It’s really easy to be cynical about our political process at the federal, state and local levels given the utterly depressing news we’ve been bombarded with in the past week. The more we hear these kinds of stories, the more ammunition is handed to the Tea Party movement that they’ll use to blast their elected officials with. When “government of the people, for the people and by the people” seems in real danger of perishing from this earth, it’s going to get a whole lot of people legitimately riled up.
At the federal level, we learned this week that despite Congress rejecting the “Nightmare Amnesty,” the Obama administration has decided to simply impose it through executive fiat. Forget the checks and balances of our government, the peace prize wielding “Anointed One,” who has nevertheless bombed more people than every other Nobel Peace Prize award winner combined, is just going to impose his will by dictate no matter what any other branch of government decides. Obama is looking more like royal than presidential, making the rules up as he goes along, and trampling the Constitution as if it were a doormat.
Next up we find that 5,000 noncitizens likely voted in last year’s elections in Colorado, but at the same time the Obama administration is actively trying to prevent legislation at the state level that would ensure voters provide proof of their citizenship at the polls. When the integrity of the election system gets so solidly abused and federal officials aid and abet that abuse, could the death of representative democracy be all that far behind? Instead of addressing this problem in any way, the administration starts telling the Border Patrol to stop arresting illegal aliens they encounter at the border. Not only that, but ICE has been releasing known criminal illegal aliens back into our communities after they’ve been turned over for deportation by state and local law enforcement agencies.
At the state level we find out that freshman senator George Barker is the one responsible for the horrid senate redistricting plan, which was devised using a piece of freeware software intended to demonstrate the political power of gerrymandering. This makes about as much sense as drafting the budget using the game “Mafia Wars.” This is how we end up with utterly inane senate districts that snake hither and yon designed not at all to ensure effective representation for communities sharing common interests, but only to protect one political party’s majority in a legislative body. Senator Janet Howell was even bold enough to quip “Everyone was consulted… All Democrats have been given what they like.” At least these shenanigans aren’t without grave political risks, but regardless of who wins each particular district the voice of the electorate will be muted and their interests abused. When elected officials choose their constituents instead of the other way around we don’t have a republic, we have a politburo-controlled oligarchy.
As if that weren’t enough to get your gander up, the Virginia Department of Social Services has taken it upon themselves to propose a regulation that would expand state law prohibiting discrimination to include sexual orientation, something the General Assembly has adamantly refused to do. Not only does this proposed regulatory action steal authority from our elected officials, but could harm the ability of faith-based non-profits to assist in child adoptions in Virginia as they would be forced to adopt policies promoting homosexuality and actively consider as adoption parents those that engage in behavior that are legal grounds for divorce under Virginia Code. When did the bureaucrats take over our government?
And then we have our annual budget charade in Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William Counties. Armed with little more than what amounts to an Executive Summary from staff, Manassas is proposing raising taxes without adding a single police or firefighter position, Prince William County is raising taxes while they’re still funding the duplicative and wasteful taxpayer-funded leftist propaganda operation known as the “Human Rights Commission”, and Manassas Park is paying their city attorney $175 an hour for a part-time job with no performance measures whatsoever for the next fifteen years. Did any of these localities pay any attention at all to the citizens crying out for fiscal restraint over the past several years? Or is government just entitled, at the behest of unaccountable bureaucrats, to seize whatever proportion of our wealth it wants? Of note not one single elected official has demanded to see how these sparsely-documented budget proposals were drawn up, why budgeting using the previous year’s expenditures is being used as a methodology, nor threatening to vote against budget proposals that don’t provide sufficient detail to determine whether the level of spending is justified or not.
Yeah, I get pretty cynical seeing this over and over again. I bet I’m not the only one.
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