August 8, 2011
Is America moving into a Soviet styled government? Notice that representation just isn’t what it used to be. There’s a reason for that.
My good friend, Howard Houchen, explains why in an article published in The American Thinker today.
By Howard Houchen
An American Politburo has materialized before our eyes. Yes, our Congress is the result of a two-party system (those Rs and Ds) and, on the surface, doesn’t fit very well with the one-party USSR system, but, let’s look at those little pesky things called facts.
Administrative actions are already replacing legislative acts as the primary governance mechanism. Just examine the number of regulations emanating from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, etc, etc. Unelected officials (unaccountable to the citizenry) all around this land are producing laws we must abide by, or face some form of punishment, without ever coming under scrutiny by those we elect to represent our interests (and to protect and defend the constitution of these United States of America). By the way, governance is not government (as Americans know government). Governance is, very simply, rule.
Many large- and medium-sized cities in America have formed Councils on Sustainability, Councils on Urban Development, Councils on Transportation, Councils on Economic Development, and Council, after Council, after Council. Hmmm…most of these councils are appointed, not elected, here in America.
Just exactly what is a council? The Russian term for council is soviet. In the Council Union (the Soviet Union), rules were laid down by local soviets, regional soviets, and the national soviet. Notice there is no mention of a state council. Councils (Soviets) were responsible for regions. Regions did not have political boundaries so, for all intents and purposes, you had regional governance, outside the political structure, unelected and unaccountable.
Today we see many acts, via legislation and administrative rule, pushing for regionalism in America (for a more in-depth discussion of Regional Governance see: https://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/tag/regionalism). Soviets in America are real — unelected councils — and they are coming to a region near you.