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Between 2009 and 2012, more than 13,000 new regulations were created with the full force of law, and all by unelected regulators (p. 11).

“The purpose of this book is to show-agency by agency-how our federal bureaucracy is corrupting the rule of law, threatening our democracy, and acting with unchecked arrogance and malice (p. 69).”

In his #1 New York Times bestseller, Undemocratic, author Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), lays out real-life and ongoing dramas behind the filtered news we are getting about what goes on in Washington, D.C.

Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the IRS. Many are at least somewhat familiar with the IRS scandal involving Lois Lerner’s targeting of “Tea Party cases,” as she and cohorts referred to them, but they may not be aware that Lerner has previous history while at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of targeting Christians.

IRS has also targeted families adopting children, Sekulow writes in Chapter 3, pursuing 90 percent of those who claimed the adoption credit in 2012 for answers to follow-up questions, and ultimately auditing 69 percent among them resulting in recovery of 1 percent of their refunds.

Meanwhile, the “additional child tax credit” opened floodgates of refunds to illegals who filed 2.3 million claims in 2010, and not surprisingly, to fraud. One address in Atlanta was used for 23,994 tax refunds, and nearly 8,400 of those refunds went to the very same bank account (p. 87).

Another widely publicized scandal, for a time, concerned the Veterans Administration. In Chapter 4, Sekulow reveals details about employees committing criminal acts: drug abuse, sexual abuse, cover up of deaths caused by outbreaks of disease in facilities, on top of the deaths resulting from delays in care and treatment.

Chapters 5 through 8 discuss the Department of Justice, the EPA and the National Labor Relations Board, respectively. Chapters 9 through 12, Sekulow gives a blueprint for facing the ever-increasing reach of the bureaucracy – the “fourth branch of government” that he says is “…an unconstitutional, self-sustaining monster that is swallowing our democracy” (p. 3).

The right to information, Sekulow says, may be the most important among the rights citizens have when dealing with a bureaucrat. Resistance is the first step, and some who have resisted, including a 14-year old, have won their cases (p. 195). Reform, although not an easy task, is essential to reach the end goal, restoration of democracy (pp. 209-235).

Sekulow, J. (2015). Undemocratic: how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats are stealing your liberty and freedom. New York: Howard Books.

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