Presidents should lead legally, and not be despots
Arlington, VA June 4, 2014
Some time ago in these pages, I started to discuss the case, pro and con, for the impeachment of Barack Obama. I stopped because, frankly, this man has left so little mark on anything that he almost seems to be phantasm instead of a President of the United States.
Perhaps this lack of association with anything accomplished, positive and negative, by his administration is a well thought out strategy to craft an unassailable legacy as a leader. Perhaps he truly does not understand what could have been his unique place in history-- which he has now pretty much trashed. perhaps his experience as a community organizer is simply not up to the level of leadership necessary to lead what used to be the greatest nation in the world.
Whatever the reason, Barack Obama, and his administration are rapidly reaching the level of incompetance and malfeasance history has recorded for the administrations of Ulysses S. Grant, and Warren G. Harding. Both had multiple scandals, multiple cabinet resignations, and history has not give them a place among great, near great, or even adequate presidents.
Barack Obama has wasted the public's time with his stupidity, his lack of conern for the Consitution, and the laws of the land, his inability to understand how to lead rather campaign. His record is replete with mis-steps, unconcern for the law, ignorance of the law, and disdain for the other EQUAL branches of government.
What has he done?
1- He left four Americans to die in Bengazi, and then had his administration cover it up. All the while, he was off preparing for a political speech in Las Vegas the next day.
2- He destroyed the economy with his ill-advised, and secret development of Obamacare, with its crippling taxes, changes, and lies about how the American middle class will be better off. Most will never get beyond their deductibles with his insurance, and end up spending even more than in the past. In turn, they will get less adequate care, pay for care they don't need, and pay fines if they don't voluntarily subscribe to his bailout of the insurance industry.
3- His administration used the Internal Revenue Service to stifle the First American rights of conservatives and others who don't agree with his liberal, reactionary views. His IRS director was forced to resign, and the director of the unit involved in denying the conservatives their tax exemptions was cited for Contempt of Congres, but still allowed to retire with full benefits.
4- He and his administration allowed America's veterans to be denired their access to prompt healthcare, while publicly claiming he was working for their benefit. His Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Under-Secretary for Health Care were forced out while the real culprits continue to run the VA.
5- His Attorney-General became the first sitting Chief Law enforcement officer of the US to be cited for Contempt of Congress for his refusal to submit to oversight of the Fast and Furious Program of DHS, approving the lying and deception by that Attorney-General.
6- He traded what appears to be a traitor -- a deserter from the US Army -- for five of the hardest, and most violent criminals at Guantanamo, not informing the Congress, as required under the law, and then sending his administration minions out to defned his actions.
There are a number of other failures of this president that contribute to the overall perception that he is incompetant, unable to be honest and forthright with the American people who elected him, and who trusted him to 'Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution of the United States'. In all of this he has failed, and should be impeached and removed from office.