Published On: Sat, Jun 5th, 2010

Another difference between the Hannity conservatives’ and constitutionalists–the Czars

I can watch Sean Hannity’s show on any given night and guaranteed I will hear something he says that tells me he cares not one iota about the constitution. It’s just lip service at best. He is such a tool for republican politics.

One time while he was hosting his “Great American Panel”, Mr. Hannity of course was lambasting another of President Obamas many “czars”. This one he was attacking, for good reason, Kevin Jennings, the “Safe School Czar” for when he was a schoolteacher and didn’t report that a 15-year-old boy told him that he was having sex with an older man.

Of course this is fair criticism. But wasn’t Mr. Hannity missing the bigger, more important point?

He was merely concerned about the behavior of this individual “czar” instead of the general concept of “czar”.

The problem is that Hannity doesn’t object to czars, he didn’t during the two Bush presidencies, Reagans or Clintons for that matter. This is because he inherently believes in the concept of czars and dismisses the Constitution.

Arbitrary power has become more fashionable as government itself has been exalted.

Americans of earlier generations would be as shocked by the current adulatory use of the term “czar” as contemporary Americans would be shocked by the use of “fuehrer” as a compliment for a political leader.

The more arbitrary power government employees possess, the more they are transformed into a master class. There is no Constitutional authority for the creation of czars. Mr Hannity doesn’t really care about that.

During the Bush 2 administration we had a faith, budget, AIDS, Cleanup , and communication czar. This list is not exhaustive. Bush had an R after his name so Hannity said nothing about it.

If Mr Hannity was really a conservative he would proclaim his belief in the elimination of all czars and denounce the former presidents czars. Instead he arbitrarily tosses out the occasional “that’s unconstitutional” statement at Obama policies (a statement I never heard him use the previous 8 years).

The first modern-era American “czar” was Energy Czar John Love, appointed by President Nixon in 1973 during the gas crisis, followed by other energy czars appointed by presidents Ford and Carter.

This should be a concern for true conservatives because Nixon’s energy czar was the precurser to the Department of Energy. What will come out of Obama’s czar appointments? The Department of AIDS and/or the Department of Sudan?!

To be fair and give President Reagan his due, in a article by James Bovard he writes, when Congress enacted a law in 1982 that created a drug czar, President Reagan scorned the provision: “The creation of another layer of bureaucracy within the Executive Branch would produce friction, disrupt effective law enforcement, and could threaten the integrity of criminal investigations and prosecutions.… The so-called “drug Czar” provision was enacted hastily without thoughtful debate and without benefit of any hearings.”

The drug czar remained a largely ceremonial post until President Bush appointed William Bennett; however, the chain-smoking, tough-talking Bennett did not find the magic words to make all Americans virtuous.

It’s frightening that a leading conservative voice is not really that conservative. It’s frightening because so many sheep follow this man and his misguided words.

Sean Hannity just doesn’t get it. He needs to sit down and read the Constitution, the Federalist papers and other founding documents to see what these great men envisioned as a nation based on freedom and liberty, not on undeclared wars, out of control spending, central banks, and destroying the 4th amendment in the name of national security.

Just as an addendum, here is a list of some of Mr. Obama’s czars:

Afghanistan Czar – Richard Holbrooke
AIDS Czar – Jeffrey Crowley
Auto Recovery czar – Ed Montgomery
Border Czar – Alan Bersin
Car Czar – Ron Bloom
Central Region Czar – Dennis Ross
Domestic Violence Czar – Lynn Rosenthal
Drug Czar – Gil Kerlikowske
Economic Czar – Paul Volcker
Energy and Environment Czar – Carol Browner
Faith-Based Czar – Joshua DuBois
Great Lakes Czar – Cameron Davis
Green Jobs Czar – Van Jones (resigned on Sept. 6)
Guantanamo Closure Czar – Daniel Fried
Health Czar – Nancy-Ann DeParle
Information Czar – Vivek Kundra
International Climate Czar – Todd Stern
Mideast Peace Czar – George Mitchell
Pay Czar – Kenneth Feinberg
Regulatory Czar – Cass Sunstein
Science Czar – John Holdren
Stimulus Accountability Czar – Earl Devaney – statutory position
Sudan Czar – J. Scott Gration
TARP Czar – Herb Allison
Terrorism Czar – John Brennan
Technology Czar- Aneesh Chopra
Urban Affairs Czar – Adolfo Carrion Jr.
Weapons Czar – Ashton Carter
WMD Policy Czar – Gary Samore

A Great Lakes czar? What the heck is going on in Washington?

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