“When Congress refuses to act and as a result hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.” — President Barack Obama
While I always identify the speaker of a quote, it is especially necessary this time. Why? Because if you remove the president’s name from the statement, it becomes really easy to imagine any number of other people making it. For example, plug in Chinese president Hu Jintao, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, or Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Is there any doubt that any of these men would we more than willing to act, if they saw an “obligation” to do so, without the messy necessity of dealing with their respective legislative bodies?
Remember when, right after the 2010 election, a lot of the media were wondering if Barack Obama was going to “move to the center” or practice the politics of “triangulation” that got Bill Clinton re-elected? Such musings are a testament to the self-inflicted blindness that affects far too many people who get paid to see through such nonsense.
When this man was running in 2008, I implored Americans to understand that this country was divided by many issues, but first and foremost among those issues was a simple reality: there are those Americans who add up the plusses and minuses of the American experience and come to the conclusion that this country, warts and all, is still the best nation of earth — and the last, best hope of mankind. Then there are those Americans who engage in the same calculations and conclude that we are at best, just another country, and at worst, the nexus of all that is wrong in the world.
Bewitched by the monumental load known as hope and change, Americans put the latter group in charge of running the nation.
They were so bewitched that even when the president, five days before the election, proclaimed he was only that far away from “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” a majority of voters elected a man with the deadliest combination of inexperience, radical ideology and unbridled hubris this nation has ever endured. And just for good measure, they gave him an unassailable majority in Congress including, for a brief time, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
After gigantic healthcare and stimulus packages were enacted, and trillions of dollars of additional debt were accrued, the electorate had had enough. In 2010, Democrats lost the House, and their majority in the Senate was considerably trimmed. Which brings us to the second half of Mr. Obama’s quote.
“I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve.”
Apparently this president believes that Republicans, who gained 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate, should have nothing “ideological” to say if it interferes with his agenda. Thus he intends to do “what he can” without them.
What a man less in love with himself might wonder is how those Republicans got there in the first place. They got there because a majority of the American people put them there, after getting a two-year look at what a radical Marxist/Socialist agenda looks like, up close and personal. They may have even figured out that the “fundamental transformation” touted by the faux-Messiah included throwing the Constitutional baby out with the ideologically-impaired Republican bath water.
If they didn’t then, they should now. Making “recess” appointments of a consumer “watchdog” and three appointees to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate is still in session probably isn’t the most Constitutionally dubious thing this president has ever done. It’s merely the latest. In fact it’s not even the most egregious thing he did this week. On Monday, the president signed a defense bill authorizing the detainment of American citizens without due process. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that both the Department of Justice and the EPA have become little more than extensions of executive power, also absent input from Congress — two years after our biggest banks and auto manufacturers were nationalized.
All for the “good of the nation” as it were.
Once again, I feel compelled to offer my fellow Americans a warning. It is three words: context is everything. Mr. Obama has divided us by race and class, alienated our allies while enabling our enemies, reduced American influence in the world to a historic low, and given us the highest level of debt in the history of the world, courtesy of economic policies that have done virtually nothing to alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans. So what’s the context?
All of the above has occurred while this president has been RESTRAINED by the necessity of getting re-elected.
One more year of this man thumbing his nose at the Constitution whenever it suits him will be damaging enough. Five more years? The 2012 election may come down to retiring Mr. Obama — or the Constitution.
Obama is not my president.
RETIRE OBAMA OR THE CONSTITUTION....WE WON'T HAVE TO RETIRE OBAMA, OBAMA SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE W.H. IN CUFFS, ALONG WITH PELOSI, REID 99% OF CONGRESS & SENATE....THIS GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY AND NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT BUT SETTING AND WRITING ABOUT WHAT SHOULD BE DONE....THERE HAS TO BE SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO CAN BRING OBAMA DOWN, SIT HIM IN A COURT AND SEND HIM TO JAIL FOR 100 YRS........DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO DO THIS..I HEARD IT COULD BE GENERALS,(I READ THAT).COULD THEY PLEASE HELP AMERICA BEFORE ITS WAY TOO LATE.
MY GOD WATCH OVER ALL.
Good question; while I don't know what his agenda is, I believe he stands to gain financially from his actions.
Obama should not be retired nor should he or his family be given or afforded any retirement benefits. Obama has gained the office of the president under a guise of personal and political lies. His actions and those who have worked closely with him as well as his major contributors should be arrested and tried for treason.
Amen! The best suggestion yet! GOD bless you for your insight!
I am trying so hard to understand why and how our elected people in office can't see what is happening to this country. Do they believe they will be emune to these problems when these godless demigods take over for good. Are they so blind that they can't see this is leading to a dictatorial control of a few who will make the rest of the infidels the slaves of those in control, even themselves. That liers never keep their word. All they have to do is look at the way Hitler got power over the people by promising them everything for nothing and wound up with nothing! I realize that the chemicals that are being fed to the populas has a lot to do with the fatality mentality and ADD , ASD, and a host of other health problems and the EPA and the FDA has a lot to do with this. Right now there is a mineral (B=17) called Laetrile that can cure many ills but is banned because of a miniscle amount of cyanide in it. It comes from appricot, peach, cherry, plum pits and wild almonds that has not been treated. You would have to consume these all day long for there to be a dan ger from them. Then the pharmisutical companys would lose billions on their drugs that have so many side effects that one drug calls for another to help ease the first one.. It's a vicious cycle and it's never ending except in death that culls the number of weak people of the world. There is a methed to their madness! GOD save the USA from this insanity!