by Ben Barrack
When it comes to the impeachment and subsequent removal from office of a sitting president, the ‘how’ is found in the Constitution; much of the ‘why’ is found in the Declaration of Independence. The former was an extension of the latter.
As a Constitutional law professor, Barack Obama is extremely familiar with our founding documents but – quite ironically in light of his nearly palpable contempt for Great Britain – he seems to be channeling the individual most responsible for the Declaration’s authorship – King George.
He (King George) has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
Two states have passed laws recently that have, in effect, been “suspended.” In the case of Arizona’s SB 1070, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked the most key parts of the law one day prior to its scheduled implementation. This never would have been done had Obama’s Department of Justice not filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona. As for the neglecting-to-attend-to-them part, the law has virtually faded from public view since the ruling.
The other state to have an activist judge rule in favor of the Obama administration – inferred based on the president’s ideology and past statements – is Oklahoma. After 70 percent of that state’s voters decided they wanted to preemptively eliminate the possibility of Shari’a law factoring in to any court rulings there, an activist judge “suspended” the results of the ballot measure.
How courts rule on the multiple lawsuits already filed in different states challenging the legal standing of Obamacare will further demonstrate the degree to which this administration’s luck may not be luck at all.
He (King George) has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
Speaking of Obamacare, isn’t this precisely what happened? The twisting of arms behind closed doors and under the cover of darkness is what allowed it to pass. The supposed Democratic champion for the pro-life movement, Bart Stupak was the last one to cave; he did so for a worthless Executive Order, which ultimately put the bill on Obama’s desk. Earlier, Nebraska senator Ben Nelson had his arm twisted until he took a bribe.
During his 2008 campaign, Obama demonstrated his knowledge of our founding documents by running on a platform of transparency, telling voters that C-SPAN would be part of all negotiations, thereby appealing to our country’s ideals; the exact opposite happened.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
In the wake of Obamacare becoming law, the IRS is expected to add over 16,000 new agents to enforce the newly signed law which, as mentioned previously, is being challenged in court by more states than not.
Lest we also not forget the Travel Safety Administration (TSA), which has been harassing our people by feeling their “junk.” Unlike some other bureaucracies, the president cannot hide behind this one; the policy in place today can end today if the president so chooses. The TSA is under the supervision of the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who reports directly to Obama.
As for new offices, this administration, more than any other, has appointed ‘Czars’ that are accountable to no one but the president and who were able to circumvent the senate confirmation process entirely. There is even a health care czar in Donald Berwick who has openly stated that a good health care system is “redistributional,” which takes us back to those judges, who coincidentally seem to be ruling in favor of Obama.
He (King George) has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
To this day, Obama has yet to explain what he meant when he said on the 2008 campaign trail, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we have set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Though we haven’t yet seen this national force manifest itself in the form of an identifiable body, an increasingly intrusive TSA and a beefed up IRS coupled with SEIU thugs certainly seem to exist if only in the spirit of such a notion. Another indicator of this could be the words of former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones; at Washington University recently, he outlined a “potential nightmare scenario.”
Said Jones: “As a nation….(we’re) getting more and more ethnically diverse….but less and less economically prosperous…If you know anything about history, that’s not a recipe for common ground. That’s a recipe for a battleground.”
While Jones resigned from his position in the administration in 2009, he is now a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, which has significant influence on White House policy. His message at Washington University is very key – especially if he retains any degree of influence with this White House – because it speaks very specifically to another excerpt from the Declaration.
He (King George) has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
The intent of community organizing as defined by Obama’s mentor is to “rub raw the sores of discontent.” Isn’t this what Jones is doing? As a senior fellow for the organization led by the man who headed Obama’s White House transistion team – John Podesta – we have an impeachable problem if he is vocalizing White House sentiment to even the slightest degree.
Again, Obama knows these documents inside and out. The aforementioned passage identifed King George as having excited “Indian savages” to fight the colonists on the King’s behalf. If Obama hates America, he almost necessarily resents that part of the Declaration.
On November 5, 2009, an Islamic jihadist named Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 14 people and injured 32 on Fort Hood’s military base in Texas. Ironically, Obama had been scheduled to speak at the Tribal Nations Conference, an event designed to show support for all of the federally recognized Indian tribes. As the details of the shooting became known, America was told Obama would speak about the massacre. In a moment of shocking insensitivity, President Obama gave a “shout out” to an American Indian named Joe “Medicine” Crow and talked about the conference for nearly three minutes before getting to what happened at Fort Hood.
On May 4, 2010, then House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-VA, spoke at the Heritage Foundation and was asked the following question about Obama by a member of the audience: “In light of all that Obama has done…What would he have to do differently to be defined as a domestic enemy?” The crowd applauded the question and groaned when Cantor forthrightly denied the insinuation.
Ok, fine. How about, “In light of all that Obama has done, Mr. Cantor, what would we have to do differently to get you to read the Declaration of Independence before you answer?”
Ben Barrack is a talk show host on KTEM 1400 in Texas and maintains a website at www.benbarrack.com.