Charles A. Reich, an American legal and social scholar and an author who was a professor at Yale Law School, in his paper “The New Property,” writes about how government largess created the bureaucrat. The same bureaucrat who invents rules to exercise authority creates problems to stop work and generally acts like a feudal lord over the taxpayer, to pick winners and losers through government altruism, rather than specific individual bureaucrat’s magnanimity. Well, the bureaucrat has one thing correct, their enmity is destroying America!
The bureaucrat’s mind looks for every opportunity to thwart a citizen interacting with the government, that citizens hired through the ballot box, where the bureaucrat can then pick winners and losers in receiving government largess. Why; enmity, the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something. Enmity’s legal definition describes the bureaucrat, perfectly; a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
America has a significant problem with the government. It started in the 1930s when the government took advantage of a catastrophe, which they caused through tariffs and trying to control the stock market to seize power from the citizens. This problem has only increased over the 100-years since. The bureaucrat that works in serving the public is an extension of the officers elected through the ballot box. Thus, I implore; please hold those elected accountable for the drones, the power-hungry, and those who consider their work on the public’s behalf as executing government largess, responsible and, liable.
Never forget, our Constitutional Republic’s legislative branch has two jobs, write laws that are good for all, and scrutinize government. Only those elected can positively influence the bureaucrat’s hiding in their cubicles, lording their power over citizens. Only those elected can be held accountable and responsible for what the workers and staffs do in the name of those elected. We, the legal citizens of America, are the government we elect, and I advocate the position that I am not a peon, serf, or “huddled mass” beholden to the government. From the local dog catcher, school board, and judge to the President of the Republic of these United States, the government is beholden to you and me. Those bureaucrats hiding in offices that make your life so difficult are obligated to us as well.
I refuse to be the property of the government, standing like Oliver Twist, begging for slop from fat and repugnant government officials. America, we deserve a more responsive government; our Constitutional Rights declare that the power over the government is ours to hold, and the government must come to us to ask for more. Let us use the control we have and demand accountability and responsibility from those elected. Those elected need to require compliance and keep those working in public service accountable for the abuse and mistreatment the citizen receives at bureaucrats’ hands.
Some have told me this is “too idealistic” that our government can never shrink and become more responsive and accountable. I declare that position is a defeatist position, and I oppose defeatism! How do we know something cannot be done if we do not first try? Originally it was believed that a train track could not connect one end of America to the other, yet the train track was laid, and America prospered. Critics have claimed space flight was too expensive for the private sector, and only the government could put people and machines into space; well, those critics were wrong again. Defeatists have always taken paths anathema to the doers in American Society, and it is time to put the defeatists to shame again. We, the citizens of America, can and need to retake our government, using laws and processes established to thwart the bureaucrat and remove the craven and cowardly elected officials!
We, the citizens of America, must embrace a “Liberty FIRST Culture” as a motivation to action and change the government!
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