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Obama: Transforming America

By Henry Lamb
web posted April 4, 2011

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He said he was going to do it.   He explained why he was going to do it. He even said how he was going to do it.   He has been doing it since the day he took office.

To be fair, he did take office at a time when the economy was on the brink of disaster.  Of course, he and others of his philosophical ilk caused both the housing bubble and its collapse – no matter how hard they deny it.  Organizations such as ACORN , where Obama cut his teeth as a community organizer, demanded that banks fund mortgages for people who had no hope of repaying them.  Democrats in Congress made it easy for banks by guaranteeing the loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Two months before the 2008 election, the U.S. government had to bail out the two failed financial institutions to the tune of $15 billion. 

During eight years under the Bush administration, the national debt increased by $4 trillion ($500 billion per year.)   These years included the attack on the World Trade Centers, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, as well as the explosion of the housing bubble.    Obama added $4 trillion to the national debt in 421 days.  And his belief that "spreading the wealth around" has created a debt that will burden future generations for years to come.

Obama's economic policy is transforming America.

Despite the absence of Constitutional authority, or a single Republican vote, Obama's health care plan not only deepens the public debt, but also forces previously free citizens to purchase a product designated by the government.  Never before has the federal government presumed to dictate what its citizens must buy.  Moreover, Obama, and his Democrat majority in Congress, used bizarre procedures to force "Obamacare" into law.  By so doing, Obama has demonstrated that he believes his ideas on governance to be superior to the Founders', and that achieving his goals is far more important than any rules or procedural restraints. 

Obama chooses not to enforce federal drug laws relating to marijuana, or to allow his Department of Justice to prosecute Black Panthers who stood – with Billy-club in hand  - in front of polling places to intimidate white voters.  But he quickly sues a school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to take three weeks off to go to Mecca.

Obama's social policy is transforming America. 

Before he was elected, he told an audience in Germany that he was a "citizen of the world."  No one knew, for sure, just what that meant while he was campaigning.  His meaning began to clarify when he launched his global tour to apologize for America's past sins.   He promptly promised to close Guantanamo Bay within a year, claiming that it offended Muslims around the world.  He promised to give Guantanamo prisoners the benefit of U.S. citizenship by trying them in federal courts in the United States.  He refused to close the Mexican border or enforce illegal entry laws, and promptly sued the state of Arizona when its legislature enacted state law to do what Obama wouldn't let the feds do.

When Egyptians began protesting in the streets of Cairo, Obama's Secretary of State assured the world that Mubarak's government was quite stable.  Within days, Obama was declaring to the world that Mubarak had to step down.  When crowds began to gather in the cities of Libya, Obama took off to South America, and the Secretary of State took off to the United Nations. 

Obama announced that the policy of the United States was for Libya's Gaddafi to leave office.  After days of negotiating, the Secretary of State finally got the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution authorizing military force to prevent genocide, but not to unseat Gaddafi.   Within hours after the U.N. resolution was adopted, the U.S. military was dropping bombs and launching missiles – without Congressional authority, or even the knowledge of Congress.

The War Powers Act says that:

"The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities… are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." 

As a candidate in 2007, Obama knew better.  He told the Boston Globe:

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

As President, he doesn't seem to care what the Constitution or the War Powers Act say.  He considers the Constitution to be a "flawed" document which he alone has the wisdom to correct. 

Obama's foreign policy is transforming America.

Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is not kidding about transforming America.  He is at it with a vengeance, and he will succeed, unless people with backbone are elected in 2012.  There must be a time to recover from Obama's madness.  We must restore America's greatness, not transform it. ESR

Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance,"  Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.

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