It may strike some as strange to state a partial government shutdown is a good problem to have. Such a statement would take most aback, especially when today’s American society has been lulled in a stupor on focusing on the here and now. This stupor has led to complacency, apathy and a lost sense of history. It is only when looking at the shutdown from much larger and far broader historical perspective, that an unprejudiced and bipartisan clarity be attained. Today, the Obama Administration has singly drawn our attention to the “Republican shutdown.” Their strategy is that of the President’s; “blame the Right
” and the people, now lacking the ability to self assess and self educate, will blindly follow – and they have.
While watching the news covering the partial shutdown this weekend, things fell into perspective. Eric Cantor emerged from the chambers and in his opening sentence declared the Democrats were at fault. Shortly thereafter, Nancy Pelosi emerged and immediately blamed the Republicans. More of the same nonsense. It was not until President Obama spoke that truth rang with the aforementioned clarity. He stated that the government was in a shutdown because of the House Republicans’ stubbornness. In the same sentence and in the same breath, the President stated that he would not sit with Republicans and the shutdown would remain in effect until the Republicans gave him the exact budget that he wanted with no attached stipulations. He insisted that he would not settle for anything less than his specific demands and again blamed the Republicans for the shutdown. Here is where Americans miss, have never fully understood, or have forgotten the obvious; America is a Constitutional Republic and is thus specifically designed to prevent such lineal and direct acquiescence of imperial polity.
While the public may in fact blame Republicans for the shutdown
, they fail to understand that it is House of Representatives’ constitutional responsibility to assure the powers of government remain dispersed and are not solely and exclusively under the authority of any singular individual named as President of the United States. What President Obama wants is to increase the debt ceiling by 1 trillion dollars with no stipulations while the House wishes to apply stipulations to the debt ceiling increase. Because the House did not bow down to President Obama’s attempt at imperial polity and upheld the values that founded American political influences, we now have a shutdown. When reflecting back on the President’s words concerning the Republican’s role in the shutdown, it is the demand of the Obama Administration that the House acquiesces to both the legislative and fiscal intent of the President. Again, America was created as a Constitutional Republic to permanently escape such tyranny.
We must remember why the Mighty Pine Tree once adorned the revolutionary Don’t Tread on Me flag. The British government enacted regulation stipulating no citizen could cut down tall and straight trees, even if the tree were on their private property. The government then cut down the tallest and straightest of trees for their naval fleet whether the tree was located on privately held or public land. Being that people purchased property largely for the quality of trees contained within the land, revolution was enacted to dispel imperial polity and attain freedom from government overreach and excessive taxation. More recently, President Obama spoke to this during our Independence holiday. The President stated that he felt the Revolution of our forefathers was wrong and government should possess the ability to tax as it sees fit and not in accordance with constitutional authority or the people’s desires. The historical context of the government shutdown is equally compelling.
The people have been fed very simplistic and sophomoric excuses for the shutdown. Responsible are Republicans, right-wing extremists and even the racist intentions of not wanting the nation’s first Black President to have his way. These are offered forth to shift the focus away from the 40-year history of government shutdowns. There have been 17 shutdowns prior to the current, 15 of these shutdowns were at the hands of Democrats, not Republicans. In fact, George W. Bush is the only president to not have served as President during a shutdown with a divided congressional body in the last 40 years. On the short term, Americans only see the more recent absence of a shutdown. Now that one has occurred, it is easy to sway Americans with disillusioned understandings of government and history to blame on the Party upholding the intent of a Constitutional Republic in order to thwart the reemergence of the governmental tyranny that drove the creation of America. To give the President the budget he wants in the manner in which he wants it with no stipulations, solely because it is his demand, defies the role of the House of Representatives where budgetary assent is required and ultimate fiscal responsibility is bestowed
under “trias politica,” or separation of power. As much as President Obama admires Britain’s parliamentary power that prevents their upper chamber’s dissent from the ruling or winning party’s manifesto – we are not in Britain, and for good reason we have contrived a Constitutional Republic to ensure specific disseminations of power, which block such attempts at absolute rule. Moreover, President Obama has tried to demand the House relinquish its constitutionally ascribed authority directly to the Office of the President of the United States. The House, acting under the rule of law refused to relinquish this authority to the President. The public do not see these basic, underlying separations for their historical significance and how they our vital to America today.
So yes, the shutdown is a good problem to have in that it prevents absolute power. President Obama’s followers and supporters find fault only in who the President has directed them to find fault in. The blame is placed upon the shoulders of the Republicans. The Right, in their eyes, is therefore responsible for what has been closed due to the shutdown. The failing here is the overlooked fact is the shutdown is partial - not complete. This means the Obama Administration decides what remains open, what is closed, what is funded and what funding is stopped.
