Scandal Farm: Obama's future for America

One ugly scandal after another comes from Washington, but nothing is done about them. What will happen if this continues? Photo: AP

ANDERSON, Ind., November 6, 2013 — Washington produces one scandal after another: presidential cronyism and the double-cross of Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan Chase; Kathleen Sebelius’s shakedown of the healthcare industry; IRS harassment and targeting of conservative groups; the Benghazi coverup; spying on journalists; spying on Americans’ emails and phone calls; the “you can keep your health insurance, period” lie; the NSA spying on everyone from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to their girlfriends. The scandals keep on coming, and no one in Washington seems prepared to stop them.

Any one of these scandals would easily bring down a Republican president, but our nation’s press, much like an abused spouse, is still a faithful Democratic lapdog.

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There are others: the president’s refusal to enforce immigration and other laws; the Justice Department’s gun-running to Mexican druglords; the illegal recess appointments; sanctioning vote fraud; violation of treaties; failure to submit or pass budgets; carrying on war without congressional decree. These are impeachable offenses, and nothing is done about them.

Among non-impeachable, but serious attacks on America are Obama’s use of the sequester and “shutdown” to force as much public pain as possible, without taking a break from his golf game; closing open-air monuments like those in Washington, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Rushmore; forcing religious-based hospitals and others to pay for abortions; the destruction of the coal industry; cash for clunkers, where real clunkers were ineligible; stepping into criminal investigations, e.g., Trayvon Martin, to stir up unrest and tilt the jury; runaway spending; calling increasing the debt “borrowing,” with no plan or intent to ever pay it back.

The elites in Washington all want to be president, or at least to be close to the president. Even when their party is out of power, they don’t want to be marginalized by their fellow elites. With very few exceptions — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, Representatives Jason Chaffetz or maybe Paul Ryan or Tom Price, or Michelle Bachmann — members of Congress don’t want to rock the boat; and in any case, those bodies are part of the power-elite problem. It is their job to keep the Executive Branch within the Constitution, but they are as little-interested in that duty as is the president himself.

Clearly, the FBI has jurisdiction to arrest the breakers of federal law, but the FBI isn’t interested in the law. The law applies differently to the ruling class. The House has the power and duty to impeach a lawless president; the Senate is bound to remove him from office. Constitution? What Constitution?

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With the official channels closed, with the checks and balances of the Constitution ignored, with law enforcement out to lunch, we look to what has happened in the past, and is happening in other countries, now.

In the past, most tyrannical governments stood for decades, even centuries. Their mechanisms, their corruption, were so strong that the citizenry was unable to combat them. In some cases, the citizenry was convinced by the rulers in the castle and church that it was simply their duty to live as subjects.

In other nations, the oppression gave rise to political movements that overthrew tyrants. Often, those movements were bloody, whether we’re talking of the American Revolution, the French, the destruction of the Iron Curtain, or the Arab Spring.

Sometimes, outside powers intervened, as in Bosnia, Afghanistan, or Iraq, forcing their beliefs on the new regime and leaving a quiet but still-divided country behind, waiting to erupt again, as happened in Egypt.

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Will America wait until some foreign country or coalition arms radicals and provokes an “American Spring”? Will the military, sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, mount a coup to restore law? Will an assassin bring President Biden to the throne?

No. No other countries are willing to risk an American Spring. The Americans still command too big a market, and its disruption would collapse their own governments.

No. The retired military are all counting on their pensions, benefits, and set-asides. They won’t risk losing that. Besides, 10 percent of them have had their fill of fighting.

And, no. No one in his right mind thinks Biden would be different from Obama in his policies. And beyond Joe Biden, there is a near-endless string of politicians who would gladly take up the reins of power and continue the socialist destruction of the remaining productive sector.

As for secession — an idea that has already been tried here — what state is ready?

So, what’s to be done about it? With 47 percent already to be counted on to continue America’s socialist slide to oblivion, plus vote fraud, is there any chance of reversing this before we get there? Ideas?

Or is it really okay to just let the best civilization ever to be created to expire under its own lawlessness?

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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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