The Becker Report – July 2019
The following story is an analogy of our federal government and a biological (sort of) family. I began writing it a few years ago, put it aside, and then finished it over the past few months. Hey, I’m no C.S. Lewis, but enjoy…
A Tale of Three Children, Lust for Power, and Liberal Parents
A Walk Through American History
by John Becker
This is a story about a family. (Okay, it’s really about our government.) It all started with young struggling entrepreneurs who were highly intelligent, accomplished, and fiercely independent. To enhance their prosperity and security, they decided to work more closely together as a union. It was a united marriage mostly of convenience, economics, and issues of insecurity. Their names were Mr. Northern States and Mrs. Southern States.
After much debate and careful consideration, the States agreed to have three children per a defined contract (or constitution). It enshrined the scope and limitations of the children’s authorities and responsibilities. Don’t forget that the States were fiercely independent and were only delegating very limited authorities that would help everybody to better work together to enhance economic profitability and security. The concept was to strengthen the family nucleus using the Aristotle principle. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
The proud parents (the States) named their three children Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.
Ah yes, in the early years they were so cute and held much promise to complete this new union. The little darlings had very different personalities. One of them liked to play the rule maker. Another showed leadership skills and the other liked to play referee to try to help settle the occasional disputes that would occur.
The three had their quirks. Legislative seemed to be needlessly passive, indecisive, and seemed to have difficulty getting anything done. He also allowed himself to be pushed around by his two brothers. Executive could be a bully at times. Judicial was arrogant, had a god complex, and thought he knew everything.
Like all children, the three would test the waters from time-to-time, push the limits, and see what they could get away with. And, oh yes, they could be little monsters some days. They were definitely a hand full. Well you know, kids will be kids. The parents were definitely too lenient.
It is also important to note that these were special children. They were never to become “legal adults” like their parents were. The children would forever be under the control, custody, and careful guidance of their parents. Or at least, that was the plan.
The States were always looking for ways to strengthen their economic positions and guard against theft from nearby neighbors and a few abroad. They even had disputes with each other from time to time.
Since the States created the contract (constitution), they of course, retained the right to alter or abolish it at any time. The children were allowed to suggest or propose amendments, but any alterations would have to be agreed upon by the States. And again, the children were the creation of the parent’s contract (or constitution). They were to simply do as they were told.
Since Legislative was the most frugal, responsible, and seemed to be the most trustworthy of the three (or so they thought), the States assigned Article I of the contract to him. It was the longest section and Legislative was excited to read all about it. He was tasked with being the policy maker, was placed in charge of all the finances, and was granted the power to remove either of his brothers if they were to ever overstep their bounds. He was also to work closely with Executive who would implement policy.
Executive liked to take charge of things and was always the general when the kids used to play army together. So Article II of the contract was a natural fit for Executive. Although disappointed that he wasn’t allowed to be king, he was placed in charge of administration, security, and diplomacy.
The States considered Judicial the most studious and wanted to believe that he had good judgment. However, the States were somewhat concerned about his god complex and arrogant disposition. The smallest section of the contract was Article III. That one was assigned to Judicial. His role was to play referee and to figure out the original intent of the rules that had been set. The parents believed that he would be the least powerful and that they and Legislative could keep him under control.
There were additional articles and provisions of the contract to help ensure that they would all work well together. The States truly believed, and knowing human nature, that they had written the contract tight enough to ward off any lust for power that might occur with any one of them.
The ink was hardly dry when the violations began. Most were relatively minor. It seemed like all three of them wanted to become king at times. Things gradually got worse. The children created their own gang and called themselves the “Federals” or sometimes just the “Feds.” The States initially thought of it as a harmless club and kind of cute.
Perhaps the most concerning was the arrogance of Judicial when he granted himself the ultimate authority to decide how, when, and where the contract (constitution) should apply. That authority had belonged to their parents, the States. (Nobody realized it at the time, but that was the turning point for Judicial to assert himself as the king and eventually all would bow to him; including his parents.) The Feds began to act like they were the bosses over their own parents!
The States were generally pleased that on balance, their children were enhancing their economic interests and security as intended. They were busy tending to other business and weren’t alarmed by the small encroachments and usurpations of power that were occurring. The States noticed it, but really weren’t sure what to do about it and decided to just look the other way. (Unfortunately, they were allowing the Feds to become “Frankenstein’s Monsters.”)
Eventually, Mrs. Southern States recognized that things had gone very wrong and that her businesses were being treated unfairly. But it was too late. Once the abuse became intolerable and irreconcilable, she couldn’t take it any longer and demanded a divorce. She knew that she had grave sin in her life and that she was part of the problem. But Mrs. Southern States wanted her freedom back and declared herself independent of Mr. Northern States and the monsters that their children were becoming. She turned over full custody of the children to Mr. Northern States and stormed out. The formal divorce papers that Ms. Southern States handed over was very similar to and based on a previous document that she held in high regard:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security…
Mr. Northern States rejected her declaration of independence and teamed up with the Feds gang to bring her back and prevent her from creating competing enterprises.
The waring between the States was anything but civil. After years of fighting, Ms. Southern States was battered, beaten, and bloodied. She was eventually captured and forced into submission. It was a very ugly scene. The Feds gang were such monsters; they used the fight to justify taking more power from the States.
As time went on, the wounds slowly healed and the States continued to prosper once again.
As the parents aged, they seemed to have caught a very dangerous disease called liberalism and further allowed their children, the Feds gang, to run wild. It’s not like the States didn’t know what was going on. They just mindlessly watched as the kids stole their credit cards and spent wildly since it was “free” money and the parents didn’t seem to care. They certainly did nothing to stop them. No, it was worse than that. The States encouraged the behavior.
As a result, the States became increasingly irrelevant. State sovereignty became the punchline of a joke.
Historians can only speculate what caused the liberalism, spinal degeneration, castration, and the impotency. It’s just so sad that the States are now only a shell of their former glorious selves.
Although the States are technically still alive today, they operate under the dominance and control of the monster that they created. The Feds gang is also known as Frankenstein’s Monster.
You might recall that Judicial was the one that everyone thought would be the least of his brothers. Well, he is continuing to grow stronger at the expense of his brothers and his parents. It seems that it is only a matter of time before he crowns himself king and all will bow down to him.
Becker Donates Controversial Pay Raise to Community Organizations
For more information, see the January 2019 edition of The Becker Report.
January 2019 – The Cincinnati Nature Center received my personal check for $154.69.
February 2019 – Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors (Ohio C.O.P.S.) got my on-line donation for $154.69.
March 2019 – I delivered a personal check for $313.73 to the Goshen Township Bicentennial Committee. The increase in the amount of my donation is because of my promotion to be chairman of the Federalism Committee. It reflects the net portion of the controversial pay increase that was included in my chairmanship increment.
April 2019 – My wife and I presented our $313.73 donation to Days of Wonder. Based in Batavia, they are a school for homeschool kids.
May 2019 – The Promont House Museum in the City of Milford was the recipient of my personal donation of $313.73. Promont is a Victorian mansion circa 1865 and the former home of John M. Pattison, Ohio’s 43rd Governor. It is currently owned and operated as a museum by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society.
June 2019 – The Adams County Humane Society and the Adams County Fair spilt my June donation and received $156.87 each. The animal shelter will use the funds for animal care supplies. The Fair will use the money to purchase new flags.
July 2019 – People Working Cooperatively (PWC) was the recipient of my $313.73 for their project house in Owensville. The money will be used for an accessible bathroom renovation.
Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives
HR 55 – Build the Wall. This resolution urging congress to fund a physical barrier across the southern border has been assigned to the Transportation Committee.
HB 39 – Replica Vehicles. This is a bill I’m doing with John Patterson to create a special category for these unique vehicles. It is in the Transportation Committee.
HB 153 – Working Officials Requirements Key (WORK) Act. This bill requires county elected officials to show up at their office at least five times every 30 days. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had its first hearing.
HB 176 – Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus. This is a bill I’m doing with Tom Brinkman. It requires open records.
HB 182 – Abortion Insurance Coverage. The bill stops insurance companies from paying for abortions. It does not apply to self-insured private companies nor does it prevent any company from directly contracting with an abortionist. It has been assigned to the Insurance Committee and has had its first hearing.
HB 219 – Sunday Alcohol, Liquor, and Especially Spirits Act (SALES). In short, HB 219 removes the Sunday option. All businesses currently allowed to sell alcohol during the week will also be allowed Sunday sales. Voters retain the option to vote their precinct dry. It has been assigned to the Commerce Committee.
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Milford/Miami Township at the Milford Walmart at 6 PM.
Clermont County GOP meeting at HQ for selection of new Clermont County Engineer at 6 PM.
Clermont County Farm Bureau annual meeting at Grant Career center at 6 PM.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry annual picnic at Liberty Twp Park beginning at 10:30 AM.
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Brown County Tea Party at the Mt. Orab Library at 4 PM.
Scioto County GOP in New Boston.
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Brown County GOP Picnic.
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Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015). “GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet,” headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
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