The late Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, understood the proper role of the judiciary in a republic. He opposed the judicial activism that the Left takes for granted to further its agenda.
The late Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, understood the proper role of the judiciary in a republic. He opposed the judicial activism that the Left takes for granted to further its agenda.
Barack Obama: problem, symptom, or both? He is both problem and symptom. Obama’s election and re-election is symptomatic of a voting age population that settles for the corrupt 2 party system we have in the US. If we Americans do not demand better, we will not get better choices and better policies.
Obama’s Emancipation Proclamation
This may be coming soon, perhaps on Independence Day (July 4) or a little later, President Obama will by fiat, by diktat (also known as executive orders) grant amnesty to the many millions of individuals in the US illegally. This will “free” and lift up these people living in the shadows.
The lap dog US news media will tout this as an epochal moment. A high point of a failed presidency.
President Obama, you are no Abraham Lincoln. Barack Obama, you are no John F. Kennedy.
Mr. Obama: How many more wounds will you inflict on our nation out of your self-hatred (that you project on to the country)?
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Obama – the enormity of his crimes – part three
Barack Obama spent much of his early childhood in Indonesia (where he was known as Barry Soetoro). This is a non-Western country, a former colony of the Dutch that is predominantly Muslim. During much of his childhood, he was cared for, or raised, by others. His father and mother did not stay together long and later his mother died. All in all, he did not have what most people would consider a normal childhood. Upon reaching early adulthood and attending college in the US, he gravitated towards and kept company with individuals that did not value nor respect American ideals (many of whom were leftist radical types or foreign students from nations that do not share American ideals). Keep this in mind, as it shows that Obama does not identify with nor see the US and its culture in a favorable light.
As well, to give some context, we must point out that those who espouse a Leftist vision for society are chasing a mirage, an impossible dream, an illusion that cannot be realized. Power hungry opportunists use this Marxist (workers’ paradise, utopian) nonsense to seduce the masses and thereby gain power. Oh, yes, not every Leftist political leader is a true believer. Believing in the Leftist dream is the real opiate of the masses. Historically, where the Left has taken over the government of a nation and instituted its policies the results have been an increase in human misery and a very significant decrease in human freedoms. Leftists, Marxists, Communists (a more extreme form of socialism) have to do away with the old order of things before they can bring about the perfectly just human society. Try as they may, they never have and never will achieve such a society. In their tearing down the old order, millions (deemed “counter-revolutionaries”) have been killed and many (hundreds of) millions more have lost their freedoms. (Why this matters: when the Left gets its way – we all lose.)
In the five years of his presidency, Barack Obama has proven to be a divider of people. He does not bring people together. He does not attempt to unify the nation, rather he sets one group against another. His words, his actions, the policies of his administration have served to exacerbate the existing racial tensions within the US, and have stoked the fires of class enmity (so-called class warfare). As well, with the requirements of Obama Care, the young will likely begin to resent the elderly as the young are now legally required to participate and will be subsidizing the care of the elderly with their insurance premiums. With the aggressive push for blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants which most Americans oppose, Obama foments even more anger in Americans towards their federal government. When the other major party, not without its own serious flaws, tries to stop some of Obama’s more aggressive (and destructive) actions, he and his political allies engage in ever more shrill partisan attacks on that party and its elected representatives. (Just listen to the speeches he gives as he tours the country campaigning for the latest schemes of his failed agenda.) Calls for greater tolerance of Muslims in the US go hand in hand with greater official government animosity towards Christianity and Christians’ rights to free speech and expression.
Obama, as so many Leftist agitators before him have done, uses this divide and conquer strategy to divert the public’s attention from his continuing power grabs and continuing (and increasing) abuses of his presidential authority. Obama contributes to an “us versus them” mindset on virtually every major issue of the day. Fragmenting and then destroying the social fabric, the social contract that we have lived with in the US for decades is necessary in order to “fundamentally transform the nation”. We have already (in part two of this essay) discussed Obama’s destruction of the US economy. Obama is slowly yet steadily, inexorably bringing about the conditions (of despair, division and conflict) whereby he could seize complete power.
