I have tried many times to describe in artful ways how the big-government policies of would-be tyrants like Barack Obama slowly and sometimes quickly suck the lifeblood out of a nation. See for example, Obama’s Fascism: Impose Central Control (Obamacare) And Then Grant Waivers.
But death by government bureaucrat is sometimes so subtle (while being deadly nonetheless) that it can be largely invisible to citizens, particularly those whose utopian fantasies of benevolent central power blind them in myriad ways.
While researching Barack Obama’s role in the government’s harassment of Boeing, I came across the following paragraph in a piece by Joe Nocera in which he wrote with outrage about Barack Obama’s and the NLRB’s role in restraining Boeing from operating its new $750 million manufacturing plant in South Carolina (Occupy Wall Street: “Jobs Destroyer“).
That is what is so jarring about this case — and not just for Boeing. Without any warning, the rules have changed. Uncertainty has replaced certainty. Other companies have to start wondering what other rules could soon change. It becomes a reason to hold back on hiring. <source>
What I love about this paragraph is that it highlights the central malignancy of governments run by petty tyrants, namely that citizens do not know whose head King Henry will chop off next, and that they therefore become paralyzed.
This uncertainty causes everyone to freeze in place lest they make a wrong move and pay the ultimate price (or a lesser, but still painful, price — who knows?).
Nocera drills right in on the actual fact of what this paralysis costs us: companies postpone hiring decisions, and a million other decisions for that matter, while they try to ascertain which way Caesar is leaning. The Manchurian would have us believe that the jobless recovery is someone else’s fault, but we know that it is the direct result of his disastrous policies alongside his imposition of rule by exception, which is impossible to predict and plan for (when do laws matter and when do they not?) and furthermore leads companies down the rat hole of wasting precious capital on currying favor at court instead of hiring workers and increasing the nation’s wealth.
And isn’t the capricious behavior of tyrants the very reason the Founding Fathers of the United States created a “nation of laws, not men”? They did so because people in positions of power without accountability inevitably destroy wealth and society as their own emotional needs overwhelm all reason. Laws based on inalienable rights are not only a higher standard of governance, they are more durable and unchanging and provide the foundation on which a free people can live and plan for the future.
One more thing I loved about Nocera’s piece is that he functions as the citizen who dares to point out that the king is wearing no clothes, in this specific case on Barack Obama’s role in the NLRB’s action against Boeing. This is crucial when fighting tyrants, because tyrants need the cloak of deception and obfuscation to keep their grip on power. But Nocera will have none of it:
When he was asked about the Boeing case earlier this summer, President Obama said that the N.L.R.B. is an independent agency and that his hands were tied. That may be true, though it’s worth pointing out that most of its top executives are his appointees.
There you have it: the tyrant installs his own henchmen in key positions so that he can control society through them as well as through himself and yet also maintain a measure of deniability when accountability comes calling.
If you are a Democrat, are you going to stand for this?