TECHNOCRATS OR POLITICOS

In George W. Bush's push for the unitary executive, he has signed an executive order instructing every agency of the federal government to create an office for a Bush appointee to oversee every rule, regulation, and guidance document. All so-called significant guidance-documents will be forwarded to the White House for overview before those guidance documents are issued. 1

Traditionally, civil servants, career technical experts and bureaucrats, have been given control of promulgating, disseminating, and interpreting what is call regulatory law. The idea was that those people who specialize in a given field would have greater in-depth knowledge and ability to do these things in carrying out on a nonpartisan basis the legislation passed by the Congress and signed into law by the president.

These civil servants are not part of what would otherwise be the spoils system that would allow an administration to come into power and replace the entire body of agency employees with highly partisan political appointees. The reason to avoid the spoils system is to avoid cronies without the character, ability, knowledge, or skills from coming into agencies and fouling up the works, undoing or setting back supposed progress for perhaps years and decades to come.

With this move by Bush, the spoils system's camel has its nose under the tent.

Considering 1) the Bush-43 administration's track record of having such appointees attempt to gag NASA scientists (for the sake of ExxonMobil and other oil companies) who were voicing concerns over global warming and 2) Bush's abuse of Signing Statements at the suggestion of now associate Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito that are effectively backdoor line-item vetoes, this turn of events does not bode well for the environment or any of the other areas Bush always seeks to thwart for the sake of corporatism (fascism run amok; cartelism; government by unelected corporate leaders supporting the move to dictatorship).

More than 120 scientists across seven federal agencies say they have been pressured to remove references to "climate change" and "global warming" from a range of documents, including press releases and communications with Congress.2

This is designed to further centralize authority under the presidency so that the presidency will become more the tool of the huge corporations and those who control those corporations. The result will be more stringent controls on dissent through various coercive means: Censorship, propaganda, invasion of privacy, militarism, terror, war, imprisonment, torture, execution, extermination, and mind-control, etcetera. Measures will become increasingly harsh and repressive, imperious, undemocratic, and anti-egalitarian leading to scientific and technological control of everything.

We see for instance the energy sector being regulated by the largest oil companies. This sector has been given so much sway in the Bush administration that environmental protection has been severely weakened and wars have been waged in an attempt at oil hegemony. This is crony capitalism and undemocratic-certainly the opposite of non-coercive, small-c communism.

The issue comes down to whether or not the government serves by the democratically derived consent of an openly, honestly, and directly informed people, not a people forced into servitude to the state but rather a people choosing unity by their freely exercised God-given will and conscience.


FOOTNOTES:

1 Robert Pear. "Bush directive increases sway on regulation." International Herald Tribune. January 30, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070326044257/http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/30/news/web.0130prexy.php. (last accessed: Tuesday, January 30, 2007). Return to text body.

2 Peter N. Spotts. "Has the White House interfered on global warming reports?" Christian Science Monitor. January 30, 2007. http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0131/p01s04-uspo.html. (last accessed: Tuesday, January 30, 2007). Return to text body.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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