Supersized and Politicized
I’ve shared many of the fundamental principles of Liberty with you. They are those upon which our nation was built and are easily discovered in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and numerous writings by our Founders. Concepts such as rule of law, self-governance, separation of powers, checks and balances, natural rights and freedom are etched forever in our American history.
So why aren’t these concepts etched into our hearts and minds today? Why don’t those in government positions realize how detrimental it is to ignore our Constitution? Where did we go wrong and allow our government to become so supersized and politicized? The cost for allowing for it is very high, and not just monetarily. It is slowly but surely costing us our Liberty.
There are many examples of people and agencies going awry in our federal government. Most of it stems from either ignorance or downright corruption. Ignorance can be handled with education; and corruption? Well, there’s a place for corrupt people….prison.
But, where did we go wrong? Yes, there have been those who have ignored the rule of law and who have been corruptors within government since our founding. But they were dealt with handily. However, the ignorance and corruption have reached new heights and we now live in a society where there are no consequences to those who act contrary to our American standards.
One of the things we can point to is the expansion of agencies within our federal government. And with this expansion comes lack of accountability. It’s hard to point the finger at any one person when the web is so complex.
Since our inception, a dozen or so cabinet offices have been added. Bloated departments sprout up within them and grow even larger. The fiefdoms within these agencies are numerous with their own hierarchy of mini-despots and sets of rules. Of course, there are necessary departments and cabinet officers that have existed since the beginning. An Attorney General is important to enforce Constitutional laws, although it seems to have grown into more of an overstaffed political appendage. A Secretary of Defense is needed to deal with our enemies. The Secretary of State position handles foreign relations and is considered an essential post. We certainly need a Treasury department to manage our budget. These departments are supposed to carry out functions that apply directly to the responsibilities of our central government. But therein lies the problem: we have seen agencies pop up that are extra-Constitutional. We even have rule-making bureaucracies that preside over things like education, marriage, farming, transportation, water and energy, all of which, should be handled by we the people, and our local or state governments. Do we really need the federal government (or any government for that matter) to tell us how to learn, play, build, think and act? As long as we’re not stepping on others’ rights, the government need not be involved.
Besides the obvious added costs, we see the rise of un-elected bureaucrats implementing rules by which the people are forced to comply. Rules, by the way, that are way outside the bounds of our Constitution. This goes against our ideas of government within a Republic and those principles upon which it stands.
We must move away from a government that demands compliance and back towards a government based on the principles of Liberty instituted by the consent of the governed. After all, it’s on our dime!