This series began by examining the devastation wreaked upon the United States by the Marxist Barack Obama’s election to the presidency. While he certainly hastened our fall into a Marxist quagmire, our country took many of the fateful steps long before we ever heard the name Obama.
Part 3 of this article looks at more events, government actions, and/or government produced calamities that caused most of the problems in our country. This is what government does TO us behind the smokescreen of doing FOR us, and the agencies or bureaucracies they use to rule a republic once dedicated to personal liberty.
The 9-11 Affect:
Government used terrorist attacks by fanatical Muslims as justification not only to suspend our Constitution, but allow government never-ending dictatorial control over Americans’ lives. Congress and the President gave birth to huge new bureaucracies that joined old ones in instituting secret powers to record our calls, save our emails, scan our mail, and in essence, license to control every aspect of our personal lives.
The resulting Patriot Act was one of the most devastating pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress and signed into law. It’s led to repeated violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. In short, it gives dictatorial powers to the President and to tens-of-thousands of belligerent and aggressive unelected bureaucrats. The Act is not a war-time temporary exploit, but an unending, open-ended suspension of our Constitution and in effect, declares war on the American people, while feigning war on an ideological enemy.
The Patriot Act dramatically added to government domination, and its oppression very simply destroys Americans’ constitutionally guaranteed rights of protection from government.
The 9-11 attack could have been stopped if the U.S. government had performed its duty by guarding our border and enforcing our Visa law. The seeds were sown by the federal government’s own distaste for performing their constitutionally mandated obligations.
Loss of Our Industrial Might:
Politicians (of both political parties) and unreasonable demands by labor unions combined with international forces, to turn America, the greatest industrial force in history, into a banana republic. The U.S. relies on China, Russia, and hundreds of third-world countries to manufacture essential goods, military hardware, computers, software, electronics, machinery, and weaponry. Even our space program hitches rides on Russian rockets.
We voluntarily ceded America’s dominance and industrial might and placed ourselves at the mercy of hostile governments around the world. A national crisis like war would leave us depending upon our enemies to manufacture our war-needs.
Money exchanging hands between politicians and lobbyists normally breeds corruption, which leads to a weakened economy and disenfranchised citizenry. This exchange sold us the “free trade” mirage, instead of “fair trade.” Politicians value only job creators who put cash into their coffers and deliver voters to their party. Crony Capitalism replaced a once vibrant free-enterprise system of business expansion for profit, growth, and job development.
Our nations place in the world as the greatest industrial giant in history has fallen to a service and government economy. We can supply all the burgers, fries, & bureaucrats needed for any world war effort. However, in an instant, our enemies could bring our entire economy to a halt and country to its knees by withholding or sabotaging our parts, computers and electronic systems.
What we did to countries in periods of war with bombs, men, and military hardware, the world can seamlessly do to the U. S. from tents or offices across the globe.
Government uses corporate welfare as a cunning and diabolical plan to manage, direct, and control business, manufacturing, and farming by filtering their every move through corrupt bureaucratic sieves. This brand of welfare impedes innovation, research, and efficiency. It stunts business growth, raises consumer prices, and kills jobs. Business follows government dictates and money instead of free-market capitalism.
Free enterprise creates the best opportunities for the most people to advance and ascend from poverty to success. Liberalism of all sects creates the best opportunities for people and their descendents to languish and revel in the throes of dependency. Corporate welfare has the same effect on business.
The reinterpretation of the commerce clause is one of the most misguided and dictatorial decisions ever handed down by the Supreme Court. It was a comprehensive, inexcusable ruling that allowed the federal government carte blanche or unconditional authority to restrict, regulate, ban, or tax commerce into oblivion. From control or outright banning farmers from growing crops, to Obamacare requiring Americans to purchase a product, the collusion of all three branches of government to allow this to stand is indefensibly unconstitutional.
