Obama & the Constitution . . . Again

Tonight is President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. Finally.

I expect the viewing audience will be comprised of his eager followers and those who are political junkies only. I won’t be one of them. That may surprise some of you who think I live and breathe politics. I don’t. I love the Biblical approach to governing but am just as turned off by politics-as-usual as the majority of our citizens.

I have a deep devotion to the rule of law and the Constitution that established it in our nation. That’s one reason why I have ceased being interested in what our president has to say—he has no such respect for those concepts:

Kind of an Expert

He never tires of reminding us that he taught constitutional law. Unfortunately, teaching constitutional law is no indication that the teacher has any knowledge of how it is supposed to work. Well, perhaps he does know how it’s supposed to work; he just doesn’t like that approach. He’s far more comfortable being a law unto himself:

Shot Constitution

Why bother with that document when one has, as he has stated, a different way of governing?

Assaul Weapon

His latest foray into government-by-executive-only is his attempt to curb the Second Amendment, Constitution notwithstanding:

Ain't Big Enough

He has a different worldview, to say the least:

Kind of Suspicious

Why is he so concerned about guns? Watch his tears and you will be informed that it stems from a deep, abiding love for the safety of children:

Never Mind

Right. And that’s another reason why I won’t be wasting my time this evening watching the State of the Union Address. I will see plenty of excerpts later; meanwhile, I can use my time far more productively.

More SOTU

Reaction to the president’s State of the Union address still rumbles. His true self was on display, promising the world while knowing there will be no consequences because nothing he promised will come to pass. And his snide aside, commenting that he won two elections, lowered the dignity of this address even more than usual.

He keeps using the word “free” when it comes to all those promises. One gets the impression he thinks that’s how life is supposed to work:

Free

Yet, anyone with even half a brain knows there is always a cost. You can’t fool everyone with extravagant pledges; they realize where the funding comes from ultimately:

Our Money

He naturally wants people to think that only those in the 1% will be paying for all this, but that target is much too small, and even the 1% don’t have enough to cover all the costs he proposes:

Robin Hood

While Obama may want to be seen as a modern-day Robin Hood, taking from the rich to give to the poor, he doesn’t understand the real setting of that story/legend. Robin was taking from a tyrannical government that had robbed the people of their own resources. He was merely giving it back to them. Obama doesn’t represent Robin Hood; he’s the representative of tyrannical government.

The big omission in the address, of course, was any talk of the reality of the world situation regarding terrorism. He acted as if all is just fine. Either he’s unbelievably blind or he simply wants to change the subject because it showcases his astounding failures. Yemen, his example of success, has now succumbed to the terrorists; the failure of his foreign policy is pervasive and obvious to all with any semblance of rational thought:

Response

Franklin Roosevelt is not one of my favorite presidents, but at least he did act after Pearl Harbor. Have you ever stopped to consider what might have been if Obama had been president when that attack took place?

Bring Them to Justice

Ludicrous as that may seem, this administration has a real affinity for making ludicrous decisions.

Political cartoonist Michael Ramirez finds it very hard to believe Obama really meant everything he said in the State of the Union. I’ll let his commentary be the final word today:

State of Our Union

The State of Our Union

The State of the Union Address is tonight. I used to enjoy watching some of those, especially when Reagan was president. Now, not so much. Everyone knows in advance what President Obama will say. He’ll be on the attack, blaming Republicans for stopping his agenda. He may even repeat his threat of a few days ago when he said he would go around Congress and operate by executive orders. He’s already been doing that, to the extent that he can get away with it.

The sad thing is a recent poll showed 52% of the public agreed he should act unilaterally if Congress doesn’t. We are living in a knowledge desert; few really understand the reasonable constitutional limitations on the presidency. There are those who do grasp the significance of what the Founders bequeathed to us:

Personal Copy

But the ones who do take the rule of law seriously are treated by the media as a fringe movement, out of touch with reality. Well, when it comes to the Unaffordable Care Act, just who is more out of touch? We keep hearing the administration paint a rosy picture of its future, even though most people are coming to the realization that the rosy picture has left out all the thorns:

Water's Fine

We don’t like to use the word “lie” when it comes to our president, but it’s past time to be honest about his manifold lies. Oscar nominations were announced recently. Perhaps he and his “production company” could have a corner on one award:

American Hustle

You know how the cable news channels always have a crawl at the bottom of the screen, keeping us informed of the latest headlines? Tonight, as the president speaks to the nation, wouldn’t it be interesting to see that crawl keeping the audience well informed about what they are hearing?

Lied to You

Sen. Ted Cruz has suggested President Obama should use the speech to apologize for Obamacare. Sounds good to me, but I’m hardly expecting it. Commentator Peggy Noonan may have made an astute observation when she wrote that we’re at the stage where nothing the president says means anything anymore. She doesn’t believe most people listen to him now, that he has become irrelevant. I think she may be close to the truth. If only the American people had come to that point prior to the last election, or better yet, in 2008. We could have avoided this national death march.

Don’t Sign Up for This Cruise

With the primary season so hot, and with my desire to share excerpts of Santorum’s book, I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately. I’d like to slow down a bit today. How about if we catch up on some political cartoons that deal with two significant events this past week or so? First up, the Keystone Pipeline that President Obama refused to okay, thereby not creating somewhere between 20,000-100,000 jobs, depending on whose estimate you follow. His reason? Environmental concerns. His real reason? Making sure the environmental movement doesn’t desert him in the upcoming election. This decision has met with derision not only from Republicans but those blue-collar workers who would like those jobs. He’s now tempting them to desert. Here’s how the cartoonists have portrayed this issue:

There was also the annual State of the Union Address, or as some have called it, “The Class Warfare Rally.”

You had to be careful not to listen too closely. It might have led to damage to the powers of reasoning:

The president is in perpetual campaign mode. He can’t wait to set out on a second term, and he wants us to be on board:

I would like to cancel my reservation, please.

The Civility Ploy

Tonight is the State of the Union Address.  I predict that the two words we’ll hear repeatedly are “civility” and “investment.” The latter has to do with more government spending disguised as “investing in our future.” The former is now the new catchword for politics.

I believe in civility. While I do have a sense of humor and like to poke fun at absurdities in our public life, there’s a line that should not be crossed. The problem is this—that line is subjective. For instance, is this cartoon uncivil?

Or is it simply illustrating the rather rabid rhetoric that has emanated from the Left, not just in the past few weeks, but ever since I can remember? Surely you recall all the Bush hatred, publicly stated. How about the pictures of Bush as Hitler? Go back to Ronald Reagan and we learn that he was a warmonger who loved to starve schoolchildren and throw old people out on the streets.

In the House last week, one Democrat representative made the Nazi connection again. Republicans, he said, are like Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister. In what way, you ask? Well, they are lying about healthcare, and that’s the same tactic that Goebbels used. Oh.

One of the positive things about being a historian is that I have studied the political rhetoric found in all periods of American history. What becomes painfully obvious is that the eras of the type of civility urged upon us now have been few. Read the newspapers of the 1790s, for instance, where you see George Washington being called a traitor to his country and accused of trying to set himself as a king. The vituperative language used against Abraham Lincoln is startling, particularly when you consider that a lot of it came from the North, not the South.

The issues I have with the current calls for civility are these: first, the astounding hypocrisy of those who are demanding it; second, the attempt to use that nice-sounding word to undermine genuine debate on the issues. Often, just disagreeing with President Obama makes one a racist or a “hater.” Yet we have to be able to say when we think policies are wrong. How would Patrick Henry fare today?

Kind of weak, isn’t it? I prefer the original.

So, as you watch the State of the Union Address [if you have the stomach for it], watch for those key words, but understand what’s really going on.