Federal Behavioral Modification?

On June 10th, 2010, President Barrack Obama – by executive order – established an ambiguous Council on National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health. It’s functions? To promote and coordinate a variety of health-related tasks between government agencies including “lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings).”

The federal government is now coordinating behavioral modification of Americans? Aside from the atrocious infringement on individual responsibility, this new executive order adds to the chronicles of big government. The nanny state has grown to include federally funded behavioral modification. Does this not sit well with anyone else?

Let’s also not ignore the unaccountability of this new council which will be comprised of an unelected “diverse group of licensed health professional” who are “appointed by the President.” Shall we recall the outrageous hiring of Czar after Czar in the genesis of the Obama Administration? Shall we also recall the ridiculous picks of such “professionals” which included Van Jones, a Berkley socialist with ties to the Communist Party in Cuba and South Africa.

It is unfortunate that such presidential decrees are allowed to stand. In my opinion, the executive order is a flagrant violation of the constitutionally-drafted balance of power between the three branches of government, in this case in particular, the executive and the legislature. How is that a president is able to, by the stroke of pen, establish councils, czars, and advisory groups that then spend all of their power influencing our already morally bankrupt elected officials?

Physics offers a good lesson for political junkies. Energy – or power – cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred from one position to another. Political power is no different. It is not created in Washington but rather taken from us, and the more power Washington gives it self the less we have to live our lives freely as we see fit.

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