Dan Miller of the DanMillerInPanama blog provides today’s Guest Saturday post. He originally published this essay on April 24, 2014.
The European Union — a model for The United States of Obama?
Europe leads in the wrong directions.
No it’s not funny, Mr. President.
While watching this Pat Condell video posted nearly three years ago, consider the similarities and dissimilarities between Europe then and the United States of Obama now. The United States have long had a common currency and it would be very inconvenient were it otherwise. Aside from that, most of the similarities are unfortunate.
Many of “our” elected officials are lazy, unresponsive and preoccupied with raising funds and then using them to campaign for re-election. Some are corrupt. However, the far greater multitudes of unelected bureaucrats, most often accountable only to themselves, are worse. We have little to say about what they do and what we (and even our elected representatives) manage to say rarely matters unless the needed political “suck” is available and used. Laws promulgated by our unelected
betters bureaucrats, i.e. Federal Regulations, are far more numerous (and frequently more oppressive) than laws enacted by elected members of the Congress and signed by the President.
The Congress has encouraged and enabled this farce by passing legislation (often un-read by most legislators before voting on it) that expressly authorizes interpretation and engorgement by various Federal agencies — see, e.g., ObamaCare. It is a common practice. The numerous Federal regulations, as well as the fewer laws enacted by the Congress and signed by the President, are frequently disregarded, ignored or violated at will by those employed to enforce them.
Are the States of the United States of Obama being controlled much differently from Washington, D.C. than the “nations” of Europe are being controlled from Brussels, Belgium, the de facto capital of the European Union? Does “our”
Feral Federal Government behave much differently in other respects?
Although America has a written Constitution, parts of it have been interpreted to the point of abrogation by the Executive and Judicial branches as well as on occasion by the Legislative Branch. How about the First and Second Amendments — the first of the ten amendments constituting the Bill of Rights?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, orprohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance. [Emphasis added.]
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. [Emphasis added.]
How about the Tenth Amendment?
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. [Emphasis added.]
How about Articles I and II, providing for separation of the powers of “our” legislative and executive branches. Those, as well as parts of the Bill of Rights, have been circumvented by Executive Decree and Judicial Fiat.
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Why should we be concerned? “Our” benign Federal Government, to which we all are said to belong, knows what must be best for us, the fungible little people. It is pleased to take care of us generously (with what had been our own money) as we deserve and as “social justice” demands.
Right? Feel warm, fuzzy, happy and secure? Will what we do on November 4th make any difference? How about in 2016?
A pertinent article was published today at The Washington Free Beacon titled
BLM Designated 50 million Acres Open for Solar Development in Nevada. It states,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated over 50 million acres of public land available for solar development in Nevada, including nearly all of Bunkerville, the home of the Bundy Ranch. [Emphasis added.]
A map of “Proposed Solar Energy Zones” prepared by the federal agency in 2010 revealed that the government deemed over 70 percent of Nevadaopen to applications to lease public lands for solar projects. [Emphasis added.]
According to the document, 9.6 million acres were available for applications through the “Solar Development Program,” and an additional 40.8 million acres were available, though no action had been taken. The accessible land totals 50.4 million acres, or 71.7 percent of Nevada, which spans 70.3 million acres.
President Barack Obama has prioritized using public lands for green energy projects.
“When President Obama took office, there were no solar projects permitted on public lands,” the Interior Department said in July 2012, announcing a “roadmap” for the development of more than a dozen solar plants. “Since 2009, Interior has approved 17 utility-scale solar energy projects that, when built, will produce nearly 5,900 megawatts of energy—enough to power approximately 1.8 million American homes.”
“Thanks to steps already taken by this administration, renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar have doubled since the president took office,” they said.
Brussels, you may fall behind Washington unless you keep up with the program.
About Dan Miller
I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains.