KERN: Rogue president runs amok. So what?

President Obama continues to ignore his responsibility and trample the Constitution. So? Photo:

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 — President Obama has no regard for the law, and his claim to some authority to selectively enforce the nation’s laws, and to selectively follow certain parts of the Constitution while ignoring others, belies his view of himself: He sees his powers as dictatorial. He does what he wants, and only that. The problem is, he can’t do that. If he pickes and chooses the laws he’ll enforce, he’s guilty of at least dereliction of duty.

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It’s not as though people haven’t tried to reason with him, but he keeps people away. Who, other than political buddies, big donors, Hollywood, and people used as props in his photo-ops, has had any actual contact with the man? What has he done to make peace with the half of America that disagrees with him? Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. The IRS targeting, the NSA spying; and only heaven knows what goes on in FISA courts — but it’s not anything that upholds our liberties, or they wouldn’t need secret courts at all.

The president has made no secret that he does not wish to secure our borders. His attorney general, Eric Holder, has armed foreign nationals just across the border, and that’s okay with the president. In fact, he has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers.

He has made recess appointments in direct contradiction of federal courts, and the Constitution. He has lobbied and bullied and cajoled and pushed Obamacare through to hurried votes, and he has signed it, and his people have defended this huge tax scheme in the Supreme Court, which upheld it. But then, he decided that its implementation would do his plans for the taking of the House in 2014, so he decided, without any authority, to just … not … enforce it.

The Constitution says that the president’s duty is to “ensure that the laws … are faithfully executed.” It doesn’t say anything about letting presidents do whatever they choose. President Obama doesn’t care. He just does whatever he wants. But a president whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

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He ignores the people. He ignores the law. He ignores a military coup in Egypt, because that would force him to stop giving money to the military junta that deposed the elected president there. He ignores Congress, even when it does his bidding. He ignores the necessity of protecting the borders, even having his AG arm dangerous criminals across the border. He ignores his sworn duty. He ignores the Constitution. He pursues his own power, and until now, we, the people have been letting him. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce us under absolute despotism, it is our right, it is our duty, to throw such an arrogant, ignorant tyrant in prison.


If pieces of this discussion sound familiar, it’s probably because we just celebrated Independence Day, and some of us have recently again read the Declaration of Independence, whence they came.

The question of our age is whether we are — repeating our Founding Fathers one more time in paraphrase — more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right ourselves by incarcerating the president to whom we are accustomed.

Don’t know about y’all, but I’m getting close to sick of his routine arrogance, dereliction of duty, and usurpations. Let’s see what authority the “authorities” exercise. It’s their duty to arrest criminals, after all. But first, they have to recognize the crimes. That shouldn’t be too difficult, as those crimes are everywhere, in the wreckage of our Republic.



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Tim Kern

Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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