Buck Sexton: Tyranny of Bureaucracy destroying America slowly

The president still doesn’t get it. In the past few weeks, Americans have been bombarded with massive government failures and overreaches. We know about the NSA snooping, the IRS and DOJ targeting of Conservatives as well as reporters. Ah, the First Amendment’s such an anachronism.

Then there’s the EPA. ObamaCare now costs double what they thought it would. Amnesty, yeah the list goes on and on. So what does the president have the gall to say just yesterday?

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President Obama: And I directed the cabinet to develop an aggressive management agenda for my second term that delivers a smarter, more innovative, and more accountable government for its citizens.

Ah, yes, that’s all we need. We’ll just make our massive, bloated government smarter. Why didn’t I think of that? His view on government is so warped, listen to how he describes the government-citizen relationship.

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President Obama: And it’s a reminder that in this democracy, we the people recognize that this government belongs to us, and it’s up to each of us and every one of us to make it work better. We can’t just stand on the sidelines. We can’t take comfort in just being cynical. We all have a stake in government success because the government is us. And we’re doing things right.

I take a lot of comfort in being cynical when he’s the president. And we’re doing things right? You must be joking. Well, he’s not joking. But something tells me he’s not entirely accurate on that, that something that begins with the number 17, has about 12 zeros after it. The president’s description of the government-citizen relationship is fundamentally opposed to what the founders intended. He still thinks it’s the government that is America’s primary engine, not the people, not you at home. No, no, it’s government.

And since we’re vested in government because we’re paying taxes; therefore, we are what government needs, we must cheer for it to get bigger and solve everything and just give us big warm hugs. This is a statist ideology. They think they know better than you. They think they’re smarter than you, and they will try to force their will on the people.

And when we don’t go along with it, by the way, they have to find a way to enforce their will.

I believe the president has called this “going on his own without Congress.” Well, how does he do that? This is what’s key. This is what I want to talk to you about today – with a petty little army of petty bureaucrats, meddling Commissars, these groups, these agencies that harass, intimidate, and break the will of the people to be free. That’s happening every day now in America, all across this country.

The growth and power of the statist federal bureaucracy is a timeless threat. It does not go away with elections. It just gets bigger year after year. And the soulless, unaccountable edifices of a regulatory and legal bureaucracy in America that eradicates our liberty is something that is an existential threat to constitutional principles. As they say in the State Department, presidents come and go, but the department, well, that’s forever.

Now that’s true as well of DHS, FBI, HHS, EPA. I could keep going, because there’s a slew of bloated, quasi-authoritarian government agencies. This has caused a dramatic shift in the relationship of American citizens with the state. It’s a situation fundamentally of us versus them. It’s comprised of government agencies on one side and all of us, the citizens, who by the way are paying for those agencies, on the other.

The targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS was just one symptom of this much larger and more pernicious disease. We know from the NSA that we have no rights that they will not concede to us, and if they so choose, they can just dig up every phone call, Facebook post, e-mail, instant message. Whatever you’ve written your whole life, they can pull it all out, right? Oh, they can, but is for your safety, they’ll tell you. That’s what they’ll say. It’s to protect us from terrorists.

All of us are treated with this suspicion. All of us are treated as though we can’t figure out on our own what rights we should and should not be allowed to enjoy in this country, and it’s because bureaucrats feel empowered to intimidate us at will regardless of what the Constitution says.

Look, I can tell you as a former government employee myself, always be skeptical of those who wield power but not prestige, who operate without public approval but who can inflict endless damage on the public and on the Constitution in situations like this:

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Officer: I need you to just pull right over to the side right there, right there.

Male: Am I being detained?

Officer: Pull over to the side right there.

Male: Am I being detained, or am I free to go?

Officer: Pull over to the side right there. Okay, step on out.

Male: So I’m being detained?

Officer: Either pull over to the other side, or you can step out right here. Which do you want?

Apparently that elicits a laugh these days or perhaps a roll of the eyes. He’s perfectly innocent. He knows his rights. He knows the Constitution, so let’s harass, intimidate, and belittle him. That was at a drunk-driving stop. They decided that they were going to go after this guy because he happened to know that what they were doing was not legal in the eyes of the Constitution.

Bureaucratic assaults on freedom are increasingly commonplace. We are being conditioned as a society to accept this. Recently, a man faced 11 years in jail for chalk drawings on the street which you could get rid of by pouring water on them, or they would just go away with the rain. Now, the prosecution went forward with this. A jury acquitted him of all charges, by the way. Thankfully, I guess you can still rely on a jury of your peers when the statist bureaucrats run amok, but not always, and it shouldn’t be that way.

And it’s not just as though this is a once-in-a-while thing. A Pittsburgh man, for example – this is a smaller issue, but I’m sure it matters to him –

has four pet ducks, and authorities want to fine him $500 a day for it because they’re calling it unlicensed poultry rising. They’re his pets. They say he’s raising poultry.