It is important to note that President Obama has, on several occasions, publicly lamented the Constitutional limits on his power as chief executive. The Constitution is slowing him down a little in his mission to transform the nation. This is cynical indeed given that he frequently circumvents those constraints through the use of his executive orders and what his “czars” in the federal bureaucracy are doing. Also, his appointments to the federal judiciary have as their primary purpose to ensure that future lawsuits against, or constitutional challenges to federal government abuses are not successful. This man, by his actions, has shown that he has contempt for the US Constitution.
As to the damage that Obama is doing to the country, this – we are sorry to say – is long term damage which will not easily be undone. The enormous increase in the national or sovereign debt of the United States under Obama can never be repaid and US taxpayers will be paying the interest on it in perpetuity. Obama Care will destroy the private delivery of health care and once we have a (poor quality) government controlled health care system, there will be no way to bring back the private health care system. Obama Care takes your health care decisions and puts them in the hands of government bureaucrats. Once another federal bureaucracy is established (such as with Obama Care), is it ever dismantled?! Also, it is a curious thing about Americans that they are such slaves to precedents, and rarely can reverse course once they start down a path. One can point to Prohibition (of alcohol beverages) being repealed several decades ago as an instance of Americans reversing course. But, such reversals in domestic policy are rarer than you might think. The opposition party, the Republicans, cannot be counted to undo the effects of Obama’s policies if they were to regain control of the Senate and capture the White House in a future election. (Too many times, they have shown themselves to be dishonest and even cowards. They want to be liked, and will not make the tough choices.)
The question in many Americans’ minds is did/does Obama do this damage out of his ineptitude (recall that he has never held a responsible position in the private sector of the economy), or purposely out of a hatred for the country (consider he has long associated with radical Leftists throughout his adult life)? Why does Obama do what he does? Why does Obama want to “fundamentally transform” the country? Why does Obama hate American society and culture?
It is difficult to suggest reasons here. One difficulty is that unlike other politicians who lie but know when they lie, Mr. Obama appears not to know he’s lying much of the time. And, he does lie frequently. For one who has been touted and hyped as being so bright, he is blinded by the Leftist ideological dogma that he has been immersed in and attached to all of his adult life.
We suggest here a few possible answers.
I have speculated in other venues that Barack Obama may suffer from a self-hatred that he projects on to the country. But, I am not a trained psychiatrist or psychologist.
Obama may be motivated to vigorously pursue such destructive actions and policies out of (Leftist) ideological zeal. Passionate desire for change, for societal transformation, that requires the abolishing of the old order of things may be a factor in this man’s thinking.
A base hunger for power may also be at work. Obama has struck me as being rather immature in his emotional and psychological development. (He undeniably has serious character flaws.) He seems to be at the level of a child, a spoiled child, who feels the world should pander to his every whim. A certain ego mania does appear to be indicated.
A combination of these factors, and other (at present unknown) motivations may be at work in the mind of President Obama. We leave it to readers to form their own opinions here.
Conclusion and verdict
There are some things that are no longer in dispute to any honest and rational observer.
President Obama has seriously damaged the US economy these past 5 years. In the past 75 years, emerging from previous recessions, the US economy has not taken so long to recover and create millions of good jobs. The middle class today is smaller than when Obama took office in early 2009. Millions of Americans have suffered economic impoverishment during this time.
Mr. Obama, with the help of his political allies in Congress, his ideological judicial appointees on the federal bench, and the emboldened government bureaucrats, has steadily encroached on and lessened our freedoms and rights.
For those who still are enamored of this man, we ask: Has he done this for our own good?
Look at the ugly nature of his actions, and these actions’ terrible effects. Mr. Obama has greatly increased human misery and despair in the US. Behind his cynical smiles, lurks a twisted ego.
President Obama bemoans the constitutional constraints that prevent him from exercising complete and arbitrary power over our lives. He may manufacture or exacerbate a domestic crisis and use such a crisis as a pretext for suspending the Constitution (an unconstitutional act) and seizing dictatorial powers for himself.
The temptation to seize absolute unrestrained power may prove too great for a man with such a flawed personal character.
Obama is an enemy of human freedom and true progress and social harmony.
We emphasize: Here is a man, who with his coterie of corrupt and arrogant political allies, has greatly increased human misery and despair. What are we to conclude? Are we to give him a free pass because of the dictates of identity politics and political correctness? I say nay.
