Czars. Is the Enemy in the Field?
Weight does not show one ounce at a time. It is only when the gradual, insidious accumulation has taken place that one looks at the maladjusted balance of the scales and wonders, what happened?
So it goes with the loss of liberty. Rarely is it a sudden reach of usurpations but a bit by bit maneuvering. Subtlety savors the loins of power. The wolf waits in the wings for the fattened calf.
In America it has taken a century. Slowly men, who are not angels and are victim to the whims of power, have thought themselves more wise than the Constitution, with more guise than God.
It started primarily with Woodrow Wilson who thought that his intellectualism tipped the balance of government in his favor. He knew better than the collective reason of the people. Fiddlesticks to the notion that the “genius of the people” epitomized liberty and sustained republicanism, as Publius believed.
The Constitution was an obstacle that could be overcome by the perpetual elusive tactics of avoidance coupled with the pamphlet of a new mantra – “Government knows best.” A pervasive propaganda echoed throughout the land – a wise, resilient executive is decisively more productive than a representative form of government. This executive, this king, needed more latitude, more money and czars.
Not only did Woodrow Wilson instill “czars,” who were unelected and unapproved by the Senate, violating Article 11, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, he also instigated two of the most intrusive and far reaching amendments America has known to date. Under Wilson’s tenure the 16th and 17th amendments were ratified and restructured, not only the basic thesis of the Constitution, but the power of the government.
What does a budding tyrant need to permeate the land with his persuasion? He needs less structure, or stricture, and more riches. With the 16th amendment, an earthquake to the foundation of our revolution, the federal income tax gave the executive and his cabinet more ability to mandate compliance. By shifting the reliance of the people from self- determination to government dependency, the federal government mushroomed. The people acquiesced their rights to the enticements of redistribution of wealth. At first it seemed innocent but bit-by-bit the kings treasure chest was filled with his constituents.
The next step in the stair step to tyranny was to censor the rights of the states. The 17th amendment lassoed the states into compliance by literally stripping them of their sovereignty. The state legislatures no longer had a voice.
Thus, in two fell swoops the structure of our government was altered, restructuring and restricting forever the liberties of the people. The budding tyrant now had money, power and a private court.
In a bizaare absence of reason, and with a lack of knowledge as to why our founding fathers shed their blood, the American people acquiesced many of their rights, liberties and freedoms, not realizing that these men sought to change America.
Today, we deal with another kind of “hope and change.” The balance of government has insidiously swayed away from the people. The burden of the weight of unwieldy government regulation and dangerous debt brings us to the brink of total collapse. We face many challenges.
Reversing the 16th and 17th amendments is unattainable but ridding the executive branch of czars is within reason. Sequentially, Presidents have continued with the rite of czars from Wilson to FDR, Nixon to Bush. The most prolific appointer of czars to date is President Obama. He has appointed 48 and has another 18 waiting in the wings. Thus, we have come full circle, Wilson and Obama, two Ivy League, Princeton and Harvard, academics who fundamentally believe that the country would be better off if it were simply left to their “elegant, academic” way of governing with no nasty and bothersome fingerprints from the legislative and judicial branch – policy men, who liberally appointed and appoint constitutionally forbidden and unapproved czars.
Constitutional violations of this magnitude are dangerous and have the characteristics to be the tipping point that implodes the Republic. With no accountability regarding who is wandering around in the White House, is the enemy in our field? We have no way of knowing unless the czars are thoroughly vetted as stipulated in our Constitution.
Along with the insurmountable debt, record high unemployment, a great recession, and continual threats to our national security, the czar situation is equally as profound.
We the people have an obligation to hold our branches of government accountable.
Trepidation about Czars is not a partisan issue. Democrats Russ Feingold and Diane Feinstein questioned the wisdom and Democratic Senator and Constitutional scholar Robert Byrd expressed to Obama, “The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”
In September of 2009, the Czar Accountability and Reform Act of 2009, was introduced by Representative Jack Kingston (GA). The intent of the Act was to curb the accumulation of Czars by prohibiting taxpayer money from being used to employ “any task force, council, or similar office which is established by or at the direction of the President and headed by an individual who has been inappropriately appointed to such position (on other than an interim basis), without the advice and consent of the Senate.”
The United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution concluded that appointing Czars was acceptable.
The issue was once again raised in the United Stated House in 2011 but has yet to make an impact.
We need to contact our representatives to seek the status of this bill and pressure them to persevere this cause. We must also question our Republican Presidential Candidates about this issue. What are their intentions regarding czars? We need to know their perspectives on these unelected, unofficial, yet powerful and potentially dangerous positions.
Today, as we seek to chisel away at the enormity of the federal government that has besieged us and sucked the life out of our liberties, dignity, economy, and self-determination, dealing with the issue of czars is of paramount importance to our national security, the preservation of our country, and the future of Americans.
The czars are like stones in the scales of justice. One stone at a time, the perceptibility is minimal but suddenly the stones will accumulate and the scales will break.
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