America’s most treasured citizens, by the way, veterans, who every politician’s always saying we must do everything we can for our veterans, the federal government apparently does a lot for them, because they give them tons of forms, 613 across 18 different federal agencies in order to get the full range of benefits. That makes a ton of sense, doesn’t it – 600, 600-plus?

What do all of these things, what do all of these transgressions have in common? Spiteful, stupid, or careless bureaucrats who took it upon themselves to punish citizens, go far beyond any rational judgment, in many cases to just forget about the Constitution and interpret the law as they see fit. And it’s not just there. We see this at the 30,000-foot level as well. The tax code, it’s 70,000 pages. Why is that?

Criminal statutes are in the 4,500 range now, going up all the time. That’s quite an increase from the original three named in the Constitution. Nobody even knows how many laws there are. The people that are supposed to enforce them and bring prosecutions couldn’t even tell you.

And it’s not like these laws are written by intellectual giants – Aristotle, Kant, Edmund Burke. No, we have people of the mental capacity of Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz creating moronic laws that could easily send you to jail for the rest of your life or at least ruin your life through a stupid prosecution.

Amoral bureaucracy is the greatest single threat to American liberty today. The world has seen this before, by the way. This is not a new concept, not a new idea. It’s one we must pay very serious attention to, though.

In 2010, Glenn warned you that America was repeating many of the same mistakes that caused the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire. The comparisons he cited are chilling. For example, declining moral values and civility – check, an overextended military – check, irresponsible fiscal policy – big check. I want to add one more to Glenn’s list, by the way – the tyranny of bureaucrats.

I believe that in many ways that contributed to, caused, or amplified all of the other symptoms that brought ancient Rome to its knees, that dissolved the Empire and led us, by the way, into centuries of darkness known as the Dark Ages. Rome was not perfect, not at all. There were absolutely moral failings, but it was functional. It worked. People wanted to be citizens of the Republic. But then something changed, gradually, but unquestionably, the separation of the government from the governed.

All of a sudden, this bureaucracy that was supposed to be there to support and assist the people and implement the law, Rome became a tyranny of bureaucrats. It all changed. And it was characterized by – see if any of this sounds familiar to you right now here in America – regulation, inflation, taxation. These are massive problems now just as they were crippling problems then.

But there’s something more visceral at work than that, the res publica. This is the Latin term from which we derive republic, and it means the public thing, the idea that there was more than just what you were doing day to day. There was something greater, an idea that was worth fighting for, that was worth believing in. That evaporated in Rome, and it evaporated in large part because the politicians, the tax collectors, and yes, even the military in ancient Rome began to operate solely for their own benefit.

They became simply too numerous, too powerful, and like a swarm of locusts, they descended upon the people and took from them. Now from Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, we can take just one quote to illustrate this: “The number of ministers, of magistrates, of officers, and of servants, who filled the different departments of the state, was multiplied beyond the example of former times; and (if we may borrow the warm expression of a contemporary) ‘when the proportion of those who received exceeded the proportion of those who contributed the provinces were oppressed by the weight of tributes.’”

The bureaucrats were just taking too much, asking for too much, wanted too much. A rapacious, insatiable bureaucracy taxed the people beyond anyone’s imagination. They increased taxes dramatically and almost continuously over the course of a couple centuries, by the way. And this led directly to Rome’s demise, as did the debasement of currency needed to try to prop up this rapacious bureaucracy.

What did they do, by the way, other than just raise taxes? They started to ignore and flaunt the law. In Rome under Emperor Domitian, assets of the rich were seized. They just said you’re really rich. We’re going to take some your stuff. Oh, you don’t think that could happen now? Under Caracalla, another emperor, they said that there was some victory far away that required a tribute from a province nearby, another means of raising revenue.

Now, the military apparatus became absolutely all-powerful. Emperors came and went very quickly because the military became the sole source of legitimacy. The Praetorian Guard played kingmaker. They cared not a whit for citizens. They were involved in assassination plots. They were deciding what was best for them. They didn’t care about the average citizen.

And as the bureaucracy grew, and it needed more, it also became more authoritarian. It became less legitimate, and eventually in the Fifth Century, Rome ceased to exist. There was no more Rome. The res publica was gone. It had rotted from the inside out, and those who were supposed to administer the state to protect citizens and help the Roman polity function, they were the ones that did it in.

The collapse of Rome was caused in large part by a government that was simply too big and too self-interested. It was a failure of political culture. It was the destruction of the res publica. Meanwhile, today, our president wants to believe he can solve the nation’s ills by simply making a bloated, massive bureaucracy smart. But the only smart government is a small government, a small government that seeks to keep its people as free as possible.

Tonight, we discuss how petty bureaucrats have helped bring down great empires throughout history, and we’re going to look at how modern bureaucrats today are slowly strangling our freedom. Unless we stand against this, it will bring about our decline and fall.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.

