Barack Obama Gets a Lesson in Humility
Upon assuming the office of the presidency with all the majesty of a newly crowned king, duly ordained by the mainstream media, the secular priesthood of liberal punditry, and the unscrupulously deceived underclass, Barack Obama assumed all the airs of a transcendent president — above the people, the laws, and The Constitution itself. Decreeing his vision of a fundamentally transformed America while afloat the ethereal clouds, the elected savior was to be our nation’s new lawgiver, the sole repository and dispenser of social justice, tantamount to Hammurabi, Solon, and Moses all rolled up into one gloriously redemptive figure.
The passage of time has taught the peremptorily anointed messiah a thing or two about lofty rhetoric and idle vainglory. Although the media gushed about the amorphous character’s suitability for the office, there was little or nothing in Barack Obama’s background to suggest that he had the legal acumen, political expertise, or governing experience to guide a struggling nation to the promised land of lowered unemployment, manageable deficits, and shared prosperity. Quite the contrary. The community organizer’s paper thin resume suggested that the future presider over the world’s most powerful economy knew only how to ride the left’s one-trick pony of wealth division, while displaying no understanding, let alone concern, for wealth creation. By the grace of the political gods of fortune and folly, Obama masterfully rode his Methuselah all the way into the Oval Office.
During the period between his election and his immaculation, the populace was in tumult and the riptide of a housing and credit collapse was pulling the financial order under. The charismatic Obama had soothed and wooed the bridling masses with his uplifting oratory, even persuasively arguing that once ordained he would even lower the sea levels, like the mad King Canute of English lore. But an immense economy comprising over 150 million workers, tens of millions of retirees, students, and soldiers proved less malleable to reality than to the president’s imagination. Adopting the same Keynesian canards that landed previous Democrat presidents in hot water, Obama bet the house on a technocratically administrated takeover of the private sector; housing, banking, energy, industry, and last but not least, healthcare all suffered the slings and arrows of the outrageous onslaught. And years later, the bleeding has slowed to a trickle, but only after the application of a tourniquet.
There were other areas where the disconnect between rhetoric and reality exposed the president as a charlatan not only out of his league, but out of his depth. After self-righteously chiding the former president Bush on his war policies, particularly his detainment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the recently enthroned president eventually perceived the wisdom of what he had previously decried as human rights violations. Not only did he then carry out the wars that he had promised to his base to expeditiously end, he ratcheted up the “overseas contingency operations” and effectively declared a war on Libya, not by appealing to the consent of the American people whose sons and daughters were to wage the campaign, but by justifying the measure as the final decision of some unaccountable international body! The actions of the president were no longer a matter of partisan contention, but were now flaunting his constitutional authority. The president had dishonored himself and his office by wantonly disobeying his oath.
The inertia caused by the administration’s ‘perpetual revolution’ of daily outrages ensuing from the moment Obama assumed office has petered out and the affairs of state are currently grinding to a halt. The tea party-led overturning of the House had at least accomplished the task of slowing things down to a manageable speed where the public could perceptibly track the insidious affairs of the administration. The absurdity of the administration’s policies on the BP oil spill and the drilling moratorium (in defiance of court order), the Keystone pipeline, Cash for Clunkers, Fast & Furious… and the entire gambit of destructive left-wing lunacy is only now coming to light. The president’s highly suspect foreign policy vis-a-vis Russia and China, including his comment on his “flexibility” in regards to ABM defense in Europe, as well as his meddling throughout the Middle East, further throw into question his judgment.
The piece de resistance, however, is the slapping around of the president’s signature piece of legislation: Obamacare. It appears now to the majority of the attentive public that the highly unpopular legislation might potentially be struck down. But this is not the key takeaway. It is that the former Constitutional law professor seems to have not considered that forcing all American citizens to purchase a good or service might be unconstitutional. After a rough week for his Solicitor General presenting the government’s case to uphold the law, the president lashed out at the Supreme Court, even superciliously second-guessing the long-standing legal tenet of judicial review.
A fifth circuit judge has now humiliatingly issued the president’s Justice department a homework assignment: tell the third branch of government in three single-spaced pages the executive branch’s position on judicial review. Make sure to cite your sources (hint, see The Constitution and The Federalist Papers in the attached syllabus).
It looks like the man who once had the hubris to condemn the law of the land as a ‘charter of negative liberties‘ that couldn’t say what the government could do ‘on our behalf’ is about to get a cold lesson in humility while serving as president. Instead of appealing to reason and the consent of the people, the president has routinely resorted to brute force and deception. Unfortunately for Barack Obama, these do not play to well in a court that operates according to the rule of law, and not the rule of men.
Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker and Own the Narrative, and is a regular commentator on the late night talk show TB-TV.