Government Shutdown: Day 2

In light of the ongoing federal government “shutdown,” allow me to provide a necessary and vital service for the American people.  I will pick and choose various agencies within the federal government that are claiming that they will not be able to perform some of their duties until full funding levels are restored.

The Center for Disease Control, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is responsible for keeping a weather eye on the horizon for infectious diseases. According to the CDC website, their mission is as follows.

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

According to the news this morning, the CDC is not going to be able to track the fall and winter influenza strains that are expected every year.  So in light of the continuing government shutdown, please follow these basic guidelines to protect you and your family from the calamity that is THE FLU.

  1. Get a flu shot (offered at such hard to find places as Walgreens, your doctor’s office, and most health clinics).
  2. Wash your hands regularly and especially before you touch food, your mouth, eyes, or nose.
  3. Eat smart – fruits, vegetables, especially those containing Vitamin C and Zinc.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Don’t cut back on sleep.

Amazing stuff really.  It’s a shame that the government isn’t fully funded in order to tell us such vital information to prevent an annual occurrence.

 

IRS Gone Rogue

In the limelight of late, the IRS is really hitting for the fences.

A lawsuit was filed against the tax collection and enforcement agency for the seizure of millions of private health insurance records from an undisclosed corporation.

Benghazi.

The IRS (now twice!)

The DoJ – Fast and Furious, refusing to prosecute voter intimidation cases where the perpetrators are Black Panthers, warrantless wiretapping and storage of every phone call, email, instant message, and tweet sent every day in America, AND warrantless wiretapping of Associated Press reporters, editors in order to find a “possible” leak.

This is out of control, and every agency involved (Defense, State, Treasury, Justice) all are part of the President’s Cabinet.  This is beginning to smell a lot like a banana republic.  This is government intimidation on EVERY front.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Congress MUST act to end this mob-style tyranny now.  If not, then the people must and will act or the Republic we have will exist no more.

 

 

Tyranny of One

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

The Declaration of Independence, 1776

What is tyranny?

The basic description in the dictionary is an oppressive power, especially when exerted by the government, but moreover, it also means a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler (Merriam-Webster).

Now you might be saying right now that it is impossible to have a tyranny in the United States.  We have separation of powers – three branches co-equal, but what happens when the most visible and public of those branches, the Executive, under the President begins to dictate to the others how they will behave and act?

  1. Obama offering own immigration plan if Congress fails to act
  2. Obama to Congress in State of the Union: Act on Climate or I Will
  3. Obama to Congress: With or Without You
  4. The State of the Union, 2013
    1. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Tyranny?

If Congress doesn’t act, that is Congress’ prerogative.  Just because the President doesn’t like it does not give him the right or the justly derived powers to act unilaterally.  That is textbook tyranny.

There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.

Walt Whitman

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

Charles de Montesquieu

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