As much as President Obama’s pen has been in the news of late, the president’s threats to bypass Congress and rule via executive order are not the only threats posed by the Executive Branch to the U.S. Constitution and to Americans’ freedoms. As time goes on, Americans face more and more threats to our freedoms through regulation and dictatorial control from various agencies of the Executive Branch, which don’t necessarily need an Executive Order or dictate from the president in order to trample all over our liberties.
We’ve already seen some of this in action – Despite President Obama’s insistence that there isn’t “a smidgen of corruption” at the Internal Revenue Service, Congress is still investigating the IRS. Catherine Engelbrecht’s testimony the day after President Obama’s “not a smidgen of corruption” assertion is quite telling. She describes an extremely vindictive agency not afraid to work in concert with other government agencies to intimidate and harass American citizens based on their political beliefs.
Apparently, this is President Obama’s idea of “not a smidgen of corruption.”
But when it comes to executive overreach, the IRS is amateur hour. The real expert in federal oppression is the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA has been on a roll lately. They commit abuses with abandon, declaring themselves the arbiters of all water in the United States, declaring virtually any piece of property with any moisture at all a “wetland” that falls under their jurisdiction. They have a history of going after corporations for non-existent abuses with absolutely no evidence. They have been caught colluding with radical environmental groups.
And it doesn’t stop with the EPA and the IRS, either. Now, the FCC wants to place government ‘minders’ in newsrooms across America, under the auspices of doing “research” into how editorial decisions are made. The biggest problem with this is that the FCC is not a research body, they are a regulatory agency. Having government bureaucrats that hold licensing powers over news organizations standing in America’s newsrooms looking over the shoulders of reporters and editors might start out innocent enough, but it’s only a matter of time before it turns into a fundamental breach of the First Amendment. Basically, all they have to do is wait until the people stop paying attention, and then they can start flexing their muscles.
The latest reports show that the FCC is backpedaling on this plan, but they aren’t killing it outright – they’re just putting it “on hold.” This means that, eventually, they will move forward with the scheme again – likely once the scrutiny has died down, and they have a better chance of slipping it in under the radar. The bottom line is, this government wants to have oversight and control over what news gets reported, and what news is ignored. Just look at President Obama’s attitude during his interview with Bill O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday. He was very blatant in his opinion about why scandals like Benghazi and the IRS are still being reported on. In his mind, it isn’t because the scandals are significant, but is because FOX News is biased.
But then, this administration has never been a staunch advocate of the First Amendment. They’ve been caught wiretapping members of the press, prosecuting reporters for refusing to hand over the names of whistleblowers, and repeatedly singling out news organizations critical of the administration.
Of course, this is the same administration that jailed a man for the “crime” of making a video insulting Islam and uploading it to YouTube, all to fuel their coverup their own malfeasance, incompetence, and possibly even criminal behavior. This is not an administration that places any real value in the First Amendment…or the Second…or the Fourth…or the Ninth…or the Tenth. But that dumb old Constitution thing is so outdated anyway.
Recent events in the Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand show what can happen when governments put their own power ahead of the protection of the freedom of their people. King Obama would do well to take heed.