Rand Sums It Up: Obama Is Drunk On Power

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Podium Awaits President at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado

Whatever your party ideology is, whatever the ideals — left or right — you profess as critical to the understanding of how America’s ongoing experiment in free Constitutional Republicanism will continually emerge successful, you have to hew to what you believe.

Elected leaders whose explanations of their vision for the Nation resonated with enough voters to put them in office actually have to enact their visions, or at least do things, once in office, that don’t subvert the principles they sold to the people at the time they campaigned for their favor.

President Barack Obama had a lot of political raw material to work with in 2008, positioning himself as a transparent, open and accessible answer to the cultivated perception of the George W. Bush White House as a devilish, secretive, power-mad boys’ club — a pillaging cabal of Statists who appeared on TV news shows as guys who reveled in the expansion of power to achieve honorable aims by sinister, ignoble, illegal means.

Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Ari Fleischer, Condoleezza Rice: The names still conjure, in the memory, the indelible image of the unique power culture that emerged in the W. era.

So what if you have to give up your privacy? Did you see what just happened to those two towers, all those people? So what if you’re inconvenienced by a little roughhousing at the airport? Don’t you want to play even a passive role in securing the homeland? So what if there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction? We ended up taking out a real bad guy, didn’t we? Hey, we don’t make the weather; but don’t you want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to nail things down while the Corps of Engineers hires some guys I know to make sure your polluted, depressed industrial corridor doesn’t have to be relocated to the Atchafalaya basin? And so it goes.

But none of that surprised anyone. The Republican White House of 2000-2008 walked as it talked. If the Feds wanted to snoop on you and if they wanted you to bleed a little for the greater good, Fleischer and Scott McClellan got out in front of a Presidential Seal symbol and told you why their boss thought it was a good idea. In so many ways, they said: “This is the President’s agenda, and this is why he thinks it’s the best thing for the Nation. We know we’ve got the power; now watch us use it.”

Nothing remotely approaching even that degree of openness has emanated from the White House since 2008, when Obama said this to the leaders of Federal agencies:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

With each snoop scandal; with each cover-up; with each wiretap amendment or backdoor cybersurveillance revelation; with each executive order to keep documents classified; with each internal memo telling department heads to make spending cuts painful on Americans; with every silence on whether Americans are fair game for drone strikes; with each coordinated attack on the 2nd Amendment or quiet assault on the firearms free market; with each inexplicable concession to the Saudi terrorist-birthing regime; with each flush of a Freedom of Information Act request down the toilet; with each unresolved, unaddressed lie about what the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was doing tracking guns in Mexico: With each of these revelations, and more, the Obama White House adds another spectacular dollop of hypocrisy to a crooked Presidential legacy unparalleled, so far as we know, since the administration of Richard Nixon.

Obama does not walk his talk. The message is diametrically opposed to the deed. And there is no way on Earth it’s inadvertent, no way to cobble together an apology of such hypocrisy as simple misplaced idealism or the seeking of noble goals by ignoble means. Hell, no one — but no one — knows what the goals are anymore. Talking points are hollow.

And it’s gotten too egregious to seem rooted in rationality. The inconsistencies between talk and action are just too perplexing. The delusional pathology presents similarly to that of an addict or a drunk.

On Monday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told FOX News:

I think of what Lincoln said. He said … if you really want to test a man, give him power.

I think, in that sense, the president is failing that test of power, because he has extraordinary power and he’s supposed to be able to be wise enough to restrain himself.

But he’s using the power of government to investigate his enemies. He’s tapping the phones of the press. And it turns out last year he signed legislation that allows him to detain an American without a trial and send them to Guantanamo Bay.

This sounds like a president somewhat drunk on power — not cautious about how he uses his power.

Can a bender this wild last four more years?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • steve buckner

    Power in any form corrupts but, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The mad doctor is in the house now and we need to watch him carefully as he is absolutely corrupt with power. This will only end badly for America and our freedom !!

  • peter

    Obama and the Clintons have the USA by the short and curlies and there is absolutely squat that anyone can do about it. Get used to it folks and learn to accept that the new Caesar has arrived…………..Tyrannical or not, you got him, now you have to learn to live with him. Does it feel good to be such poor judges of character? Are folks not able to see deceit when it stares them in the face? My word, it is so sad and it is going to get a lot worsefor the USA but not for his Highness or Miss Piggy.

    • Jake Thomas

      You state or question about folks not being able to see deceit when it stares them in the face. Seems to me that as long as someone has some money to put food on the table and to be able to visit their friends and to go to Disneyland, and get their freebies from you and me, they don’t take the time to look at the whole picture and to see what’s happening to THEIR country. Unfortunately, by the time these people finally open their eyes – it’s going to be to late.

  • hippybiker

    CONgress needs to grow a set and put this tin plated little god in his place!

    • rendarsmith

      They don’t care. They just want to hang on to their own godly seats.

    • perry holmes

      Obama has no balls to stand up to big money.He grabs all he can I wonder what he tells his girls when they ask him why did you do that.what kind of lie he would tell them

  • dan

    give Odumbo a fiddle and he’d be as transparent as Nero

  • jim b

    Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf, and Mummy could run this country with less horrors than this Administration. BHO, Holder, Clinton and the rest of them have turned nearly 50 percent of this country into zombie’s. So to all you zombies out there, and all you government takers (i.e. government workers and public unions) be prepared for your leaders to fall and with them the bread crumbs left behind for you to pick up.

  • James

    Obama has simply let (or has been forced to let) people under him do whatever they want to do…since he came from (fill in the area of the country here_______), he’s got skeletons in his closets.People below you are always looking to rise above you, and they’ll use whatever they can to make you do what they want you to do (spend more money to erect more government) the country is not a republic or democracy anymore, it’s run by mid to high level government bureacrats, and most people reading this are involved in some way or another, or are related to others who are benefiting from this state of confusion. Or related to someone who is making a killing from a government contractor or two. The jig is up, people other commenters are saying we’ll destroy ourselves from within, the process is well underway. If we have true patriots among US, please rise up in earnest and do whatever you can to reduce every level of government you can. we don’t have much time. type this short URL into your browser for an idea which can start the process and may help to save Social Security and Medicare–> “sdrv.ms/12AokIp” <—-don't worry it is a link to skyDRIVE…bon apetit!

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  • Tough Guy 1

    Obama has been a quart low of oil since day one. He hasn’t fooled me!

  • wyatt81

    He’s a dictator, pure and simple…

  • Michael Shreve

    Hitler rose to power by OFFERING solutions, NOT by solving problems. There is AMPLE proof that you can fool MOST of the people MOST of the time.

  • http://betamaxmas.com/ Major Domo

    I could not agree more. Open and transparent my A$$

  • Farleyagain

    Obama is a patsy, a puppet. He probably thought he could accomplish those goals – his previous life exceeded anything he’d thought possible (not though his own efforts, just because he was so easy to manipulate). In truth, and I say this a one who voted for him, Bush was the real doer – the one who started this ball rolling toward a totalitarian system. The NWO is upon us and there is precious little we still have the power to do to stop it.

    While states may be one stopgap, the only real solution is with the people. First, we need paper ballot elections and voter ID laws that prevent double and illegal voting – ballots that can be verified and recounted at any time. Second we need to start recalling Congresspeople who have betrayed their oath of office.

  • Sammy

    People are willfully blind wandering after there own selfish lusts. Most average people are asleep from the crap food water and bogus meds they choke down everyday. These things all smack of biblical end times. Obombya has the DHS targeting Christians, women, elderly and children as domestic threats.