FASCISM is FUN! – VOTE the FASCIST PARTY

PROLOGUE: FASCISM seeks COLLECTIVE “salvation”, eventually producing a TOTALITARIAN society of ONE, single, “organic” “WHOLE” benefiting ALL, COMPLETE CONFORMITY allowing no “separateness”. Fascism promises UTOPIA through THIS-worldly political “REBIRTH”, redemption and realization of “meaning”, “solutions” to never ending “CRISIS”, overcome with revolutionary “CRUSADES” of “ACTION” of “social justice” based on their own “WILL to POWER”, instincts and feelings, which typically produce reactionary tantrums by “heretics” who seek limitations on their power and/or critically question fascist utopian lack of “reason”, “reality” and/or DYSTOPIAN RESULTS. (“tragic” UNintended consequences) Totalitarian, all powerful GOD-STATES use political-religion to promise “heaven on earth”. Mussolini said “fascism IS a religion”. Fascists purposely mix and confuse politics and religion, Government and God, co-opting “God” in their pursuit of political POWER, a POLITICAL RELIGION OF government idol worship. The sheep-like MASSES, contemptible “clingers” and “deplorables”, require leadership by an elite “enlightened” political governing ruling class and/or messianic “CULT of PERSONALITY” (“gods” IN government). Contemptuous of freedom and democratic self-government, the “god OF government” seeks to SOCIALLY ENGINEER utopian “political paradise” through “science” and an evolutionary “Cult of “Progress”. A utopian FUTURE requires INDOCTRINATION of YOUTH and CENSORSHIP of anything contradicting politically correct conformity, preventing eventual totalitarian control on ALL aspects of society, propagated and proselytized by elite media “priests” and educational “seminaries”. Utopian idealism requires total elimination of anything old & corrupt, erasing past history, destroying politically INcorrect dogmas, and/or persecuting non-utopian “heretics” (“tragic” realist “phobes”) which question and PREVENT the “CULT of PROGRESS” and necessary transformational change “we can ALL believe in”.

FASCISM #1-The Collective #2-Rebirth #3-Crisis & Crusade #4-Action #5-Politics as Religion #6-Contempt for Democracy #7-The Cult of Personality #8-Social Engineering #9-Youth #10-Censorship #11- Fascist Economics (2017)

BASIC CRITERIA COMMON TO ALL or MOST TYPES of FASCISM: (2017)

#6) CONTEMPT FOR “CHAOTIC” PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. it soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. there is never a democracy that DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE” – John Adams

TABLE of CONTENTS
– BISMARCK’s PRUSSIA/GERMANY
– PRUSSIAN “PROGRESS” – “TOP DOWN” LIBERALISM WITHOUT LIBERTY
– AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT: “EVOLUTION-ary”EXPANSION
The “SCIENCE” of STATE SPONSORED “SALVATION”
– “KING” OBAMA
– The REGULATORY STATE
– The RULING CLASS – “GODS” in GOVERNMENT
Gods in Government; Manipulating the Masses

fascism generally is a reaction against an often dysfunctional and “messy” democracy
historically, fascism has often been the product of democracy gone mad
“it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government – except all the others that have been tried” – winston churchill
“many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. no one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise” – Winston Churchill
“Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.“ – Winston S. Churchill (Speech in the House of Commons, 11 November 1947)

In a parliamentary democracy, multiple political parties vie for power sometimes, this leads to ”chaos”. Democracy is “MESSY”, “WEAK” and INEFFECTIVE.
Fascists presented a “third way” – transcending “traditional” politics, towards “progress”.
fascism views itself as being a superior form of social organization beyond capitalism and democracy.
Fascists [and communists] promised to be more democratic than western democracies.

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY – PRUSSIAN “PROGRESS” 
“TOP DOWN” LIBERALISM WITHOUT LIBERTY

SYNOPSIS:
bismarck pioneered the concept of liberalism without liberty, enacted “top down” socialism”
in return for social welfare from an
all-powerful state, bismarck bought off the forces of democratic revolution
bismarck prevented demands for democracy by giving the people what they might ask for in the polls
reform without democracy empowered the bureacratic state, while keeping the public satisfied
all individuals became “dependent” on the state for their own well being
this limited future democracy by giving the people what they wanted without having them vote for it
prussian “progress” “top down” liberalism without liberty

bismarck became the leader of a unified germany. “top down” liberalism without liberty
bismarck pioneered the concept of liberalism without liberty – eight hour work day, health care,
social insurance. The right to work as long as he is healthy, assure him care when he is sick,
assure him maintenance when he is old.” – bismarck, 1862
bismarck left little room for debate
“a government must not waver once it has chosen it’s course …”
“it must not look to the left or right, but go forward” bismarck
in return for social welfare from an all-powerful state, … 
prussian “progress” “top down” liberalism without liberty
… bismarck bought off the forces of democratic revolution
reform without democracy empowered the bureacratic state, while keeping the public satisfied
all individuals became “dependent” on the state for their own well being
bismarck’s germany was “a catalytic of american progressive thought” – historian eric goldman
bismarck’s welfare state was an “admirable system and most nearly perfected” in the world – woodrow wilson
bismarck prevented demands for democracy by giving the people what they might ask for in the polls
limiting future democracy by giving the people what they wanted without having them vote for it
it made the middle class dependent on the state
ENLIGHTENED “DEMOCRACY” or “DESPOTISM” (tyranny)???
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY
PRUSSIAN “PROGRESS” “TOP DOWN” LIBERALISM WITHOUT LIBERTY

many americans were impressed with bismarck’s german state
‘bread and circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure.
democracy often works beautifully at first. but once a state extends the franchise to every warm
body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. for when
the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the
productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state
bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader – the
barbarians enter Rome. – Robert A. Heinlein

FASCIST CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY:
AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT:“EVOLUTION-ary” EXPANSION
The “SCIENCE” of STATE SPONSORED “SALVATION”

– “evolution-ary” expansion
the “science” of state sponsored “salvation” 41
american progressivism sabotaging self-government: regulatory czars – bureaucracy vs. democracy 65
sabotaging self-government killing debate: dysfunctional congress
sabotaging self-government health care “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”
– “king” obama
the regulatory state
the ruling class “gods” in government manipulating the masses
fascist contempt for democracy:
american progressives: unlimited utopian government

SYNOPSIS
“enlightened” government was not the product of democracy, but an alternative to it”
the expanding power of the state was entirely natural as part of an evolutionary process
constitutional democracy, as the founding fathers understood it, was a “phase” in this “progression”
now it was time for the state to ascend to the “next plateau” (towards “progress”)
american “progressives”had “solutions” to reform the “problems” of american society
“progressives” sought government reform to the economic, social and political “corruption” of the time
“enlightened” government was not the product of democracy, but an alternative to it
u.s. president woodrow wilson believed
the state was a natural, organic and spiritual expression of “the people”
government and “the people” should have an “organic bond” that reflected the “true spirit” of the people
woodrow wilson:“government is not a machine, but a living thing”

the expanding power of the state was entirely natural as part of an evolutionary process
constitutional democracy,
as the founding fathers understood it, was a “phase”
in this “progression”
now it was time for the state to ascend to the “next plateau” (towards “progress”)
“government does now whatever experience permits or the times demand” – woodrow wilson, the state
wilson was the first president to speak disparagedly about the constitution. Wilson attacked the very idea of natural and individual rights
“no doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put together as fundamental principle” wilson
the essence of progressivism was that the individual “marry his interests to the state” 
woodrow wilson
government “checks and balances” were an outdated impediment to “progress”
progressive “totalitarian” government
vs.
traditional liberal “limited” government
“dogmatic” attachment to constitutions, democratic practices and antiquated laws was the
enemy of “progress. in congressional government (1885) woodrow wilson left no doubt: the
u.s. constitution prevents the government from meeting the country’s needs by enumerating
rights that the government may not infringe.
american progressives have always wanted to turn the u.s. congress from the role defined by
james madison’s federalist #10, “refine and enlarge the public’s view,” to something like the
british parliament, which ratifies government actions”

The new deal inaugurated today’s administrative state – in which bureaucrats make,
enforce, and adjudicate nearly all the rules. disregard for the text of laws – for the dictionary
meaning of words and the INTENTIONS of those who wrote them – in favor of the decider’s
discretion has permeated our ruling class from the supreme court to the lowest local agency”
“ever since oliver wendell holmes argued in 1920 (missouri v. holland) that presidents, congresses, and judges could not be bound by the u.s. constitution regarding matters that the people who wrote and ratified it could not have foreseen,”…
“it has become conventional wisdom among our ruling class that they may transcend the constitution while pretending allegiance to it”
democracy (power of “the people”) was corrupted by selfish and “systematic” corruption
“democracy is not freedom. democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote” – marvin simkin
“progressives” sought government reform to the economic, social and political “corruption” of the time
“enlightened” government was not the product of democracy, but an alternative to it

“i prefer the word ‘progressive,’ … i consider myself a modern progressive” hilary clinton
“the day of individual happiness has passed” – hitler
“sooner will a camel pass through a needle’s eye than a great man be “discovered” by an election – hitler

SABOTAGING SELF-GOVERNMENT – REGULATORY CZARS
Bureaucracy vs. Democracy
SYNOPSIS:
“CZARS” have NO ONE to ANSWER TO BUT the PRESIDENT – they DO NOT have to be APPROVED by CONGRESS
Senator Robert Byrd: “THESE APPOINTMENTS VIOLATE BOTH the CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM of CHECKS and BALANCES and the SEPARATION of POWERS and is a CLEAR ATTEMPT to EVADE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT”

“CZARS” have NO ONE to ANSWER TO BUT the PRESIDENT -
they DO NOT have to be APPROVED by CONGRESS

