Lord Acton’s famous saying has been quoted endlessly but can still never be repeated too often: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. The concept is actually an observation of the nature of the human heart, not yours or mine specifically but the human heart in general.
This election will determine the fate of our nation. With Donald Trump we have a chance, and it is only that. Over the past few years we have learned to our shock and dismay just how corrupt and out of touch our elected officials really are. They have an agenda and it does not include the American people, except in extracting as much of our resources as possible. They are a powerful force. I don’t know if Donald Trump can overcome it, but I do know that no one else can.
In the final stretch of the election, Hillary Rodham Clinton has gone to war with the FBI.
The word “unprecedented” has been thrown around so often this election that it ought to be retired. But it’s still unprecedented for the nominee of a major political party to go war with the FBI.
But that’s exactly what Hillary and her people have done. Coma patients just waking up now and watching an hour of CNN from their hospital beds would assume that FBI Director James Comey is Hillary’s opponent in this election.
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There have been key moments in American history when the two parties in Congress operated as part of the same team, the Legislature, and stood up to difficult presidents. Nowadays it seems the president’s party in Congress is usually aligned with the Executive against the other congressional party. Different strategies for different times, perhaps, but one thing critically important about 2016 is that whoever is elected in November should be faced by a Congress that fears not the Veto Threat.
President Obama’s EPA has long sought to use the Clean Water Act, originally conceived forty years ago to prevent water pollution, to empower the federal government to directly control any land it designates as “wetlands” – with the owner of the land having no recourse to challenge the finding. Under such a rule the government could designate any land anywhere in the U.S. as “wetlands”, thus requiring the owner of the land to obtain special permits to do anything with that land. Who determines whether these special permits are granted to the owner? Why the federal government, of course.
Is your health care better now than it was four years ago? How much easier is it to get your prescriptions or doctor’s referrals? How are your premiums and deductibles? Is your insurance company reasonable? If you’re like most Americans, the answer to nearly all of those questions is negative. Health care is no better now, and in many ways worse, than it was before the Affordable Care Act that President Obama strong-armed through Congress and signed in 2010. And one massive reason it’s worse is because of the suffocating tangle of unnecessary regulations that drive insurance companies costs up, causing them to pass the pain along to you.
Now the State is set to do with the cable industry what it has so successfully done with health care, the energy industry, and nearly every other industry it has heavily meddled in: bring it to its knees till it begs for a federal bailout, thus giving the federal government permanent, inexorable control over a primary communications channel Americans have always been able to choose for themselves.