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Just before this latest scandals avalanche, President Barack Obama urged a class of imminent college escapees – I mean graduates – to:
“Reject these voices” who “incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems…. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.”
Of what were these voices thinking? The Scandal-Palooza Week that followed the President’s condescending remarks. And the four-plus years preceding. And the century-plus before that.
The Administration’s corruption-fests have now reached “Myriad” status – and it only keeps getting worse. An underlying theme in just about all of them is the abuse of power – to abuse its political enemies. This is your government on “Stimulus” steroids – any questions?
So what we absolutely must not do going forward is give them more of our information – more fodder for them with which to work. President Obama and his Democrats beg to differ.
Like President Barack Obama’s illegal Network Neutrality order. Which gives the government access to the Internet’s spine – and with it every website there is and all the data contained therein….
Like President Barack Obama’s illegal Cyber Security Executive Order. The amount of data compiled in Cyber Security execution is massive – and Big Government wants at it….
Like the Obama Administration shutting down bailed out car company dealerships based upon campaign contribution data. Like local governments in New York turning over for publication gun registration data. Like then-President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton’s illegally obtained 900 FBI files getting him out of an impeachment conviction….
This President is in fact endlessly creative in coming up with data abuses and illegal fiats.
President Obama is considering an executive order that would force government contractors to disclose their donations to groups that participate in political activities….
The Left, of course, tries to turn every one of these abuse-of-power scandals into…a validation of their demands for more power. The Left’s definition of government “reform” is always…more power for government.
Immigration “reform?” Let’s put millions more on the government welfare (and Democrat voting) rolls. Campaign finance “reform?” Let’s allow the government to demand even more of your information. So that it can then be used against you.
The voting booth is sacrosanct – the government can’t know whom you support with your ballot. Yet the government demands to know whom you support with your money. The Leviathan knowing the latter sort of gives away the former, does it not?
Corrupt Democrat ex-New Jersey Governor John Corzine was one of President Obama’s top campaign coin bundlers. Any doubt for whom he voted?
Big Government uses all of this data against you – if you stand for less government, or support those that do. The crooked Corzine – who made $1.6 billion disappear – wasn’t harangued into oblivion the way Mr. VanderSloot was – for the “crime” of supporting a Republican.
The Leviathan’s warped political use of our data against us is all-encompassing.
The Obama Administration’s defense on all of these scandals? We are completely incompetent.
So big is Big Government that President Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod – one of the principal architects of the current, ongoing, gi-normous federal expansion – said:
With that testimony, your Honor, the less-government-prosecution rests.
Sinister or simply stupid, malfeasance or merely mishandling – this is Big Government.
The only answer – the real reform – is to reduce the Leviathan’s size, scope and sphere of influence.
The less sway government holds, the less it can lord over us.
[First published at The PJ Tatler]