“CZARS” are in CONTROL of $1.7 TRILLION WORTH of YEARLY BUDGET
“CZARS”
ENERGY CZAR
URBAN CZAR
INFOTECH CZAR 
FAITH-BASED CZAR – HEALTH REFORM CZAR TARP CZAR -STIMULUS ACCOUNTABILITY CZAR– 
AMERICAN “CZARS”
NON-PROLIFERATION CZAR
TERRORISM CZAR
REGULATORY CZAR
DRUG CZAR GUANTANAMO CLOSURE CZAR
PAY CZAR
U.S. BORDER CZAR
CAR CZAR
ECONOMIC CZAR INTELLIGENCE CZAR GREAT LAKES CZAR CYBER CZAR
COPYRIGHT CZAR
CLIMATE CZAR
HOUSING CZAR
MORTGAGE CZAR
AN IRAN CZAR, 
A MIDDLE EAST CZAR

AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN CZAR
EDUCATION CZAR 
AIDS CZAR
GREEN JOBS CZAR
HOUSING CZAR
MORTGAGE CZAR
IRAN CZAR 
MIDDLE EAST CZAR
AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN CZAR
EDUCATION CZAR 
AIDS CZAR
GREEN JOBS CZAR

ARE “CZARS” UNIQUE to PRESIDENT OBAMA ?
George W. Bush (2001–2009) 33
Barack Obama 37
Franklin Roosevelt 1933–1945 11
Harry Truman 1945–1953 6
Ronald Reagan 1981–1989 1
George H. W. Bush 1989–1993 2
Bill Clinton 1993–2001 8

REGULATORY CZAR – CASS SUNSTEIN
Title: Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
reports to: office of management and budget head peter orszag agency that might have handled similar issues: omb
will be responsible for reviewing draft regulations and assessing their costs and benefits

REGULATORY CZAR CASS SUNSTEIN
“WE OUGHT to BAN HUNTING”
2007 SPEECH at HARVARD UNIVERSITY

“somewhat more broadly, i will suggest that animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law” – Cass Sunstein
“our main policy claim here is the government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories” 
 on page 14 of sunstein’s january, 2008 white paper entitled “conspiracy theories,” the man who is now obama’s head of information technology in the white house proposed that each of the following measures “will have a place under imaginable conditions” according to the strategy detailed in the essay
1)government might ban conspiracy theorizing
2) government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories
sunstein is probably best known for co-authoring the best-selling book “nudge” with richard thaler, which argues that the government can and should nudge – rather than force – people into making better decisions
sunstein’s book “on rumors” is a blueprint for online censorship as he wants to hold blogs and web hosting services accountable for the remarks of commenters on websites while altering libel laws to make it easier to sue for spreading “rumors”

bloggers would be forced to remove such criticism unless they could be “proven”. the litigation expense would be daunting; the time necessary to defend a posting would work to the benefit of the public figure being criticized since the delay would probably allow the figure to win an election before the truth “won out”
 the mere threat of retaliatory actions would be enough to dissuade many commentators from daring to issue a word of criticism or skepticism
senator robert byrd wrote a letter to president obama criticizing … the creation and use of czars to manage important areas of national policy
senator robert byrd: “these appointments violate both the CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM of CHECKS and BALANCES and the SEPARATION of POWERS”
senator byrd:“… and is a clear attempt to evade congressional oversight”
“a government of laws, and not of men” – John Adams

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY:
SABOTAGING SELF-GOVERNMENT
KILLING DEBATE: DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS
HARRY REID’S REIGN of PARALYSIS by Jennifer Rubin
REP. LYNN JENKINS BLAMES HARRY REID FOR ‘DO-NOTHING SENATE’
by Louis Jacobson
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: SABOTAGING SELF-GOVERNMENT
KILLING DEBATE: DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS
SYNOPSIS:
the SENATE RULES to RUBBER-STAMP OBAMA APPOINTEES and WON’T ALLOW VOTES ON THINGS THAT WILL MAKE the WHITE HOUSE UNCOMFORTABLE
The SENATE MAJORITY DID NOT WANT THE PRESIDENT to be CHALLENGED ON ANYTHING, WHICH of COURSE LEAVES HIM FREE to PURSUE HIS AGENDA THROUGH the BUREAUCRACY, ALL of WHOM WORK FOR HIM

HARRY REID’S REIGN of PARALYSIS
by Jennifer Rubin Washington Post August 4, 2014

Jennifer Rubin: “what is the argument for the continued reign of senate majority leader harry reid (d-nev) and a democratic majority? the senate has not voted on jobs bills sent by the house, any ‘fix’ for obamacare or a domestic energy development bill”
the senate will not take up a real vote on the keystone xl pipeline. it will not take up iran
sanctions. it did pass veterans affairs legislation and iron dome funding, not exactly difficult
votes other than that, not much of consequence has gone on in the senate, but not because of
republican objections …the gop would love to take up many of these subjects, debate them and
offer amendments;’ …it is reid who either won’t take up meaty issues or won’t allow any
minority amendments, a practice he has taken further than any modern senate leader”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said succinctly: “WELL, IF YOU LOOK at the last six years, the president and his people, i think, believed they got just about everything they wanted legislatively the first two years”
“in essence, the senate has become an adjunct of the white house”
reid’s side comes up with no innovative (or even non-innovative) initiatives of its own and doesn’t allow any from the gop”
“it changed the senate rules to rubber-stamp obama appointees and won’t allow votes on things that will make the white house uncomfortable”
“it is not that the senate has been unproductive; that would be an improvement”
“rather, it has been counterproductive time and again. It propagates nasty partisanship”
“the senate majority did not want the president to be challenged on anything, which of course leaves him free to pursue his agenda through the bureaucracy, all of whom work for him,” mcconnell said
… “and of course that serves the president’s purpose because it gives him a congress to run against and it gives him the freedom of his bureaucrats to pursue his agenda”
“largely unimpeded by the kind of restrictions on the spending process that congress would normally write in to appropriation bills if they ever passed them”

on “meet the press”, sen. john thune (r-s.d.) observed, “wages are flat, unemployment’s high, everything from gas to food to health care costs more for the american people. but you can’t address that situation if you don’t vote”

“this is not “business as usual” or “the way things work” in washington. “[w]e went for an
entire year where we cast less than one vote on a republican amendment per month”
and in the harry reid senate,that’s become the norm,” said thune “it’s become a factory for
show votes where votes are made that are more interested in winning votes that are for
democrats in november elections than they are for winning jobs for the american people”
“and that’s got to change.the senate’s got to function again. it is dysfunctional”
“it has become somewhat comical”
“the president says he will have to‘go it alone’on the border issues because congress won’t act. reid is forcing obama to act unilaterally on the border crisis”
jennifer rubin: “he might as well complain that it’s congress’s fault that there is no domestic energy bill” (Foiled again by Harry Reid!)

REP. LYNN JENKINS BLAMES HARRY REID FOR ‘DO-NOTHING SENATE’
by Louis Jacobson Politifact.com August 6th, 2014

in the “do-nothing senate,” there are 352 house bills “sitting on harry reid’s desk awaiting action,” including 55 introduced by democrats
– lynn jenkins on tuesday, july 29th, 2014 in a press conference
“the president is fond of referring to the house as the ‘do-nothing congress.’ but we have 352 reasons why it’s a ‘do-nothing senate.’”
“352 bills are sitting on harry reid’s desk, awaiting action.

“98 percent of them passed with bipartisan support – Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation.
“50 percent of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition.
“70 percent of the bills passed with two-thirds support in the House.
“And over 55 bills were introduced by Democrats.

“352 bills. Why won’t Harry Reid act? These are good bills; bills that put the American people back to work, put more money in hardworking Americans pockets, help with education, and skills training. We call upon Harry Reid to get to work before he adjourns in August to pass some of these bills. The AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER.

contempt for democracy: sabotaging self-government
health care “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what
is in it” sabotaging self-government health care “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”

HERE COME ‘DEATH PANELS‘: BUREAUCRATS TRUMPING OUR DEMOCRACY
by RICH LOWRY

SABOTAGING SELF-GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE “WE HAVE to PASS the BILL SO THAT YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT”
SYNOPSIS:
candidate obama promised “transparency” and an end to secrecy
president obama – in one of his first official acts – committed his new administration to an “unprecedented” level of transparency
the house voted unanimously to let the public view the latest government bill for at least 48 hours prior to passage – house democrats promptly broke that pledge
sabotaging self-government health care “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”
during the campaign, obama regularly promised to broadcast all such negotiations on c-span, putting the entire process of health care reform out in the open
the house and senate put together the final health care reform bill behind closed doors according to an agreement by top democrats
press secretary robert gibbs stressed today that “the president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible”

during the campaign, obama regularly promised to broadcast all such negotiations on c-span, putting the entire process of health care reform out in the open
president obama – in one of his first official acts – committed his new administration to an
“unprecedented” level of transparency
candidate obama promised “transparency” and an end to secrecy
obama promised to allow us five days online to look at any bill before he signs it
he said “[t]oo often bills are rushed through congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them[.]”
obama said meeting where laws are written would be more open
obama signed the schip [“stimulus”] bill three hours after congress passed it, after being online for less than two days
the democrat house and senate conferees met in the dead of night, with republican conferees not even notified
The house voted unanimously to let the public view the latest government bill for at least 48 hours prior to passage – house democrats promptly broke that pledge
obama doesn’t control congress, but it didn’t stop him from making the promise, did it?
obama promised an end to “too much secrecy in washington
“the house and senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill was behind closed doors according to an agreement by top democrats,” house speaker nanci pelosi said
press secretary robert gibbs stressed today that “the president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible, during the campaign, obama regularly promised to broadcast all such negotiations on c-span, putting the entire process of health care reform out in the open
when republicans controlled congress and george w. bush was in the white house, it was democrats who angrily complained about secret backroom deal
Nancy Pelosi on Health Care Bill:
“WE HAVE to PASS the BILL SO THAT YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT”
“SECRECY BEGETS TYRANNY” – Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

limiting future democracy by giving the people what they wanted without having them vote for it
members in the house were being asked to pledge their votes on the democrat party bill before it was even printed and then in spite of the fact that members had never read it
john conyers (d-mich), chairman of the house judiciary committee spoke at a national press club luncheon:
“why should members of congress have to read … 1000 page bills”
“what good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?“ – congressman john conyers
the secretary in question is the secretary of health and human services, kathleen sebelius, who “shall” and “may” do all manner of things to complete the great unfinished canvas that is obamacare
in the discretion she’s granted to remake american health care, SHE RIVALS NANCY pelosi, hillary clinton and oprah winfrey as the most powerful woman in america
congressman michael burgess questioned secretary sebelius on the unelected 15-person panel and the ultimate effects of this panel in reshaping the health care system and the ipab’s power and lack of judicial oversight

HERE COME ‘DEATH PANELS‘:
BUREAUCRATS TRUMPING OUR DEMOCRACY
by Rich Lowry National Review December 28, 2010

“DEATH PANELS” are SHORTHAND for CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN DOCTORS and patients to set up advanced directives governing decisions over end-of-life care
“these consultations are innocent enough, even desirable. unless you worry that obamacare’s inevitable drift into price controls and rationing will twist them into something more sinister.”
“justified fear? feverish fantasy? that’s a matter of debate. our civics textbooks tell us we have a system of representative government, accountable to the people, to adjudicate just such intensely contested questions”
“her hhs decided medicare will cover end-of-life consultations as part of obamacare’s annual “wellness visits.”
philip klein of the american spectator counted 700 references in obamacare the secretary “shall“, 200 to the secretary “may” and 139 to the secretary “determines.”

“CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORTERS of the NEW POLICY, THOUGH PLEASED, HAVE kept quiet. they fear provoking another furor.”
on july 13, 2011, the house subcommittee on health and energy held hearings in which sebelius attempted to minimize the influence of the controversial ipab
congressman michael burgess questioned secretary sebelius on the unelected 15-person panel and the ultimate effects of this panel in reshaping the health care system and the ipab’s power and lack of judicial oversight
sebelius’s testimony attempted to minimize the immense authority granted to the independent medicare payment advisory board (ipab)
the new york times reported the other day that hhs has created a version of the “death panels,” in sarah palin’s famous coinage, that were stripped out of the law after an uproar in 2009.

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: HEALTHCARE
“WE HAVE to PASS the BILL SO THAT YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT.”
Rich Lowry: Why did we bother having that fight, with all its fiery accusations, IF Kathleen Sebelius and her underlings could SIMPLY ACT at THEIR DISCRETION?

Last week, HHS ANNOUNCED that PREMIUM INCREASES over 10% next year are “UNREASONABLE.” It EARLIER HAD WARNED INSURERS IT WOULD HAVE “ZERO TOLERANCE ” for “UNJUSTIFIED RATES INCREASES.”
Because Sebelius SAYS SO
“The Obama administration has issued more than
100 WAIVERS from provisions of ObamaCare, a sweeping round of EXCEPTIONS. Why? Because Sebelius SAYS SO.”
“the regulatory state isn’t anything new, but the obama administration is broadening and deepening it as a matter of philosophy and exigency.”
“the administration has progressivism’s taste for rule by self-appointed experts, and now it has little choice but to work around a republican-held house of representatives to pursue its goals”
the environmental protection agency plans to move to limit greenhouse emissions from power plants and oil refineries in response to congress not passing a cap-and-trade law
as president obama put it, there’s more than one way
“of skinning the cat”
rich lowry: “all of this is deeply corrosive of self-government. from “we the people . . . ” to “the secretary may . . . ” is a triumph of bureaucracy over republicanism.”
“government exists to protect us from each other. where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves” – Ronald Reagan
“GOVERNMENT isn’t the SOLUTION to our problems, government is the PROBLEM.”
Ronald Reagan January 20, 1981

c-span ceo brian lamb told the daily caller that president obama “never” asked c-span to air negotiations over his health care bill, despite making it a campaign promise during the 2008 presidential election season

c-span uses a video feed provided by the house of representatives for its broadcasts of floor debates. lamb argues that c-span’s cameras need more access in congress, but congressional leadership has consistently turned down the company’s requests.
“KING” OBAMA-GOGUE

KING OBAMA OUR LATEST MONARCH: Separation of powers prevents Congress from reining in imperial presidents. by F.H. Buckley
BARACK OBAMA is a KING, NOT a PRESIDENT by F.H. Buckley 275
“OBAMA USES EXECUTIVE ORDERS to BYPASS CONGRESS”
by Brian Koenig
OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDERS NATIONALIZING Energy, Food, Water, Everything Else by  William F. Jasper
ALITO WINCES AS OBAMA SLAMS SUPREME COURT RULING by Jan Crawford
OBAMA, a ONE-MAN REVOLUTION In his “fourth quarter,” he feels free to ignore popular opinion, the rule of law, and Congress by Victor Davis Hanson

“KING” OBAMA
the “great” leader “transcends” the mere mechanics of “messy” democracy. the “cult of personality” leading us to “collective salvation” f.h. buckley: “unlike real kings, american presidents are elected, but they nevertheless enjoy powers a king would envy” separation of powers prevents congress from reining in imperial presidents george mason, who declined to sign our constitution in 1787, predicted this. he said u.s. presidents would be “elected monarchs“ “in truth, however, the expansion of presidential power has been going on in one way or another under most of the presidents who came before” “the framers thought they had erected a wall against rule by a king, but obama found cracks in the wall, … with the fingerprints of presidents such as richard nixon, bill clinton and george w. bush”
The “GREAT” LEADER “TRANSCENDED” the MERE MECHANICS of “MESSY” DEMOCRACY
The “CULT of PERSONALITY”
“he’s (the leader) allyou need to be” …
the “cult of personality” leading us to “collective salvation”
“we reject sweeping claims of ‘inherent’ presidential power” (2008)
“we will revisit the patriot act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.” (2008)
“the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation”
“in instances of self-defense, the president would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising congress or seeking its consent”
“history has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the legislative branch” (2007)
“it is always preferable to have the informed consent of congress prior to any military action” (2007)
“we will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine duly enacted law” (2008)
“for a long time we asked congress to let us put our own cameras in the chambers so you can get a much more honest view of what’s actually going on, and everybody on both sides turns us down,” he said december 19, 2009 the senate version of the democrats’ so-called health care reform is so unpopular, nevada’s harry reid finds it necessary to vote on it at 1:00 a.m. the legislation the democrats are rushing through the senate has yet to be revealed, so vote the democrats scheduled for the middle of the night will come less than 40 hours after it is made available – well short of the 72 hours democrats promised the bill would be available before any vote
“We’ve seen an Administration put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. The Democratic Party rejects this dichotomy. We will restore our constitutional traditions, and recover our nation’s founding commitment to liberty under law” (2008)
C-span ceo brian lamb told the daily caller that president obama “never” asked c-span to air negotiations over his health care bill, despite making it a campaign promise during the 2008 presidential election
c-span uses a video feed provided by the house of representatives for its broadcasts of floor debates. lamb argues that c-span’s cameras need more access in congress, but congressional leadership has consistently turned down the company’s requests.
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: REJECTING REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

in 2008, obama was a fierce, sanctimonious critic of just the sorts of practices and protocols that he later embraced
“let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, that in america the law is king” ― thomas paine
“for as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other” – Thomas Paine

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS REX LEX: The King is Law
KING OBAMA OUR LATEST MONARCH:
Separation of powers prevents Congress from reining in imperial presidents.
by F.H. Buckley April 27, 2014

F.H. BUCKLEY,a GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR, is AUTHOR of
“The ONCE and FUTURE KING” is a Professor at George Mason University School of Law,
where he has taught since 1989. Before then, he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of
Chicago Law School. He has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris
II),and Sciences Po in Paris. He practiced law for three years in Toronto.

“unlike real kings, american presidents are elected, but they nevertheless enjoy powers a king
would envy. george mason, who declined to sign our constitution in 1787, predicted this. he
said u.s. presidents would be “elected monarchs. and just as mason predicted, we’re seeing
something like monarchical government under president obama”
“in truth, however, the expansion of presidential power has been going on in one way or another under most of the presidents who came before”
“obama has simply exploited the opportunities implicit in his office”
“the framers thought they had erected a wall against rule by a king, but obama found cracks in the wall, … with the fingerprints of presidents such as richard nixon, bill clinton and george w. bush”
“if it’s blame you’re looking for, blame presidential government, not obama”
“the problem with presidents goes beyond the u.s. the libertarian cato institute rates the u.s. as the world’s 17th most economically free nation”
“all the democracies ahead of it are parliamentary governments”
“looking more broadly around the world, an empirical study i conducted found that presidential governments are less free than parliamentary ones”
“it’s easy to see why there are presidents for life but not prime ministers for life”
“the american system of separation of powers, which divided the responsibilities of congress and the presidency, was supposed to protect freedom by preventing power from being concentrated in a single branch of government”
“but that’s not how it turned out”
“like a boomerang that swings back and strikes the person who launched it, the separation of powers has served to prevent congress from reining in an imperial president”
“should we be surprised, then, if presidents make laws by regulatory diktat, unmake laws by refusing to enforce them, or make wars when they want? it’s in the nature of things in a presidential system”
“it is what happens when a president pokes his head through what was thought an impenetrable
wall” “it’s dangerous, and we must hope for a revival of congressional power that seals up the
wall again. that’s what the framers would have wanted”

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS – REX LEX: The King is Law
BARACK OBAMA is a KING, NOT a PRESIDENT
by F.H. Buckley May 21, 2014 FoxNews.com

“today president obama is a controversial figure, but let me offer my prediction about the judgment of history” … “i think he’ll be remembered as the most consequential american president since george washington”
“washington was the ‘indispensable man’ because he returned to civilian life when he might have crowned himself king”
“for his part, obama will be remembered as the person who assumed king-like powers as president”
“in my book,”the once and future king: the rise of crown government in america,” i describe what has happened as a return to crown government, the kind of government britain had under george iii”
“the difference is that british kings didn’t have to stand for election. but then an election gives american presidents a political legitimacy british kings never had”
“george mason foresaw this in the 1787 convention that gave us our constitution. the american president would be an “elective monarch,” he said, and added that would be worse than the real thing”
“the long arc of american constitutional government has bent from the monarchical principle of the colonial period to the separation of powers, and now back again to crown government and rule by a single person”
“while this didn’t start with obama, he’s taken it to an entirely new level”
“he makes and unmakes laws without the consent of congress; he spends trillions of government dollars; and the greatest of decisions, whether to commit his country to war or lay down our arms, is made by him alone”
“his ability to reward friends and punish enemies exceeds anything seen in the past. he is rex quondam, rex futurus – the once and future king”
“the doctrine of separation of powers was supposed to prevent that. it didn’t. instead, it has served to immunize the president from accountability”
“all this should be alarming to americans. nothing is more central to the founders’ constitution than the idea that the centralization of political power in a single person is a threat to liberty”
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS – REX LEX: The King is Law
“OBAMA USES EXECUTIVE ORDERS to BYPASS CONGRESS”
by Brian Koenig Yahoo.com April 23, 2012

