770. (4-15-2010) Social equality can be attained, if at all, only by coercion, that is, at the expense of liberty. It necessarily requires the violation of property rights of those citizens who possess more wealth or enjoy higher social status then the majority. Once the elimination of poverty becomes a state objective, the state is bound to treat property not as a fundamental right, which is its supreme obligation to protect, but as an obstacle to social justice. It is, therefore, essential to all egalitarian doctrines to insist…that property is not a natural right but a social institution, for which reason society, through the agency of the state, is entitled to regulate it. In such arguments, by a sleight of hand, the fact that the state protects private property is construed to mean that the state holds ultimate title to it.
- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 2000
772. (4-15-2010) (Why the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)ATJ, FDA (Food and Drug Administration)ATJ, IRS (Internal Revenue Service)ATJ, and all other committees, bodies, administrations, and agencies are not constitutional.)ATJ Administrative agencies combine all the features of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches in on body….Agencies promulgate regulations (a legislative function), interpreting statutes in the process (a judicial function). They enforce statutes and their own regulations (an executive function), determine whether regulations have been violated, and assess sanctions against the purportedly offending party (judicial functions)….If, as is now often the case, the courts abandon their constitutional role as guardians of rights and defer to the judgment of regulatory agencies in all their various functions, then the constitutional system as originally devised is radically altered.
- Mark L. Pollot – Grand Theft and Petit Larceny, 1992
(Which is why the founders balanced power by separating it, not by centralizing it.)ATJ