It’s May of 2014, and Barack Obama is still president of the United States, and if that doesn’t set your patriotic hair afire well you need to be impeached too. I can’t even recognize the righteous country that stood so tall and proud only a few years ago, spread out afore the loving gaze of George W. Bush and his neo-grampers neocon cabal. Those were brilliant days.
Back then, when we found out we were going to be attacked by terrorists, we promised not to stop them. And on September 11th, we DID. When that became unpopular, we swore vengeance. We promised to kill somebody else – and we DID. When we found out that the dead bodies were guilty of nothing, we promised to keep killing – and we DID.
What I’m saying is, you could count on us. And also on the systematic destruction of the healthiest economy on the planet plunging millions of Americans into poverty, blah blah. Look – my point is that our politicians were once good honest people, steadfast and true. But now? They’re nothing but thugs, and they’ve turned America into a smoking husk. The federal government is a fireball of Satanic means, laying waste to everything we once held sacred and dear. Has there ever been a bigger monster than Barack Hussein Obama?
“There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.”
Wrote Montesquieu, quoted by Senator Ted Cruz in the introduction to — PDF — “THE LEGAL LIMIT: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND FEDERAL POWER,” which is mostly a set of lists of (purported) abuses of power, with each item footnoted to a media source.
I found that via Dana Milbank’s “Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser,” which begins:
Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to fellow conservatives at the Federalist Society this week, provided detailed evidence of what the right calls the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration.
The Texas Republican, in his latest McCarthyesque flourish, said he had a list of “76 instances of lawlessness and other abuses of power”…
So, basically, Dana Milbank, you old bullshitter, it wasn’t McCarthyesque at all, and you knew it wasn’t McCarthyesque when you wrote that it was McCarthyesque, but you just wanted to say it was McCarthyesque.
You can see. Like whenever a lawyer – Ann Althouse – says a big word over and over again, something has gone very wrong. Particularly if she’s defending the sainted pursuit of justice. Whenever a second lawyer – Senator Ted Cruz – agrees that somebody needs to get thrown onto a bonfire, or drowned, you can rest assured that America is in deep trouble.
Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed. That would be wrong — and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.
A politician all-powerful and corrupt, he doesn’t deserve to be president. Because he’s a criminal. Just like Richard Nixon. Or like firebrand G. Gordon Liddy, or patriot Oliver North, or prison convert Charles Colson, or the man they called The Hammer, Tom Delay. Like Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States Richard “Dick” Cheney and Assistant to the President George W. Bush, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. He is like those guys – wrongdoers. Convicts. Dangerous deceitful men, felons.
Now it turns out this president is a criminal too. And Ted Cruz has the evidence.
Governing by Executive Fiat
Disregarded 1996 welfare reform law in granting broad work waivers for work requirements of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Well. That’s not exactly “Carpet-bombed Cambodia with 200 million pounds of ordnance and empowered the Khmer Rouge, who later committed a genocide.” Not quite, but wait.
Issued signing statements, refusing to enforce parts of congressional enacted statutes.
The president has thus far issued 26 signing statements on 20 bills, as regards 90 matters of law. During his reign George W. Bush issued 161 signing statements on 160 bills, pertaining to 1100 provisions of law. If Obama is a bad guy for doing it, then W. is Lucifer himself. But there’s still more:
Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.
Which doesn’t compare to “Thought a good long while about blowing up the Brookings Institution.” Really, does it?
Executive Nominees and Personnel
Appointed czars to oversee federal policy specifically because czars do not require Senate confirmation…
Number of current czars: 38. Number of W. Bush czars? 33. Judicial watchdogs call 35 the ‘Stalin line.’
As of January 2012, 36 of the President’s executive office staff owed $833,970 in back taxes.
Government workers owe the IRS money? Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being hit with tax evasion charges. Why? He forgot to claim the $268,482 he took in bribes back when he was in the minor leagues, in Maryland. Accountants are sticklers for such things. At least the federal government’s are. At least the Republican-run federal government’s are. At any rate I don’t see what this has to do with Al Capone, our current Commander-in-Chief.
Got secret permission from the FISA Court to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and emails, permitting the NSA to search American’s communications in its databases.
Obama checked with the court before doing something. They said it was legal, so he did it. How much more illegal can you get?
Other Abuses of Power
Released a mentally ill Guantanamo detainee, who had been a high risk al Qaeda fighter in jihad combat since the 1980s.
If this isn’t a felony…
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth issued a release order on Friday for Ibrahim Idris, a native of Sudan who has been held as an enemy combatant but not formally charged.
…committed by the judicial branch…
Idris’ lawyers had repeatedly argued his illness was so severe he could not pose a security threat…
Shortly after he arrived in Guantanamo in 2002, a U.S. army psychiatrist diagnosed him as mentally ill and said Idris suffered from schizophrenia that made it difficult for him to work with his lawyers.
Perhaps Senator Cruz is confusing “law-breaking” with “law-full.” As in “that’s what courts are for.” He also may not understand the Zoroastrian concept of “compassion.” Now this:
Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al Megrahi.
Obama really trampled the Constitution on this one. After the Scottish government ruled on the matter, of course. After the bomber was released from Greenock Prison, the one in Scotland. Talk about your abuse of power oops this just in:
Consider item No. 2 in the “Other Abuses of Power” section: “Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.” This does sound bad — and strange, given that Obama had publicly said he was “angry” about the release, which was “a bad decision.”
Bad decision because…no hand job on the plane home?
The footnote on Cruz’s allegation points to an article in the Australian newspaper, a curious source. I looked up the article, which stated that “the U.S. wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.”
“Wanted” meaning perhaps more precisely “didn’t want”? And “the crime” being roughly translated to “Muslim life”? I’m not sure, you tell me.
You know, ha, funny – pardon the interruption – but I was just thinking how this al-Megrahi character looks a bit like Obama. I mean if you only shaved his head and put him in a suit, stood him before a teleprompter and turned his face to the cameras…ooooh now I get it. Justice-seeking Ted Cruz, man of nobility, hell-bent on wielding the weapons of political destruction, has himself a keen pair of eyes. He’s lately and loudly banging the lectern with this baleful list of butthurts that besmirch his righteous being because…facts don’t matter. The docket of 76 crimes proves it, reality can kiss his ass. He’s all over this guy like white on rice because of some other reason, but can you blame him? Ted’s dealing with a master criminal of the most dangerous stripe: a priori. So this obsession with the president isn’t the least bit pathetic, it’s clear to me now. Because Christ, just look at the guy.