1109. (12-24-2010) (This is a very appropriate statement to consider.)ATJ So long as democracy constrains the individual only by general rules of its own making, it controls the power of coercion. If it attempts to direct them more specifically, it will soon find itself merely indicating the ends to be achieved while leaving to its expert servants the decision as to the manner in which they are to be achieved. And once it is generally accepted that majority decisions can merely indicate ends and that the pursuit of them is to be left to the discretion of the administrators, it will soon be believed also that almost any means to achieve those ends are legitimate. The individual has little reason to fear any general laws which the majority may pass, but he has much reason to fear the rulers it may put over him to implement its directions. It is not the powers which democratic assemblies can effectively wield but the powers which they hand over to the administrators charged with the achievement of particular goals that constitute the danger to individual freedom today.
- Friedrich A. Hayek The Constitution of Liberty, 1978
(Now consider the huge bureaucratic apparatus that sets under our supposed legislators [law makers]. The legislators come up with 2000+ page bills that are quickly signed into law, even though they are riddled with myriad unfinished or “to be determined” provisions that the next layer of administrators will take and complete, away from public scrutiny or ability to have a strong opinion through a vote. This corresponds to our “Departments” of everything, education, health and human service, homeland security, internal revenue service (IRS), etc., etc. None are voted in, all are appointed and decide the very details of what a “law” will achieve, not necessarily what it is supposed to achieve. That is why we must fear and oppose the process of legislation that allows the representatives that we vote for in the House of Representatives and the Senate to create huge bills that are largely or completely unread by those representatives, who then vote for their passage where the president, voted for by the people, then signs the bill into law without reading it, all the while we are led to believe that a nice, compassionate sounding title makes the law good. The new law, with all its holes is then sent to the corresponding department administrators to fill in the blanks and the people do NOT vote for them. This secondary process is not publicized widely, and generally left un-scrutinized. The final version of the law will be in the shape of the vision the administrators have for the country.)ATJ