Lawbreakers in a Lawless Society
Just sitting here wondering how many laws I'm breaking. From the EPA to the Department of Energy, Obamacare to the IRS, the regulations which are enforced as law, make me wonder: should I be able to do what I'm doing?
Right now the IRS is trying to put that in questionnaire form.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to stop doing it if it is in fact against some stupid rule out there, but how much do you wanna bet I am breaking some code right this minute?
In fact, I'll even bet there are hundreds of people in the government right now working on creating a lawless society.
Well, Holder is, for sure.
What I mean to say is that having too many laws creates lawlessness.
That can mean different things, for instance, if you don't know you are breaking a law, you are ripe for investigation. Scratch that, if you think a certain way, you are ripe for investigation, during which they'll find out what laws you are breaking. But it can also mean that Americans being Americans, will thumb their nose at stupid laws, and let the government try to enforce.
It was Thomas Jefferson who said, "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."
So, what do you do when every damn law coming out of DC these days is unjust? Hmmm...
The Gang of Eight has a huge stinker of a law that is growing, and by the way, whenever a politician says, "once and for all," he means absolutely nothing.
Thanks, Rubio, it was nice knowing you.
The big Obamacare in the room is about to explode and spray chunks of leftist promises far and wide, some may hit you in the throat, but for sure in your pocket book.
But, let's recall that piece of legislation called Cap and Trade, which promised to lower the temperature of the world, and to lift the ban on greenhouse gases it imposed if the legislation itself proved too effective.
Four years ago, that legislation passed the House with the moniker, "Global Warming Bill." It called for stringent and punishing measures that attacked the very heart of industry, energy, in short, the engine of America.
But, the fact that it did not become law doesn't matter in today's lawless world. Regulation has replaced legislation, citing Supreme and lower court rulings, and the Clean Air Act blown far past its original intent. As a result of those ongoing regulations, in part, you do not have the freedom to employ people to extract more coal, nor produce more energy. As President Obama said in a press conference after the 2010 election, "Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. It was a means, not an end. And I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problem."
That failed legislation, now regulation, identified expensive and crushing mandates whose implementation would far exceed the ability of the nation's industries to remain competitive. That means the coal plant in your town, that was the cleanest ever before a new regulation, won't be built because the EPA arbitrarily stopped it. It means mandates for automobiles and lighting and smart meters and carbon credits and on and on.
Who gives them the authority to do all of this? Certainly not the representatives of the people.
It does not matter if you comply with whatever rules that are on the books now, since all the EPA has to do is write another - and completely halt growth. They change the rules of the game they are forcing you to play.
Half of the Senate in 2011 voted to curb the regulatory largess of the EPA, but it was not enough to stop it.
Whatever you may be doing, if it has something to do with the air, water and land, you may be doing something that is against regulation, which with today's leadership, is upheld as law without legislation.
"Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. "They'd go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them, and then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. The point is to 'make examples' of alleged lawbreakers."
Crucifying alleged lawbreakers is just a means to an end, I suppose.
The end result does nothing but kill industry, prevent innovation, paralyzes the private sector which smothers the economy, all under the guise of protecting the environment and reducing global warming which is in fact, not happening and hasn't for 20 years.
The scandals playing out today against this administration are important to investigate, to be sure, but the ongoing legislation via regulation cannot be stopped unless lawmakers decide to inquire. House members are already telling their constituents that a select committee on Benghazi would be too costly after they slashed their budget 20 percent, and since the leader is using the "too many cooks in the kitchen" approach for committee chair face-time, we will have no reprieve.
Americans need hold Congress accountable for what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what they are not doing, but should be. And since it doesn't matter if they pass a law, they'd better start breaking apart the lawless beast.