Thursday, January 31, 2013

When Power Goes Unchecked

Living in Idaho, it's not unusual to hear rumors about groups wanting to build their own private compounds. One is planned for the county next door though none of the powers that be are taking it seriously.  Besides, as long as they follow the law there is nothing to prevent it.

Their web site suggests Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and establishment Republicans might not find their ideology compatible.  Wow.  Who does that leave other than the fringe?

It goes on to explain what they stand for, how it will be funded, by a gun manufacturer no less with a factory on the grounds, and what the requirements for residents will be.  One that struck me is that every able bodied "Patriot" 13 or older must qualify on an annual basis with a rifle of his or her choice.  They must be able to hit a man-sized target at 100 yards with 7 out of a possible 10 shots.  They must show the same proficiency with a hand gun at 25 yards plus they must maintain one AR15 with at least 5 magazines and 1000 rounds of ammunition.

Now I realize there are a lot of doomsday groups around the country that have similar plans and I trust some where some one is keeping an eye on all this.  It's ambitious to be sure but some 200 people have already submitted down payments.  They plan to accommodate 3500 to 7000 families.

Who, I wonder, would want to live like that? Obviously some. Then I began thinking about how the President, the one person in government we have little recourse against, is openly defying law.  The latest of course are the "recess" appointments of the NLRB and CFPB officials.  The courts have ruled the appointments illegal and ordered those officials to vacate their jobs and the actions they have taken  to be null and void.  Nothing.  Rather like the State Department officials that are still employed after the Benghazi debacle.

When the President has such contempt for not only the Constitution, but the people, the country has a problem. This President has been pushing the envelope for some time now and I don't want to hear that others have done it too. Two wrongs don't make a right.

There has always been conflict among our ruling parties.  I'd like to say governing, but they no longer do that - they rule by any means necessary. This President is out to totally destroy the Republican party and unfortunately the Republicans are too feckless to ward him off. The new regulations coming out for Obamacare are another example of how he is maneuvering health care to a single payer system. More governmental power over our lives for it will destroy the insurance industry.

He and his minions are trying to reshape more than the health care to a single 'payer' (read party) system.  They are trying to make the government a one party system for perpetuity.

I don't think moving behind two layers of walls and fencing and arming myself to the hilt is the answer.  Change has to come from within.  For those who would have it, they had better get with it.  I am not yet to the point where I believe every Democrat ascribes to Progressive extremism.  I see hope when a Marco Rubio will be pragmatic and defy far right extremism.

We need a lot more like him on both sides to keep the one person who is beholden to no one, who suffers no consequence for his actions, in line. The President.  Or he will no longer be.  He will be a Dictator.  Then those fences and walls may look pretty good.

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