May 14, 2013

Abuse of Power

Last month, Senator Ted Cruz released a report in which he outlined six Supreme Court cases that displayed the Obama administration's attempts to expand federal power. 
Cruz’s report summarized the six Supreme Court cases, saying “[if] Obama’s Department of Justice been successful in its cases, the federal government would have the power to:”
Attach GPSs to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed a crime (United States v. Jones);
Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as $75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);
Interfere with a church’s selection of its own ministers. (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
Override state law whenever the President desires. (Arizona v. United States);
Dramatically extend statutes of limitations to impose penalties for acts committed decades ago. (Gabelli v. SEC); and
Destroy private property without paying just compensation. (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States).
While the DOJ has failed to win any of the cases featured by Cruz, we are left to wonder what abuses of power every other department of our government is carrying out.

Despite the egregious reach this president has displayed through his use of executive orders, passing laws that haven't been read, denying information to the citizens, and covering up terrorist attacks to preserve his presidential campaign, I had resigned myself to the fact that he was going to get away with it.  All of it.

I have a glimmer of hope today.  One would surmise that the death of four Americans at the hands of terrorists would be the turning point for holding this administration accountable, but that is not what is turning the tide.

Most recently, news that the IRS was targeting conservative groups began to rile both sides of the aisle.  And yet, that wasn't even blowing up at full tilt.

And then, the AP discovered that Blowie and friends have been tapping the phones.  Keeping tabs.  Noting numbers.  I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of key sources have disappeared, or found themselves in some sort of inexplicable legal trouble.  While the media has been a lapdog, the master has been eavesdropping. 

And, suddenly, the media is starting to light their torches and sharpen their pitchforks.  Part of me thinks that it will all get swept under the rug again, illuminating nothing, making no difference, but the other part of me thinks it just might...

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

I hope the optimistic part of you is right, but I'm not holding my breath...