Six Weeks That Saved America
More than any six weeks in recent memory, the events that transpired during the period May 21 to June 28, 2012 confirmed the ingenuity and wisdom of the founders and sealed the fate of an administration as well as of the American left.
The founders of the United States, fearful of dictators and monarchs, were determined to diffuse power as much as humanly possible. They knew, based on firsthand experience as well the writings of men such as John Locke and his emphasis on the rights of property, and Montesquieu and his theory of the separation of power, that only a structure of government geared toward making it extraordinarily difficult for any one person or group to fully seize the reins of governance could insure the long-term survival of a nation. At the base and foundation of their convoluted but ingenious pyramid, consisting of the federal government (split into three parts) and the individual states and their governmental prerogatives, were the people.
Over the past 220 years prior to 2008, the nation went through an evolutionary process whereby the federal government was granted more power than was ever envisioned by the founders. However, this has been, as the nation became enormously prosperous, the will of the people in their desire to ensure the welfare of all citizens. It was never the citizenry's intention to evolve a monolithic, all-powerful central government controlling the day-to-day affairs of every American.
However, the intention of American left, as personified by the ascendancy of Barack Obama and his radical cohorts, is to establish this monolithic and omnipotent entity. This has been their singular goal since the 1930s, and in 2008 they thought their moment had come. Thus the mad dash to pass legislation such as ObamaCare, setting up the EPA as a bludgeon to enforce their green agenda, initiating a quasi-fascist relationship with those in the private economy willing to pledge allegiance and be subservient to the cause, and transforming the Justice Department among other cabinet departments into the enforcement arm of their 1960s radicalism.
But on the road to this utopian paradise a strange thing happened: the structure of government and the most important document in the history of mankind, the Constitution, written two-plus centuries ago, reared their respective heads, sidetracking and dooming this agenda as well as its proponents.
The past six weeks highlight this process. First, on May 21, 43 Catholic bishops and institutions filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the contraception and abortifacient mandate issued in January forcing the Church to violate its basic tenets and teachings. The Catholic Church, normally supportive of liberal welfare causes, found itself in the crosshairs of a dictatorial mindset when it came to what the Obama regime and the left dictates as required belief. The remedy: invoke the 1st Amendment (freedom of religion) and file a lawsuit while making certain that the public and Catholics throughout the country become informed and vote in November.
As a further and ongoing example of the failed Obama socialist agenda, the May employment situation report was released on June 1, showing an anemic 69,000 jobs being created, while the number of jobs reported in the two previous months was revised downward. Nearly 20 million Americans are now unemployed and looking for work. Further, on June 13, the Conference Board revised its estimate of Gross Domestic Product growth to 1.6% in the second quarter and 1.7% in the third quarter of the year -- considerably below the 3.5% necessary to sustain economic growth and job-creation. Unlike the current regime, the founders recognized that free enterprise unshackled by oppressive government was the key to prosperity, and they reflected this in their writings and founding documents.
On June 16, Barack Obama unilaterally declared that he would no longer enforce the immigration laws on the books when it came to a designated and preferred class of illegal immigrants. In a crass political move, he declared himself above the law and someone with the assumed power to pick and choose which laws he will enforce. This runs obscenely counter to the constitutional duties of the office of president and is an action which creates and confirms the suspicion that a person is imbued with a dictatorial mindset -- it speaks to a wariness embedded in the American psyche, thanks to the founding fathers.
Barack Obama invoked executive privilege on June 20 in an effort to protect Attorney General Eric Holder from having to turn over documents, apparently to avoid incriminating the Obama regime, to the Congress. This entirely specious action was done solely to avoid a potentially damaging political issue. The issue: why did the administration deliberately arm the Mexican drug cartels, which resulted in the death of hundreds of Mexicans and at least two American agents? This matter would never have seen the light of day had not Congress been charged, in the Constitution, with the oversight of the executive branch. Now the people can judge and reach their own conclusions, particularly as more evidence comes to light.
The next fiasco to befall the administration occurred on June 25, when the Supreme Court upheld a key provision in an Arizona law allowing local law enforcement to ask someone for his citizenship papers if stopped on the suspicion of a crime or misdemeanor. The reaction from the Obama team: suspend all coordination with Arizona regarding the arrest and deportation of illegal aliens in an overt flaunting of existing statutes. The Supreme Court reaffirmed the sovereignty of the individual states, a cornerstone of governmental structure of the country, but Barack Obama does not intend to do any such thing, as he clearly wants the states fully subservient to Washington, D.C.
The culmination of this six-week period occurred on June 28. On that date, the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare, as the legislation's penalty enforcing the mandate to purchase insurance was recast as a tax, something Obama and his minions vehemently denied and which the record of congressional debate confirms -- but the argument was proffered nonetheless by the Obama administration before the Supreme Court. Regardless of the motives or lack thereof on the part of Chief Justice Roberts or the potential precedent that may or may not be set, the fact of the matter is that the curtain has been drawn back on the hypocrisy, outright lies, and devious tactics that unfolded during the entire process, as well as the unsustainable cost and loss of individual liberty -- all of which Obama must now openly defends. The constitutional process of judicial review, while arguably flawed, in this case served a valuable purpose.
Later on June 28, in the House of Representatives, Eric Holder became the first attorney general in American history to be cited for contempt of Congress, as both he and the president apparently view themselves above accountability for their actions in the Fast and Furious debacle. They will now be swallowed up in the vortex created by their attempt to cover up their actions.
Rarely in such a short period of time have any president and his administration been so damningly exposed. It is now beyond any shadow of doubt that Barack Obama is a fraud, devoid of any character and integrity, and is essentially a megalomaniac immersed in radical ideology. This can no longer be hidden by the machinations of the mainstream media, as there is now an opposition array of forces willing to highlight and financially capable of highlighting these issues. Further, and more importantly, these events occurred only four months prior to the election, when the citizenry begins to pay serious attention.
In 2008, little was known about Barack Obama. However, thanks to the genius of those men 236 years ago who were willing to sacrifice their lives to embrace a sacred honor, he can no longer hide who he is or his agenda. The past six weeks have sealed his fate, as American citizens concerned about the future of the nation will turn out in massive numbers to vote in November.