There has been some outfreakage regarding an incident in which President Obama responded to hecklers in Chicago last week at one of his tedious speeches. Apparently, he was in the Windy City to drum up support for his new immigration measures.
I find this more than a bit ironic, since it was only this past July when black Chicago residents organized to protest Chicago mayor and Obama bathhouse buddy Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to house some of the “unaccompanied minors” (who were arriving in droves at our border with Mexico) in Chicago. Black residents were opposed to this, given the record high unemployment among blacks there. With good reason, they have been generally disgusted with the deterioration of the city under Emanuel, and feel that Obama has ignored them.
I sometimes wonder how they would have reacted had they known the Obama administration had in fact orchestrated that flood of Mexican and Central American youth.
In any case, Obama was blathering on about the wonderfulness of his policies and how great it was going to be for the country and the illegal immigrants upon whom he’d recently granted amnesty, or pardoned, or whatever.
A heckler piped up and yelled, “You have been deporting families.”
To which Obama responded, “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1.”
“I just took an action to change the law. …” This is, of course, the statement upon which some pundits have seized – and it is significant. It is a tacit admission by Obama that he executed an illegal decree. He is not legally authorized to “change law” any more than you or I.
Still, he didn’t seem to have a problem verbalizing this; it was not perceived as a gaffe by the White House or the establishment press, and there were no attempts made to backpedal the statement.
Earlier this week, House Speaker John Boehner announced plans to address budget issues and the concerns of his GOP colleagues over Obama’s immigration move. Currently, his plan is to defer the fight over immigration until next year.
“This is a serious breach of our Constitution,” Boehner said, but added that Congress has “limited options and abilities to deal with it directly.”
If I recall correctly, the executive branch of our government only has as much power as the legislative and judicial branches allow it. I have come to expect criminality from this president, but what is even more disturbing than Obama’s escalating perfidious deportment is the fact that Congress not only refuses to hold him accountable, but they are actually pretending that they have no means to do so.
There are numerous federal agencies and offices, and no doubt countless personnel that will be involved in implementing this non-amnesty immigration order. These entities have every right to refuse to comply with the program, although I don’t see that in the cards.
If the president does not have the legal authority to change law, and Congress does not take steps to prevent the implementation of his edicts, then we have a dictator.
The unlawful and/or unethical measures coming out of this White House on a weekly basis are like a flurry of boxer’s jabs. They are too numerous to count, and, to our peril, when one flurry is completed, the public is too stunned to recall where each one hit and how much damage has been done. This is to say nothing about the more prominent scandals that have mounted to date in which the administration is involved.
Last week, news outlets revealed that the U.S. Treasury’s inspector general had identified some 2,500 documents (attendant to the Internal Revenue Service nonprofit-targeting scandal) which show that taxpayer information held by the IRS was shared with the White House. This week, the White House announced plans to force employers to pay workers more overtime by limiting which workers can be called managers. The increase in part-time workers is a direct result of the implementation of Obamacare; the plot to force overtime by government fiat will compromise the profitability of business.
It would be one thing if America had gradually become a nation that favored a monolithic government, a state-controlled economy, stultification of personal liberties, religious persecution and the like. What has occurred, however, is that the tiny minority who do favor such things have incrementally insinuated themselves into positions of power, exploited the system and our civic indolence, and are imposing this paradigm upon us.
For some time, I have wondered how much protecting the legacy of America’s First Black President has been a factor in Congress’ failure to deal decisively with a chief executive who ought to have been removed long ago – granted that such a position would be superficial and profoundly dangerous, and it is certainly one Obama has exploited.
The more latitude Obama takes, I can’t help but wonder just how many of those in our government who decry these developments are only doing so as an empty gesture, providing token resistance to the onslaught of totalitarianism in order to keep conscientious Americans at bay – until it is too late to stop the process.