Last Thursday, September 10, 2009, the United States Senate voted to confirm President Obama's latest radical czar, Cass Sunstein, by a vote of 57 to 40 to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This appointment and successful confirmation should scare every American that cares about such fundamental Constitutional rights as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.
Cass Sunstein left his post teaching at Harvard's law school and was previously at the University of Chicago School of Law. Mr. Sunstein is far out on the left fringe of the political spectrum. This extremist lawyer, prodigious author, and supposed "Constitutional scholar" holds some decidedly very unconstitutional views. Among these are his stated desire to ban all hunting and "nudge" the country into ever-encroaching regulations on owning firearms in direct conflict with our second amendment rights.
He also is an extreme animal rights proponent. He has championed that animals should have the legal right to sue humans in our courts, assumingly with some PETA-friendly lawyer advocate that speaks the tongue of whatever species of animal that has been slighted standing therewith.
Mr. Sunstein has further advocated for an "Internet fairness doctrine" and believes that unfettered free political speech (especially from the right-wing I strongly surmise) is counter-productive to an enlightened liberal republic. (We darn right-wingers sure can through a monkey wrench into the government's meddling in everything. Don't we know that it is for our own good that they do these things?!)
He has horrifyingly stated that such liberties are/should be dependent upon the federal government. Now I don't claim to be a U.S. Constitutional scholar, but it seems to me that our Founding Fathers explicitly said in our founding document as a nation (The Declaration of Independence for those of you in congress!) that our rights are given to us by God! I quote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (emphasis mine)
Now here comes President Obama and his good friend Cass Sunstein stating that these liberties, these rights, are NOT endowed by God, but rather are, or at least should and will be granted by the federal government if Obama gets his way. That right there should chill the blood of every freedom-loving American yet again!
One of Mr. Sunstein's books, Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech, published in 1995 gives a glimpse into this totalitarian's views on this issue. Further, ol' Cass has written another book that caught my eye entitled, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness back in 2008. This book is explained as his thoughts about how the government through laws, regulations, and good old social engineering can "nudge" our once free nation into the direction that these radical leftists would like it to be.
His foolishness doesn't stop there, as Mr. Sunstein has also been an outspoken proponent for FDR's forgotten "second bill of rights" in that he thinks that we all should be guaranteed a constitutional right to an education, a home, and health care. That agenda is well under way right now, it would seem.
It is frightening in the extreme that this wild un-American radical was even considered for such a post to begin with, but even more horrifying that our senate, under Harry Reid's so-called leadership, confirmed this threat to our liberty. So much for checks and balances!
I want to note that three brave Democrats (at least in this case) voted against Sunstein's confirmation, should you wish to send a quick email thanking them for standing up for our Constitution. They are James Webb (VA), Mark Pryor (AR), and Blanche Lincoln also of Arkansas. I sadly note that six Republicans in name only broke ranks and voted FOR his confirmation, including my two Utah senators, Hatch and Bennett.
Bennett is up for re-election in 2010 and he will not run unopposed in the primary this time. My only hope is that enough people wake up to throw out Bennett and the rest of these so-titled senators that pay lip service to preserving and abiding by our Constitution. If the outrage I have seen lately is any indication, Americans are taking notice and things will begin to be set right in 2010. Hopefully our nation can last that long with the current leadership at the helm and the freedom-quashing henchmen that a compliant congress rubber stamps in confirmation for Lord Obama.