The pages of The Washington Times today reflect the nation’s disenchantment with Barack Obama’s presidency. The op-ed section contains an article by Jeffrey T. Kuhner, president of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, entitled, “Don’t Go on Vacation — Just GO.”
Last September, Kuhner called for Obama’s impeachment. This year, he’s taken a new tack: Telling Obama to quit:
Mr. Obama is the most arrogant, self-absorbed and self-obsessed president in U.S. history. Nothing is ever his fault. He blames everyone and everything for America’s economic woes – Tea Partyers, Wall Street, Japanese earthquakes, insurance executives, oil companies, millionaires and corporate jet owners. He lashes out at imaginary enemies without ever taking personal responsibility. In his mind, he is – and always will be – the Anointed One.
There is only one solution: Drive him from office. Americans should forge a mass grassroots movement demanding that Mr. Obama step down – immediately. Through bumper stickers, picket signs, posters, T-shirts and rallies, tens of millions of citizens should express the same message: Leave. It is highly unlikely he will step aside, but such a movement would cripple the president’s authority and possibly blunt him from doing further harm. It also would puncture his boundless ego. A widespread manifestation of no confidence would break him – politically, morally and psychologically – in order to save America. Mr. Obama is out of his depth. He lacks the character, intelligence, skills and experience – the basic competence – to be the leader of the free world.
Resign, Mr. President.
Of course, Obama resigning is as likely to occur as Bill Clinton entering a monastery; they both love the thrill they get from their self-indulgent pursuits too much to forsake them for their own good, much less the nation’s. However, there is some value in his analysis.
A growing number of Democrats are sick of Obama, too. Contrary to what some people believe, political parties are not primarily dedicated to promoting ideals or ideologies. They are dedicated to power: getting it, exercising it, keeping it, and denying it to their enemies. Democrats understand this better than Republicans, in part because Democrats are the statist party, in part because Republicans believe in the transcendent values the Left denies. Democrats are happy Obama is president; they generally agree with him even when they are afraid to say so; and they hope he will be re-elected in 2012. But they saw the monumental butt-thumping the American people gave them in 2010, and they aren’t willing to go down with the ship. Several are asking whether they should have supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 (which may be ironic, since she probably won the nomination anyway). This author noted last year, many Democrats desperately want to escape the ObamAlbatross that Barack will present in 2012. There is increasing talk — although precious little more — about a primary challenge in 2012. Ralph Nader attempted to recruit half-a-dozen candidates to Obama’s left. So far, only former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel has stepped forward, holding a primary fight ransom in exchange for $1 million in campaign contributions.
Secondly, Kuhner understands the only way to effect Obama’s ouster is through a mass movement. If the Republicans are too craven to impeach a president who flagrantly violates the Constitution by waging an unconstitutional war, it will take a massive amount of pressure for them to take any action against him. If last night’s debate is any indication, several candidates would have a hard time waging an effective campaign when the presidency is on the line.
The American people need to echo Congressman Michael Burgess: Impeachment “needs to happen.” In this constitutional republic, politicians serve at the consent of the governed. We must turn in our notice that we have withdrawn our consent. Obama has done too much damage, broken too many laws, too fundamentally “transformed” our nation, and we want him out. He can resign, be impeached, or — if America can endure it — be voted out in a year. But we want him out of the White House by any legal means possible, as quickly as possible. Like his bitter, cranky, illegal alien aunt, we want him out of public housing and out supporting himself through gainful employment for once.
Kuhner’s column had one additional benefit. It reminds me of this: