January 17, 2012
The Transformational TyrantBy William L. Gensert
No man is born a murderer, or evil or cruel. In America, no man is born a king or a tyrant. Just as a man must learn to be a killer, men must teach themselves to be tyrants. Barack Obama has learned how to be a tyrant.
The proclivity was always there, along with the arrogance and narcissism. When you are better than everyone else, it is a small step to wish to reign over them as well. Yet, few expected a University of Chicago lecturer on constitutional law to decide the Constitution did not apply to him, only to mere mortals like us. After all, when speaking of George Bush in 2007, he said, "I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.
"I refuse to take 'no' for an answer," said Barack Obama in defense of his usurpation of our Constitution, which established three coequal branches of government, sharing power, designed to impede the machinations of a transformational tyrant refusing to take "no" for an answer, or a power-drunk Congress, or an out of control judiciary.
The checks and balances codified in our Constitution are the foundation of the balance of power intrinsic to our system of government. It is an exercise in divided authority -- adversarial, confrontational and restricted.
The Constitution is meant to curtail the extremes of unbridled authority. It protects liberty by throttling the wet dreams of would be tyrants.
A constitutional law professor should know this, but Barack Obama was a Senior Lecturer, not a professor on the track to tenure. Apparently, he had no desire for the rigorous imperative of publish or perish. He had bigger plans. Why write about the Constitution, when as a tyrant, he could rewrite the Constitution?
Tyranny is so much easier; tyrants control everything and don't have to take "no" for an answer.
It was apparent from the beginning that he was uncomfortable with governing. Trying to convince others that his ideas were the best was difficult, especially since he really didn't have any new ideas. It was more satisfying for him to rule by making rules.
Now, the President has chosen to bypass the Senate, using his power of recess appointment to name Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, despite not having the benefit of an actual recess. The CFPB is a regulatory agency created by the Dodd Frank Financial Reform legislation. It is accountable to no one, with the ability to set its own budget using funds from the Federal Reserve, without congressional approval. It alone, decides what and who to regulate, with no oversight from the Legislative and Executive branches. Its director cannot be fired and his decisions cannot be overruled.
Recess appointments, however, can only be made during a recess, and the Senate decides, with the approved of the House of Representatives, when it is in recess. Barack Obama does not have the constitutional authority to dictate its time for recess, perhaps for Sasha and Malia, but not for the U. S. Senate.
The Executive controls only the Executive branch, not the Legislative branch. Refusing to recess is the prerogative of the Senate and a tool used very effectively by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats, with the full support of Senator Obama, to prevent George W. Bush from making recess appointments in 2007 and 2008.
In essence, Barack Obama has unconstitutionally made Mr. Cordray a king of what is probably an unconstitutional agency, with the power to regulate all aspects of the American economy.
The President also illegally diverted TARP funds, without the consent of Congress, toward bailing out political supporters -- the UAW and the auto industry -- while simultaneously reversing the order of creditors and ignoring a hundred years of bankruptcy law.
He dedicated much of his trillion dollar stimulus to crony-capitalist ventures like Solyndra and Light Squared, and transfer payments to the states to ensure that no backer of Barack would have to suffer through the economic downturn.
He decided that there would be no more drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, on land or off our shores, ignoring court orders and making a mockery of the permit process, while costing the nations hundreds of thousands of potential jobs.
Hope and change has left 25 million Americans unemployed, but our President doesn't care about jobs in the fossil fuel industry. He would rather trumpet the decline in the unemployment rate, which happens as discouraged people stop looking for work. As a result, labor force participation has plummeted to 64%, the lowest in decades.
Cap and Trade legislation, his carbon trading scheme, died in the Senate. Yet, Mr. Obama has decided that green energy is our future, tasking his EPA and various other agencies to wage war on America's fossil fuel industry through regulation. After all, we don't need coal, natural gas and nuclear energy for electricity, or to heat our homes. The bright, hot intensity of his brilliance will light our way and keep us warm.
We don't need gasoline to power our cars, we have high-speed rail and electric vehicles that cost $40,000, and have a range of 40 miles.
So-called "Dirty" Coal produces 50% of the electricity needed to charge electric cars. A hybrid costs an extra $10,000 to save $3,000 in gasoline, while saddling humanity with hundreds of years of heavy metal, battery disposal issues.
It's for our own good. After all, he does know best. Didn't he go to Harvard? Wouldn't it be so much easier to be president of China, if only for a day, or emperor, or anyone who makes all the decisions and decides all the important stuff? Who are we to disagree or question his judgment? Who are we to expect him to obey rules, when others clearly won't do what he tells them to do?
Most Americans are just happy to kiss their children goodnight, and make enough money working to pay their mortgage, and perhaps not die too soon after they retire. Few aspire to be king and fewer still, would ever become tyrants. But we are not Barack Obama.
The Fast and Furious scandal is the perfect metaphor for our tyrant. This administration, in order to bolster arguments for additional gun control, deliberately and illegally, promoted the arming of Mexican cartels, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans. While the "my people," Attorney General Eric Holder has turned the Justice Department into a gun running enterprise, the administration acts as if it is no big deal, and that the uproar is somehow racially motivated.
The lawlessness of Barack Obama and his minions is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of human beings and they don't care, because they're only Mexicans. Yet, those outraged by this are the ones labeled as racist. It's staggering the mental gyrations a tyrant will go through to justify his tyranny.
And, make no mistake, Barack Obama has crossed the dictatorial Rubicon to become a full fledged tyrant, and tyranny never ends well.
Today, we stand on the cusp of history. Will we be governed or ruled? Our parents and grandparents had World War 2; we have our battle against the tyranny of Barack Obama. So far, he's winning.
Yet he is winning the way Charlie Sheen was winning. While Mr. Sheen was the only one hurt by his actions, Barack Obama's addiction to power hurts not only the nation and its future as a constitutional republic, but each and every one of us.
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