It looks like many others are figuring out that the checks and balances of our constitutional republic have been broken down by the rise of the nanny state, and in particular, the problems that this new fourth power branch – the unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrat – cause to our rights and freedoms are being shown by the abuse of power rampant through the Obama administration. In particular, we have the most powerful entity in the US, the IRS, targeting political opponents of the left. While the powers that be are doing their best to stall any information on how corrupt government has become under this administration, some see the danger and articulate solutions. Their proposed solution is an interesting one. From the article:
In America’s first 100 years, federal officials could be sued in state courts for acting beyond their authority. In his book Creating the Administrative Constitution, Yale law professor Jerry Mashaw chronicles how this helped temper bad behavior.
Law professor Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit is among those who believe that government officials need more civil and criminal liability for their bad acts. There are some private remedies on the books, but they are too weak to be effective.
While I would prefer the IRS just be banned and everyone be made to pay a flat tax – a goal I doubt the nanny state would ever accede to because it would be the proverbial stake to the heart, followed by a beheading, and then the vampire corpse of the nanny state being burned to ashes, I think leaving the status quo is not an option for those of us that see this problem. This proposed legal solution might work, of course if we had a judicial system that was not already seriously compromised by the existing nanny state, to at least stem this out of control snowball effect we have right now, and that’s a good thing.
I remember many a conversation with smug leftists that told me they wanted to protect freedoms and rights back when. What’s happening now vindicates my dismissal of their claims. The left has never wanted to protect people’s freedoms or rights: it has wanted to rig the system to its favor, and has done so by choosing battles that allowed it to undermine the existing system of checks and balances. The things happening in this age of Obama are all just steps in the natural progression of the progressive agenda. In the end you will find yourself living in a totalitarian system, with an all-powerful state, run by an elite oligarchy, with the rest of the people treated as serfs. We are at a turning point. We roll this shit back, or we kiss our freedoms and prosperity goodbye.
Reign in the nanny state.