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The administrative state

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A discussion of how the U.S. is turning from the Constitution in favor of more Big government that fails to heed the Constitutional provisions for a balance of powers to the Central Government and …

A discussion of how the U.S. is turning from the Constitution in favor of more Big government that fails to heed the Constitutional provisions for a balance of powers to the Central Government and between it and the States.

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  • 1. PROBLEM - THE NATION IS DRIFTING TOWARDS AN “ADMINISTRATIVE STATE” • “THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE” = THE CREATOR AND IMPLEMENTOR OF MULTITUDINOUS RULES GOVERNING DAILY CITIZEN BEHAVIOR • THIS IS NOT A MORAL OPTION FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FREEDOM AND THE REWARDING OF INITIATIVE WHICH YIELDS WEALTH CREATION FOR ALL. • THE NATIONAL PURPOSE AND GROWTH IS BEING SIDETRACKED BY PIOUS CLAIMS, WHILE PROBLEMS WITH SPENDING, DEBT, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, BORDER CONTROL, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM AND OTHERS GO FULLY UNATTENDED. IS THIS JUST NEGLIGENCE (OR INCOMPETENCE)? NO! IT’S A PERSISTENT AGENDA BY THOSE WHO WELCOME BIG GOVERNMENT.
  • 2. PROBLEM –LARGE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE MANY MORAL FACETS MORALITY ENTERS THE PICTURE BECAUSE POLITICAL ISSUES ARE OFTEN ROOTED IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN “JUSTICE” AND REDUCED FREEDOM. RESOLUTION OF THIS CONFLICT, SINCE THE GROWTH OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF GEORG HEGEL, HAS BECOME MORE DIVISIVE, WITH HEGEL’S ADVOCACY OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT BY A CADRE OF EXPERTS - WHOSE KNOWLEDGE WOULD SUPPOSEDLY BRIDGE THE MANY POLITICAL ISSUES WITH PURE “TRUTH AND LOGIC”. THIS WAS LARGELY THE BANNER ADOPTED BY THE PROGRESSIVES. BUT THIS “SOLUTION” ENTAILS LARGE, POWERFUL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT - - THE VERY ISSUE THAT OUR FOUNDERS ADDRESSED IN STRUCTURING OUR CONSTITUTION AND PROVIDING FOR A SEPARATION OF POWERS WITH “CHECKS AND BALANCES”. THUS THE PROGRESSIVES FELT STYMIED BY THE CONSTITUTION AND DETERMINED MULTIPLE STRATEGIES TO “WORK AROUND IT”. HOWEVER, THE SIMPLE, LEGAL SOLUTION OF AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION WAS DEEMED UNWORKABLE. SO A MORE CRAFTY APPROACH WAS FOLLOWED - - AND WITH SOME SUCCESS OVER THE PAST 4-5 DECADES. AS WE’LL SEE SHORTLY, CENTRALIZATION HAS LEAD TO SOME HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE GOVERNANCE ISSUES - - A SITUATION NOT WITHOUT MANY PARALLELS IN MULTIPLE OTHER NATIONS, SPECIFICALLY THOSE ADOPTING THE EXTREME SIDE OF PROGRESSIVISM, NAMELY COMMUNISM.
  • 3. PROBLEM – GOV’T CENTRALIZATION IS NOT WITHOUT ITS OWN AFFLICTIONS AS WE’VE IMPLIED, EVEN IN OUR OWN NATION, CENTRALIZATION OF GOVERNMENT POWER UNDERMINES THE ABILITY OF THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND EVEN THE JUDICIAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT TO WORK AMICABLY TOGETHER. IT’S AN ISSUE THAT HAS ERUPTED VERY SIGNIFICANTLY UNDER OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. OF COURSE, THIS DIVISIVENESS IS READILY SPREAD TO THE POPULACE AT LARGE, AS WE ARE DAILY TREATED TO SUCH CURIOSITIES AS: (1) OUR SENATE INVOKING THE “NUCLEAR OPTION” TO MODIFY ITS RULES REGARDING SUPER-MAJORITY VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 2+ CENTURES; (2) MAJOR LEGISLATION COMING OUT OF THE SENATE WITH 0% PARTICIPATION BY THE MINORITY PARTY; (3) THE SENATE FAILING TO PASS A BUDGET BILL FOR THE 4 PAST YEARS; (4) THE INCREASING DEPARTURE OF MAJOR NEWS MEDIA TO DISTORT THE NEWS TO FAVOR ONE POLITICAL SIDE; AND MANY OTHERS. SO - - PROBLEMS GALORE FOR THE CITIZENS. WE’LL NOW LOOK A BIT MORE AT WHY AND HOW THESE PROBLEMS HAVE REACHED THEIR CURRENT STATE. WE’LL CONCLUDE WITH OFFERING SOME SOLUTIONS FOR AMERICA TO GET BACK ON A BETTER PATH.