Consider one more time his wanton destruction of the economic well-being of millions through his policies. This ends justifies the means mindset is wrong. The end – a socialist or Marxist utopia – is not attainable. The means used are wrong as they needlessly increase human misery and injustice. Obama’s war to greatly reduce, if not eliminate over time the middle class is morally wrong.
This is hard-core reality. We cannot sugar-coat the reality merely because there are still individuals for whom the name Obama has religious overtones.
We can no longer make excuses for Obama. You Obama fans cannot defend his destructive actions by any rational and objective means.
For these crimes against 300 million Americans currently living, and untold millions more yet unborn, the evidence (his deliberate, purposeful actions) compels me to conclude, I say again, compels me to conclude that Barack Obama is one of the most evil men to ever hold power in the Western world.
Now, dear readers, if you disagree with my conclusion, then what are we to consider Obama as? If he is not evil, then he is a very dangerous psychotic, and unfit for office.
Obama – the enormity of his crimes – part two
Before turning to Obama’s greatest crime, let us ask: what can we expect from President Obama in the future?
Amnesty for illegal immigrants currently within the US. This is also euphemistically called “comprehensive immigration reform”. The US economy cannot currently provide jobs for many millions of US citizens. Amnesty for illegal immigrants will not help this situation, as (once illegal) newly legal residents will bring family members and relatives into the country which will put more pressure on the labor market. Obama is already achieving this piece meal by his executive orders. He exhorts Congress frequently to pass amnesty, and not delay. (The official government figure of 11 million illegals appears to be absurdly low.)
Greater bureaucratic abuse of power. Federal government departments, such as the EPA and the NLRB will be more aggressive in pursuing their agendas. Expect more burdensome regulations that will make it even harder for businesses to grow and create jobs. Obama has appointed like minded individuals to head these departments, and they desire radical change to our economy and nation. Obama has appointed many so-called “czars” and hardly anyone knows just what they are doing. But, these czars and the heads of the various executive branch departments are engaging in economic control and social engineering. Can any individual or small business owner keep up with the onerous regulations that are issued by the federal government by the week, if not the day?
Possible seizure of financial assets of individuals. This issue keeps coming up in congressional discussions. If you have an IRA, a 401K or 403-b plan with your employer, or if you are self-employed and have a Keough plan and/or SEP IRA or similar retirement vehicle, you are at risk of losing all or part of it to federal government seizure in coming years. This is no exaggeration. The Leftists that control the Senate and President Obama do not respect property rights. In return, you will be given an empty promise of a larger Social Security check each month. But, as we all know, that system is on borrowed time now and cannot pay its current obligations for many more years. (A person has a right to the fruits of his/her labors. Property rights are a major component and basis of our personal freedoms.)
As well, expect continuing use of executive orders by Obama as he pursues his agenda (to fundamentally transform the nation) by going around Congress and the legislative process to achieve his goals. This man has contempt for the constitutional limits on his power as chief executive (president).
Now, let us turn to Obama’s greatest crime – that of his purposeful, intentional destruction of the US economy. The consequence of that is a poorer nation for the vast majority of its citizens. Obama has made war on the middle class. In true Leftist (really communist) fashion, he desires there to be no middle class. Outside of a small ruling elite and a few large corporate allies, most of the 300 million of us will be economic serfs. Consider his actions in the five years he has been in office. These actions and policies are shrinking the middle class.
Some readers may object here and say that Obama inherited an economy that was in serious trouble and in very bad shape. That is true. And, we do not give Bush and Greenspan and others a free pass here. However, Obama has been in office nearly 5 years now, and this is his economy. The fact that the economy is stagnant as to job creation is his responsibility.
We recognize the shortcomings of our economic system. We have said in prior essays that the free market is not perfect. Excessive competition can lead to an “us versus them” mindset, and a lack of a sense of community, which can impair social cohesion in a diverse, pluralistic society. Also troubling is the concentration of wealth in fewer and fewer hands as corporate mergers create ever larger enterprises and present the threat of monopoly in various industries, and the loss of truly free markets.
That said, our free market capitalistic system is preferable to the main alternative put forward in the 20th century, namely state control of the economy (various socialist or communist schemes). Tearing down our economic system to give us a command economy administered by government bureaucrats is not the answer to our economic challenges. (As well, because of people’s predilection for binary thinking, there does not seem to be a viable third option here.)
