A great little database went online a few days ago. In it you can look up how much money your friendly federal civil “servants” are being paid. Keep in mind, these figures are accompanied by generous medical and dental benefits, vacations and retirements.
A lot of these “servants” we are not even aware of. They toil in obscurity, in places like the EPA, where they are busy crucifying productive businesses that employ people so they can make an example of what happens when your don’t bow the knee to them and their administrative law.
We need similar databases at the state level, too. I just found out that the school superintendent of a town of just over 2,000 people near us makes $120,000 per year. He doesn’t teach; he just administers. His retirement is even better than the feds.
Before 1215, the king’s word was law. The Latin term was Rex Lex. If the king wanted your life, your liberty, your land or your kids – he took them.
Of course, you only had lands or liberty if you were granted them by the king. Those titles and bequests were for your service, usually during wartime, when you sent your serfs (those working your lands) into battle for the king.
I read a newspaper article a few days ago that said a small plane had violated “Obama’s airspace” and had been intercepted and forced to land. Only someone unaware of the implications of Runnymede would write such words. It’s not Obama’s airspace. It’s our airspace.
Since 1215, the phrase has been Lex Rex; the law is king. The West grew up under this sheltered environment. Under Lex Rex, the king is allowed to use our airspace – the same as anyone else. A brief explanation of temporary flight restrictions would have improved the newspaper article. Unfortunately, the wording revealed more about the writer’s mindset, which I fear is becoming the norm at great cost to society.
Soon our airspace will be clogged with drones, being “flown” from the ground by radio control. These will all be courtesy of various government agencies and entities. When the inevitable midair collision happens, will the drone pilot on the ground be killed as well?
I wonder how many people are perfectly fine with drones flying over their house and backyard? We don’t even know what kind of sensors and recording capabilities they have, or if they will be armed. As Dr. Charles Krauthammer explained, these are military tools designed to find and kill terrorists. Does their use over America mean that the United States has declared war on its own citizens?
Many people counter these concerns by saying, “Well, if you aren’t doing anything illegal, what are you worried about?” I’ve given up trying to explain to them what still remains of the Fourth Amendment, or that the government can declare any activity illegal tomorrow. All that’s needed is a corrupt executive and a complicit Congress. And as we now know, the EPA has somebody ready and willing to crucify citizens and businesses for breaking the law.
Many good German citizens watched a similar progression of events as Hitler began to consolidate power in preparation for World War II. Jewish shopkeepers especially objected, and sure enough, soon it became illegal to be Jewish. By the time the good German citizens had figured out what had happened, the war had started and there was no going back. The fear of the knock on the door from Heinrich Himmler’s Secret State Police governed their lives.
Do you think the “king” in America is above the law? Or is he bound by the same laws the rest of us are?
Do you think the “king” has the right to reward his “lords” – his political supporters and donors – from the public treasury, and to give them special treatment under the law?
Do you think the rest of us are serfs, destined to work the land and hand over the proceeds of our labor to the king? And when we’re too old and feeble to work, is it our duty to die at the behest of an Obamacare death panel?
Some very evil people think the same approach that worked in Nazi Germany will work in America today. They just may be right.