While the Obama Administration is the primary source of the vast move toward authoritarian government, bad ideas aren't limited to the federal government. Not just bad ideas, but horrible ideas...ideas which liberals would be screaming about if they did not have their own Dear Leader whose Kool-Aid they have drunk.
Two examples from news stories this week, one federal, one not.
First, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has proposed legislation (S.773) which would allow the president to "pull the plug" on private computer networks if he believes (claims) that they pose a threat to national security. Of course, to get even close to being able to make such a decision would require the federal government to undertake a massive and almost certainly unconstitutional information gathering program about the location, operation, and contents of private computer networks.
I was pleased to see one commenter on a CBS News blog argue strenuously against this bill:
The legislation, the text of which can be read HERE, says that a federal bureaucracy shall set security standards for software not just for federal agencies, but also for contractors and for any private company which the government claims to be "privately owned critical infrastructure".
It says that nobody may provide cybersecurity services to any federal agency, contractor, or private company which is part of the nation's "critical infrastructure" without being licensed by the federal government!
It gives the president the power to order government or certain private "critical infrastructure" networks to be disconnected from the internet or shut down.
As if we didn't know that our legislators were idiots, they've spent their time including in this bill provisions for "cybersecurity challenges and competitions" right down to saying who can or can't be a judge in such competitions.
The bill spends several hundred million dollars per year in their unconstitutional and borderline-insane power grab.
Just think about all that for a minute...what kind of person could seriously propose a bill like this? Not only is its intrusion into private business outrageous, but it shows, as the CBS commenter noted, an utter lack of understanding of how the Internet works.
[IBD has a good editorial about this issue HERE.]
As I said, authoritarianism isn't just rampant with Obama and his appropriately-titled "czars". In the oh-so-liberal state of Massachusetts, we have this gem: The state legislature is considering the "Pandemic Response Bill" which allows the governor to declare a public health state of emergency, the declaration of which would allow him or a state health commissioner to:
There's much more in the 28-page bill including fines for not providing reports to the government, including reports of "suspicious events".
So, the governor declares an emergency, and you're a doctor. Someone comes into your office, tells you it's closed, takes some stuff to be destroyed, tells you that you MUST come with him to help vaccinate people, and forcibly prevents your spouse or friends from participating in a public protest against the government's actions.
Just the latest example of politicians thinking they're all-powerful, all-seeing, all-wise, and that we should simply be greatful for their "help".
Is it not amazing that the most aggressively compulsory regulations come from "liberals"? Have they forgotten their outrage when President Bush was accused of wire-tapping American citizens, their claims of support of civil liberties? Where's the outrage now? What this all really shows is that there is no truthful liberal complaint. Everything they say has a partisan angle. If it happens to comport with the views they claim to hold, it's just a happy accident.
The people are starting to see through these people. They are sowing the wind and will soon reap the whirlwind.
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