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Demise of the Rule of Law

July 13, 2009

With Barack Obama's ascension to the highest office in the land, America is quickly turning into two separate and unequal factions - the elites who decide the rules and the peons who are obliged to follow them.

Our political elites are currently crafting a drastic overhaul of a health care system although 77% of Americans say they are happy with it. They have decreed that all Americans will now be subject to the new health care rules. Those that don't will be subject to $1,000 fines. Congress itself, however, will be exempt from the rules they are demanding the rest of us follow. Congressional members have their own health care plan, one that is not available to the rest of us peons.

Oh, and the unions, who have attained temporary elite status by virtue of their campaign contributions, will be granted special rules allowing them to be exempt from the proposed taxes on health care that will be paid by the peons in flyover country. (That's you and me)

Our politicians and the politically connected environmental elite are demanding all Americans drive smaller cars, use different light bulbs and pretty much alter their way of life to conform to the elite's stated, but misleading, attempt to 'save the earth.' At the same time, these elites fly around in the same private jets they demonize CEO's for using. To say nothing of the fleets of SUVs currently in use by the very people who would deny them to the rest of us peons. 

President Obama is lecturing Americans to tighten their economic belts while he continues spending our tax dollars at an unsustainable rate. Quadrupling the deficit, with no end in sight, and very clearly indicating that the rules imposed on us peons don't extend to the elites.

The Federal Trade Commission has announced it is going to begin going after bloggers who make false claims about products and/or don't fully disclose conflicts of interest. This crackdown does not extend to the elites, who continue to make false claims, like Obama's patently false statement, "I'll be honest, there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well." Apparently the media elite won't be subject to this crackdown either, unless, of course, they dare to challenge a liberal premise (Sarah Palin comes to mind).

The elites in Congress will also be exempt from these new FTC dictates, as they continue to shut down inquiries into false claims Nancy Pelosi made about the CIA and who continue to shut down amendments to audit the Federal Reserve. A host of Democrat politicians and liberal advocacy groups also get a free pass to make false and misleading claims about health care, cap and trade, global warming, etc. Once again, the elites exempt themselves from the rules they impose on the rest of us peons.

The Obama administration is now actively involved in doubling the number of IRS agents to better enforce tax regulation and enforcement on the peons who live in flyover country and the capitalists who dare to make a, gasp, profit. The elites entrusted to run the IRS, however, are exempt from these rules, garnering nothing more than phony expressions of 'deep concern' when they're caught failing to pay their own taxes. Ditto for the numerous Democrat appointees who have failed to abide by the IRS rules the rest of us peons are forced to live by. 

President Obama, as a Senator, actually sponsored legislation requiring 30 days notice and a valid reason given before Inspector Generals could be fired. The very rule he sponsored, however, doesn't apply to Obama, as he gave IG Gerald Walpin one hour notice to quit or be fired when he started investigating a friend of Obama's. 

President Obama lectures the world that "suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away" while, on the same day, demonizing Fox News for daring to question what he says.

President Obama has ruled that America has no right to meddle in Iran 's affairs. Apparently this rule doesn't apply to Israel , where Obama is actively meddling in Israel 's affairs in order to get them to halt settlements. Or to the coup in the Honduras , which Obama was quick to label 'not-legal.'

We are now a nation with two sets of rules. One set for the elites, which are flexible and arbitrary, and another set of rules for the rest of us peons. The rule of law is now open to interpretation and discretionary enforcement, based on the transient whims of the reigning elite. Translation: There is no more rule of law. We should all be very scared.

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