BRIAN KOENIG is a blogger, columnist, and freelance journalist who contributes to several local and national publications, including The New American, The Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, American Thinker, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Brian Koenig: “president obama’s agenda, particularly involving legislative proposals, has been stunted by a polarized congress now toiling in gridlock”
brian koenig: “consequently, the white house is resorting to its purported ‘executive authority’ – specifically, by issuing a flurry of new executive orders”
brian koenig: “the president’s view of congress has been unpalatable, at least, since the republicans captured the house of representatives in the 2010 election. and obama’s solution? bypass congress altogether”
“we had been attempting to highlight the inability of congress to do anything,” asserted former white house chief of staff william m. daley, referring to a strategy meeting carried out last fall

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS – REX LEX: The King is Law
“the president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own”
“indeed, the obama administration is now launching its ‘we can’t wait’ campaign, a seemingly despotic ploy to work around obama’s congressional foes and enact a catalog of new executive-ordained policies”
“all in all, the white house’s agenda is clear. ‘i refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer’, obama professed in a speech carried out earlier this year”
“when congress refuses to act and – as a result – hurts our economy and puts people at risk, i have an obligation as president to do what i can without them”

OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDERS NATIONALIZING Energy, Food, Water,
Everything Else by William F. Jasper April, 2013

“one of the most frightening obama edicts to come down the pike is executive order 13603
on “national defense resources preparedness,” issued on march 16, 2012.
“this executive order is frightening because of its sweeping scope, explicitly declaring that the president and his designated cabinet and agency heads have authority to commandeer and control:” …

EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY to COMMANDEER and CONTROL:
ALL WATER
ALL HUMAN and ANIMAL FOOD
ALL TRANSPORTATION
ALL ENERGY
ALL CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
ALL “HEALTH RESOURCES”
ALL FARM EQUIPMENT
ALL FERTILIZERS
ALL FUELS

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS REX LEX: The King is Law
“what should be particularly alarming to americans is that executive order 13603 does not merely claim these powers during war time or during a “national emergency,”
… “but explicitly and repeatedly states that these apply “in peacetime and in times of national emergency”
“it further states that this “authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions”
Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution states: “ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS herein granted shall be vested in a CONGRESS of the United States.”
“The all-important operative phrase here is: herein granted. Those POWERS GRANTED to CONGRESS by the States and the People are delineated in Article I, and primarily in Section 8 of the same”
“nowhere is congress granted authority to ‘allocate’ all food, water, transportation, energy, health resources, etc.”
contempt for democracy “king” 
obama: executive orders rex lex: the king is law
“and it has no constitutional power to “delegate” that authority to the president or any executive department or agency”
“is it really too extreme to suggest that maybe it is time to hold a “national conversation” on the dangers of runaway executive orders and the “emergency and non-emergency powers” claimed by the federal government?”

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY “KING” 
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS REX LEX: The King is Law
“Is it NOT OUR RESPONSIBILITY as CITIZENS to DEMAND of our senators and representatives a FIRM RESISTANCE to ALL ENCROACHMENTS on OUR LIBERTIES?”
“FEW PEOPLE DESIRE LIBERTY; MOST MEN WISH ONLY for a JUST MASTER.”
– GAIUS SELSUSTIUS CRISPIS, ROMAN HISTORIAN

“Is it really too difficult to imagine that another economic crisis, another terrorist attack, a banking collapse in Europe, war with Iran, war with North Korea (or fill in the blank with any number of other possible scenarios) might be used by President Obama (or a future president) to employ the full panoply of ILLEGAL EXECUTIVE POWERS TO DESTROY WHAT REMAINS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC?”
“The FACT THAT COMPLETE TYRANNY HAS NOT BEEN FASTENED ON US ALREADY and THAT WE YET ENJOY RELATIVE FREEDOM of MOVEMENT, EXPRESSION, WORSHIP, ETC.,” …
OBAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDERS REX LEX: The King is Law 
 … “IS NO GUARANTEE that the TYRANNICAL POTENTIAL EMBODIED in the MULTITUDE of EXECUTIVE ORDERS and LAWS ALREADY on the BOOKS WILL NOT BE USED to SNUFF OUT WHAT FREEDOMS WE STILL POSSESS”
ALITO WINCES AS OBAMA SLAMS SUPREME COURT RULING
by Jan Crawford CBS News January 28, 2010

(cbs/ ap) – president obama took the extraordinary step in wednesday’s state of the union address of slamming the supreme court for last week’s decision striking down limits on corporate spending on political advertisements, ruling that the court had “opened the floodgates” to special interests and foreign corporations in elections.
and it appears that one of the justices in the audience didn’t agree. as obama spoke, justice samuel alito shook his head and appears to mouth the words, “not true”
obama’s frontal assault on the supreme court in a state of the union is almost unheard of for a president
typically, presidents who get bad supreme court rulings (and they’ve all gotten their share) grimace and bear it, taking the position that the “court has spoken”
i don’t ever remember a democratic president, in a state of the union address, take on the supreme court for a recent decision and dare congress to overturn it
but in his speech, obama was in your face – blasting the court and urging congress to undo the decision. six justices sat in the audience, including anthony kennedy, who wrote the decision
“we hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late revolution” …
“the freemen of america did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents”
“they saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle”
“we revere this lesson too much soon to forget it”

“KING” OBAMAGOGUE

OBAMA, a ONE-MAN REVOLUTION
In his “fourth quarter,” he feels free to ignore popular opinion, the rule of law, and Congress
by Victor Davis Hanson National Review Online January 7, 2015

“until now there were two types of peaceful american change”
“one was a president, like franklin d. roosevelt or ronald reagan, working with congress to alter american life from the top down by passing a new agenda”
“the other was popular-reform pressure, as happened in the 1890s or 1960s, to change public opinion and force government to make new laws or change existing ones”
“barack obama has introduced a quite different, third sort of revolution. he seeks to enact change that both the majority of americans and their representatives oppose”
“and he tries to do it by bypassing congress through executive orders and presidential memoranda of dubious legality”
“take so-called climate change. even when obama enjoyed a democrat-controlled congress, he could not ram through unpopular cap-and-trade legislation”
“now he promises to reduce carbon emissions through executive orders”
“he just signed a climate-change “accord” with china, bypassing the u.s. senate, which by law must approve treaties with foreign powers”
“polls show that a majority of americans oppose amnesties and want immigration laws enforced. the 2014 midterm elections were a reminder of those realities”
“no matter. obama just did what for six years he warned was illegal: bypass immigration law and grant millions exemptions from enforcement through what he once called “a pen and a phone”
“in part the obama revolution is bureaucratic. old agencies are reinvented for new progressive missions”
“the nasa director promised to pursue muslim outreach”
“the irs went after political opponents”
“the actions of immigration and customs enforcement are selective, and predicated on politics that are deemed favorable to the long-term obama agenda”
“whether the department of justice under eric holder intervened in a case was predicated on race, class, and gender criteria rather than just the legal merits.”
“obama is said to feel liberated in his revolutionary mode, without worry of either midterm elections or his own reelection”
“he promises in his “fourth quarter” to enact more executive orders that will radically transform america, despite potential opposition from voters and the congress”
victor davis hanson: obama’s promised new legislation – gun control, climate change, obamacare – was either rejected by congress or passed but found to be both unpopular and nearly unworkable
“yet the president presses on with his unpopular agenda, believing, AS DID napoleon,” …
… “that he alone is the revolution – intent to ignore popular opinion, the rule of law and congress”
… “he assumes that his mastery of the teleprompter and iconic status as the first black president exempt him from congressional censure or outright public revolt”
“in the next two years, we will see presidential overreach that we have not witnessed in modern memory”
“i predict future happiness for americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”
“there is no public square where free [people] and their voluntary associations …
“deal with each other on their own terms free from the mommying of the state.”

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The REGULATORY STATE

The REGULATED STATES of AMERICA
Tocqueville saw a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority. Today? Welcome to Planet Government. by Niall Ferguson
– obama’s regulatory state marches on
by bryan preston
– obama’s record-setting red tape costs households $14,000 annually by wayne crews
contempt for democracy: the regulatory state synopsis:
“the essential principle of totalitarianism is to make laws that are impossible to obey” – christopher hitchens
“we take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly vulnerable it is” 
― niall ferguson
tocqueville also foresaw exactly how this regulatory state would suffocate
the spirit of free enterprise:
“The COST of all this [REGULATION], Mr. Crews estimates, is $1.8 TRILLION ANNUALLY – that’s on top of the federal government’s $3.5 trillion in outlays, so it is equivalent to an invisible 65% surcharge on your federal taxes, or NEARLY 12% of GDP”
tocqueville also foresaw exactly how this regulatory state would suffocate
the spirit of free enterprise:
“so much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected”
“we take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly vulnerable it is” – Niall Ferguson

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The REGULATORY STATE
The REGULATED STATES of AMERICA
Tocqueville saw a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority.
Today? Welcome to Planet Government.
by Niall Ferguson June, 2013

Niall Ferguson is a British historian. He is the Laurence A. Tisch PROFESSOR of HISTORY at HARVARD University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of OXFORD, and a Senior Fellow of the HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY His specialty is international and economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets, and British and American imperialism. His new book is “The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die”

