By Steve Nolan
If you choose change, you will have a nominee who doesn’t take a dime from Washington lobbyists and PACs.— Presidential Nominee Barack Hussein Obama
He promised hope, but in reality he only delivered despair.
He promised change, but in reality he gave us more of the same.
He called for openness and transparency, but instead gave us the opposite. To many's surprise, the Obama administration is the worst administration when it comes to releasing documents under the Freedom of Information Act.
He promised to break from Bush’s national security policies. Yet time and time again he has continued Bush’s agenda.
He promised enhanced judicial oversight and a pullback from some warrantless searches—but every time the emergency laws have been due to expire, President Obama has pushed to extend them without reforms. As a matter of fact, this administration sought an extension of the Patriot Act that was even longer than what the Republicans wanted, and after opposing it for its infringement on constitutional grounds he signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 after secretly demanding it include the power to detain American citizens indefinitely without Habeas Corpus.
During his run for the presidency, he said during a debate, “Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” However in February 2009, Obama passed his $787 billion stimulus bill that brimmed with pork-barrel earmarks.
He promised to the American people there would be no more secrecy or “back-room deals” and that the US people would have 5 days of public comment before signing bills, yet he has signed the NDAA and countless other bills and executive orders without public debate or scrutiny.
He promised to end the war, yet he increased troop levels in Afghanistan and extended our commitment there for many years to come. Additionally, he has waged a war with Libya without Congress’s approval or consent, effectively overthrowing the government. And this administration continues to violate the sovereignty of other nations such as Pakistan, and Yemen with repeated drone-attacks within their borders.
He promised “no new taxes for families making under $250,000,” but only after one year in office, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have violated his pledge 14 times and have enacted into law gross tax increases totaling more than $670 billion.
He promised, “As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.” Yet, despite promises to close the Military’s offshore terrorist detention facility at Camp Guantanamo in Cuba, on March 7, 2011 he signed an executive order to resume military trials for Guantanamo detainees.
Whether by design or a total disregard for the separation of powers and our Constitution, President Barack Hussein Obama has time and time again, flagrantly overstepped the powers of the Executive Branch and in less than four years managed to make George Bush look like an altar boy in comparison. President Obama has been rapidly advancing an executive dictatorship that threatens to nullify the Constitution if left unchecked.
Obama has issued an Executive Order to create a council of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama with no Congressional oversight or Senate ratification and approval, who will work with the feds to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States.” These governors will liaise with officials from Northcom, Homeland Security, the National Guard as well as DoD officials from the Pentagon “in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments.” This is a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
He has used Executive Orders to mandate the creation of “Rural Councils,” as a blatant attempt to move towards a centrally planned economy and suffocate farmers with more regulation.
He promised universal healthcare in spite the people's wishes and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's statement about the Affordable Care Act that it wil "change the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way."
His force-fed national healthcare plan declared that all Americans must have or purchase healthcare insurance, yet he has given thousands of corporations waivers in a clear violation of the Equal Protection Act. He passed this bill under the premise that it would cause insurance rates to drop, which they have not, and that it would cost less than $800 Billion and it is now estimated at $1.76 Trillion, and that if you liked your insurance policy and your doctors, you could keep them…..all lies.
He has implemented a Presidential Alert System right out of Orwell’s 1984. Now our beloved leader will be able interrupt our regular scheduled TV and internet programming or private cell-phone conversations to make announcements alerting us to the FBI’s latest Terror Alert, despite a former Secretary of Homeland Security’s open admission that terror alerts were used for political gain.
He has aggressively tried to create a Presidential Internet Kill Switch, bypassing Congress as part of the federal government’s executive takeover of all communications.
He is the only president in American history to order the execution of Americans without a trial and jury of one's peers.
So, as hard as it is not to get excited about this Fall’s presidential election, don’t get too excited about the outcome. Whether the “crown” rests on Obama’s head, or the power shifts to Mitt Romney, we will have to wait and in either case, whether we will see if we will get more of the same (aka "continuity of agenda") and more of the systematic dismantling of our Constitution.....or maybe, just maybe, real change.
In the meantime, keep your powder dry and your faith strong!