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May 22, 2015

We are ignoring Menckenís Advice

Joe Charlebois

What H.L. Mencken wrote more than 80 years ago should be flowing from the pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post and, of course, his own Baltimore Sun today.

In 1926, Henry Louis Mencken, then a 46-year-old Baltimore native, wrote:

“The American State has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a state religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But the state still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious, and decent men.”

The gross, forced intrusion of the federal government – or American state – has had a tremendous effect on the auto, banking and financial industries; and, of course, most importantly the country’s healthcare system. The federal government’s encroachment affects every American. The president through the executive branch and all of its departments is micromanaging every aspect of our lives.

Soon the state will have fully “inserted its thumb into another pot” – that of the world’s most advanced and available healthcare system. Throughout the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the stated goal of those responsible for the ACA’s implementation has been to eliminate the number of “uninsured” members of society. So far this hasn’t happened and the cynic would ask: “Was it ever intended to do so?”

This past week the president looked to lay down yet another layer of governmental control. In his address to the graduating class of Coast Guard cadets, he spoke of the greatest threat to America and the world as being climate change. This president’s blind ideological faith to the church of global warming is deeply concerning.

The fact that Mr. Obama doesn’t realize, or doesn’t choose to believe, that the nation’s immediate threats are not posed by the occasional warm sunny day but rather Islamic terrorists is maddening. The Islamic terrorists in the form of Islamic State, or al Qaeda among others, are not intimidated by those who believe differently. They do not value life. Their brand of religious extremism throughout the world is one that will not be complete until they see an end to the western world.

For the president to incorporate the “fight” against climate change into a military imperative will assure that the state will increase funding for green causes – all hiding in plain sight under the Department of Defense budget. This appropriation of funds in this manner will assure that portions of the U.S. military – under progressive leadership – will act as foreign aid workers and environmentalists instead of focusing on their core mission, which is to protect and defend the United States of America and its treaty partners. If the president does make this a priority, this would put the power of environmental enforcement in the hands of the Department of Defense. This is a scary thought.

Mr. Mencken pointed out that the powers of the state – if unchecked – will penetrate every act of the citizen. These words were written as socialism, fascism and communism swept across Europe. He warned of the excesses of the state and the power that unelected officials would wield. How prescient. Our unelected bureaucracy including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Health and Human Services and Department of Justice have had an ever increasing grip on our liberty.

The power of the state must be held in check. If not, we will slowly suffocate under the yoke of tyranny.


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