by Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com
Where’s the outrage?
Given what Barack Obama is doing to the Constitution, the economy and our future, the American people should be up in arms (metaphorically speaking, civility-hysterics take note). Citizens should be marching on Washington with pitchforks and flaming brands in hand (also a metaphor). Every city should see demonstrations to make the most raucous Tea Party rally look like Sunday night in Pierre, South Dakota.
Instead, it’s a mental fog as usual. Hey, the unemployment rate is now (barely) below 9 percent! Wasn’t that a cold winter? Gee, I wonder what zany, drug-induced thing Charlie Sheen will do next?
So, while America burns, we fiddle with our iPhones and talk about the upcoming HBO series about vampire bootleggers and Borgias duking it out in Camelot.
Other than Tea Party activists, the public seems supremely unperturbed by Obama’s relentless assault on America. The president’s March 21-27 approval rating was 45 percent. At the same point in their first terms, Clinton’s approval rating was only three points higher – Reagan’s three points lower. Both were re-elected, you may recall.
It’s true that since Obama occupied the White House, his party’s stock has taken a nose-dive – a net loss of 9 governorships, 7 Senate seats, and 60 House seats. But there’s no guarantee that trend will continue.
The leader of the party that whines incessantly about the influence of money in politics has announced he’ll spend $1 billion to win re-election. Millions will continue to be shoveled at the Democrats’ constituencies – which is what the administration means by shovel-ready projects. The establishment media will continue to serve as the newsletter of the Campaign To Resurrect The President. The Battle of Madison was a sneak preview of the violence, intimidation and lawlessness to come.
I’d feel better if the public took more than a passing interest in the following:
• Libya – Instead of Odyssey Dawn, Obama’s Libyan intervention should have been called Operation We Don’t Need No Stinkin Constitution!
As a U.S. Senator in 2007, Obama warned, “The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” For Iraq and Afghanistan – which the Left called illegal wars – Bush got Congressional authorization, if not exactly a declaration of war. Obama got nada. He says he consulted some (unnamed) members of Congress. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich notes that in the president’s March 29 address to the nation, he mentioned Congress just once and the UN Security Council or the Arab League eight times. The president is just bursting with pride that he went into the conflict armed with a Security Council resolution and a thumbs-up from the human-rights champions of the Arab League.
In order to justify his action, the president proclaimed – with a straight face – that, without our air strikes, Qaddafi would have massacred civilians, which would have posed a dire threat to our national security – unlike all of the massacres of civilians in Rwanda, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, to name but a few fun spots – which apparently did not impact our national security. Qaddafi is such a beast that less than a year ago, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly elected Libya to the UN Human Rights Council.