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Pushing the Agenda

December 21, 2010

Amid all the reporting of the massive bills Harry Reid was trying to push through the Senate at the last minute, one small and unrelated item caught my attention. CNS News reported Friday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.


It sounds in some respects like NASA Administrator Charles Bolden saying in July that space exploration was not the agency’s top priority but rather outreach to the Muslim world was. Not widely reported at the time was the fact that NASA had just welcomed three summer interns from the United Arab Emirates. NASA made a press release. Was it picked up by any major media?

The Center for Biological Diversity is trying to ban the lead in bullets using the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The EPA said it has no jurisdiction but no problem: Representative Bobby Rush, (D-Ill), who was a Black Panther “minister of defense” in the 1960s, has introduced legislation (HR 5820) to give the EPA just that power.

You may remember the September 2009  brouhaha over the National Endowment for the Arts being told by a White House adviser that they needed to mobilize in support of health care. NEA Director of Communications Yosi Sergant, caught red-handed, was removed from his position over that one.

What do these four items, which range in time throughout the two years of the Obama administration, have in common?

For one, they seem illogical. Four government organizations engaging in activity that would seem to have nothing to do with the purposes for which they exist. For another, they push a political agenda which has nothing to do with their regulatory or administrative functions.

But it is all by design. This administration with its radical backers have an agenda. The rough outlines of that agenda should be apparent by now. What is perhaps less apparent is that the entire force of the administrative branch of government–that controlled by the president and the cabinet–is being mobilized to enact and enforce that agenda, regardless of the purposes for which the Congress appropriated the taxpayer’s money.

This is a centralized, top-down ruling structure not unlike the single party systems in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, or a host of other states where the government structure is just a facade behind which the Party operates. Thus NASA pushes what many would think is a State Department agenda, NEA pushes the HHS agenda, the EPA is pressured to do BATFE’s work, and DHS is pushing an environmental agenda that Congress has declined to authorize. It’s really not the agenda of any independent department or bureau that matters: it’s the agenda of the radicals in the White House and the czars that direct the activity from there.

Is Congress even relevant any more? The election this November threw a monkey wrench into the one-party state but make no mistake, the battle has only begun. To preserve the Republic and its own relevance, Congress needs to hold administrators accountable through hearings and the power of the purse.

If that doesn’t happen, the election of 2012 won’t matter.


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