It was not the Republicans who decided death benefits would not be paid to the families of fallen military members serving abroad, it was the Obama Administration. It was not the Republicans who decided to block people from stopping to view Mount Rushmore because “it is a National Monument and the government is closed” and therefore those driving by cannot pause to witness it, it was the Obama Administration. It was not the Republicans who have forced people from their own homes because they live in a National Park, it was the Obama Administration. It was not the Republicans who have blocked access to the Florida Bay
to prevent fishermen from accessing 1,100 square miles of open ocean due to the shutdown while maintaining staff to police the ban, again it was the Obama Administration. These choices are best described by a Biscayne Bay Park Service Ranger who stated, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
These actions are by selective choice, not by Republican force or any other entity besides that of the Obama Administration, which is largely “acting out” an Obama led temper tantrum at the people’s expense. The Left refuses to acknowledge their choices in what aspects of government have been shutdown, but are quick to blame the other while fully and willfully denying the Obama Administration’s motives against a Constitutional Republic as it demands ever increasing control and power over the nation in ways that are beyond the historic understanding of the average American.
Therefore, President Obama’s greatest power lies in the bias nature and intellectual weakness demonstrated by his support base. Today, they would support the House of Representatives losing its fiscal power so that he, as President can have unmitigated and unconstitutional fiscal control. However, should this exact control they want for Obama fall in the hands of Republicans – it is only then that they would see error in what is happening today and why separation of powers are important to the American way of life.
Things are really getting bad for Obama. Rightfully so, but it is sad to see because so many Americans have suffered for so long. When a president fails, America fails. Unfortunately, America and its President have failed. My hiatus from politics ended Sunday upon returning from a small mountain cabin vacation and a nice two-month stint working on my books. Catching up on politics is never an easy task. So much happens in such a short period that things become intensely confusing. It has become increasingly difficult to decipher what is and is not current, what is and is not relevant, and more importantly; what is and is not true and accurate. The single constant and the easiest to stay on top of is the slow and anguishing demise of support for a failing president.
While I was away
Obama’s polls, yet again hit a new low, this time accompanied by poll segments where he once found favor during the worst of times. Social networking pages like Liberal Only, Liberals Only, Democrats Only, and Re-Elect Obama saw sharp decreases in page subscribers. Social pages like Stop Obama From Being Re-Elected, Fire Obama, Impeach Obama, and NoBama all saw sharp increases in subscribers. The Obama supporter seems to be rapidly diminishing to the few true irrational progressives that believe Obama’s agenda is actually healthy for America – a bizarre group that is also represented by fewer numbers than ever before as the progressive movement has been reduced to mere social pages that serve as echo chambers. The “Only” in the title suggests the intent; if your views differ, you are not welcome. They rebuke ANY position that defies their irrational logic and ban any posts not holding a torch of glory over their failing leader – the entire lot of them are completely brainwashed and still believe Obama is better for their future than they are their own. A sad, sorry, pitiful, and pathetic group, these progressive, self-loving (loathing) “Only” people are.
Fueling the now hemorrhaging of support is not the Right (more on the Right next time), but Left! The Left learned a lesson in 2012; if you side too closely with Obama, you are likely to lose your job. As he did to America, he did to the surviving Left electorate and promised them that which he could not and would not deliver. Their support however, has been short lived. The Left lined up and began to abandon the Obama ship of despair.
Pink slip time
Calls for Hillary Clinton to run against Obama for the Dem nod emerged. The calls were answered with polls showing Clinton had replaced Obama as the most recognizable political figure in the world. National Democrat organizations demanded that “someone must run against Obama[!]” Only the beginning as it would turn out, the Obama abandonment ship was nearing full steam.
The Vice President uncharacteristically turned on Obama. Biden, in a very conservatively toned interview, called for voters to no longer blame Bush for today’s economy, but to hold the Obama administration accountable. The Vice President told Americans that the Obama administration has had time enough to correct the challenges it faced when the Obama administration assumed the helm of America; it is they who failed the American people and it is the Obama administration that is to be held accountable for failing to right the sinking ship as it once promised.
More recently, the anti-Obama ship steamed forward with the acknowledgment of Obama’s possible acquiescence from the Democrat nomination. This is not to say he will opt not to run per se, but that he will concede to the Democrat pressure against his running. Obama cost the Left the House in 2010 and will likely cost the Left the Senate in 2012 – a Leftist fear that is now so strong Democrats are suggesting the forth coming election be suspended so they can “work on the issues” as they now understand the Obama led progressive agenda against constitutionalism will ensure their electoral defeat. Conservatives have long since felt the nation could not handle four more years of Obama, apparently the Left is now finding merit in firing Obama for the good of their own as well. With Obama, there has been a farce awaiting fruition – his character. He never was the man he said he was and as a politician, he only appeals to the least sensible Americans. His character as President of the United States has brought forth a reality that his activist cronyism would infect an entire nation.
Obama is the disease
The Obama administration is currently riddled with scandal as the Chicago gangland political machine fully takes root in DC. Millions of taxpayer dollars were set aside for Fast and Furious in Obama’s stimulus. After hundreds of deaths were caused by the program, to include that of a US Border Patrol Agent, the Obama administration claimed to have no knowledge of the program it included in its own funding program. The ever-failing cover up led by the DoJ has developed into what is now being called Obama’s Watergate.
