Rob McCoy:  Administrative State takes away “the will of the people”

By Michael Hernandez

NEWBURY PARK—“With the New Deal came the administrative state,” said Councilman Rob McCoy” at the American Legacy lecture at Godspeak Community Church.  “It was administrative law vs. constitutional law.”

The Founders established in Article 1, Section 1:  “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United Sates, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Today, we have agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and others acting as if they are the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

“It is human nature to consolidate power.   This is what we do when we are in crisis,” said McCoy.  “Administrative agencies are started by experts for more efficiency.  With efficiency, comes domination and we are no longer sovereign.”

The idea of the administrative state came from Germany and Prussia where “thousands of Americans came to study” said McCoy.  “Congress justified the progressive administrative agency state by the simple term:  “delegation.”   However, Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution “forbids this by the term:  all.”

According to McCoy, administrative law in the United States grew during the time of President Woodrow Wilson, which was followed by the administrations of President Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

“Now every President has attempted to increase an administration that bypasses the will of the people” whether Democrat of Republican.  This administrative state is not new, it always was there back in the 1700s and the 1800s.”

McCoy said, “We the people was established…and we are not allowed to abdicate power.  All legislative power resides with the Legislative branch.  

“Congress needs to take back Article 1, Section1.   Until they do, the voice of elected officials becomes weaker.   Congress does control the purse strings and they can cut funding to administrative agencies.  Congress needs to take back their authority.   We the people demand that.


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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