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The freedom Americans enjoy is under attack from the “fourth branch” of government. That is the theme of the book, Undemocratic, written by constitutional attorney, Jay Sekulow. He is well aware of the threat since he has been defending people against the actions of bureaucracies like the Internal Revenue Service.

The U.S. Constitution allows for three branches of government. But the so-called “fourth branch” has grown larger than the other branches and robs Americans of their constitutional rights through mountains of rules and regulations.

I might mention that he isn’t the only person expressing concern about unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats taking our liberty. Jonathan Turley is a professor at the George Washington University Law School. Last year in a Washington Post column he warned: “The rise of the fourth branch has been at the expense of Congress’s lawmaking authority. In fact, the vast majority of ‘laws’ governing the United States are not passed by Congress but are issued as regulations, crafted largely by thousands of unnamed, unreachable bureaucrats.”

Jay Sekulow describes what the IRS did to various Tea Party groups. He documents the problem with the VA. He explains the conflict that arose between the Department of Health and Human Services and various religious groups over the abortion-pill mandate. He shows how EPA climate change regulations are killing jobs.

This runaway bureaucracy is not only stealing our freedom; it is costing us money. One editorial in the Wall Street Journal put the estimated cost of regulatory compliance at $1.9 trillion annually. This equals the GDP of countries like Australia and Canada.

Jay Sekulow also provides a plan to fight back. His solution is relatively simple: Tell them no. When he was on my radio program, he said that was the answer he gave to the IRS when they triggered another random audit that was illegitimate. Jay Sekulow shows us that the fourth branch in out of control. It is time for reform.

Viewpoints by Kerby Anderson

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