January 15, 2013

“The Age of Administrative Excess”

Which is just a nice way of saying we’ve allowed ourselves to be boxed into a governmental paradigm in which the administrative state has authorities that exceed checks placed on other branches by the Constitution.  That is, we’ve created the bureaucratic army necessary for a red-tape coup, and the President and the leftists are figuring out ways to deploy them to that purpose.

Again, the way out of this top-down threat is local activism, beginning with city, county, and state nullification efforts.  Here in Colorado, our Governor, Hickenlooper, who once as much declared that he didn’t give a tinker’s damn what people outside of the cosmopolitan areas of the state — Denver, Boulder, etc — believed or wanted, has hinted that he is prepared to act in lockstep with the President should he see the tide moving in that direction.

I spoke to my town’s Mayor — he himself holds a concealed carry permit — and asked him if he’d join with the coalition of anti-gun mayors throughout our state (last I heard, there were 13).  He said he would not.

When I see him next — tonight, perhaps — I plan on asking him what he’s prepared to do to protect individual gun rights:  will he follow the Governor if the governor follows the President?  And how is he prepared to resist state efforts to enforce federal fiats on his small town.

Know the players if you can.  And prepare accordingly.

(h/t geoff B)



Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:48am

Comments (6)

  1. And to continue with Administrative excess and why words matter, here is an essay by a dog trainer on the dog/pet “owner” vs “guardian” move by animal rights activists.


    They’ll take my dogs when they pry the leash from my cold dead hands.

  2. I heard pet parent on a Pet Co ad last night.

  3. There’s a county sheriff making the rounds on talk radio, trying to encourage other county sheriffs to exercise their nullification rights by telling feds to take a hike when they’ve clearly got no jurisdiction.

  4. My Sheriff will be among those, I’d reckon.

  5. Not from a piece about executive orders and gun control but could be as “functionaries” will function the same.

    In “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek noted that “the power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionnaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.”

    And how. But what makes the phenomenon so insidious is that many of the functionaries are as friendly as can be. It’s just that they’re cogs in a machine whose overriding purpose is not service but self-perpetuation and control.

    It is, as Alexis de Tocqueville saw, a recipe for a form of despotism peculiar to modern democracies. It does this, wrote Tocqueville, by enforcing “a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules” that reduces citizens “to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.”

  6. From AP: Germany, no longer concerned about an Eastern Bloc invasion, wants their gold reserves sent back home from France and the USA.