If there was ever any issue that illustrates just how far our government will go to enforce its will, we saw it this week when the Bundy Ranch was surrounded by officers from several federal agencies. It also illustrates how much things have changed over the last century with respect to the perception and use of “public lands”. These actions clearly indicate that in the eyes of the federal government, these lands are not “public” at all, but belong to the government.
I don’t care that the Bundy’s supposedly owed for grazing rights, the American West had more than a century of tradition of open range before the BLM started charging fees on public lands in 1936. What I do care about is the lengths a government will go to establish a militaristic presence over some cows grazing when they can’t seem to muster that kind of motivation to protect our southern borders.
We have seen an IRS used as a club to thwart legitimate political opposition, a government so intent on dominating the individual that someone at the behest of some agency slipped a proviso in the “farm bill” to remove a statute of limitations so they could withhold tax refunds from people who were simply related to individuals that the government has deemed to owe them a debt – the same week it was reported that the State Department cannot account for over $6 billion dollars.
That proviso was so specific that it had to be done with exactly the purpose it was used for last week – that change was no accident. It was inserted and executed by some statolatrist acolytes who worship government and considers it supreme over the people.
We saw the leadership of the supposed party of small government, the GOP, sneak through a “doc fix” bill estimated to cast as much as $20 billion on a voice vote when most of the House members who would have opposed it did not even know the vote was scheduled. Since so many members were absent, this was tantamount to taxation without representation – many of our representatives never got the chance to have a voice, so by extension, neither did we.
Militarized local police forces, seemingly benign federal agencies stocking up on ammunition and weapons, restrictions on the Second Amendment, a lawless administration who callously ignores the Constitution and fears no other branch of government – it all adds up to one thing – a self-aware Leviathan poised to devour the citizenry and subsequently grind their bones under its clanking treads as it rumbles across the countryside.
Just imagine a world where a government filled with dutiful functionaries who have been stripped of common sense and devoid of judgment lumbers on with only its own rules and regulations to guide it. Think of the DMV or some other unresponsive agency that is driven by inflexible rules and then extrapolate that to the entire of the federal government…
Those who argue against corporate “personhood” better get concerned about government “personhood” because we are witness to a growing and sentient Leviathan more concerned with satiating its hunger by feeding on individuals than it is with protecting their rights.
It is Huxley’s “Brave New World”, Orwell’s “1984” and Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” all rolled into one.