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Is Obama Forming a “Shadow Government?”

posted at 4:29 pm on September 7, 2009 by

Today, President Barack H. Obama appointed yet another “czar”, making the announcement at an AFL-CIO Laborious Day picnic in Cincinnati today; Ron Bloom will make the 33rd Obamic Czar, counting Van Jones, who just resigned but will surely be replaced with a less explosive (but every bit as Marxist) appointee, and after Obama taps someone else to fill Bloom’s old position as Car Czar.

Thanks to Glenn Beck, who has done a bravura job of journalism, here are the Czars; entries in blue are those Czar positions created expressly by Barack Obama:

  1. Richard Holbrooke — Afghanistan Czar
  2. Jeffrey Crowley — AIDS Czar
  3. Ed Montgomery — Auto Recovery Czar
  4. Alan Bersin — Border Czar
  5. David J. Hayes — California Water Czar
  6. Ron Bloom — Car Czar (moved to Manufacturing Czar today)
  7. Dennis Ross — Central Region Czar
  8. Todd Stern — Climate Czar
  9. Lynn Rosenthal — Domestic Violence Czar
  10. Gil Kerlikowske — Drug Czar
  11. Paul Volcker — Economic Czar
  12. Carol Browner — Energy and Environment Czar
  13. Joshua DuBois — Faith Based Czar
  14. Jeffrey Zients — Government Performance Czar
  15. Cameron Davis — Great Lakes Czar
  16. Van Jones — Green Jobs Czar (resigned)
  17. Daniel Fried — Guantanamo Closure Czar
  18. Nancy-Ann DeParle — Health Czar
  19. Vivek Kundra — Information Czar
  20. Dennis Blair — Intelligence Czar
  21. Ron Bloom — Manufacturing Czar
  22. George Mitchell — Mideast Peace Czar
  23. Kenneth R. Feinberg — Pay Czar
  24. Cass R. Sunstein — Regulatory Czar
  25. John Holdren — Science Czar
  26. Earl Devaney — Stimulus Accountability Czar
  27. J. Scott Gration — Sudan Czar
  28. Herb Allison — TARP Czar
  29. Aneesh Chopra — Technology Czar
  30. John Brennan — Terrorism Czar
  31. Adolfo Carrion Jr. — Urban Affairs Czar
  32. Ashton Carter — Weapons Czar
  33. Gary Samore — WMD Policy Czar

In each case, the One has replaced functions normally carried out by cabinets or other agencies, headed by secretaries and directors who are subject to Senate confirmation (thus accountable to the United States Congress), with unelected, unconfirmed, unaccountable apparatchiks who ultimately answer to only one person: Barack Obama.

The departments raided of their authority in favor of Czars include the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, Health and Human Services, Labor, Interior, Energy, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — that’s the entire cabinet except for the Departments of Education, Transportation, and Veterans’ Affairs).

Specific sub-cabinet level agencies subject to the Senate’s “advise and consent” rules, now looted of their powers by the Obamic Czardines, include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Security Council (NSC).

A less charitable observer might conclude that President Obama is systematically creating a shadow government of special commissars, which will allow Obama to bypass congressional oversight and the checks and balances of “independent” (in a sense) agencies to rule the United States directly by decree.

Every “czar” steals some of the authority that would normally reside in the permanent bureaucracy and instead secretes it behind the impregnable wall of an Executive Order: unquestionable, uninvestigatable, unreviewable, unviewable, and of course, un-overturnable by any other branch of government. In fact, I don’t believe Congress can even subpoena a czar to testify before Congress what he’s doing and why, since the president can declare the questioning off limits under “executive privilege.”

Obama has some precedent on his side: Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt also tried to overthrow our system of constitutional checks and balances, in order to rule by diktat, with some success. Wilson (if I recall correctly) wanted virtually all power invested in the Congress (mostly the House, the “people’s legislature”), whereas FDR demanded direct presidential control “for the duration” (of the Depression and World War II — which between them endured for all twelve years of Roosevelt’s tenure — which gave him a perverse incentive not to solve either “crisis”).

Shifting more and more governmental power into the hands of a single man on a white horse, who will personally speak for and on behalf of “the people,” is a classical sign of incipient fascism… which, coupled with Obama’s nationalization of the banks, of executive pay (even within companies that didn’t take a lick of “stimulus” money), energy production and distribution, news reporting and other journalism, labor relations, medical care — and soon food consumption and the body mass of each American — makes a chilling portent of what is to come. As one of Obama’s predecessors wrote, “Everything inside the state — nothing outside the state — nothing against the state.”

