Rosetta Stone of Government Corruption

I was reading through Bracken’s Anthology today and came across a useful passage incurrent government I wanted to share. 

The formation of a gangster government, and thereby the devolution of a formerly free and functioning country into an increasingly fascist or dictatorial regime, is predicated upon leadership with the desire for unchecked power, a complicit media, and an ineffective political opposition.

Bracken compared two scandals and described them as the Rosetta Stone of understanding our current state of affairs. 

First was Watergate, a ‘third-rate burglary’ covered extensively by the media, investigated thoroughly and competently by Congress and the resulting imprisonment and resignations.

Second was ‘Fast and Furious,’ a political program meant to walk ‘assault weapons’ into Mexico where they would be used to kill Mexican citizens, whose deaths was supposed to generate gun control in the US. This situation was aggressively created by a power-hungry administration, has been wholly ignored by the media, and incompetently investigated by Congress.

Comparing the two, as a codex of governmental behavior,gives relief to the transition in the direction of our country.  What would have been stopped cold as governmental excess in the early 70’s is encouraged actively by a disinterested (even supportive) press, and an inept (often supportive) opposition.

The result hasn’t just been the unscathed actors and their unpunished actions, but an evolutionary increase in the audacity of executive power. Unchecked on this issue, the executive branch moved on to claim increased powers to govern by decree; be that in refusal to execute enacted immigration laws, or orders-by-fiat that not only will health-care laws not be enforced, but that certain market players should actively violate them. 

It isn’t just that an irresponsible media assists it’s preferred candidate by refusing to do its job; it is actively undermining freedom in this country by corroding into nonexistence the limitations on executive power, and expectations of executive action.


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