In “Democracy in America,” published in 1833, ALEXIS de TOCQUEVILLE marveled at the way Americans PREFERRED VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION to GOVERNMENT REGULATION”
“the inhabitant of the united states,” he wrote, “has only a defiant and restive regard for social authority and he appeals to it . . . only when he cannot do without it”
“unlike frenchmen, he continued, who instinctively looked to the state to provide economic and social order, americans relied on their own efforts”
“in the united states, they associate for the goals of public security, of commerce and industry, of morality and religion. there is nothing the human will despairs of attaining by the free action of the collective power of individuals.”
“What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: “Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small.”
Niall Ferguson: “tocqueville would not recognize america today. indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, france must have conquered the united states”
niall ferguson: “instead of joining together to get things done, americans have increasingly become dependent on washington”
“excluding blank pages, the 2012 federal register – the official directory of regulation – runs to 78,961 pages.
back in 1986 it was 44,812 pages. in 1936 it was just 2,620”
“true, our economy today is much larger than it was in 1936—around 12 times larger, allowing for inflation. but the federal register has grown by a factor of 30 in the same period”
“the last time regulation was cut was under ronald reagan, when the number of pages in the federal register fell by 31%. surprise: real gdp grew by 30% in that same period”
“but leviathan’s diet lasted just eight years. since 1993, 81,883
new rules have been issued”
“in the past 10 years, the “final rules” issued by our 63 federal departments, agencies and commissions have outnumbered laws passed by congress 223 to 1”
“the essential principle of totalitarianism is to make laws that are impossible to obey” 
- Christopher Hitchens
“As the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Wayne Crews shows in his invaluable annual survey of the federal regulatory state, WE HAVE BECOME the REGULATION NATION almost IMPERCEPTIBLY”
“The COST of all this, Mr. Crews estimates, is $1.8 TRILLION ANNUALLY – that’s on top of the federal government’s $3.5 trillion in outlays, so it is equivalent to an invisible 65% surcharge on your federal taxes, or NEARLY 12% of GDP”
“Especially invidious is the fact that the COSTS of REGULATION for small businesses (those with fewer than 20 employees) are 36% higher per employee than they are for bigger firms”
“The EPA’s NEW OZONE RULE, which will impose up to $90 BILLION in YEARLY COSTS on AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS; and the DEPARTMENT of TRANSPORTATION’S REAR-VIEW CAMERA RULE. THAT’S SO YOU NEVER HAVE TO TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND WHEN BACKING UP”
the internal revenue service code (plus associated regulations) just keeps growing passed the nine-million-word mark back in 2005, according to the tax foundation, meaning nearly 19% more verbiage than 10 years before
while some taxes may have been cut in the intervening years, the
tax code just kept growing.
“genius that he was, tocqueville saw this transformation of
america coming.”
the end of “democracy in america” he warned against the government becoming “an immense tutelary power . . . absolute, detailed, regular” . . .
” . . . cover[ing] [society’s] surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way”
tocqueville also foresaw exactly how this regulatory state would suffocate the spirit of free enterprise:
“it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes”, …
… “and finally reduces [the] nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.”
“power always thinks it has a great souls and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak” – John Adams

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The REGULATORY STATE
NEW EPA REGS ISSUED UNDER OBAMA are 38 TIMES as LONG as The BIBLE

SINCE president barack obama took office on jan. 20, 2009, the environmental protection
agency (epa) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the federal
register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words.
the Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. thus, the new epa regulations
issued by the obama administration contain 19 times as many pages as the bible and 38 times as
many words.
the obama epa regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire harry potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words
they have 5,484 times as many words as the u.s. constitution, which has 4,543 words, including the signatures; and 17,088 times as many words as the declaration of independence, which has 1,458 words including signatures.
“the broader question of whether the obama administration’s epa is “overreaching” in its regulatory effects has not gone away.”
“critics both in congress and outside of it regularly accuse the agency of overkill,” states a congressional research service report, epa regulations: too much, too little, or on track?
yet, epa proponents are fighting for more rules
“environmental groups and other supporters of the agency disagree that epa has overreached”
“many of them believe that the agency is, in fact, moving in the right direction, including taking action on significant issues that had been long delayed or ignored in the past. in several cases, environmental advocates would like the regulatory actions to be stronger,” said the crs report.

“CONCENTRATED POWER HAS ALWAYS BEEN the ENEMY of LIBERTY” 
― Ronald Reagan

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The REGULATORY STATE
OBAMA’s REGULATORY STATE MARCHES ON
by Bryan Preston August, 2011

BRYAN PRESTON has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas

Bryan Preston: “A day after president obama spoke about american innovation and how we
need to get the economy going again, and blamed congress for all of his own problems, his
regulatory state is setting up for another predatory move.
“the federal department of transportation is looking at reclassifying agricultural machinery as commercial vehicles. the impact of that decision would be to require licensing and other regulations, on vehicles that seldom leave the property where they’re used.”
“tim strobel has been driving a tractor for 20 years, so he’s a bit puzzled that federal officials are kicking around an idea that could ultimately force him – and anyone else operating farm machinery – to get a commercial driver’s license.”
yes, the same kind of license that interstate truckers must have to operate their rigs.
the additional public safety gained from increased federal regulation is unclear at best, but the additional costs for farmers would come at a time when they could least afford them, brancel said in a letter to federal officials.

UNDER OBAMA, 11,327 PAGES of FEDERAL REGULATIONS ADDED
by Penny Starr September, 2012
(CNSNews.com) – Over the past three years, the bound edition of the Code of Federal Regulations has increased by 11,327 pages – a 7.4% increase from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011. In 2009, the increase in the number of pages was the most over the last decade – 3.4% or 5,359 pages.

Over the past decade, the federal government has issued almost 38,000 new final rules, according to the draft of the 2011 annual report to Congress on federal regulations by the Office of Management and Budget. That brought the total at the end of 2011 to 169,301 pages.
That is more than double the number of pages needed to publish the regulations back in 1975 when the bound edition consisted of 71,244 pages.
The figures were released at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., when the business federation held its annual Labor Day briefing on the state of the economy, obstacles to job creation and the burden of regulations on the labor market.
Economists with the Chamber also analyzed the OBM’s report on the study, calculating that if every U.S. household paid an equal share of the federal regulatory burden, it would mean a $15,586 tab for each household in 2008.
“Above this race of men stands an IMMENSE and tutelary POWER, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; BUT IT SEEKS, on the contrary, to KEEP THEM in PERPETUAL CHILDHOOD: …

… “it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For THEIR HAPPINESS such a GOVERNMENT willingly labors, but it CHOOSES to be the SOLE AGENT and the ONLY ARBITER of THAT HAPPINESS; it PROVIDES for their SECURITY, foresees and SUPPLIES their NECESSITIES, FACILITATES their pleasures, MANAGES their principal concerns, DIRECTS their industry, REGULATES the descent of property, and SUBDIVIDES their inheritances: WHAT REMAINS, but to SPARE THEM ALL the CARE of THINKING and all the TROUBLE of LIVING? – Alexis De Tocqueville
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The REGULATORY STATE
OBAMA’S RECORD-SETTING RED TAPE COSTS HOUSEHOLDS
$14,000 ANNUALLY
Wayne Crews FORBES.com May, 2013

Wayne Crews – “I’m vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the
Competitive Enterprise Institute where I write the annual Ten Thousand Commandments
report on gov’t regulation among much else.”
The COST of REGULATION is a little like off-budget taxation; it’s a LARGELY HIDDEN-TAX  on the economy
This past week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and I released the latest edition of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, which surveys the big picture federal regulatory state by numbers and costs.
”Here are some highlights, or low-lights, depending upon your perspective:”
1. This is the 20th anniversary of Ten Thousand Commandments. In that time, 81,883 final rules have been issued. That’s more than 3,500 per year or about nine daily.
2. There were 29 times more regulations issued than laws passed by Congress and signed by the president. I call this the Anti-Democracy Index. There were 127 new laws, but 3,708 new rules. Unelected agency staff do the bulk of “lawmaking.”
3. TOTAL COSTS for Americans to COMPLY with FEDERAL REGULATIONS reached $1.806 TRILLION in 2012. For the first time, the cost of regulation is of a magnitude equivalent to over half of total federal spending. It is more than the GDPs of Canada or Mexico.
4. Regulatory COSTS amount to $14,678 PER FAMILY – 23% of the average household income of $63,685, and 30% of the expenditure budget of $49,705.
5. Regulations COST MORE than receipts from corporate and personal income taxes COMBINED
6. Combined with $3.53 TRILLION in FEDERAL SPENDING, Washington’s SHARE of the ECONOMY now reaches 34.4%.
7. The Federal Register finished 2012 at 78,961 pages. That’s the fourth highest all time. The top two all-time are the 81,405 pages in 2010 and the 81,247 pages in 2011. Note, therefore, that three of the all-time high years happened under the Obama Administration.
8. The EPA added 223 rules in 2012 – sixth among federal agencies behind Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Agriculture and Transportation. These agencies 1,953 rules account for 48% of all federal rules.
8. The EPA’s TOTAL ESTIMATED COMPLIANCE COST – $353 BILLION – exceeds that of other agencies.
“So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly vulnerable it is.” 
― Niall Ferguson
there have existed, in every age and every country, two distinct orders of men – the lovers of freedom and the devoted advocates of power – robert hayne
“democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others” –
winston churchill
“remember, democracy never lasts long. it soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. there is never a democracy that did not commit suicide” – john adams
“when the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . it is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold . . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters .” 
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Volume 2

“It is above all in the present democratic age that the true friends of liberty and human grandeur
must remain constantly vigilant and ready to prevent the social power from lightly sacrificing
the particular rights of a few individuals to the general execution of its designs. In such times
there is no citizen so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed, and there
are no individual rights so unimportant that they can be sacrificed to arbitrariness with
impunity.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
“while all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill – little better
understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago – john adams
“facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” 
― Ronald Reagan
“A GOVERNMENT of LAWS, and NOT of MEN” – John Adams

CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The RULING CLASS
“GODS” in GOVERNMENT MANIPULATING the MASSES

JOHN KERRY: FREEDOM MAKES IT HARD TO GOVERN by Todd Konrad AMERICA’s RULING CLASS and the PERILS of REVOLUTION
by Angelo M. Codevilla

