Many conservatives agree that since the mid-20th Century the Federal Government has grown too large, its bloated bureaucracies unaccountable to the American people and its oversight too broad vis-à-vis its Constitutional prerogatives. Unfortunately, Congress soon may add a new bureaucracy to the Federal Government. And this would not be another run-of-the-mill bureaucracy but a perilous threat to America's future.
Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has proposed H.R. 808, the Department of Peace and Non-Violence Act. The bill would establish a "Department of Peace and Non-Violence...headed by a Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate." The mission of the Department would be to..."hold peace as an organizing principle; endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; and develop policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, non-violent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict." H.R. 808 also would establish within the Department an "Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Peace and Non-violence [to] provide assistance and make recommendations to the Secretary and the President concerning intergovernmental policies relating to peace and non-violent conflict resolution; a Federal Interagency Committee on Peace and Non-violence; [and] Peace Day." The purpose of Peace Day would be to urge all citizens to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and on that day to strive to create peace.
One can imagine Patrick Henry, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, among other Founders, arguing strenuously against such a dangerous and naive absurdity. Those historical men of great genius and patient deliberation were willing to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to violently resist a government which had become "an absolute tyranny," in the words of the Declaration of Independence.