What we need in the US is to pursue policies that foster and encourage domestic economic growth. Such economic growth provides economic opportunity both in the form of good jobs for job seekers and a healthy growing economy in which environment it is easier for the entrepreneur to start a successful small business. Let us grow the middle class, not make war on it as Obama is doing. Economic growth and opportunity allow people to lift themselves out of poverty and to achieve self-reliance with dignity through their own efforts.
We have now had the longest duration of high unemployment in the US since the 1930s (during FDR’s failed tenure as president.) As many millions of individuals who want to work have given up looking from despair and are thus no longer counted, the true figure for our unemployment rate is much higher than the official figure of 7.3 or 7.4 per cent.
What does this mean to our economy? The lost productivity of all those millions of individuals, many of whom have been out of work for 2 or more years, is lost forever.
This fact is lost on President Obama. He has never held a responsible position in the private sector of the economy. He, along with his friends and political allies, has contempt for the private sector. Yet, wealth is not created in, nor by, the public or government sector of the economy.
Obama’s policies of greatly increased federal government spending, higher taxes and ever increasing regulations on businesses have all contributed to much lower economic growth than is normal for the US economy. That is why unemployment has remained stubbornly high. We saw this before in the 1930s with the same failed results. (Oddly, Obama’s policies are not hurting the wealthy as much as one might think. He regularly attacks “the rich” in his cynical orations. Yet, these policies are squeezing millions out of the middle class and into poverty and despair.)
Obama, the most profligate deficit spender in US history in both absolute and relative terms, now in 2013 has actually managed to shrink his annual budget shortfall. He has done this through the bizarre federal spending sequester with its minimal cuts in spending, and by tax increases the feckless Republican controlled House of Representatives agreed to late in 2012. But, the sad fact remains that another several hundred billion dollars of federal debt has been incurred in the present year. As well, increases in taxes reduce investment and consumer spending – both needed badly in an already weak economy. We have already noted that Obama unleashing federal bureaucrats to issue regulations (that have the force of law) at their whim hurts businesses across the country.
To recap: the massive increase in the national debt of the US combined with the increasing and aggressive government erosion of our rights in these past 5 years; the non-recovery of the economy burdened as it is with Obama Care, onerous regulations, and continuing threats of higher taxes; and the other crimes of Obama listed in part one of this essay and the imminent crimes listed at the start of this part two – all these have done enormous long-term damage to the country, and will adversely impact generations of Americans yet unborn.
Part 3, of this three part essay, will address the man who is Obama and the false promises of the Left. As we shall see, President Obama is a divider and not a unifier. We will also see that the damage he is doing to the country will not likely be easily reversed – if it can be reversed at all! We will offer some possible reasons for why he does what he does. Lastly, we will issue our conclusion as to what we consider Mr. Obama to be.
Obama – the enormity of his crimes – part one
As a matter of conscience, we must address this topic.
I have been carrying around this essay in my head for many weeks now. It is time to face it and get it off my chest so to speak.
Barack Obama has been president of the US for nearly 5 years now. Yes, George W. Bush’s presidency left us with serious problems, but Mr. Obama must be held accountable for his policies and actions of these past 5 years.
We had thought of writing this essay in the form of a mock trial with President Obama on trial for his crimes against the American people. Upon further reflection, we decided against this trial format as it may have disturbed some readers who are still supportive of this man and his policies. And, we should add that the significant long-tern damage Obama is doing to the US is also an indictment of the American people, who continue to support the 2 very corrupt political parties in election after election after election.
“Hope and change.” High sounding words from the presidential campaign of 2008.
We will now provide a brief litany of some of this man’s crimes – that he ordered, cooperated with, or allowed to go on – that we will not be addressing, at least not at length. If we were to expand the scope of this essay and deal with these at length, it would just become even more damning of President Barack Obama, and unduly tedious for you to read.
Scandals and errors we won’t be addressing:
Negligence as to the attack on Americans (4 killed) in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
The “Fast and Furious” gun running scheme to Mexico by Obama’s Justice Department. At least one US Border Patrol agent has been killed with some of these guns, and unknown numbers of Mexican citizens have been harmed by these guns.
The IRS denying non-profit political advocacy organizations (various “Tea Party” and conservative groups) that oppose Obama’s policies tax exempt status several months prior to the 2012 election (effectively incapacitating these groups). As well, these targeted groups were required to make extensive and burdensome disclosures not required of other political groups. The White House has been implicated in directing, if not actually ordering, this IRS behavior.
