We are fast approaching an uncanny moment in American history, thanks to the lawless, authoritarian ways of current President Barack Obama’s administration.
Now, please don’t take me for a bitter Republican still being a sore loser about the last two presidential elections, or an opportunist taking advantage of scandals and missteps by the Administration in order to feel politically astute, for I assure you I am neither. No, I’m fascinated by this situation because of what it means for the future of government. It could be a turning point in history as far as the nature of the nation-state… or its existence altogether.
The ever-astute, knowledgeable, principled Judge Andrew Napolitano chronicles the many ways in which the Obama administration increasingly flat-out disregards the law, including unilaterally delaying enforcement of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and spying on the entire American people. Most recently, a new arms shipment to an Egypt in turmoil blatantly defies current law, without more than a half-hearted attempt at justification.
It’s important to note that this isn’t a case of government establishing increasingly abusive laws. It’s a case of operating outside of legality altogether. And that’s huge, for two main reasons.
It heralds the end of limited government. The limitations placed on the U.S. Federal Government mean little if they are ignored. The only limitations it now respects are how much extralegal activity it can get away with without the people rising up.
It signifies that the people will no longer view the government as representative of their will. This byproduct of the first point is especially important because it means that the people will no longer look to the government to solve their problems. The state will be viewed as an obstacle rather than an ally, meaning all solutions to societal problems will be approached in spite of, rather than through, the state. Questioning the existence of the state altogether is just a short stop over.
What we will see in the future is a growing cold war between the American people and their government. More on that next time…