Thursday, July 10, 2014

Threats to Freedom . . .

Seemingly escaping the mainstream media (except FOX of course) comes the story: EPA claims it has the power to garnish wages without court approval. The process is called "Administrative Wage Garnishment" -- because it is being done by an administrative agency.

This is only the latest step is what has been brewing for a long time (decades)  . . . indirectly abolishing the three branches of government under the guise of administrative agencies.

Another recent phenomenon is the militarization of government agencies with SWAT teams, as written about in the National Review.

Big problems are in store for us when government agencies can act as lawmakers, judges, juries, and executioners.

If you have not been a long time reader of Fault Lines, please read  this post from 2009 where it is all explained: The Ominous 4th Branch of Government.


Keith said...

A primary feature of the transition from feudal governments to modern ones is that the king was no longer allowed to take or do what he wanted but was bound by laws. We saw backsliding in the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century but with the break up of the Soviet empire it seemed that progress was being made.

Now we are faced with the prospect that the US may become more repressive than Germany.

Greens and Beans said...

Keith brings up an interesting analogy. There are, and have been, many repressive governments on earth. However, not one of those governments had so cleverly paralleled the cleverly deceptive Nazi regime. It is alarming to see the U.S. government disarming the citizenry while vastly arming the various sub-governmental agencies. All while manipulating the financial system, devaluating the dollar, choking oil reserves, eradicating U.S. manufacturing, nationalizing education and health care, tremendously complicating and manipulating election laws, and now . . . circumventing constitutional protections. Keith’s analogy makes a significant point because it looks as if the U.S. government has taken an instructional page right out of Mein Kampf. As the Nazi’s did, the U.S. government has shrewdly eased its citizenry into a social dependency on government programs as they are being cunningly led down the treacherous road of a totalitarian state.

Keith said...

The trend of increasing militarization of civilian police departments is disturbing. We have postal inspectors armed with semi-automatic weapons and Department of Agriculture SWAT teams. Police work is not soldier work. I served as an MP (granted more than 40 years ago) and saw the difference first hand. During my time as an MP I never participated in or even heard about a SWAT raid.