The RULING CLASS – “GODS” in GOVERNMENT MANIPULATING the MASSES
SYNOPSIS
“this pesky internet, kerry says, “makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest“
“they actually believe in their personal infallibility and the inherent goodness of the monstrous governmental beast they have created in washington and state capitols across the country”
angelo m. codevilla: “america’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats”
“it rules uneasily over the majority of americans not oriented to government”
“the two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century’s northerners and southerners”
modern society became so complex and productive, the skills to run it so rare, that it called forth a new class of highly educated officials and cooperators in an ever less private sector”
america is now ruled by a “newocracy”: a “new aristocracy … the true beneficiaries of globalization”
“our ruling class … privileged people set itself apart from the rest of us by its connection careers and fortunes with ever bigger government
“how did america change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? what sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?”
“our ruling class grew and set itself apart from the rest of us by its connection with ever bigger government and a certain attitude”
“what really distinguishes these privileged people … their careers and fortunes depend on government”
The RULING CLASS – “GODS” in GOVERNMENT 
 MANIPULATING the MASSES
SYNOPSIS
barack obama described his opponents’ clinging to “god and guns” as a characteristic of inferior americans, he justified himself by pointing out he had said “what everybody knows is true”
confident “knowledge” that “some of us, the ones who matter,” have grasped truths that the common herd cannot”

“our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself” holding power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof”
“it is a “machine” that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members, transferring money or jobs or privileges to the party’s clients”
“hence our ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government”
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY: The RULING CLASS “GODS” in GOVERNMENT MANIPULATING the MASSES
JOHN KERRY: FREEDOM MAKES IT HARD TO GOVERN
by Todd Konrad August 25, 2013

TODD KONRAD is a former Navy intelligence specialist attached to the Defense Intelligence Agency and the author of the upcoming book A Republic, if you can keep it: a chronicle of the American Counterrevolution.

todd konrad: “speaking before a group of state department workers last week, secretary of state john kerry gave voice to the frustration authoritarians experience because of the easy access to information on the internet”
secretary kerry told the audience that the world had been “complicated” by “… this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year”
“this pesky internet, kerry says, “makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest”
this is a great source of aggravation for our political masters, who, for nearly all of the 20th century, were able to limit and control the information available to their subjects
this is why government efforts to control the internet are on the rise and will continue to increase in intensity and frequency; an informed public is just too darned hard to “organize” and to dictate a “common interest”
“authoritarians like kerry don’t even realize how revealing such comments are”
“they actually believe in their personal infallibility and the inherent goodness of the monstrous governmental beast they have created in washington and state capitols across the country”
“they know with absolute certitude that if they only had, as congressman barney frank asked for in 2010, “more authority and more ability,” they could fix everything”
“what kerry and the rest of the reigning republicrat authoritarians fail to realize – or simply reject outright – is that the only “common interest” of americans should be freedom.  not health care, global warming, food stamps, social security, student loans, or perpetual war”
“it’s hard to maintain control over every facet of citizens’ lives when the internet allows exposure of crimes like the nsa’s domestic spying or the spread of ideas about human liberty”

”new jersey governor chris christie recently referred to such
“freedom as ‘dangerous thought’ – these being the same ideas espoused by thomas jefferson and george washington that king george iii sent an army to crush two centuries ago”
“the ruling republicrat cartel has fully embraced the poisonous sentiment, first popularized by woodrow wilson, that government is the “indispensible and beneficent organ of society”
“every progressive who has followed wilson expressly rejects the truth, expressed in the declaration of independence, that governments are but a necessary evil, established among men to safeguard their god-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
“as far back as 1837, daniel webster recognized the character of such men when he said: “
CLASS “GODS” in GOVERNMENT MANIPULATING the MASSES
Daniel Webster: “THERE are MEN, in ALL AGES, WHO MEAN to EXERCISE power usefully; but they mean to exercise it.  they mean to govern well; but they mean to govern” …
daniel webster: “they promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters.  they think there need be but little restraint upon themselves” 
class “gods” in government manipulating the masses
“their notion of the public interest is apt to be quite closely connected with their own exercise
of authority”
“they may not, indeed, always understand their own motives”
“the love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts even for their own scrutiny, and may pass with themselves
“it is the arrogance and naiveté of these authoritarian republicrats that has resulted in the undoing of the american revolution and led us into this downward spiral of debt, unemployment and TYRANNY”
“the internet does indeed make it hard to govern the way they want – that is why it is severely restricted in places like north korea, china and saudi arabia”
“the entire constitution was written to make it hard for authoritarians to govern; it contains rules and separates power among three different branches, as well as the bill of rights, meant to protect americans from kerry and his ilk, who would prefer that freedom didn’t get in the way of their plans for a better world”
“two centuries ago, patrick henry told his fellow virginians, “you are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your government”
“our political overseers have already successfully swept the constitution aside, and largely convinced the public to reject the american revolution and embrace the wilson-ian notion of an “indispensible and beneficent” (and all-powerful) government”
“let us hope that the internet and the free flow of ideas about freedom continue to hamper the planners and world-savers who intend to remake the world in their image and reduce us all under absolute tyranny”
“as government expands, liberty contracts” – Ronald Reagan
CONTEMPT for DEMOCRACY:
The RULING CLASS – “GODS” in GOVERNMENT
AMERICA’s RULING CLASS – and the PERILS of REVOLUTION
The only serious opposition to this arrogant Ruling Party is coming not from feckless Republicans but from what might be called the COUNTRY PARTY – and its vision is revolutionary.
by Angelo M. Codevilla spectator.org July 2010 – August 2010 issue

