Once upon a time, we could trust our government.
Once upon a time, government respected the people.
And, once upon a time, elected leaders put the Constitution above political party.
Things sure have changed!
We have all heard the expression “The road to tyranny is paved with good intentions.”
It is also paved with lies.
And oh how they lie to us. To name just a few:
- This is the most transparent administration in history.
- You can keep your doctor.
- You can keep your health insurance.
- The NSA does not collect data on Americans
- The slaughter of our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi was the result of an anti-Muslim video.
- Increasing the minimum wage will not cost jobs.
- The IRS is not targeting groups because of their political beliefs; there is not even a smidgen of corruption.
- The president will work across party lines to reduce the deficit.
These are just a few of the government’s big lies in the past several months.
Meanwhile, the president and his agencies go on an executive action spree changing laws and making rules by fiat including:
- unilaterally canceling the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
- preventing the deportation of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children with their parents.
Does anyone care?
At least some are concerned.
As noted in this space, Judicial Watch filed the only federal lawsuit, on behalf of Florida Orthodontist Dr. Larry Kawa, on executive action canceling the employer mandate for 2014 and 2015 for employers with 50-99 employees.
In December, the House Judiciary Committee looked into Obama’s expansion of governmental power. One witness, Georgetown University Profession Jonathan Turley, referred to the president’s expansive use of federal agency rule-making as comprising a “fourth branch of government” and causing a shift in the center of gravity from our traditional tripartite system.
He warned: “There could be no greater danger for individual liberty, and I really think that the framers would be horrified” by that shift.”
The problem is not many others seem to care.
Democrats and their friends in the mainstream media generally are as meek as sheep and as silent as lambs.
They should be reminded of what philosopher Edmund Burke said: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
In addition to the above, another good example of people remaining silent is the recent controversy over a proposed study into newsroom policies by Obama’s Federal Communications Commission, which regulates and grants licenses to the nation’s radio and television stations.
The FCC Chairman recently announced that the study was being put on hold after criticism by Republicans and especially extensive coverage on the Fox News Channel.
Most alarming, there was no major outcry from major networks and most of the mainstream print and electronic media. As a former legal assistant to an FCC commissioner, I know firsthand the power the FCC wields over broadcast licensees.
So, I was quite amazed that the mainstream media chose not to cover this major intrusion into broadcasters’ First Amendment freedoms by Obama’s FCC. As the head of the Radio and Television News Directors Association said, editorial policies and practices are “off-limits to the government.”
But, this is Obama’s FCC.
Just imagine the banner coverage if this had happened under a Republican president’s FCC.
What does all of this mean?
We now live in a society where government lies to us and cannot be trusted; where principles are often sacrificed on the altar of political bias by politicians and much of the media; where the president and attorney general act as their own Supreme Court and decide which laws they will enforce; where the executive branch of the government thumbs its nose at requests of congressional committees; and, where Democrats in the House and Senate appear to be mere puppets and soldiers of the administration — constitution and constituents be damned!
Remember Watergate — it was Republicans who put country first and told Nixon he had gone too far.
Not so with today’s Obama Democrats in the House and Senate — they support and defend his every overreaching action.
He is not running again — but many of them are.
Let’s hope the voters remember!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
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