In light of the recent prisoner-swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, we need to once again discuss our President’s apparent disdain for the Constitution and its laws, which undergird our nation. Because to Barack, Rules and Laws are little more than speed-bumps.
Ever since his inauguration in 2009, Obama’s tenure has been one long game of ‘Can-You-Top-This?’ played at (and with) our nation’s capital. Just consider:
- The cancelling of 20,000 pensions for Non-Union retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company.
- Non-emergency military action in Libya without even a request for approval from Congress.
- Any one of a plethora of post-passage “adjustments” to Obamacare, which amount to legislative re-writes being done by the Executive Branch. The Presidency of the United States has plenty of powers, but it doesn’t possess THAT one. At least, it didn’t used to.
- ‘Operation Choke Point’, where the Department of Justice attempts to “…‘choke out’ companies the Administration considers a ‘high risk’ or otherwise objectionable, despite the fact that they are legal businesses”. You know, like firearms and ammunition dealers.
- The entire Gibson Guitar fiasco, from beginning to end, was about nothing more than raw power, intimidation, and the targeting of political enemies. Illegally, of course.
Feel free to add your favorites: Lord knows there’s plenty from which to choose.
“Did the White House violate federal law?” Costello asked Turley.
“They did,” the professor replied matter-of-factly. “I don’t think that the White House is seriously arguing that they’re not violating federal law. And to make matters worse, this is a long series of violations of federal law that the president’s been accused of. … This is going to add to that pile. I don’t think there’s much debate that they’re in violation of the law.”
That’s not some right-wing whacko like yours truly: that’s esteemed liberal law professor Jonathan Turley from George Washington University. Turley wasn’t alone in his analysis from the Left, either:
A few years back, such an observation (“The President broke the law!!”) would have been shrieked in ever-ascending tones, and then repeated every 10 minutes ’round the clock. But with this guy? No emotion; no outrage. It’s just ‘more stuff that happened’, and it’s delivered that way: “Ho, hum, Obama broke the law again. WhatchaGonnaDo, ya’ know? And now, over to Bob with a look at tomorrow’s weather…”
It would be embarrassing, if the Media had any pride remaining.
But even with the most compliant Press in our nation’s history, the Administration’s weak rationale for this action is falling apart as we speak. From Politico:
“…President Barack Obama, speaking in Poland earlier Tuesday morning, said administration officials “have consulted with Congress for quite some time” about the possibility of a prisoner exchange.
But Rogers, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said Congress hadn’t heard anything from the White House in years and that the administration only informed them of the deal after it had already taken place.
“I don’t know what he means by consulted Congress for some time,” Rogers said in response to Obama’s comments. “In 2011, they did come up and present a plan that included a prisoner transfer that was, in a bipartisan way, pushed back.
We hadn’t heard anything since on any details of any prisoner exchange…”
Or, in other words:
“Their public rhetoric does not match the facts on the ground”
True to form, Obama & Company went directly to the lie. Ever notice that in these situations, the President ALWAYS seems to lie, even if the truth could potentially serve him better?
It’s utterly predictable, and you’d have to be blind not to see it coming, each and every time.
His lies have netted for Obama a defense of sorts, however: there’s now a minefield of prevarications, scandals and incidents through which to traverse. So many, in fact, that people’s attention invariably becomes splintered and diffuse, with the result that no one can maintain enough energy to solve any of them.
And since we are still trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi, plus the fact that the VA Scandal wasn’t solved merely by firing Secretary Shinseki, and given that the extent of the IRS targeting is still unknown, well, …I’m not exactly gonna hold my breath hoping for any sort of accountability to be visited upon the White House over the Bergdahl swap any time soon, …if ever.
I’ve learned to expect the worst with this bunch, and only be surprised when it fails to occur.
Actually, if we’re looking for a NEW Rule to describe the Obama Administration, “Expect The Worst” is probably as good as any.