“never has there been so little diversity within america’s upper crust” “always, in america as
elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others”
“but until our own time america’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained
prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and
were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. the boston brahmins, the new york
financiers, the land barons of california, texas, and florida, the industrialists of pittsburgh,
the southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in chicago or
memphis had little contact with one another”
“few had much contact with government, and ‘bureaucrat’ was a dirty word for all. so was “social engineering”
“nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday’s upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about american history, and about how america should be governed”
“all that has changed”
“today’s ruling class, from boston to san diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits”
“these amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment) and saints”
“america’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats”
“it rules uneasily over the majority of americans not oriented to government”
“the two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century’s northerners and southerners”
“nearly all of whom, as lincoln reminded them, “prayed to the same god.” by contrast, while most americans pray to the god “who created and doth sustain us,” our ruling class prays to itself as “saviors of the planet” and improvers of humanity”
by contrast, while most americans pray to the god “who created and doth sustain us,” our ruling class prays to itself as “saviors of the planet” and improvers of humanity”
“our classes’ clash is over ‘whose country’ america is, over what way of life will prevail, over who is to defer to whom about what”
“the gravity of such divisions points us, as it did lincoln, to mark’s gospel: “if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”
“far from speculating how the political confrontation might develop between america’s regime class – relatively few people supported by no more than one-third of americans – and a country class comprising two-thirds of the country”
“our task here is to understand the divisions that underlie that confrontation’s unpredictable future”
“who are these rulers, and by what right do they rule?”
“how did america change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes” …
… “to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? what sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?”
“supposedly, modern society became so complex and productive, the technical skills to run it so rare, that it called forth a new class of highly educated officials and cooperators in an ever less private sector”
“edward goldberg’s notion that america is now ruled by a “newocracy”: a “new aristocracy who are the true beneficiaries of globalization”
“our ruling class grew and set itself apart from the rest of us by its connection with ever bigger government, and above all by a certain attitude”
“what really distinguishes these privileged people demographically is that, whether in government power directly or as officers in companies, their careers and fortunes depend on government”
“these socioeconomic opposites draw their money and orientation from the same sources as the millions of teachers, consultants, and government employees in the middle ranks who aspire to be the former and identify morally with what they suppose to be the latter’s grievances”
“its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class”
“its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained”
“how did this replace the founding generation’s paradigm that ‘all men are created equal’?”
“the notion of human equality was always a hard sell, because experience teaches us that we are so unequal in so many ways”
“but human equality made sense to our founding generation because they believed that all men are made in the image and likeness of god, because they were yearning for equal treatment under british law, or because they had read john locke”
“as the 19th century ended, the educated class’s religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved,” …
“man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers”
“thus began the progressive era. when woodrow wilson in 1914 was asked “can’t you let anything alone?” he answered with, “i let everything alone that you can show me is not itself moving in the wrong direction, but i am not going to let those things alone that i see are going down-hill”
“progressives who imagined themselves the world’s examples and the world’s reformers dreamt big dreams of establishing order, justice, and peace at home and abroad. neither were they shy about their desire for power”
“neither were [progressives] shy about their desire for power”
“wilson was the first american statesman to argue that the founders had done badly by depriving the u.s. government of the power to reshape american society”
“world war i and the chaos at home and abroad that followed it discredited the progressives in the american people’s eyes”
“their international schemes had brought blood and promised more. their domestic management had not improved americans’ lives, but given them a taste of arbitrary government, including prohibition”
“the progressives, for their part, found it fulfilling to attribute the failure of their schemes to the american people’s backwardness, to something deeply wrong with america”
“the american people had failed them because democracy in its american form perpetuated the worst in humanity”
“thus progressives began to look down on the masses, to look on themselves as the vanguard, and to look abroad for examples to emulate”
“the cultural divide between the “educated class” and the rest of the country opened in the interwar years”
“some progressives joined the “vanguard of the proletariat,” the communist party. many more were deeply sympathetic to soviet russia, as they were to fascist italy and nazi germany”
“not just the nation, but also the new york times and national geographic found much to be imitated in these regimes because they promised energetically to transcend their peoples’ ways and to build “the new man”
“above all, our educated class was bitter about america”
“but progressives agreed on one thing: the approaching war should be blamed on the majority of americans, because they had refused to lead the league of nations”
“as their number and sense of importance grew, so did their distaste for common americans”
“believing itself ‘scientific’, this progressive class sought to explain its differences from its neighbors in ‘scientific’ terms”
“the notion that the common people’s words are, like grunts, mere signs of pain, pleasure and frustration, is now axiomatic among our ruling class”
“after barack obama described his opponents’ clinging to “god and guns” as a characteristic of inferior americans, he justified himself by pointing out he had said “what everybody knows is true”
“confident “knowledge” that “some of us, the ones who matter,” have grasped truths that the common herd cannot”
“our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself”
“while it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof”
“it is a “machine” that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members”
“parties might accomplish, they must feed the machine by transferring money or jobs or privileges – civic as well as economic – to the party’s clients, directly or indirectly”
“hence our ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government” – …
“meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves, to profit those who pay with political support for privileged jobs, contracts, etc.”
“hence more power for the ruling class has been our ruling class’s solution not just for economic downturns and social ills but also for hurricanes and tornadoes, global cooling and global warming”
“but there can be no doubt that such power and money makes americans ever more dependent on those who wield it”
“by taxing and parceling out more than a third of what americans produce, through regulations that reach deep into american life, our ruling class is making itself the arbiter of wealth and poverty”
“modern government is about nothing if not tampering with civil equality”
“by endowing some in society with power to force others to sell cheaper than they would, and forcing others yet to buy at higher prices – even to buy in the first place” …
“modern government makes valuable some things that are not, and
“laws and regulations nowadays are longer than ever because length is needed to specify how people will be treated unequally”
“codify bargains between the government and various parts of the health care industry, state governments, and large employers about who would receive what benefits”
“the financial regulation bill of 2010, far from setting univocal rules for the entire financial industry in few words, spends some 3,000 pages tilting the field exquisitely toward some and away from others”
“even more significantly, these and other products of democratic and republican administrations and congresses empower countless boards and commissions arbitrarily to protect some persons and companies, while ruining others”
“nowadays, the members of our ruling class admit that they do not read the laws. they don’t have to. because modern laws are primarily grants of discretion, all anybody has to know about them is whom they empower”
“by making economic rules dependent on discretion, our bipartisan ruling class teaches that prosperity is to be bought with the coin of political support”
“thus in the 1990s and 2000s, as democrats and republicans forced banks to make loans for houses to people and at rates they would not otherwise have considered,” …
“builders and investors had every reason to make as much money as they could from the ensuing inflation of housing prices”
“when the bubble burst, only those connected with the ruling class at the bottom and at the top were bailed out”
“beyond patronage, picking economic winners and losers redirects the american people’s energies to tasks that the political class deems more worthy than what americans choose for themselves”
“john kenneth galbraith’s characterization of america as “private wealth amidst public squalor” (the affluent society, 1958) has ever encapsulated our best and brightest’s complaint:”
“left to themselves, americans use land inefficiently in suburbs and exurbs, making it necessary to use energy to transport them to jobs and shopping”
“americans drive big cars, eat lots of meat as well as other unhealthy things, and go to the doctor whenever they feel like it”
“americans think it justice to spend the money they earn to satisfy their private desires even though the ruling class knows that justice lies in improving the community and the planet”
“the ruling class knows that americans must learn to live more densely and close to work, that they must drive smaller cars and change their lives to use less energy” …
… “that their dietary habits must improve, that they must accept limits in how much medical care they get, that they must divert more of their money to support people, cultural enterprises, and plans for the planet that the ruling class deems worthier”
“ever-greater taxes and intrusive regulations are the main wrenches by which the american people can be improved (and, yes, by which the ruling class feeds and grows)”
“the 2010 medical law is a template for the ruling class’s economic modus operandi: the government taxes citizens to pay for medical care and requires citizens to purchase health insurance”
“the money thus taken and directed is money that the citizens themselves might have used to pay for medical care. in exchange for the money, the government promises to provide care through its “system”
“but then all the boards, commissions, guidelines, procedures, and ‘best practices’ that constitute “the system” become the arbiters of what any citizen ends up getting. the citizen might end up dissatisfied with what ‘the system’ offers”
“but when he gave up his money, he gave up the power to choose, and became dependent on all the boards and commissions that his money also pays for and that raise the cost of care”
“in congressional government (1885) woodrow wilson left no doubt: the u.s. constitution prevents the government from meeting the country’s needs by enumerating rights that the government may not infringe”
“american progressives have always wanted to turn the u.s. congress from the role defined by james madison’s federalist #10, “refine and enlarge the public’s view,” to something like the british parliament, which ratifies government actions”
“the new deal inaugurated today’s administrative state – in which bureaucrats make, enforce, and adjudicate nearly all the rules”
“disregard for the text of laws – for the dictionary meaning of words and the intentions of those who wrote them – in favor of the decider’s discretion has permeated our ruling class from the supreme court to the lowest local agency”
“ever since oliver wendell holmes argued in 1920 (missouri v. holland) that presidents, congresses, and judges could not be bound by the u.s. constitution regarding matters that the people who wrote and ratified it could not have foreseen,”…
“it has become conventional wisdom among our ruling class that they may transcend the constitution while pretending allegiance to it”
“they began by stretching such constitutional terms as “interstate commerce” and “due process,” then transmuting others, e.g., “search and seizure,” into ‘privacy’”
“thus in 1973 the supreme court endowed its invention of “privacy” with a “penumbra” that it deemed “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy”
“the court gave no other constitutional reasoning, period. perfunctory to the point of mockery, this constitutional talk was to reassure the american people that the ruling class was acting within the constitution’s limitations”
“by the 1990s federal courts were invalidating amendments to state constitutions passed by referenda to secure the “positive rights” they invent, because these expressions of popular will were inconsistent with the constitution they themselves were construing”
“by 2010 some in the ruling class felt confident enough to dispense with the charade”
“asked what in the constitution allows congress and the president to force every american to purchase health insurance, house speaker nancy pelosi replied: ‘are you serious? are you serious?’”
“no surprise then that lower court judges and bureaucrats take liberties with laws, regulations and contracts”
“that is why legal words that say you are in the right avail you less in today’s america than being on the right side of the persons who decide what they want those words to mean”
“lincoln’s lesson that trifling with the constitution for the most heartfelt of motives destroys its protections for all”
“the ruling class is keener to reform the american people’s family and spiritual lives than their economic and civic ones”
“in no other areas is the ruling class’s self-definition so definite, its contempt for opposition so patent, its kulturkampf so open”
“it believes that the christian family (and the orthodox jewish one too) is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles”
“that [families and religion] is the greatest barrier to human progress because it looks to its very particular interest – often defined as mere coherence against outsiders who most often know better”
“thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. worst of all, it reproduces itself”
“since marriage is the family’s fertile seed, government at all levels, along with “mainstream” academics and media, have waged war on it”
“they legislate, regulate, and exhort in support not of “the family” – meaning married parents raising children – but rather of “families,” meaning mostly households based on something other than marriage”
“the institution of no-fault divorce diminished the distinction between cohabitation and marriage – except that husbands are held financially responsible for the children they father, while out-of-wedlock fathers are not”
“the tax code penalizes marriage and forces those married couples who raise their own children to subsidize “child care” for those who do not”
“not surprisingly, rates of marriage in america have decreased as out-of-wedlock births have increased”
“the biggest demographic consequence has been that about one in five of all households are women alone or with children, in which case they have about a four in 10 chance of living in poverty”
“since unmarried mothers often are or expect to be clients of government services, it is not surprising that they are among the democratic party’s most faithful voters”
“while our ruling class teaches that relationships among men, women and children are contingent, it also insists that the relationship between each of them and the state is fundamental”
“that is why such as hillary clinton have written law review articles and books advocating a direct relationship between the government and children, effectively abolishing the presumption of parental authority”
“school nurses could not administer an aspirin to a child without the parents’ consent, the people who run america’s schools nowadays administer pregnancy tests and ship girls off to abortion clinics without the parents’ knowledge”
“parents are not allowed to object to what their children are taught. but the government may and often does object to how parents raise children”
“the ruling class’s assumption is that what it mandates for children is correct ipso facto, while what parents do is potentially abusive”
“only sheer political weight has preserved parents’ right to homeschool their children against the ruling class’s desire to accomplish what woodrow wilson so yearned: “to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible”
“at stake are the most important questions: what is the right way for human beings to live?”
“by what standard is anything true or good? who gets to decide what?”
“implicit in wilson’s words and explicit in our ruling class’s actions is the dismissal, as the ways of outdated “fathers,” of the answers that most americans would give to these questions”
“this dismissal of the american people’s intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our ruling class is about”
“its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things and operates by standards beyond others’ comprehension”
“while the unenlightened ones believe that man is created in the image and likeness of god and that we are subject to his and to his nature’s laws,” …
“the enlightened ones know that we are products of evolution, driven by chance, the environment, and the will to primacy”
“while the un-enlightened are stuck with the antiquated notion that ordinary human minds can reach objective judgments about good and evil, better and worse through reason,” …
“the enlightened ones know that all such judgments are subjective and that ordinary people can no more be trusted with reason than they can with guns”
“because ordinary people will pervert reason with ideology, religion, or interest, science is ‘science’ only in the ‘right’ hands”
“consensus among the right people is the only standard of truth. facts and logic matter only insofar as proper authority acknowledges them”
“that is why the ruling class is united and adamant about nothing so much as its right to pronounce definitive, “scientific” judgment on whatever it chooses”
“by identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition”
“though they cannot prevent americans from worshiping god, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking – to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience”
“though they cannot make americans wish they were europeans, they continue to press upon this nation of refugees from the rest of the world the notion that americans ought to live by “world standards”
“each day, the ruling class produces new ‘studies’ that show that one or another of americans’ habits is in need of reform, and that those americans most resistant to reform are pitiably, perhaps criminally, wrong”
“thus does it go about disaggregating and dispiriting the ruled”
“this is all about a class of americans distinguishing itself from its inferiors. it recalls the pharisee in the temple: “lord, i thank thee that i am not like other men…””
“in sum, our ruling class does not like the rest of america”
“most of all does it dislike that so many americans think america is substantially different from the rest of the world and like it that way”
“for our ruling class, however, america is a work in progress, just like the rest the world, and they are the engineers”
“for the foreseeable future, american politics will consist of confrontation between what we might call the country party and the ruling class”
“describing america’s country class is problematic because it is so heterogeneous. it has no privileged podiums, and speaks with many voices, often inharmonious”
“it shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards inept and haughty”
“it defines itself practically in terms of reflexive reaction against the rulers’ defining ideas and proclivities – e.g., ever higher taxes and expanding government, subsidizing political favorites, social engineering, approval of abortion, etc.”
“demographically, the country class is the other side of the ruling class’s coin: its most distinguishing characteristics are marriage, children, and religious practice”
“the country class is different because of its non-orientation to government and its members’ yearning to rule themselves rather than be ruled by others”
“they tend to oppose special treatment, whether for corporations or for social categories. rather than gaming government
“the supreme court’s 2005 decision in kelo, which allows the private property of some to be taken by others with better connections to government, reminded the country class that government is not its friend”
“the country class actually believes that america’s ways are superior to the rest of the world’s, and regards most of mankind as less free, less prosperous and less virtuous”
“america’s pro-family movement is a reaction to the ruling class’s challenges: emptying marriage of legal sanction, promoting abortion, and progressively excluding parents from their children’s education”
“close friendships and above all marriages became rarer between persons who think well of divorce, abortion, and government authority over children and those who do not”
“the homeschool movement … involves not only each family educating its own children, but also extensive and growing social, intellectual, and spiritual contact among like-minded persons”
“any illusion, however, that simply retreating into private associations will long save their families from societal influences made to order to discredit their ways”
“stopping the ruling class’s intrusions would require discrediting its entire conception of man, of right and wrong, as well as of the role of courts in popular government”
“stopping the ruling class’s intrusions … that revolutionary task would involve far more than legislation”
“the ruling class’s manifold efforts to discredit and drive worship of god out of public life”
“convinced many among the vast majority of americans who believe and pray that today’s regime is hostile to the most important things of all”
“characterized as ‘religious’, that is to say irrational, that is to say not to be considered on a par with the ‘science’ of which the ruling class is the sole legitimate interpreter”
because aggressive, intolerant secularism is the moral and intellectual basis of the ruling class’s claim to rule,”
“resistance to that rule, whether to the immorality of economic subsidies and privileges, or to the violation of the principle of equal treatment under equal law, or to its seizure of children’s education, must deal with secularism’s intellectual and moral core”
“this lies beyond the boundaries of politics as the term is commonly understood”
“the ruling class’s appetite for deference, power and perks grows. the country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks”
“the ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of americans are racist, greedy and above all stupid”
“the country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent and inept. the rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey”
“the rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. the ruled want self-governance”
“the clash between the two is about which side’s vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong”
“because each side – especially the ruling class – embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side’s view of itself”
“one side or the other will prevail. the clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable”
“in this clash, the ruling class holds most of the cards: because it has established itself as the fount of authority”
“for the foreseeable future, american politics will consist of confrontation between what we might call the country party and the ruling class”
“the ruling class denies its opponents’ legitimacy … reiterating the litany of his class’s claim to authority,”
“contrasting it with opponents who are either uninformed, stupid, racist, shills for business, violent, fundamentalist, or all of the above”
“they do this in the hope that opponents, hearing no other characterizations of themselves and no authoritative voice discrediting the ruling class, will be dispirited”
“such a serious party would have to attack the ruling class’s fundamental claims to its superior intellect and morality in ways that dispirit the target and hearten one’s own”
“reducing the taxes that most americans resent requires eliminating the network of subsidies to millions of other americans that these taxes finance, and eliminating the jobs of government employees who administer them”

