Politically Speaking — November 15, 2022

November 15, 2022

Editor’s note: It seems only appropriate that past election results should start with a column looking back. Why, you ask? Because history has a tendency to repeat itself as this column points out. And if we don’t as a society realize what’s happening, it will continue to get worse.

In the column below, not only does it point that out, but it also makes it very clear that over the years we have been lead down the primrose path. So after a lengthy conversation on this very topic, Ludwig, a dear friend and one of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever known, graciously agreed to fill in for me. I’m hoping this is the first of many.

Today I want to discuss some issues as they relate to America’s founding principles that made it a success over several centuries. We cannot expect success as a country, if we drift from those principles:

1. The rule of law,
2. Individual rights,
3. The security of property,
4. The same American identity for all its citizens.

All of these principles are under attack today from many directions. The post-Cold War generations from the baby boomers to the millennials have been divided into extreme positions, as the political pendulum swings with each election.
English common law dates back to 1215, when rebellious barons put limits on the power of King John, to prevent arbitrary confiscation and unreasonable taxes. The Magna Carta established the right to legal representation, and due process, including a trial by peers.

The Founders created a Constitution with checks and balances to limit the power of the federal government. It included a Bill of Rights, to frustrate the passions of the mob. The Greeks and Romans were examples of democracy and republican government, that influenced the Founders. They recognized the importance of a republic that avoided a central concentration of power, and the danger of the tyranny of the mob in a pure democracy. They recognized the need for checks and balances. Thomas Jefferson said, “The best government is the one that governs the least.” What went wrong? How did we drift away from the founding principles?

During the last century, the federal government grew by leaps and bounds. As government became larger, our leaders declared wars and emergencies, and the individual rights were eroded. How do governments control the people? When the Bolsheviks established their control over Russia, they could not trust the ex-czarist officials, but they needed them to institute their plans, so they created ‘commissars’. A commissar was loyal to the Communist party and was responsible for political indoctrination and control.

At the same time that Lenin was plotting Soviet expansion, Woodrow Wilson was implementing the progressive agenda in Washington, D.C. Aided by the creation of income tax, a central bank, and a military draft, he engaged the United States in a European War and enlarged the size of the government. American citizens lost much of their liberty. This continued with Prohibition and FDR’s New Deal, which was modeled on Italian fascism. The government confiscated gold and issued fiat currency. The party of big government, the Democrats, also grew with the expansion of the federal government. Agencies were created and Congress delegated power to those agencies. Although the term commissar was not used, the federal government began to create commissar-type positions to promulgate ideological uniformity, indoctrinate the employees of the government and foster party loyalty. Under Wilson, the government controlled the media through a ‘Truth Ministry’, to promote the progressive agenda.

The growth industry in commissar positions paralleled the emergence of administrative magistrates with the power to regulate, fine, and impose injunctions with minimal due process. In the private sector, commissars were also needed. Affirmative action officers began to appear in college admissions panels. Corporations and manufacturers hired equal opportunity officers and federal compliance officers. Schools and hospitals needed judicial inquiry officers and civil rights departments.

These commissar positions are at odds with the principles of the American Founding. They exist for the purpose of indoctrination and enforcement of a political agenda that assumes a benign faith in big, infallible, benevolent government, which is prepared to sacrifice the rights of the individual for the sake of a “greater good.” (Defined: the good of the Party) The citizen faced with the actions of administrative law, soon discovers that he is considered guilty until proven innocent.

Universities developed departments of education, communications, journalism, social studies, and urban planning to produce the commissars needed for this Leviathan. Law schools were infiltrated by post-modern theory, from the Frankfort School of Marxism, to train graduates to serve a specific political agenda, rather than jurisprudence. Entire federal agencies now exist to serve as Commissariats: The Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy, HHS, EPA, and the Endowment for Arts and Humanities. Like the Pravda of Russia, the government has funded its own agency for ‘Truth’ in NPR and new forms of internet control and censorship.

There are many platforms for today’s commissars. They are immune to citizen complaints and they lack serious constitutional legitimacy. Many of them are capable professionals, but their primary job is political control. It appears that the Department of Justice has become a commissariat, and the FBI is beginning to resemble the NKVD secret police of the Soviet Union.

Beginning in March of 2020, the American economy was shut down. Our schools were shuttered. American citizens were stripped of their ability to travel, and later forced to submit to an experimental gene therapy that turned out to be unsafe and ineffective. Unreasonable mandates were imposed without scientific basis. Today, we are realizing how much economic and educational damage resulted from these bad policies during the pandemic.

Recently a commissar professor from Brown University, Emily Oster wrote an article in the Atlantic apologizing for the many mistakes made by the CDC and many government officials. She pleads for amnesty. The commissars were united in this destruction and now they are asking for amnesty as we see their sins illuminated in the daylight.

I think we need to hold the commissars accountable for the power they abused as they damaged this country. Then we need to go back and think about the principles of the Founding.

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