Cannon in testimony before Congress.
Obviously no one wants to see this happen. Unfortunately the cracks in civil society are beginning to show and it is not simply conservative political junkies who have noticed. Jonathan Turley, the most prominent liberal law professor in the country, had this to say about President Obama:
“The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”
So what has drawn us to the precipice of chaos? The list is long but even a sample of it shows a pattern of behavior that grows more impossible to ignore.
To start with, the lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, more Hillary lies, and lies galore! The lies from the leadership of both parties and the elite media never seem to end, but lets reminisce over some of the big ones.
The Obama Administration was outed by its own ATF Agents when they deliberately sent American guns to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration wanted to use the ensuing carnage as an excuse to crack down on civilian gun ownership. Look how far the Obama Administration went to silence veteran CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson in the following video. CBS News caved to the pressure and stopped publishing her work.
As I pen this column it has been revealed that a gun used by an Islamist terrorist in his Garland, Texas attack was bought from one of the dealers used by the Obama Administration to traffic guns to criminals illegally.
The trillion dollar stimulus package was going to fix the unemployment problem and rebuild our infrastructure because infrastructure means “shovel ready jobs”. Remember when we were promised the “summer of recovery“? What was the result? While the official unemployment number touted by the Obama Administration was rigged to look peachy, the real unemployment rate, depending on whose numbers you look at is actually between 12% and 17%.
The labor participation rate illustrates the damage most vividly. It measures how much of the population actually has a job, even if it is part time or underemployment. The labor participation rate is 62.6%, the lowest it has been since 1977 during the “stagflation” and misery index days of Jimmy Carter. With almost 40% of the population not working the Obama Administration was forced to admit that “shovel ready wasn’t as shovel ready as we expected.” The Obama “recovery” has been the worst period of economic growth since World War II.
The president and almost every Democrat one could name promised that Obamacare would lower our health insurance premiums to less than that of a cell phone bill, we would be able to keep our old plan if we wanted, it would eliminate the problem of 30 million uninsured etc. Americans now face huge premium increases, $6,000 deductibles, and millions are losing coverage. But the fun doesn’t end there. Remember how President Obama promised that Obamacare would be “deficit neutral”? Well the numbers are in… and you might want to sit down before reading the following. The CBO believes that ObamaCare is costing the government $50,000 for each person insured.
For a time the White House touted inflated numbers for Obamacare enrollments by counting medicaid enrollments and other tricks. Eventually Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner resigned for inflating the numbers by at least 1.3 million.
After ObamaCare was passed, Obama Administration architect Dr. Jonathan Gruber admitted in multiple video taped conferences that the Democrats counted on the “stupidity of the American voter” in order to pass it, going on to say that the lack of transparency was a great political advantage. When the videos went viral, the White House and the Democratic Leadership all claimed to not even know who Gruber is. Some in the elite media tried to rewrite history, but the few honest reporters left in the elite media put truth to the lies pretty quickly:
Gruber’s own analysis of ObamaCare predicted about 90% of individuals without employer-sponsored or public insurance would see their premiums spike by an average of 41%. Eventually, after the facts were out for the world to see, Gruber admitted that Obama personally asked him to disguise unhelpful Obamacare facts.
The IRS and EPA target citizens for persecution. The IRS pleaded the 5th Amendment, refusing to testify on grounds that doing so would incriminate themselves criminally, but irony of ironies, one may not plead the 5th when facing the IRS. The IRS went into full cover up mode, lying to Congress and the courts about the status of documents and emails under subpoena. The lying continues to this day.
The Veterans Administration (VA) scandal is massive well beyond most reporting. President Obama promised seven times in the campaign to fix the problem. President Obama appointed General Shinseki to take charge, but after getting little cooperation from the White House and lacking authority to fire who needed to be fired, Shenseki quit, saying that there is a ” lack of integrity among some leaders in VA healthcare facilities.” Today the VA waiting list is longer than it was a year ago, veterans records are being illegally destroyed to cover up the lack of care, and countless veterans have died. VA employees say that there is unaccountability at every level, VA facilities are like a third world country, whistle blowers are persecuted, and Robert McDonald, who was appointed by President Obama after General Shinseki resigned, falsely claimed to have served in the Special Forces. Secretary McDonald’s office has already been caught lying to Congress.
Congress, being fed up with the situation, is working a bill to add teeth to punish VA employees who put veterans at risk. President Obama has already threatened to VETO it.
The Supreme Court, has tossed any vainer of obeying the Constitution out the window. The Court, created a constitutional right to gay marriage out of thin air, claiming that the 14th Amendment, which was passed in 1868 and was designed for the purpose of recognizing the full Constitutional rights of former slaves, was also written to create a right of gay marriage.
Does anyone honestly believe that at the time of Abe Lincoln, those who passed the 14th Amendment intended to not just create a right of gay marriage, but also sought to unravel the Separation of Powers structure of the Constitution by virtually stripping authority of family law from the states? Of course not. They expect you to be stupid enough to accept what is on it’s face to be beyond preposterous.
