China recently made it clear that they needed to approve of any person that was reincarnated as the next Dalai Lama. Now, we all know that except in the case of Jesus Christ, reincarnation has never been proven to occur. Even he was not reincarnated, he was resurrected. The Romans 2000 years ago also tried to deny the return of Christ. The point here, whether its the Chinese government or the Romans two millennia ago, is that there is no limit on the power governments want to assume. The authority they want, the control they crave does not even have to exist for them to assume it belongs to them
So we get to the United States. Here the Obama administration has debated suing oil companies for being climate change deniers. They want to control what people think through the force of law. Even though there are lots of scientists on both sides of this issue, its an issue that hampers their efforts at controlling who uses oil and how much oil they use. It is the height of arrogance and the antithesis of a representative republic (democracy).
Recently, I fixed our sump pump. This small device controls whether or not our basement floods. It moves water and sludge from the crawl space to the outside. It controls whether our foundation remains solid or whether it erodes destroying our house. Watching our government it is clear that the mechanism for protecting the foundation of our democracy has failed. The sump pump of Congress and the courts whose job it is to keep the sludge out of our system have failed. Like the sump pump at home, they need an overhaul.