  • 4. BACKGROUND - THE RISE OF PROGRESSIVISM • PROGRESSIVISM GOT A LARGE BOOST WITH THE BIRTH OF THE “WAR ON POVERTY” UNDER PRES. LYNDON JOHNSON. • “FOR BETTER RESULTS”, CONGRESS FORMALLY REORGANIZED ITSELF IN THE LATE 60’s EARLY 70’s. INITIALLY, CONGRESS WAS RELUCTANT TO GO AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION, BUT LATER, ACCEPTANCE GREW, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO AN INCREASINGLY LARGE INFLUENCE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVER THE BUDGETING PROCESS - - DESPITE THE CONSTITUTION. • THE CHANGE WAS NOT WITHOUT CRITICS, HOWEVER, AS NOTED BELOW WITH THE COMMENTS OF REP. GILLIS LONG, A DEMOCRAT OF LA.
  • 5. BACKGROUND - OUR OWN WORST ENEMY ? THE PROGRESSIVE STRATEGY IS SUCCEEDING . . . BECAUSE OUR GOP IS TOO DIVIDED AGAINST OURSELVES TO COUNTER IT. CONSIDER THIS:
  • 6. BACKGROUND – PROGRESSIVISM AND FAVORS FOR FRIENDS PROGRESSIVES DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR FAVORING FRIENDS. ITS JUST PART OF THEIR PHILOSOPHY THAT THE ELITES “KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE”; I.E., TAKE A LITTLE FROM HERE; SPRINKLE IT OVER THERE - - IT’S BELIEVED TO BE SIMPLY THE “BEST OF MOTIVES”. BUT, OTHER PHILOSOPHIES FIND THAT ABHORRENT. TO THOSE ON THE RIGHT, IT’S STEALING FROM THE PRODUCTIVE AND UNDERMINING THE RECIPIENT’S INITIATIVE AND RESOLVE TO BECOME MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT. AND, RE THE STABILITY OF SOCIAL “RULES” (THINK CONSTITUTION) - HERE’S JOHN LOCKE:
  • 7. BACKGROUND – REGARDING POLITICAL VITUPERATION THE “PARTY OF NO” AND OTHER ABOMINABLE LEFTIST TACTICS
  • 8. SOLUTIONS – THE “ADMIN. STATE” LOVES THE REGULATORY AGENCIES - THEY’RE SO MUCH MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ORGANIZED SPECIAL INTERESTS. IMPORTANT – THE “ADMINISTRATIVE STATE” HAS NEVER BEEN LEGITIMIZED. YET CONGRESS HAS NOT FOUGHT FOR THE CONSTITUTION. THUS THE CITIZENS THEMSELVES MUST STEP UP TO “PROTECT AND DEFEND” IT.
  • 9. SOLUTIONS - PER JOHN LOCKE: SOME “STANDING RULES” (I.E. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS) THAT CAN HELP TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S CITIZENS RETAIN THEIR VOICES AND FREEDOMS. HERE ARE SOME SUMMARY NOTES FROM 9 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO FURTHER STIPULATE PEOPLE’S RIGHT IN GOVERNANCE. A FULL DESCRIPTION CAN BE FOUND: http://www.slideshare.net/MarkS181/specl-mbs-ppt-supporting-blog-issues-ofspring-amndmt . THESE ARE DESIGNED TO HELP RESTORE CITIZEN INFLUENCE AND TO FIX THE BROKEN GOVERNANCE PROCESSES DISCUSSED IN THE PRESENT ARTICLE.
  • 10. SOLUTIONS - PER JOHN LOCKE: SOME “STANDING RULES” (I.E. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS) THAT CAN HELP TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S CITIZENS RETAIN THEIR VOICES AND FREEDOMS. (contin’d from prior page)
  • 11. SOLUTIONS - PER JOHN LOCKE: SOME “STANDING RULES” (I.E. ABC CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS) THAT CAN HELP TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S CITIZENS RETAIN THEIR VOICES AND FREEDOMS. (contin’d from prior page) MONITORED 1 PER CONGRESSMAN
  • 12. SOLUTIONS - THE BATTLE WITH PROGRESSIVISM WILL LIKELY NOT BE COMPLETED IN A MONTH OR EVEN A FEW YEARS. BUT IT IS A BATTLE THAT SHOULD BE MODELED AFTER THE FOUNDERS. THEY KEPT THEIR EYES ON THEIR TRUE OPPONENTS AND, WITH CIVILITY, FOUND COMMON GROUND WITH ALLIES WITH WHOM THEY SHARED MANY COMMON BELIEFS. THE BATTLE CONTINUES ON BUT: • LET’S KEEP IT CIVIL • LET’S KEEP IT CONSTRUCTIVE • LET’S KEEP IT EVIDENCE-BASED • MOST IMPORTANTLY, LET’S KEEP IT POSITIVE, & FOR ALL AMERICANS WE THE PEOPLE MUST STEP UP - - DEMAND AND HELP!
  • 13. REFERENCES