“Politics is rough, but a president has obligations that transcend those of a candidate. He swore an oath to protect and defend a Constitution that gives every American the right to partake in democracy, free of fear of government intimidation or disfavored treatment. If Mr. Obama isn’t going to act like a president, he bolsters the argument that he doesn’t deserve to be one.” Kimberley A. Strassel, ‘The President Has a List’, The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2012
President Obama is not the first American president to develop and publicize a hit list targeted at individuals who actively finance rivals for his presidency. President Richard Nixon, before him appalled many Americans with his ‘enemies list’. Not many presidents would relish going into the history books with such a reputation for paranoia and vindictiveness. President Obama, however, shows no qualms whatsoever. Any one with the nerve to finance a political campaign against the Messiah will be listed as an enemy of the state on the President’s campaign website:
“This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled ‘Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.’ In the post, the Obama campaign shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having ‘less-than-reputable records,’ the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that ‘quite a few’ have also been on the wrong side of the law’ and profiting at ‘the expense of so many Americans.’…These are wealthy individuals, to be sure. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them…The real crime of the men, as the website tacitly acknowledges, is that they have given money to Mr. Romney. This fundraiser of a president has shown an acute appreciation for the power of money to win elections, and a cutthroat approach to intimidating those who might give to his opponents.” Kimberley A. Strassel, ibid.
The power of the presidency carries with it the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA and the SEC. Barack Obama has essentially put the names of Governor Romney’s donors up on ‘Wanted’ posters across all federal government offices.
The President’s hit list displays complete contempt for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The top name on his list, in truth, should be his own, for breaching the oath of office that he swore in January 2009.