Meet Cass Sunstein.
His official title is head of “White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs”.
It oversees regulations throughout the government, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
That’s quite a bit of authority.
Sunstein is a former University of Chicago Law School professor, where he was a colleague of Obama in the 1990s.
He thinks the government should shut down bloggers who in his words, “spread falsehoods”, like suggesting that Obama actually palled around with domestic terrorists.
He also believes in forced organ donation. (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548621,00.html)
His take on free speech:
“A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.” (from Sunstein’s book: Republic.com 2.0)
More of his batshit crazy theories:
—In a 2007 speech at Harvard University, Sunstein said “We ought to ban hunting.”
—From his book Radicals in Robes: “[A]lmost all gun control legislation is constitutionally fine. And if the Court is right, then fundamentalism does not justify the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.
—From 2004 book Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions: “Animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives…”
—2007 speech at Harvard: “[Humans’] willingness to subject animals to unjustified suffering will be seen … as a form of unconscionable barbarity… morally akin to slavery and the mass extermination of human beings.”
—In an article he co-authored entitled, “Why We Should Celebrate Paying Taxes”: “In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without support from bank regulators? Could we spend it… if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live?”
—Same article: “[T]ax day is not a day of national mourning. Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property. Without taxes, few of us would have any assets worth defending. Indeed, property owners are more deeply “dependent” on government than food-stamp recipients.”
……Sunstein wrote a book called Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech. First of all, it’s troubling that a “constitutional scholar” would describe the First Amendment as a “problem” of democracy. In the book, Sunstein argues, America needs to “reinvigorate processes of democratic deliberation by ensuring greater attention to public issues and greater diversity of views.”
Sunstein’s worried about the present “situation” in which “like-minded people speak or listen to mostly one another,” and thinks “we must doubt whether, as interpreted, the constitutional guarantee of free speech is adequately serving democratic goals.”
More lunatic quotes of Cass Sunstein can be found here:
Wanna know what this learned professor thinks about your right to individual liberty?
Much of the time, the United States seems to have embraced a confused and pernicious form of individualism. This approach endorses rights of private property and freedom of contract, and respects political liberty, but claims to distrust “government intervention” and insists that people must fend for themselves. This form of so-called individualism is incoherent, a tangle of confusions.
—Cass R. Sunstein, The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need it More Than Ever, Basic Books, New York, 2004, p. 3
Get that? If you value rugged individualism and less government interference in your life, you’re suffering from an ‘incoherent tangle of confusions’. Like the authors of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
In Sunstein’s contorted intellect, welfare recipients are less dependent than private property owners who fend for themselves, taxes create liberty, public officials know best what to do with the money you’ve earned, and limitless choices in communications is not ‘good citizenship’.
Sunstein is another commited Marxist radical in Obama’s Politburo. He’ll fit right in.