The recent Obamacare ruling was even worse. Every eighth grader knows that under our Constitution, in Article I, Congress is the sole legislative body. The Supreme Court has always affirmed that regulations written by the President cannot buck federal law and every first year law student knows that.
The President wrote a regulation that was in direct violation of the law as passed by Congress in seven places. Under our Constitution in Article I, Congress is the sole legislative body. The Supreme Court has always affirmed that regulations written by the President cannot buck federal law and every first year law student knows that. So naturally, this Supreme Court ruled that the law as passed by Congress in seven places must be ignored in favor of the regulation invented out of thin air by Barack Obama. Justice Scalia went ballistic in his dissent. If someone you very much opposed were to become President, would you want him to have such power? When those responsible for fighting illegality are themselves corrupt, what actions are there to take?
The National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies have been illegally engaging in massive domestic surveillance of our emails, internet, credit cards, phone use etc. The Obama Administration’s claim that they just collected “metadata” was a lie, in spite of the fact that it is possible to almost completely map someone’s life using metadata.
The Fourth Amendment says that we have the right to be secure in our papers, effects, homes etc. In short we have a right to privacy. The government pretends like no such right exists.
Not only has the NSA been lying, but the CIA and DNI have been lying as well and doing it under oath with no consequences. While they lie to Congress, Congress lies to us. The Republican controlled Congress recently passed the USA Freedom Act, which they said again and again would reign in illegal NSA domestic surveillance. The truth is that it did just the opposite.
Instead of the NSA collecting and storing massive amounts of illegal data, the so called USA Freedom Act forces companies to save your private data and have a computer link for the NSA and other government agencies to have access to. The companies get lawsuit immunity in exchange for their cooperation, “‘The bill legalizes mass surveillance of Americans — it pays companies to spy on you and then gives them liability protection so you can’t sue them,’ said Sascha Meinrath, the leader of an independent technology institute called X-lab.” Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress promised to protect our privacy and the Constitution. They lied. Meanwhile, the NSA has failed miserably to do it’s job in providing communications and network security as the Chinese have been wreaking havoc hacking the government and corporate America.
The United States is sending almost $150 billion to Iran, which is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The Obama Administration says that his agreement will prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. When negotiations with Iran started, the idea was that economic sanctions would end if Iran gave up its nuclear weapons program. By the time the negotiations ended Iran can have a nuclear weapon in ten years if it follows the agreement, the weapons inspectors will not have access to key military sites and Iran will be able to delay inspection of any site for almost a month as per the agreement. It gets better, aside from paying Iran billions, not only will the economic sanctions be lifted, but conventional arms sales restrictions will be lifted as well. Iran will also be able to keep all of the Americans it has taken hostage.
Bill Clinton made a similar agreement with North Korea and after repeated promises to the contrary, North Korea took our money and promptly built a nuclear weapon:
While many Republicans say this is a bad deal, it was Republicans who passed a law ceding the treaty power to the President. So instead of having to get a two-thirds vote in the Senate to pass the Iran “deal”, it will take a two-thirds super majority to stop it. So much for the treaty clause of the Constitution. The politicians’ excuse, it’s just too hard to pass a treaty any more.
The leadership of the Republican Party promised the American people again and again that if we handed them Congressional victories in 2010 and 2014 that they would reign in spending, stop ObamaCare, and defund President Obama’s illegal amnesty for illegal aliens. The American people handed the Republicans the victories they asked for and in return the Republican Leadership repeatedly blocks attempts by Republicans who actually try to keep said campaign promises. They have given and continue to give President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid almost everything they want. Senator Ted Cruz having enough of the lies went on the warpath against Republican Leadership on the Senate floor.
In what is perhaps the most revealing betrayal of the voters, the Republican Leadership seems to have abandoned it’s pro-life position and is now actively working to make certain that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion mill in the country, continues to get federal funding after nine videos revealed Planned Parenthood committing multiple felonies by selling baby organs for profit.
The pressure on Republican Leader Mitch McConnell by voters is mounting. Perhaps he will cave and allow a vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood without any poison pill amendments to sabotage it. Only time will tell.
More and more people feel like government simply no longer represents them. Democrats, especially those in the inner city, feel let down by Obama and his party. Rasmussen Polling reports that 69% of Republican voters agree with Sen. Ted Cruz’s statement “that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them.” The poll that is most demonstrative of the government’s loss of legitimacy shows that only 19% of likely voters agree that government has the consent of the governed. History shows that once government has lost the public trust to such a degree violence is inevitable, only some of which we have already seen in our inner cities.
The situation is grim, but there is a ray of hope. Realizing that the federal government is corrupt and out of control, a super majority of states are preparing an Article V Convention of the States to put sharper teeth into the Constitution’s checks and balances. This effort may be our last hope to turn the titanic path government is intent upon.