Kopp Column: America’s Checks Do Not Balance


Yes, Washington needs more tax revenue to do the job it is doing, and that’s the problem. It’s doing too much. The Federal Government is operating beyond its “job description” or its “scope of work.” There are some who believe President Obama does too much and often operates outside the law. For example, he enacted by executive order what he could not get in the Dream Act. Recently, Mr. Obama says he can order Americans killed without due process.

“The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny,” James Madison wrote in Federalist 46.

Congress and only Congress has legal authority to create and enact laws, to “legislate.” It has shirked its duty and handed off law-making to agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food and Drug Administration. These agencies or bureaucracies are doing too much.

The court is to determine if these laws are constitutional. Instead it’s gone beyond its work of interpretation to shape society and in the process has become a law-making body. The courts are going too much.

Conservatives believe our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they formed a government that balanced itself. Adopted from the British principle of checks and balances, America was founded to avoid tyrannical rule with a balance of power as the three bodies of government were to check each other. Today, lines and definitions of the three branches of government have been blurred. The system of checks and balances has been lost or ignored.

Here are three results of this loss of checks and balances.

America’s government has become too complex. As the lines defining the three branches of government are blurred, our nation’s government has become increasingly undefined. We loyal subjects of the government of the United States argue about where government has gone wrong and what is the best remedy. It’s too late. It will not be found. American government is too complex.

You no longer have a say in the affairs of governing. Republicanism – the act of being governed by someone whom you elect — has been lost. You are not represented. You have lost the ability of self-governing. You have lost power.

We have given up the right to administer our own affairs as we have voted to allow the growth of an unchecked bureaucracy, an unbalanced administrative state.

It is our own fault. We have become an immature blame-shifting society. “It’s not my fault.” We’ve passed the buck, and we have a government that does exactly the same thing, assigns fault to others and passes the buck. It assigns duties and responsibility to unelected officials and has abdicated accountability. Elected officials refuse to be accountable and they do not hold each other accountable.

We’ve become lazy or distracted and no longer demand representation. I do not consider myself a member of the Tea Party movement (it is not a political party nor an organization but a movement) and only once, out of curiosity, attended one of its functions, but I admire the movement and believe it is a valid and valuable movement. Yet, liberals attack the Tea Party for believing in self-government. It is vilified for believing government should govern as a representative government, balanced and accountable.

Ask yourself, do you want a government that rules by the consent of the governed through representation or will you continue to delegate your power of self-government to a bureaucracy that is unchecked and unbalanced?

Mike Kopp has exercised his political muscle as a media director to two statewide campaigns, a television political reporter, a lobbyist, and staff assistant to the Senate Majority Leader. He is currently a communications contractor working from his home in Wilton, ND.

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  • sbark

    I think, as evidenced by the likes of quotes from Thomas Jefferson, the founding fathers expected the informed citizens to provide the final “check and balance”……..
    But our level of standard of living along with a fully complicit media and educ system has dumbed the voters down to a complacent level that can be molded by a messionic using a forever battle against some ghost evils.

  • $8194357

    Promoting the welfare state gets you what?
    A larger welfare state..Communist ideology
    took this “social justice warfare strategy” to the next level.


    Sharia sees “welfare” as its due jiyza (tax) paid by the infidel..
    Unintended consequences? I think not.


    UK Islamic Preacher Urges Muslims to go on Welfare (Jizya) and Plot Jihad

    Qur’an (9:29)- “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

    This is consistent with the jiyza — non-Muslims forced to pay for jihad. Is it any wonder that there is no work ethic in the Muslim world?

    Robert Spencer elaborates here, “Islamic law actually instills no work ethic and teaches Muslims to live off the dhimmis — hence the need for jihad conquest. When jihad conquests and dhimmi wealth are not in the offing or the dhimmis have been bled dry, Sharia states stagnate economically. This creates an everlasting conundrum for Muslims like Sallah. Sayyid Qutb, the great 20th-century jihad theorist, also taught that adherence to Sharia would bring prosperity — yet the evidence of his eyes was everywhere disconfirming, so he had to find a scapegoat. Sharia adherents know their countries are poor, and they think Sharia will bring wealth. When it doesn’t, they inevitably turn to conspiracy theories: their continuing lack of prosperity must be the work of the Jews.

    So Imam Choudary’s exhortations to go on welfare benefits and plot holy war is consistent with Islamic teachings.

    End quote

    Jizya and the welfare state..Western taxpayer infidels pay either way.
    Two peas in the same pod here in America or around the world, huh.

  • Captjohn

    Repeal the 17th amendment and watch how fast the states begin to turn around the growth of the Federal government.