The Great Depression in the U.S. left economic ruin in its wake from 1929 to 1939. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was able to convince Congress to establish independent regulatory commissions and agencies with the power to enact laws. This would bypass the slower constitutional process of rallying congressional support for needed actions. The benefit to Congress was they could blame someone else for enacting laws that were unpopular but necessary to govern. In a 2015 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, one senator noted, “The Federal Register indicates there are over 430 departments, agencies, and sub-agencies in the federal government.” These include organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Social Security Administration, and 422 additional organizations!

Jonathan W. Emord, in his book, The Rise of Tyranny, stated, “Collectively, the federal agencies and commissions regulate every important aspect of commerce in the United States. They are ruled by individuals who are appointed rather than elected. The federal agencies and commissions have the power to create law through regulation without obtaining the consent of the people’s elected representatives. They have the power to prosecute those whom they charge with violating their regulations. They often possess the power to judge the parties they prosecute without having to present the charges in the first instance to an independent and impartial court of law. Throughout history that combination of powers (legislative, executive, judicial) in single hands has been defined as tyrannical and despotic. Our founding fathers experienced tyranny of that sort firsthand, fought a revolution to relieve themselves of it, and created a Constitution that vest each of those powers in separate branches of government, replete with checks and balances to disable encroachments of power. They warned against collocation of those powers, reciting that if the collocation ever came to pass in this country, it would immediately spell the end of liberty and the rise of tyranny.”

Things have changed a lot since the 1930s. Emord states, “We now live in a country where three-quarters of all laws promulgated by the federal government are the product not of our elected representatives but of unelected officials, oligarchs, appointed to rule the administrative agencies and commissions, possessed of combined legislative, executive, and judicial powers.” Why would congress go along with this approach?

David Schoenbrod stated, “Delegation allows legislators to claim credit for the benefits which a regulatory statute promises yet escape the blame for the burdens it will impose, because they do not issue the laws needed to achieve those benefits. The public inevitably must suffer regulatory burdens to realize regulatory benefits, but the laws will come from an agency that legislators can then criticize for imposing excessive burdens on their constituents.”

So, Congress gave up their constitutional obligation to make most of the laws. They handed the power to these federally created agencies. And they did it because it freed them from having to take personal responsibility for imposing rules necessary to govern the country but which might be unpopular with some segments of the population. But everyone knows, you can’t eat your cake and have it, too!

And who runs those agencies? The top positions are appointed by those with political power. The appointees are typically individuals who work in the industry and have a vested interest in creating rules that will benefit their client companies. There will be a handsome reward when they return to private life after their stint in public service. No one is looking out for the people. Everyone is lining their own pockets. Members of congress can prostitute their position of authority to the highest bidder. The institutions pay to get supportive laws which minimize competition and encourage the flow of money to the few at the top.

Because they are the executive, legislative, and judicial branches all rolled into one, these agencies are king. They make the rules, they arbitrate the rules and they enforce the punishments for violation of their rules. If we get cross-ways with them they will crush us. This is why lawsuits brought against agencies like the Food and Drug Administration can never be enforced. Even if we win in court, they simply ignore the law. They exist beyond administrations. They are above the law.

People who attend our Wellness Journey Class often wonder why we do not share natural solutions to disease issues in our class. Our classes are strictly educational and we do not promote any company or any product in the class. After class, people may indicate on a sheet whether they want our recommendations for natural, plant-based support. Sayer Ji, the founder of recently wrote an article entitled, “Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances” that provides a great overview concerning this legal rendering by the FDA.

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