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A Howard Houchen emailed contribution. http://www.houchenforcongress.com.
In my limited knowledge of our universe and the bodies in it, I am seeing some parallels that can be drawn from cosmology to today’s political environment in America (only a slightly a bit deeper than the catchy little title above).
Quasars are, probably too simplistically described here, massive high-energy bodies with a gigantic center that expends massive amounts of energy in the form of sub-atomic particles. The properties quasars exhibit is evidence that our universe is expanding at an unfathomable high rate of speed. (You see where this is leading?)
The term czar, which most of us generally associate as a Russian term, is derived from the word Caesar and has historically been translated to symbolize an individual who enjoys Supreme Power. When we see today’s use of the term, though, it is perceived as something far less sinister. Most likely, in 1982 when we all heard the term “Drug Czar” we said: “Cool, a Drug Czar… that’ll do the trick”. The American political scene has seen a few folks who were bestowed with the title “Czar”. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll limit discussion to Executive appointments. The bottom line is that American policy czars are appointed by the President. Policy czars, unlike Cabinet secretaries, are not subject to Congressional confirmation or oversight and are accountable only to the President, who obviously is like-minded enough to appoint them in the first place. This fact alone is enough to raise a few eyebrows and cause those of us who believe in a system of effective checks and balances, and the intent of our Founders, that government is to be “of the people, by the people and for the people,” to question whether or not “We, the People” are truly being heard.
The American policy czars, make no mistake about it, share a strong kinship to the traditional czar, he or she has what amounts to Supreme Power, unaccountable to the people, with respect to a specific area of authority. After all, an Executive surrounded by unaccountable Czars that are capable of dictating policy is only a short step from an oligarchy or, in staying with the Russian theme, the beginnings of the establishment of a Nomenklatura (a small, elite ruling class).
The current administration seems to have taken the naming of policy czars to an entirely new level. Of course, this should be of no surprise to anyone since government expansion, in its quest to exert control over much of our economic engine, personal freedoms, personal lives, and interference with societal norms, is expanding at unfathomable speeds. The need for czars, if you happen to buy into their central planning philosophy, is expanding at matching rates. We have a car czar, a global warming czar, a cyber czar, an energy czar, an intelligence czar, a drug czar, an urban czar, a health reform czar (you get the picture) and now a Pay-Czar.
The appointment of pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, whose official title: “Special Master for Compensation” is even more ominous than that of czar, puts the federal government of the United States of America squarely into the central planning Socialist realm of conducting business. This level of control over the economy and private enterprise is the direct antithesis of free-market capitalism, one of the primary tools that made the United States of America the benchmark by which all other nations are compared.
If you question this proposition, I would suggest that you look up any definition of Socialism. I am confident you find something like the following: central (state) control of means of production, private property, and capital. As history shows, the central mass of government grows to facilitate more central planning, control, and redistribution of income and capital.
To borrow again the quasar analogy, this central government mass expends huge amounts of energy (our money) in the name of equal income distribution and social programs and egalitarianism. This massive and speedy expansion, fueled by more and more energy (our money) as it grows, is unsustainable.
Just like the quasar, which has a consume-everything-in-sight black-hole at its center and takes in all the matter within its gravitational reach until all is gone and it dies, everything the mass of a central planning government consumes for its own existence eventually dries up and the system fails.
It is our job and our right to step forward as citizens and demand that these appointments and encroachments of the Executive Branch to sidestep the Constitutional limitations placed on it be reversed. Curtailing these unelected, unaccountable ‘czars’ who serve at the pleasure of the President and answer only to him is crucial. Our voice, pertaining to the matter of our governance, is being silenced and many of our elected representatives are choosing to be silent on this issue and even go as far to support it by voting with the huge central mass government agenda. It is our duty and our right to ensure government is acting in the best interest of the country and our children’s future.
The United States of America is a good and great nation…it is ours…its economy and our freedoms do not belong to the all-consuming central mass of power. Let us answer the call of our constitution and our country in crisis. Let us fight for and bring back the Founders’ ideal of “We The People…” God Bless America!
Howard Houchen is a Conservative Republican candidate to represent Oklahoma District 2 in the U.S. Congress in 2010. His campaign site is www.houchenforcongress.com.
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