- - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Columbia Law Professor Phillip Hamburger previously pointed out what most of us Americans already knew: Government rules and regulations are plundering our personal prosperity and liberty.

In a May 6 speech at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, Mr. Hamburger reviewed the history and danger from this “evasion of constitutional law and constitutional rights.” Pointing out that “what once had been the personal prerogative power of kings” as absolute monarchs has been warped into a bewildering and scary array of oppressive government rules and regulations.

While our Constitution divides the authority of our government into three equal branches (executive, legislative and judicial), Mr. Hamburger explained that the prolific proclamation of rules and regulations by increasingly powerful government agencies has created a bastion of “absolute power,” which is both “extra-legal” and “supra-legal” from the principles of due process enshrined in our Constitution.

Mr. Hamburger went on to say that this “[a]dministrative adjudication thus becomes an open avenue for evasion of the Bill of Rights.” One especially egregious example of this is the ongoing and multiple efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to illegally expand its already excessive power and authority, contrary to the laws passed by Congress and even contrary to multiple decisions by the United States Supreme Court.

This is scary stuff.

WEST VIRGINIA DEL. LARRY D. KUMP

District 59

Falling Waters, W.V.


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