Militarization of Federal Bureaucracies Proceeds At An Alarming Rate

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Why Does the IRS Need Guns? and a blog post at Zero Hedge, If the Public Shouldn’t have Them, Why Does The IRS Need AR-15s?, have raised the alarm over the rapid militarization of Federal bureaucracies that run non-law enforcement Federal agencies. These stories point out that the number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). This means that as the Obama administration cuts the budget and forces of the military and desperately tries to disarm law-abiding U.S. citizens it is at the same time madly arming up Federal bureaucrats. For what reason?, we should ask.

In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

What exactly is the Obama administration up to?

Castro envy, that’s what Obama is up to.

To Obama and his followers the real enemy is not ISIS, not Islamic Terrorism, nor any other foreign threat. No, to them Republicans are the real enemy. ISIS may kill a few Americans from time to time. But neither ISIS nor any other Islamic terrorist group is threatening Obama and the Democrats the way we are threatening them. We are the threat they fear most because we are trying to unseat them from power in the next election. ISIS and Islamic terror are not doing that. No member of the ruling class thinks they are going to be killed in a terrorist attack. Other people will be killed, hopefully conservatives and Republicans. But if it’s Gays in a nightclub, well you can’t win’em all. So terrorism is a minor problem to them.

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