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Sunday, December 8th, 2013
U.S. Constitution versus Modern Administrative State
A President that rules by executive order and changes laws by fiat, a permanent bureaucracy that writes rules to accomplish political purposes, an IRS that deliberately targets conservative political organizations. An explosion of federal laws, federal prison population, and federal entitlements. Rapidly increasing national debt.
“What we have seen (since the ’60s) is the steady expansion of a modern administrative state that is distinctively American in that it coexists with a limited government Constitution”, writes John Marini, Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College, in the latest Imprimis. Full disclosure: I have a niece who graduated from this excellent institution.
Read that again, “A modern administrative state … that coexists with a limited government Constitution.”
I believe this is an excellent explanation of the continual expansion of federal authority and power at the expense of individual liberty and states’ rights.
Again, from Imprimis, “Progressive leaders were openly hostile to the Constitution not only because it placed limits on government, but because it provided almost no role for the federal government in the area of administration. The separation of powers … inhibited the creation of a unified will and made it impossible to establish a technical administration apparatus to carry out that will.”
But now, “…those in the bureaucracy, Congress, or the executive branch, who support the expansion of the administrative state have become a faction on behalf of government itself …. (therefore, there is) no institution that operates on behalf of the public interest as opposed to organized interests.”
“No institution that operates on behalf of the public interests.” What a statement!
And again, “Insofar as Congress is still tempted to make general laws of a perceived public good, it does so primarily on behalf of the expansion of the administrative state.”
We have to ask ourselves, “Do we believe that our U.S. Constitution can long continue to coexist with this modern and growing administrative state?”
And if the answer is no, what next?
You have to admit, the American people now expect the federal government to act in myriad areas in which there is no constitutional authority. Federal grants in every imaginable area, for instance, are a staple of state and local governments, hence the Texas legislative fight over Medicaid expansion this past session. Even Collin County, as conservative as we are, has employees whose specific job is to find and apply for grants. I serve on the Executive Board at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, an institution designed to implement the administrative state, especially federal grants.
If recognition of a problem is the first step to fixing a problem, then I believe the American people are slowly awakening to the threat of the “modern administrative state”. A threat to what? Liberty. Liberty in many areas, but specifically speech, religion, property, and states’ rights.
Liberty is found in the Constitution, not the modern administrative state.
Read the entire October 2013 Imprimis article at http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/archives
posted by Keith Self on December 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am