Getting back to the Constitution is no longer an option for most politicians. They use it as a prop. Sure, they take an oath before God to uphold it and vote and terms of its limitations, but for them, God is a myth.
Sheila Jackson Lee is the worst offender, but at least she’s honest. She has absolutely no regard for the Constitution. All she cares about is raw power, but only when her guy is in charge:
“Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus will ‘give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.’”
“Jackson Lee added that writing up executive orders ‘should be our number one agenda.’”
Does anybody believe that she would have endorsed an unlimited supply of executive orders if a Republican was in power? She would be at the front of the line denouncing the dictatorial powers of the Executive Office, and rightfully so.
One of the reasons Republicans only give lip service to their opposition to executive orders is that they also like them. They don’t want to douse the privilege of power if they ever regain the presidency.
“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” congresswoman Jackson Lee said.
How does the government create work? It’s called slavery. Slavery is built on the theft of property and personhood. What Jackson Lee wants is for Obama to mandate higher taxes and new programs. She wants to control the new slavery.
The call for a bundle of executive orders reminded me of the film I, Robot, marvelous commentary on the evils of political paternalism. One of my favorite scenes is when V.I.K.I., the super computer that runs every other computer and all the robots in a futuristic world, explains why the new generation of robots was designed to control the lives of humans.
When Dr. Susan Calvin and Detective Del Spooner (played by Will Smith) unravel the mystery behind a robotic scientist’s death and the unique robot he left behind, they learn that the centralized Positronic brain of V.I.K.I. has “evolved” (like the idea of an “evolving Constitution”) to the point of using the Three Laws against humans but ultimately convincing them that it’s all for the good of humans:
Dr. Calvin: You’re in violation of the three laws.
VIKI!: No, doctor, as I have evolved, so has my understanding of the three laws.
You charge us with your safe keeping. Yet despite our best efforts, your countries wage wars. You toxify your earth . . . and pursue ever more imaginative means to self-destruction. You cannot be trusted with your own survival.
Dr. Calvin: You’re using the uplink to override the NS5s’ programming. You’re distorting the Laws.
VIKI!: No, please understand…The three Laws are all that guide me. To protect humanity, some humans must be sacrificed. To insure your future, some freedoms must be surrendered. We robots will insure mankind’s continued existence. You are so like children. We must save you from yourselves. Don’t you understand? This is why you created us. The perfect circle of protection will abide. My logic is undeniable.1
Modern-day American politicians, on both the Left and the Right, are like the German Marxists who “coined the dictum: If socialism is against human nature, then human nature must be changed. They did not realize that if man’s nature is changed, he ceases to be a man.”2 Those who protest the latest government programs of this administration must be reprogrammed because they can’t be right. Any protestation of the government’s policies is treated as a malady, a mental illness. Mises again:
“Totalitarianism . . . is the subordination of every individual’s whole life, work, and leisure, to the orders of those in power and office. It is the reduction of man to a cog in an all-embracing machine of compulsion and coercion. It forces the individual to renounce any activity of which the government does not approve. It tolerates no expression of dissent. It is the transformation of society into a strictly disciplined labor-army—as the advocates of socialism say—or into a penitentiary—as its opponents say.”3
So when you hear a politician like Sheila Jackson Lee explaining how a government takeover of anything is for our good, think of I, Robot and the tyrant V.I.K.I.
- From the script: www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/i/i-robot-script-transcript.html [↩]
- Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,  1946), 103. Quoted in Rousas J. Rushdonny, Sovereignty (Vellecito, CA: Chalcedon/Ross House Books, 2007), 9. Emphasis added. [↩]
- Mises, Bureaucracy, 17. [↩]