In these columns, I have long suggested that Barack Obama is intellectually-challenged. When low intelligence combines with personal vanity in the head of state of a nation, it becomes a blend toxic to the maintenance of liberty. James Mason and the Founding Fathers recognized this threat and wrote a constitution designed to limit the role of the President through the separation of powers.
Specifically, with respect to fiscal matters, the House of Representatives is the engine of legislation, the Senate is the brake, and the President exerts influence through the power of the veto. That was the Constitution in 1787, and for the most part, that is the Constitution in 2013. However, on fiscal matters, Obama does not view the Constitution through this lens. Instead, he views it through the lens of an imperial presidency.
Barack Obama has long displayed the characteristics of the narcissist, wallowing in the adulation of the campaign trail, telling his Chicago law students what he good looking guy he is, and reacting emotionally and badly to any challenge to his personal image. A good example of the latter is available on the web when he was exposed on factual errors by Paul Ryan during the 2009 Obamacare debates. The 2012 election victory, slim though it was for an incumbent president, has tipped Barack Obama right over the edge. Megalomania now controls his approach to politics.
“America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up. Markets could go haywire. Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis, but they will not collect a ransom for not crashing the American economy” Barack Obama January 14, 2013″
Senator Obama voted against increasing the debt limit during the administration of President George W Bush. The White House at that time did not issue any threats of retaliation, but negotiated an acceptable outcome.President Bush acknowledged the respective roles of the Congress and the Presidency with respect to budgetary decision-making.
Note how would-be dictators typically associate the nation with themselves (L’etat,c’est moi‘). Barack Obama now identifies himself with America, despite the fact that 49 per cent of the electorate voted in favor of Mitt Romney.
Obama’s dictatorial tendencies are evident even before he has been sworn in to a second term. Lovers of liberty will do well to watch the words and actions of this president very carefully as his second term begins. They are well-advised to challenge constitutional over-reach wherever it manifests itself. Constitutional over-reach assuredly will occur, as long as the democratically-elected House of Representatives stands in the way of Obama’s vainglory. For the president is now assembling a junta of faceless yes-men in his cabinet, with the clear intent of making a lunge for an imperial presidency.
This Republic now confronts a major test of Madison’s ingenuity in Philadelphia. It does so without any Cato the Younger to plead an articulate case for the freedom of all Americans.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty