There are a pair of reports at The Hill that are, at first blush, unrelated. Yet they are inextricably intertwined, and our freedoms are likely to depend on the outcome of both.
The first is a report on a request to speed up a decision on the “National Security Administration’s” bulk capture of telephone calls. As we saw in the George Zimmerman case, among thousands of others, it is trivial to take a word here, a phrase there, and wind up with evidence of a criminal act, even though the conversation was entirely innocuous. Briefly quoting The Hill report linked above:
On Tuesday, conservative legal activist Larry Klayman formally asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to speed up its deliberations over his charges that the agency’s bulk phone records collection program is unconstitutional.
“Further violations of the U.S. Constitution cannot be countenanced,” Klayman wrote in the five-page legal request. “After sixteen months on appeal, this court… has a duty to issue its decision now.”
There would be far less urgency if the majority of the American people trusted this regime. But thousands of poorly considered actions such as this have severely eroded public trust in our government.
Again quoting The Hill report linked above:
The Obama administration asserted its authority Wednesday over the nation’s streams, wetlands and other smaller waterways, moving forward with one of the most controversial environmental regulations in recent years.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers said they are making final their proposed waters of the United States rule, which Republicans and many businesses have long panned as a massive federal overreach that would put the EPA in charge of ditches, puddles and wet areas.
Under the regime’s rule, you will not longer have a legal right to catch the soft water runoff from your own roof, put a stepping stone across a brook on your property, or do anything else without a fiat from the regime.
“Legitimacy comes from public trust,” to collapse a chapter of The Prince. Such overreaching claims to power and authority have largely destroyed public trust in at least this regime.
If America is to survive, it is time for a “new broom.” And a general housecleaning.
It is time for Congress begin to do the job we sent that we sent them to do. Starting by rejecting Obama’s foolishness and starting to restore trust in government.