‘bread and circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. democracy often works beautifully at first. but once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. for when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter rome. – robert a. heinlein

“people shouldn’t be afraid of their government. governments should be afraid of their people” ― alan moore, v for vendetta
“what difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ― mahatma gandhi
“democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner” ― james bovard, lost rights: the destruction of american liberty
“you show me a capitalist, and i’ll show you a bloodsucker” – malcolm x
“freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient greek republics: freedom for slave owners” ― vladimir ilich lenin
“in a room wherepeople unanimously maintaina conspiracy of silence, one word of truthsounds like a pistol shot” ― czesław miłosz
“our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” ― bertrand russell, new hopes for a changing world
“let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” – martin luther king jr.
“in a society in which nearly everybody is dominated by somebody else’s mind or by a disembodied mind, it becomes increasingly difficult to learn the truth about the activities of governments and corporations, about the quality or value of products, or about the health of one’s own place and economy. wendell berry, the art of the commonplace: the agrarian essays
“as democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. on some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the white house will be adorned by a downright moron.” ― h.l. mencken
“democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. no one in this world, so far as i know—and i have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” 
― h.l. mencken, notes on democracy
“do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas” ― margaret thatcher
“many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. no one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time” 
― winston s. churchill (speech in the house of commons, november 11, 1947)
“civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all” – Adam Smith
“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. IT DEPENDS SOLELY ON the WISDOM and SELF-RESTRAINT of CITIZENS… WHICH IS OPPOSED by the FOLLY and LACK of SELF-RESTRAINT of OTHER CITIZENS. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’

‘BREAD and CIRCUSES’ is the CANCER of DEMOCRACY, the FATAL DISEASE for which there is NO CURE. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For WHEN the PLEBS DISCOVER that THEY CAN VOTE THEMSELVES BREAD and CIRCUSES WITHOUT LIMIT and that the PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS of the BODY POLITIC CANNOT STOP THEM, THEY WILL DO SO, UNTIL the STATE BLEEDS to DEATH, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome. – Robert A. Heinlein

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
”You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
”No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
”Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
”I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
”So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
”It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
”You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
”Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
”But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
”Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the WRONG LIZARD might get in. Got any gin?”
”What?”
”I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”
”I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”
Ford shrugged again.
”Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happenned to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”
”But that’s terrible,” said Arthur.
”Listen, bud,” said Ford, “if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say ‘That’s terrible’ I wouldn’t be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.” – Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
“SECRECY BEGETS TYRANNY” – Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“WE are not afraid to entrust the american people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. for a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people“
[Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]” – John F. Kennedy
“DEMOCRACY IS NOT FREEDOM. DEMOCRACY is TWO WOLVES and a LAMB VOTING ON WHAT to EAT FOR LUNCH. FREEDOM COMES FROM the RECOGNITION of CERTAIN RIGHTS WHICH MAY NOT BE TAKEN, NOT EVEN by a 99% VOTE” ― Marvin Simkin
“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either.

“REMEMBER, DEMOCRACY NEVER LASTS LONG. IT SOON WASTES, EXHAUSTS, and MURDERS ITSELF. THERE NEVER was a DEMOCRACY YET THAT DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE” – John Adams
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history.
Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.” – John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” ― H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major
“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.” – Winston S. Churchill
“AS I WOULD NOT BE a SLAVE, SO I WOULD NOT BE a MASTER. THIS EXPRESSES MY IDEA of DEMOCRACY” ― Abraham Lincoln
“A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.” ― Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means

“IT’S NOT the VOTING THAT’s DEMOCRACY, IT’S the COUNTING” 
― Tom Stoppard, Jumpers
“DEMOCRACY is WORTH DYING FOR, BECAUSE IT’s the MOST DEEPLY HONORABLE FORM of GOVERNMENT EVER DEVISED BY MAN” 
― Ronald Reagan
“Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ― Abraham Lincoln
“UNDER DEMOCRACY ONE PARTY ALWAYS DEVOTES ITS CHIEF ENERGIES to TRYING to PROVE that the OTHER PARTY is UNFIT to RULE -and BOTH COMMONLY SUCCEED, and are RIGHT” ― H.L. Mencken
“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.” 
― Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
“Here’s what we’re not taught [about the Declaration and Constitution]: Those words at the time they were written were blazingly, electrifyingly subversive. If you understand them truly now, they still are. You are not taught – and it is a disgrace that you aren’t – that these men and women were radicals for liberty; that they had a vision of equality that was a slap in the face of what the rest of their world understood to be the unchanging, God-given order of nations; and that they were willing to die to make that desperate vision into a reality for people like us, whom they would never live to see” 
― Naomi Wolf, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
“So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly VULNERABLE it is.” – Niall Ferguson
“Presidents are selected, not elected”― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for … but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.” ― William F. Buckley Jr.
“I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows.

That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world. I believe the authority of parent over child, husband over wife, learned over simple to have been as much a part of the original plan as the authority of man over beast. I believe that if we had not fallen…patriarchal monarchy would be the sole lawful government. But since we have learned sin, we have found, as Lord Acton says, that ‘all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’

The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a legal fiction of equality. The authority of father and husband has been rightly abolished on the legal plane, not because this authority is in itself bad (on the contrary, it is, I hold, divine in origin), but because fathers and husbands are bad. Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us. Even the authority of man over beast has had to be interfered with because it is constantly abused.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

“. . . the only legitimate reason that kingship is not attractive to us is because in this age and this world the only kings available are finite and sinful
Listen to C. S. Lewis describe why he believes in democracy: A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true

I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation. . . . The real reason for democracy is . . . Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters

If there could be a king who is not limited in his wisdom and power and goodness and love for his subjects, then monarchy would be the best of all governments. If such a ruler could ever rise in the world—with no weakness, no folly, no sin—then no wise and humble person would ever want democracy again. The question is not whether God broke into the universe as a king. He did. The question is: What kind of king is he? What difference would his kingship make for you?” 
― John PipeR

“What made America great was her ability to transform her own dream into hope for all mankind. America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who — with their hands, their intelligence and their heart — built the greatest nation in the world: ‘Come, and everything will be given to you.’ She said: ‘Come, and the only limits to what you’ll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent.” 
― Nicolas Sarkozy
“THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN, and THERE is NOW, a PROFOUND CONFLICT of INTEREST BETWEEN the PEOPLE and the GOVERNMENT of the UNITED STATES” 
― Howard Zinn
“A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy” 
― Theodore Roosevelt
“Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.” 
― Thomas Paine
“I COLLECT COLLECTIVISMS. I’VE ALREADY GOT SOCIALISM and COMMUNISM, and ALL I NEED is FASCISM to COMPLETE the SET. I’M LOOKING to TRADE MY DUSTY DEMOCRACY, BUT UNCLE SAM ISN’T INTERESTED in a DEAL at THIS TIME” 
― Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

“The ANSWER to 1984 is 1776” 
― Alex E. Jones