Dear Mr. President…

When you arrogate to yourself the power to secretly and unilaterally decree the murder of anybody on planet earth you think needs killin’, including American citizens, and when you also arrogate to yourself the kingly power to detain people without charge for time and eternity, you start to get delusional.  And when you start to get delusional, sin makes you stupid and you start thinking you can get away with things.

Only, here’s the thing:  you can’t.  So when your DOJ leaks documents to Smear a Fast & Furious Whistleblower people find out.  And when  you target reporters for intimidation, reporters report on that.  And when the IRS is commanding its victims not to protest at abortion clinics and demanding to know the contents of their prayers(!), people want to know how high up the command chain that goes and whether it’s due to you being a massively incompetent nitwit or a scheming Richard Machiavelli Nixon.

This is, at the very least, a massive and huge failure of oversight of some elementary executive duties.  And that’s the charitable take on this.  If it turns out that we are looking, not at Obama being asleep at the switch, but active coordinating a campaign of intimidation against perceived enemies, impeach him.

  • Joseph

    … or prosecuting investigative journalists… http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/20/obama-doj-james-rosen-criminality

    What can I say. The same media shills that helped put him in office and lay prostrate before his holy altar are now sh*tting their pants. To think that they’d be somehow immune to his tyranny if they just licked his arse and acted as his loyal cheerleaders as he expanded the Bush move for tyranny exponentially shows just how historically ignorant they are. It was all lolipops and candy canes as long as Barack “Babykilla” Brobama was ONLY going after everybody else. It didn’t dawn on them that precedence is precedence… until it was too late (as usual for the short-sighted products of pop culture).

    • ivan_the_mad

      I’ve got to say, the lame nicknames for Obama don’t really do much except connote fifth-grade experiments in ridicule.

      • Joseph

        Thanks.

  • Joseph
  • Mike

    Google NDDA 2013 and executive order 13603 signed by POTUS in March 2012 and if you are concerned about the current scandals and abuse of power, just wait to he manufactures a crisis and institutes the powers he created for himself under these.

  • Sherry

    You can’t spend six years proclaiming yourself the answer to all things and then have no idea what is going on if something happens that doesn’t play well.

  • ivan_the_mad

    PJB has a pretty good take take on this which mirrors your conclusion: http://buchanan.org/blog/the-spectator-president-5594

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    I strongly doubt Obama will be impeached, even if it turns out he thoroughly deserves it. If, by some improbable twist of fate, he is impeached, the Senate will acquit him as they did Clinton.

    • Joseph

      You’re right. His recent *explanations* (feigning ignorance) for everything will keep him safe. He’s smart enough to have put enough people between him and these scandals that there are plenty of fall guys. I’d like to know what happened to the Benghazi story. That’s the only one that actually *had teeth* since only the POTUS had the authority to issue an order to *stand down*… resulting in the death of the ambassador and several other Americans.

      That story would have blown the lid off of the Obama Admins connection to funding and arming Al Quaeda in the region as well. The IRS story is huge and so is the unfreedom of the press story… but he can get away with those.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        Even beyond all that, the GOP is probably too skittish about calling for impeachment after what happened with Clinton. I doubt they want to go through that again. Also, as angry as some in the media are over the AP thing, the president still has his staunch defenders who will shout “Racism!” at any talk of impeachment, thus increasing the intimidation factor. Even if impeachment somehow happens despite all that, the Democrat-controlled Senate would acquit him. It’s that simple.

        • Joseph

          Meh… you don’t think the Clinton impeachment was all for show? They knew the furthest it would get was the House. Plus, how many of those Reps were also *not having sexual relations* with interns and prostitutes (some of the same sex, I might add) at the time? Seriously.

          • Rosemarie

            +J.M.J+

            Whether or not it was just for show, the MSM and Dem spinmeisters made sure it became a PR disaster for the GOP. I doubt they have the will to try that again.

            • Joseph

              You’re still under the impression that both parties are opposed to one another. Yet both Dems and Repubs have been marching us down the all too familiar road we’ve been on for at least as long as I can remember or was old enough to pay attention.

              • Rosemarie

                +J.M.J+

                That doesn’t mean they’re not opposed to one another. It just means they are fighting over which party will gain absolute power over the rest of us. Both Gollum and Frodo craved the one Ring in the end, that didn’t mean they weren’t at odds with each other.

                • kenofken

                  For all that, Frodo was a pretty good guy at the end of the day. I see no such parallels in our two-party system. A more apt LOR analogy would be Sauron and Saruman

                  • Rosemarie

                    +J.M.J+

                    Well, yes, after the Ring was destroyed he was released from its grip. Before that, though, it had clearly corrupted him, so I still think the parallel has some validity, though maybe not perfect. The overall point is that two people (or political parties) can be grasping at the same power without being true friends or allies of one another.

                • ponerology

                  You may want to look into the Hegelian dialectic.

          • kenneth

            The Clinton impeachment completely destroyed the credibility and utility of the impeachment process. It is supposed to be used as a tool of last resort for serious high crimes in office – stuff so serious that it threatens the heart of the democratic process and rule of law itself. In the case of Clinton, it was turned into a political circus sideshow and degraded a serious judical tool into just another cheesy device for politics by any means.

    • chezami

      Me too.

    • kenofken

      He will probably not be held to proper account in large part because we have no credible voice of opposition left in this country. The GOP certainly has no interest in an accountable and transparent and constrained executive. They simply think they’d be better stewards of Sauron’s Ring. They engineered the infrastructure and worse, the cultural acceptance of a “permanent emergency powers” security state.

      The party apparatus has become seamless with the Right Wing Noise Machine, which has been bleating since day one that Obama is the actual corporate agent of Satan himself in all Earthly matters. An industry of cynical fear-mongering and tin foil hatters which exists only to separate angry rubes from their dollars and to score “gotcha” partisan points as cheaply as possible.

      Obama was a foreign-born secret Muslim, and socialist. Everything he said, or did, or telegraphed with a facial expression, was a criminal conspiracy to take away all good Christian American’s guns, put them all in a Soviet style gulag next week, and assign each one of them a personal sadistic concentration camp guard. A queer one. Wonderful smoke and noise for anyone who might want to conduct an actual criminal conspiracy.

      Now that there are some serious allegations in the mix, who is going to stand up credibly as a sane, grown-up advocate for good governance and non-partisan investigation? No one.

    • Obpoet

      It is still impeachment, whether he is convicted or not. Its a stain on his legacy that will never be removed.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        True to a point, but Clinton seems pretty well-liked now so his impeachment doesn’t seem to matter to a lot of people.

        • Andy, Bad Person

          I’d say that’s more of a stain on the public than Clinton.

  • Morgan Wolff

    I can think of two recent tyrants who turned on the very people who vaulted them to power. This may not be the extreme of a Great Purge or Night of the Long Knives, but once you’re a powerful person’s puppet, you better remain their footstool or suffer the fate of the last group who got in the way. Heck, sometimes all you have to do is get a little popular and you’re a threat. See King Saul vs David.

    • Pavel Chichikov

      Let’s not get carried away. The comparisons are feverish. If they were valid you wouldn’t have dared post that comment.


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