June 3, 2014

It’s long past time: a letter to Speaker Boehner

Dear John Boehner, et al.,

President Obama's use of the EPA -- and frankly, his misuse of the entire administrative state (itself constitutionally dubious if not downright anathema to representative republicanism) -- is not an attempt to clean the air or clean the water.  As a developed, industrialized nation, the US already has the luxury of clean air and clean water, made possible, ironically, by the very riches its history of industrial innovation have provided for.  Instead, Obama's latest cap and trade fiat is an attempt to destroy the middle class, to recreate a feudal model, and to entrench a permanent ruling elite over a mass of subjects who will be unable to afford the price of energy, and so will be forced to alter their standard of living, including (and especially, insofar as it pertains to liberty) their opportunities for physical mobility.  Obama trained under those whose first desire was to destroy the "middle class"; by creating government dependency on the one hand and crony capitalism with government collusion and protection on the other, they will have created the conditions for liberal fascism, which needs as part of its structural force policing powers, be they administrative fines and lawfare, or increasingly armed federal departments with their own enforcement apparatus.

Now, the idea of a big centralized command and control economy run by a ruling elite may appeal to you, despite your party affiliation.   But I can tell you this:  it doesn't appeal to your base, or to the currently underinformed mob of humanity that will one day wake up to find that they are trapped, that their liberty has been stolen, and that the time they spent watching bad reality TV could have been better spent watching the fictional machinations of a putative two party system.

And they are going to be rip-roaringly pissed off.  Not just at the progressives, but at the GOP who hasn't  been able to stop the progressives, and who spends more time trying to neuter its base than it does trying to stop Obama's big government overreach.

So it's come down to this:  you have control of the House.  You control the purse strings for the country.  You are the PEOPLE'S House, and have been elected into the majority to represent our wishes.

And it is very much not our wish to have our electrical grids grind to a halt, our coal mines shut down, our fellow citizens to lose jobs and find themselves dependent on government, and our very exhalation deemed a poison under the control of an unelected body peopled with radical environmentalists and assorted Marxists.

Which means it is incumbent upon you to use your Majority status and your constitutional authority to defund the EPA as a means to defund what is an effort to de-industrialize and re-feudalize society.

There is no room for "nuance" or "realism" or "pragmatism" -- all of which you use as codes for "political positioning in advance of the next election cycle" -- in this instance.  You simply must cut the EPA off at its ankles and let it know that it is not going to run roughshod over the people to whom government is supposed to answer.

You simply must show Obama that his dictates are not going to stand, and if he gives speeches caterwauling about how you want the air and water poisoned and the earth to boil, call him on both the dubious science and the fearmongering hyperbole.

The fact is, CO2 is what we exhale and what plants take in, the end result being the oxygen we need to live.  It makes up a miniscule part of the atmosphere.   And there is no political body on earth that can control the climate, no matter how many paid off scientists they get to suggest otherwise.

This is not a difficult fight to win.  Your message should be a simple one:   Obama's EPA is essentially declaring humanity a poison.  They are declaring plants -- which turn into food -- accomplices to planet murder.  All of which is of course absurd.  This is nothing more than an attempt to will away the kind of energy they don't like in order to subsidize the kind of energy they claim to like -- and yet when they had the opportunity to allow the Keystone pipeline to proceed, they blocked it and the natural gas it would carry.

Rendering any argument they make about this being about clean energy or the health of the planet moot.

The progressives consider the masses a blight upon their earth. Which is why they are always seeking to "nudge" them, socially-engineer them, reinvent them, harass them into compliance, and molest them into torpor.

You have the power to stop them from "humanely" reducing the human population, as one proponent of this nonsense put it -- and not only that, but you have the obligation to do so, both as Speaker for the Majority of the people's House and as an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution Obama is sidestepping.

If you don't use your separate legislative power to stop executive overreach, there is no reason whatever for we to maintain a Congress, or pretend to engage in checks and balances.

In which case, just declare Obama King, disband, and let's just get on with thing already.

Doing nothing is no longer an option.  And no, crying doesn't count as taking active steps.  Sorry.


Jeff Goldstein
just some guy

Posted by Jeff G. @ 2:20pm

Comments (10)

  1. It would be so nice to have people leading at least two of the three branches of government who actually believe in America.

    One would be an improvement…

  2. >and yet when they had the opportunity to allow the Keystone pipeline to proceed, they blocked it and the oil natural gas it would carry. <

  3. Joke’s on us — Boehner approves of every damn thing Obama does.

  4. Boehner is part of the problem. Never will he proffer a solution that downsizes his share in his massive, powerful Government.

  5. Open letter, eh? Over the internets? That’s likely one of Holder’s qualifiers

    The concept of the U.S. government viewing the population as the true enemy has been a theme on this site for many years. For some background, I suggest reading the following:

    Rep. Steve Cohen Calls Tea Party Republicans “Domestic Enemies” on MSNBC

    It’s Official: The FBI Classifies Peaceful American Protestors as “Terrorists”

    The reason I chose to highlight these two articles, is that in one case it is the “tea party” being demonized, and in the other it is Occupy Wall Street. It doesn’t matter if the dissent is seen as emanating from the “right” or the “left,” it is dissent in general which is increasingly being demonized as “domestic terrorism.”

    With all of that in mind, here is what Eric Holder’s “Justice” Department is up to. From the LA Times:

    Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an “escalating danger” from “homegrown” terrorists within the United States.

    The task force will chiefly comprise leaders from the FBI, the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorneys. Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a task force formed by former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The task force fell into disuse after 9/11.

    Though the original task force, which was little known, focused mainly on right-wing zealots, Holder’s version is aimed at U.S. citizens or visitors radicalized via the Internet. Holder said the government will continue to fight terrorists abroad.

    Oh the internet! That dangerous place where the citizenry engages in thoughtcrime and can actually perform real journalism without the censorship of mainstream propaganda media.

    “But we also must concern ourselves with a different type of threat. We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” he said.

    “Now — as the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet — it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,” Holder said.

    There’s nothing recognizable anymore. Seems that the hard-fought-and-won ‘Freedom IS America!’ concept is become more myth than reality.

  6. You know the sad thing, Sdferr, is that this does not surprise me at all and I suspect none of the regulars here at PW.

    If the Left In America is successful at shutting us down on the Internet, do we have an alternate form of communication we can utilize to keep-up our modern version of the Committees Of Correspondence?

    If we don’t, shouldn’t we be planning one? As it did for the American Colonists, our strength is lies in a unified front of ‘colonies’ opposing the Tyrant ‘King’ and his ‘Parliament’.

  7. Sorry: ‘Serr8d’ – coffee hasn’t worked it’s magic yet.

  8. Serr8d:
    “But we also must concern ourselves with a different type of threat. We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” he said.

    Like, say, the Bergdahls?

  9. Or Holder?

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