Politicians use this clause as yet another ploy to increase federal power and diminish free enterprise - the lifeblood of liberty. The real purpose of the Commerce Clause was to assure there was free and open commerce between states. The Supreme Court defiled the clause to regulate commerce within a state and deprive Americans of a much-needed freedom of exchange.
Climate Change Hoax:
The Global Warming and Climate-Change hoaxes are further income redistribution scams perpetrated by world governmental organizations and liberals everywhere to tax Americans for their use of carbon-based energy. Con artists target the deepest pockets with their swindles; this rip-off is no exception. Americans and American corporations have the money, and Barack Obama and his fellow global Marxists will do their level best to steal every dime.
Their plan is both simple and devious. Make America’s use of carbon for power and manufacturing expensive by limiting drilling or mining and taxing its production and use. Obama bragged that electric prices will skyrocket. The real goal, however, is for Americans to pay European prices for everything.
When the man-made Global Warming hoax was uncovered, conspirators quickly put their giant know-it-all brains together and came up with a new liberal-intellectual vernacular; Climate Change. It’s positively brilliant. They tax Americans when the climate warms or cools; which earth’s been doing for billions of years. Although Marxists have hundreds of swindles they incessantly throw against the wall to see which ones stick; never has there been a sweeter con than Climate Change!
Obama and his progressives designed Obamacare as a series of income redistribution and social justice programs. It destroys jobs and will devastate the finest healthcare system in the world. Government successfully placed federal bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. Doctors, clinics, and hospitals will find it increasingly more difficult to provide good medical care, and many will cease practicing medicine. At they go under, costs will skyrocket, and government will decide who lives and who dies, and how much pain Americans must endure.
Obamacare is the greatest medical crisis in this nation’s history. It is a classic study in failure of Marxism and the pain and suffering the country must endure when allowing leftists to implement their evil schemes. If left unchecked, it will literally cost untold thousands of American lives.
When politicians can convince nearly half of America that they can provide full medical care for everyone, including illegal aliens and their unlimited families, at lower cost without reducing quality, it is solid evidence that years of indoctrination by government have paid big dividends for tyrants.
The most important functions of the federal government are protecting America’s borders, protecting and upholding the Constitution, and staying out of the constitutional exercise of citizens’ and states’ affairs.
For a nation created by immigrants, common sense would tell us that immigration would be good for us. New talent, fresh thinking, and a thirst for freedom feeding an entrepreneurial spirit were attributes of the vast number of immigrants to this land. Most came to America expecting only liberty and opportunity. The last few decades, however, the U.S. suffered from the crime of millions of people illegally invading our borders. A very high percentage was looking for riches to which they were not entitled. Come to America, where dreams can come true, became “come and get in the welfare line for your share of someone else’s wealth.”
Politicians, desperately grubbing for votes, colluded with businesses looking for cheap labor and leftists wanting to increase dependency on government, to not only allow, but actively facilitate millions to pour over the borders. Astonishingly, they helped people break into our home, and then commanded us to provide them complete support.
The massive influx overwhelmed states and local governments costing hundreds-of-billions of taxpayers’ dollars for schools, healthcare, housing, police, jails, and welfare payments. America’s spirit was born in the breast of men longing to be free. Now, too many yearn for freedom to suckle the teat of a productive society.
The illegal alien fight now takes on yet another of government’s favorite tyrannical mantras; the word is comprehensive, which is code for the same-old screeching song of liberals - complete federal takeover. Comprehensive also means legalization of the tens-of-millions of illegal aliens and their extended families from their home country. After all, we’re told, we can’t break up families. The answer to this dilemma is simple. Since the illegals broke up their families when they came here, going home would reunite them and protect the sanctity of American families.
Votes are precious to politicians; even illegal votes. The idea of legalizing the invaders and their families and mining their votes is too irresistible for politicians. Packing the polls trumps their oath to uphold the Constitution.
The Advent of Public Unions:
Private sector unions can negotiate with management or owners to get their workers more of the profits they believe they had a hand in creating. However, government workers generate no profits. They simply negotiate with politicians for more taxpayers’ money, and taxpayers never have a seat at this bountiful table of generosity.
