Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) spoke out Tuesday on The Glenn Beck Program against increasingly armed regulatory agencies, saying there is “so much craziness and so little time.”
“You feel like the world’s been turned upside down sometimes, and this is just one example of that,” Stewart remarked. “I think the key to this is, these are regulatory agencies. They’re not law enforcement agencies. They don’t fall under the Department of Justice.”
After a discussion of peaceful parents who have been arrested at school board meetings, Stewart said “you have to twist yourself into pretzels to defend some of the things we’ve seen here.”
“Show me any scenario where the Department of Education or the Food and Drug Administration has such an urgent need to enforce this regulation that they have to have this … very heavy-handed, para-military capability,” he continued. “Because there isn’t one. There just isn’t a scenario where they couldn’t turn to local law enforcement … the FBI, or the federal marshals.”
Beck asked with concern: “If it’s a regulatory agency and they report directly to the president, this is in effect a presidential police force is it not?”
Stewart said “essentially that would be true,” noting that we gave many of these organizations additional power to arm themselves and make arrests after 9/11.
“In the heat of the moment, in the heat of the crisis after those initial attacks, we created legislation which, in the long term, ends up being harmful to us,” he said.
Though Stewart is fighting to end the militarization of America’s regulatory agencies, he expressed little hope that the legislation will make headway until Republicans take back the Senate.
“It’s not going to pass [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid. Do you think anything that makes sense and supports the cause of freedom is going to get past Harry Reid?” Stewart said with a laugh. “Because I don’t. Which is why this November is so important. It’s just so important that we have allies in the Senate.”
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