It’s been a busy year or so for questionable activities within the US government. Just in the past few weeks we have had breaking stories about the IRS deliberately persecuting certain types of political organizations and the NSA engaging in massive surveillance of the American people, the 4th amendment not withstanding. A growing, but still relatively small, number of Americans are deeply concerned about the state of affairs in Washington DC. Many have taken to blaming their elected officials for this mess that we find ourselves in.
Let me be clear. This is not President Obama’s fault. This is not Congress’s fault. This is our fault. Speaker Boehner tried to blow off the NSA spying program as no big deal, because there is supposedly plenty of congressional oversight in place to protect us.
Get real Mr Speaker! The NSA is estimated to have around 30,000 employees, and that is not counting this new trend Mr Snowden uncovered of using government contractors to engage in surveillance work. The IRS is even more bloated with over 100,000 employees. Let’s look at a few more agencies: USDA 105,000; FDA nearly 10,000; CIA around 100,000. You get the point.
The problem we are facing today is not that our President or Congress are actively engaged in these kinds of unconstitutional behavior, although they certainly condone them. The real problem is that we have developed a giant bureaucracy that is far to large, just in terms of manpower, to actually be overseen by our elected officials.
When we put these kinds of systems in place, most people believed that our government was just looking out for our best interest and that our elected officials would keep things from getting out of hand. The reality is these kinds of departments get far to big, and far to powerful for Congress or the President to remotely keep in check. In fact, in many ways these agencies have far more power and influence over the decisions of our elected officials than the other way around.
As if that wasn’t enough, a multitude of the people controlling these agencies are former employees of organizations they are supposed to regulate. Monsanto for example has a plethora of people at the USDA. If you think lobbying is a bad thing, imagine free lobbying by loyal ex-employees who are now supposed to give key advice on issues that affect your company. These agencies aren’t looking out for us, they are looking out for themselves. Why should we really be surprised when the IRS persecutes political groups, many of which have sought to abolish the IRS. They are just seeking to protect their own paychecks.
There is no amount of oversight possible that can reign back in these rogue agencies. They have accumulated a vast amount of power, often under the cloak of secrecy; and as the NSA leaks reveal, will use it as they see fit whether Constitutional or not.
The only answer is to return to our Founding Principles and begin abolishing the myriad of Federal agencies we’ve created. The NSA has served to strongly prove that our Founding Father’s were right, and that we can’t compromise our liberties in the least to the Federal Government. Supposedly we were trading liberty for safety, in the end it looks like we’ll have neither. The only way forward through this mess, is to return back to principles that have always been there to protect us.
Liberty and limited government cannot be halfway done. Once we begin to compromise the bureaucracy takes over and the steady march towards tyranny cannot be stopped unless the bureaucracy is first abolished.