As the press began using Obama and progressive in the same statement, Obama aggressively began circumventing due legislative process by pawning off failed legislative desires on federal organizations to implement. Progressives who have no respect for limited government overlooked his steps while they sounded outrage over a Governor utilizing commercial building codes to bring a halt to abortions. Odd how they demonstrate the same hypocrisy as their slowly dying political demagogue. As he fades, they will also submit to the will of the greater American. That which ails America, is Obama – the only cure is to limit his presidential tenure to one term.
Constitutional toilet paper
A nation watched in shock as Obama stood before the US Constitution and directly stated how he would seek means to circumvent the Founding Document – one of the few promises he made good on.
Obama’s lie about health care reform has long since been realized. Forced unconstitutionally upon the people, the fiscal burden caused states to cut back their Medicaid programs making health insurance issues worse with health care reform than before implementation of the heinous law. Waivers for health care reform exemptions were granted to those of special interest to the Obama administration. Once word leaked that Harry Reid’s and Nancy Pelosi’s Districts were disproportionately favored in federal waiver granting, the Kathleen Sebelius led DHHS stopped accepting requests for waivers. Today, more than 50% of states await federal trails against health care reform. Lawmakers whom have supported Obama and his backroom dealings for health care reform are now clearly targeted in forthcoming elections.
Unemployment persists at high levels to which Obama produces a jobs bill that directly attacks the sovereignty of individual states. Well, actually, it does more than that; it requires that states relinquish their constitutional rights before full benefits can be drawn from the federal government. Ouch! “Succumb to cronyism or your people will suffer” is what the job bill states in no uncertain terms. Simply put, states are no longer states under this bill; they become Districts of the federal government. Connect the dots between the jobs bill and the health care reform fight and you will uncover something very interesting. If the jobs bill were to be implemented, States could lose their constitutional right to challenge unconstitutional laws set forth by the federal government - hardly a coincidence.
As the Chicago style political machine’s roots took grip under the nation’s foundation, in typical fashion it selected its own good old boys to invest in. Little was said when Al Gore was granted $529 million to make electric sport cars in Europe. More was said when the project went belly up a year later. Unthwarted, the antics of Obama’s cronyism continued. This time, he invested taxpayer money in a company the Bush administration steered clear of because of its lack of solvency. The company, Solyndra, was granted more than 500 million taxpayer dollars because it is headed by a major Obama contributor – the company failed, people will be going to jail and Obama learned nothing. As the Solyndra scandal unfolded, Obama moved to grant another solar energy company more than $700 million – this one run by no other than Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law. Nepotism, to Obama, means more than fiscal solvency. Obama has demonstrated very clearly that his allegiance is to those among his own – not the American people.
The problem however, is a bit deeper. Obama supports the ideology that government can create supply and demand. His belief is that the funneling of taxpayer dollars into solar energy will create a need and demand for solar energy products. He is essentially buying jobs in hopes the products produced will find their way into need because it was created by government. Unfortunately, the demand for solar energy is abysmally low. This means products created above the demand instantly become excess surplus. Because the demand for solar energy products is so low, manufacturing excess forces the surplus holder to sell the goods at lower and lower prices which increases the manufacturing cost per unit – any high school economic student can see why this will not work. The company will then have to receive federal subsidies to offset the fiscal and equity losses caused by government intervention. This is all due to the Obama administration overtly defying the laws of economic equilibrium. In the end, the taxpayers are out of their money as it used to create non-demand products and services. Following this obvious fiscal error, taxpayers will be additionally indebted as the federal government is forced to protect the bad investment by shoveling equity into the company it actually hindered to create jobs that are not in need – and of course to pay off those whom it politically cherishes.
How bad a President can get
I know it feels like there is no hope in sight for America, but as Obama asserts who and what he really is, Americans have actually awakened to the bitter reality that is Obama. O’robots will never accept or understand this, but despite this unbalanced few, America has formally united against Obama and what he represents to Americans. Obama has been so atrocious as President that he is failing to attain the easiest presidential re-election scenario possible. We watched Clinton and several other presidents find favor after losing the House in sweeping defeat. Obama could not even seem to master the success of default and indifference, which makes him historically bad – if not the worst President to sit in the nation’s Capitol! The once shoe-in for re-election, may just walk away, head bowed in shame as he insists that Bush, the new Republican House, and the Tea Party were why he failed – that’s what progressives do, they make excuses and blame everyone except the one who is responsible.
It now looks as if Obama may not even fully enter his re-election bid. Support has waned to the truth. His support now so low, he could not even fill a donation dinner selling plates at $5. The price reduced to $3 as the First Lady took to e-mail literally begging people to attend. Obama has failed, the blind still chasing after him as if they are toilet paper stuck to his shoe. To that I say, good riddance! We were far better off without the lot of you – it has been like watching a bad (worse) version of Idiocracy!
The Republican response? Laughable.