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During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”

Democrat Mutiny? These prominent Progressives and Democratic leaders DEMAND that Biden withdraw

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Biden is still taking hard blows from both sides of the aisle after his abysmal performance in last month's presidential debate. As Glenn pointed out in his post-debate coverage, Biden came across as so incompetent that it has made many Americans scared that, should the country face a major threat, Biden would be unable to respond to it. This includes many Democrats, who are finally admitting that Biden isn't as fit as they have been claiming for the last four years.

Many names have already been suggested as potential replacements for the Democratic nominee, but many people, including some Democrats, don't believe Biden should even stay in office for the election. Here are some prominent progressives and Democratic lawmakers who have called for President Biden's resignation:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)

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Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)

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Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois)

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Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota)

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Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey)

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Rep. Pat Ryan (New York)

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Rep. Hillary Scholten (Michigan)

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Senator Peter Welch (Vermont)

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon)

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BONUS: Actor George Clooney

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These TOP 5 new technologies left Glenn SHOCKED

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Glenn has been covering some of the most groundbreaking, exciting, and often terrifying technological advances. Some new tech has the potential to make a positive impact. Some tech is just SUPER cool, like a flame-throwing robot dog. However, there is also a dark side to technology. Glenn exposes how some new technological developments, particularly in the realm of AI, pose serious ethical questions.

Here are the top five new technologies that Glenn covered that will make your jaw drop:

Anti-gravity device

This new technology developed by Dr. Charles Buhler and his team may change everything we know about transportation and travel. Described as "propellant-less propulsion" by Dr. Buhler, this technology appears to defy gravity and is potentially a way for people to travel into and through space without the need for rockets. It doesn't stop there either, this tech could be used to forever change the way we travel here on Earth.

Human embryo-powered supercomputer

To have massively powerful AI, something, which many people seem to have an invested interest in, you need a lot of electricity to power the computers that host the artificial intelligences. Naturally, this energy consumption upsets the environmentalists so in response a terrifying solution was developed. Bio Processors are essentially computer chips powered by human cells, specifically stem cells, which are predominantly harvested from embryos. These Bio Processors have a limited shelf life, meaning they need a steady supply of stem cells to keep the computers that use them operational. What could be more terrifying than an AI that eats human cells?

Voice-stealing AI

When ChatGPT came out in late 2022 its power and versatility took the world by storm. Suddenly, students had it write entire essays in mere seconds, and it was creating songs and poems with ease. The capabilities of the ChatGPT AI were as disturbing as they were impressive, but after a recent update, it took a hard turn towards disturbing. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, decided to give the program a voice and tried to recruit famous actress Scarlett Johansson to lend her voice to the machine. After she declined the offer, OpenAI went ahead and released the update for ChatGPT featuring a voice that sounded eerily similar to Johansson's. While OpenAI claims it's a different, similar-sounding voice actress, the idea that a computer is going around with your stolen voice is terrifying.

Flamethrower robot dog

How could you possibly ever make something cooler than a flamethrower? Simple, strap it to the back of a robotic dog of course! Originally built to help fight forest fires (ironically enough) by creating backburns, Glenn pointed out that a pack of these bad boys patrolling your property would be the ultimate home defense. Nobody would come anywhere near your house if it was guarded by a few of these firey companions.

Wormhole-generating UFO's

It's been a decade since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No trace of the aircraft or any of its passengers, except a few small pieces of debris, were ever found nor was an official cause of the disappearance ever given. There have been an infinite number of theories explaining what might have happened, but this one from investigative journalist Ashton Forbes might take the cake for the wildest. Forbes joined Glenn on his radio show and brought with him convincing video evidence that seemed to show the now-missing aircraft being circled by three mysterious orbs before suddenly disappearing in a flash of light. Does this video show the doomed aircraft being sucked into an artificial wormhole, or is it an amazing piece of hoaxwork?

THESE TOP 10 Founding Fathers' quotes help us remember America's original vision

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Independence Day is one of the few days when Americans come together to celebrate our country and the continued vision that our Founding Fathers crafted in 1776. But what is that vision? It seems with every passing July 4th, Americans lose even more of a sense of what the original intent of our nation was supposed to be. It's becoming increasingly important to read the Founding Fathers in their own words and to remember the vision that they cast for our nation. Here are our TOP 10 favorite Founding Fathers' quotes to help us remember their original views of government, freedom, and the American vision.

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." —James Madison

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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

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"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light." —George Washington

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"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power." —James Madison

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"I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." —Thomas Jefferson

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“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion… would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” —John Adams

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"Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything." —Alexander Hamilton

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison

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"I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise, not by sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls. There must be decency and respect." —John Adams

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“We must go home to be happy, and our home is not in this world. Here we have nothing to do but our duty.” —John Jay

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