I wish somebody would tell me how many elements of fascism must come bubbling to the surface of the new administration (not even a year old… seems like a hundred) before we’re allowed to suggest that Barack Obama, the head of the fish, must himself be a liberal fascist.

Must we wait until he re-enacts Wilson’s sedition act and starts throwing in prison anyone who criticizes the government, the president, or any of the president’s policies?

Cross-posted to Big Lizards

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An excellent summation of what’s going on. And if you tie this to the incipient attempts to impose world government via the corrupt UN, you’ve got game, set and match for the new world order. Luckily some of the population seem to be waking up to the counter-revolution (to the American Revolution) that BHO and his fellow travellers have launched. I fear violent struggle to save the republic can’t be far off.

Blindsummit on September 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Yes. He’s making Congress irrelevant. If he gets away with it, then the results of the 2010 election won’t matter.

Congress is obviously too stupid to see what’s going on, or they’d be frightened, too.

Daggett on September 7, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Czars and shadow government, or commissars and politburo?

malclave on September 7, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I won’t join you yet in surmising the incarceration of political enemies, mostly because I can’t handle the mental duress! But, I will say that this comes as no real surprise coming from a man who deifies FDR. I have only recently started studying Roosevelt and have been shocked by his vociferous ambition and current similarities.

Very strange, albeit repetitive, times.

I wish, as Daggett said, that congress would grow some. Do they not see that the people are opposed to this? Why would they not stand with us unless they, too, had similar ambitions of power? Unless they are being threatened…


Thanks for a great post.

Mommypundit on September 7, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Yes. He’s making Congress irrelevant. If he gets away with it, then the results of the 2010 election won’t matter.

Congress is obviously too stupid to see what’s going on, or they’d be frightened, too.

Daggett on September 7, 2009 at 4:51 PM

He will keep them (or at least the Dem factions) complacent with plenty of pork and voter fraud and census fraud.

His problem could be the Tenth Amendment, if the states start challenging him. Then SCOTUS might be able to review executive orders.

Wethal on September 7, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Congress is within its prerogative to cut funding to all the czars’ pet projects, and demand vetting of the people assigned to handle billions of dollars of federal funds under the Constitutional checks and balances system. But this Congress isn’t going to do that, unless some scandal comes out that’s so egregious even Harry Reid can’t avoid demanding that Obama start putting all these people through the Senate vetting process. But should the Democrats’ actions result in a tsunami of change in 2010, then you’re going to see a lot of oversight suddenly show up for the White House’s czarapalooza.

jon1979 on September 7, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Is Obama Forming a “Shadow Government?”

No no no

its more like

Obama is forming a shady Government

macncheez on September 7, 2009 at 10:19 PM

What is interesting is that his kaisers can’t be called to testify before Congress. He can claim “executive privilege” and shield them from being compelled to testify.

They are accountable to nobody but Obama. Now you see the reasoning behind not appointing all of the positions requiring Congressional confirmation. It is quite obvious that he is transferring responsibility from the confirmed positions to his personal appointees.

This is great. The Republican administration following Obama will be able to do much more with less Congressional interference.

crosspatch on September 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM

His problem could be the Tenth Amendment, if the states start challenging him. Then SCOTUS might be able to review executive orders.

Wethal on September 7, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I too at first had hopes that the 10th may be a source of refuge in the face of looming tyranny. But the further I looked into it the more dismayed I became.

First a case would have have to overturn the 122yrs worth of precedence of the Interstate Commerce Clause. If Roe v Wade is commonly accepeted as law under Stare Decisis after only 36yrs, it would seem that the ICC after 122yrs is insurmountable. The 10th was further undermined when state legislatures voluntarily abrogated their “State’s Rights” when they moved elections of US Senators from the State House’s to the popular vote. Thereby Federalizing the offices.

The only plausible way to maybe turn the tide is if Texas (origially a independant republic as reflected in their constitution) declared succession.If, and only if, they somehow managed to pull this off before the Supremes, could possibly others follow suit. And even then fairly improbable.

Power begets power, and I cannot see how, if Obama gains re-election (fraudulently or not) in 2013, he will not have consolidated enough to rule as an authoritarain Fascist.

Even an uprising by force of arms may not be possible by that point.

Archimedes on September 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

This entry is definitely front-page material. Nicely done.

This “shadow government” makes even more bone-chilling sense when you consider the trend lately of demonization of specific groups by Lord Obama, and the portrayal of every issue as an emergency.

Also consider the unprecedented spending and attempts to put even more downward pressure on our economy through cap and trade — actions that could conceiveably lead to an economic disaster and subsequent unrest. (Cloward-Piven, if you will.)

Not to fear, Lord Obama has a ready-made solution! Voila!

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