Wisconsin started this crime against economic common sense in 1959 by allowing collective bargaining in government.
Many government bureaucracies operate closed shops, which mean they require every worker to pay union dues. Paying off, bribing, and promising financial support and votes to politicians with union dues are unbelievable corrupt behaviors and led to the staggering debt and destruction of our country state-by-state and city-by-city. Even F.D.R. believed the idea of unions striking against taxpayers “unthinkable and intolerable.” George Meany — the former President of the AFL-CIO said in 1955 “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.” Truly, neither had a grasp of how far this nation or its government would descend into throes of corruption.
Because of Tenure and union rules, it’s virtually impossible to reward excellence or terminate ineptitude. Tenure is the point at which, in any job or profession, incompetence and ignorance become not only acceptable, but profitable. The only chance for reform is to remove the incentive for incompetence, ignorance, and ineptitude.
To maintain the unsustainability of public unions, politicians lie, cheat, borrow, beg, and steal money from today’s taxpayers and from future generations in perpetuity.
Violation of Property Rights:
- In a decision that bastardized the Fifth Amendment of the U.S, Constitution, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that Eminent Domain included the right of government to seize private property from one private owner and transfer to another private owner to further economic development.
- Civil forfeiture laws represent a serious assault on private property rights in the United States. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your cash, personal property or real estate, sell it and then use the proceeds to fund their budgets without even charging you with a crime; let alone convicting you of one. The corrupting influences of these laws and their unconstitutionality are obvious. Nonetheless, people shrug - feeling it doesn’t affect them - and walk on.
- The United Nation’s anti-American Agenda 21 http://www.agenda21course.com/ is an ongoing assault on property rights and personal liberties of the American people.
- The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land – nearly 30% of its total territory. http://americanvision.org/3033/how-much-land-does-the-federal-government-own/#sthash.h6x0R2zv.dpbs In the western U.S. the percentages skyrocket to a high of 85% in Nevada. In Alaska, they own nearly 70%. This reduces the tax base in the states and solidifies federal domination.
- Additionally, government entities control much of private land by bureaucratic decrees and special protection laws, that essentially deny otherwise legitimate uses of private property. Who really owns property if Americans cannot use it because of endangered species or other government feel-good legislation or bureaucratic declarations?
Both property rights and individual rights are paramount to liberty.
A lack of a coherent and responsible energy policy contributes mightily to our half-baked, irrational Middle East policy. A policy that cost the U.S. untold billions of dollars spent abroad, wars, upheaval, and loss of American lives; both here and overseas.
Truth is, energy is yet another arena in which liberals control the narrative and conservatives lack the will to do what prudence, liberty, and common sense dictates. Foreign oil has long been a bane for Americans, and we could be completely energy independent by extracting our oil, gas, and coal. With these natural resources and responsible nuclear power, Americans could be independent of foreign oil, and in fact be a net exporter of energy. We could once again ride high in industry, by being self-sufficient in energy production. Prices would fall for not only energy, but for everything, including food. Burning precious food supplies in our cars is one of the all-time great rip-offs cooked up by politicians, mega-farms, and liberal-progressives. Taxpayers subsidize the program, plus pay dearly in increased food prices and energy. Congress and their money-packed lobbyists are preparing, even today, to expand this lunacy.
The Internal Revenue Service:
“The absolute power to tax is the absolute power to destroy” has long-been understood by Americans. The IRS and to a lesser extent the state and local levels of governments possess this power.
The IRS is arguably the most powerful group of government bureaucrats in the world because they are backed by undoubtingly the most intrusive and powerful policing and judicial departments in government.
Recent flexing of this tyrannical bureaucracy’s muscles reminded Americans of IRS’s power to control and silence conservative organizations by disallowing them the tax-exempt status to which they were entitled.
Part 4 will conclude this series and wrap up with a prognostication of America’s future.