John Taylor (1753-1824) argues that the American Revolution would have been in vain if the Americans replicated the British system of government privilege and favors to special economic interests:Details
Ferguson, Missouri should serve as a wake up call relating to the evolution of our local police departments into extensions of the federal government. Once agencies primarily tasked with protecting the community, they have intertwined with and become increasingly dependent on the federal government, getting funding and equipment through asset forfeiture, gifts and grants from the federal government.Details
It’s not just the Defense Department that is passing out free military equipment to local police. Since the early 1990s, the Justice Department has worked with the Pentagon to fund military technology for police departments. And then there are the billions of dollars’ worth of federal grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, enabling police departments to go on a veritable buying spree for highly questionable military-grade supplies better suited to the battlefield.Details
As the number of troop-heavy foreign interventions decreases, the warcraft and weaponry used in battle are now being deployed in neighborhoods as members and machines of law enforcement become increasingly indistinguishable from those of the military.Details
federal agencies are helping accelerate the arming of local police with military-grade materiel.Details
Yet more evidence that we cannot count on the federal government to rein in its own power.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Republican controlled House Intelligence Committee said no to telling Americans how many people drone strikes kill overseas every year.Details
There should be no local police, no county sheriff’s deputies and no state law enforcement officers involved. If states would simply quit cooperating, many of these constitutional violations would not happen. The feds don’t have the resources. They depend on state and local help.Details
Reports from towns and cities around the country prove that the federal government is determined to abolish the independence of local law enforcement.Details
Not content to let the feds have all the fun, local governments are increasing their surveillance of citizens.Details
We have entered week two of the federal government’s “shutdown” and, amazingly, Americans are still hanging in there. This is a fact that has chagrined federal politicians to no end. In an effort to convince us all that we really need our omnipotent overlords, federal agents continue to execute their directive which, as one federal employee has unhappily admitted, is “to make life as difficult as possible.”
So far their actions have included closing national parks, barricading monuments, holding elderly vacationers hostage in Yellowstone and, horror of horrors, shutting down Michelle Obama’s Twitter account. If I didn’t enjoy the silence I would ask someone to tell FLOTUS that Twitter is free.
Sure, these are annoying maneuvers, but they’re fairly innocuous. They seem more like an overgrown temper tantrum than the triumphant return of the Dark Ages. On one level it’s actually been pretty entertaining to watch the federal government work so hard at trying to make us miss them. On another level it’s a little sad, kind of like a jilted teenager trying to make his ex-girlfriend jealous by going to prom with his sister.
Either way, it’s a little hard to miss them when 80% of federal bureaucrats are still on the job, the NSA is still spying on us and our earnings are still being stolen from our paychecks.Details