Greatly expanded NSA (National Security Agency) surveillance of US citizens, and even of foreign government officials and foreign nationals in other countries far beyond any plausible justification or legitimate national security intelligence needs.
The militarization of the nation’s local law enforcement agencies. Begun under President George W. Bush as early as 2002/2003, this militarization (funded with federal dollars) has increased significantly under President Obama and is far beyond any legitimate counter-terrorism capabilities. Care to guess what these militarized local police departments can/might do in the future?
Obama has issued executive orders since December, 2012 (elementary school shooting in Connecticut), to curtail Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights to own guns. He has done this independent of Congress. Even with a sycophant Congress to agree, these executive orders are un-constitutional.
ObamaCare, which President Obama signed into law in early 2010, is turning out to be both a big money grab and a power grab by the government. Ask the millions of Americans who are already paying higher premiums for their health insurance (with higher deductibles) and those who have recently lost their insurance if they think this is criminal. When the employer mandate, which has been postponed until late next year, kicks in, these numbers will skyrocket. Though judged to be constitutional in late June, 2012, with its individual mandate the law clearly is in violation of the US Constitution (the de jure governing document of the nation). Four ideological radicals (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan) joined with Chief Justice John Roberts to judge the law constitutional. Roberts, in his convoluted opinion in the case, basically rewrote the law (the job of the legislative branch of government, not the judicial branch) in order to assert the law was not in violation of the Constitution. Some have asserted or claimed that Roberts was blackmailed, and/or not on his medication(s) during this time. Personally, I think it is possible that he just wanted to make a name for himself in US judicial history. Thus, he may be suffering from an acute egomania. (He is now infamous, that is for sure.)
(We, in the US, are such slaves to judicial precedent that we already suffer under a de facto judicial tyranny. These black-robed jurists (really just glorified barristers or lawyers), these activist judges are not infallible! Yet, when they engage in social engineering, when they rubber stamp federal government power grabs, their decisions are unassailable.)
Mr. Obama backed and enabled the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to take power. Let us not forget that Obama speaks of “transforming” the US, and he likes radical change. In early 2011, he very quickly (after a few days of protests in Cairo) called for Mubarak to leave office paving the way for the radicals to gain power in the subsequent national election. After the Muslim Brotherhood’s ouster in early July, 2013 (by the Egyptian military that clearly recognized how dangerous to Egyptian society these radicals are), Obama quickly began to call for attacking the government of Syria. His aim was to weaken Assad and pave the way for the Muslim radical rebels to eventually seize power. If radical change was interrupted, delayed, or thwarted in Egypt, Obama would pursue such change elsewhere. Some of these rebel groups in Syria have committed the most abominable atrocities in the civil war there. Yet, this man, Obama, finds common cause with anyone who desires radical change around the globe. The ends justifies the means – classic Marxist-Leninism. (We note in passing that after Mohamed Morsi’s ouster the radicals went on a killing spree of the Coptic Christians throughout Egypt. Proving, yet again, how violent and dangerous they truly are.)
Increased use of lethal “drone” strikes overseas that are killing many civilians in various countries, the so-called “collateral” damage. Approved regularly by Obama.
(Ironic, isn’t it, that they gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize? They also gave Al Gore, a charlatan, the Peace Prize. Neither Obama nor Gore has done anything substantive to promote peace anywhere in the world. What is wrong with this committee that awards these prizes?! It appears to be another case of political correctness trumping the truth.)
Mr. Obama has helped to exacerbate racial tensions and animosity within the US by some of his public remarks since being in office. He ought not have commented on the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. But, as we shall see more later, in part two of this essay, he uses a divide and conquer strategy to advance his agenda. (We have already written (in June, 2012) of the fact that Mr. Obama has not done anything positive or substantive for black Americans in his time as President.)
And, no doubt there are other crimes and scandals that we not know about yet, and perhaps some we will never learn of. The main stream news media acts to protect this man as many in the media share his vision for the US.
But all that we set aside, as we address the biggest crimes of this man and his political allies (that help enable him to act as he does), in part two of this essay. We also touch on possible answers to the question: Why does Obama consciously, purposely do these harmful, destructive things?