We Have Met The Enemy
by Dan Bubalo
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT: ”A date which will live in infamy.”
PRESIDENT EISENHOWER: ”A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
PRESIDENT LINCOLN: ”America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
PRESIDENT TRUMAN: ”The buck stops here.”
PRESIDENT KENNEDY: ”Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
PRESIDENT OBAMA: ”I have a pen and a phone.”
What is this, “Thus Spake Zarathustra”? I guess we have the ubermensch among us and apparently nobody including a majority of Congress will acknowledge the president’s messianic superiority, which was on display again during his most recent huffing and puffing session. Who ever thought we’d have a foot-stomping, tempestuous brat and inexperienced administrator for a president? ”I have a pen and a phone”? This isn’t the time for show-and-tell at the morning session of kindergarten, nor is it remotely dignified to invoke peripatetic threats in lieu of sane and reasoned leadership, but those are the limitations of this president’s skill set. What intimidation tactics could have possibly crippled John Boehner so badly as Speaker of House that he refuses to take action against repeated seditious rhetoric and actions?
Among an amazing amount of incoherent policy maneuvers, there are, naturally, a growing number of questions this administration should be compelled to answer. For example, if the United States’ spy-wing can eavesdrop sufficiently to record the sexual fetishes of Raul Castro and that Vladimir Putin loves re-runs of Sanford and Son, why cannot the NSA produce the texts, emails, cables, and phone calls that took place during the Benghazi slaughter? It’s a simple dial up mechanism, and voila! We’d know all we need to know and the production of said material would neuter the reluctance of the Department of State to cooperate with oversight committees as it persists with its illegal stone-walling. Certainly, Hillary might have ridden through the hallowed halls at “State” screeching like the Wicked Witch of the West and threatened rank and file with death or dismemberment, and told them on behalf of Mrs. (excuse me) Mr. Obama that they’d better remain mum, but reality says we don’t need documents from the frightened and coerced. It’s one click away and imminently accessible, which obviously begs the following question: for whom does the NSA work?
It is after all the National Security Agency, and Benghazi is definitely a matter of national security, so why the delay? Clearly, the agency doesn’t work for peons, because it spies on us. Does it help the military? It would appear not as much as it could. Homeland Security can’t be getting much assistance either, for our borders are like a sieve, and every dastardly IRS thug has been deemed as pure as driven snow because the NSA has been empowered with the luxury of selective exposition, not unlike the Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany, and is used like a sledge hammer at the the president’s and attorney general’s discretion while allegedly remaining at arm’s length and operating autonomously. Sure.
If Obama believes he can amend legislation from the executive branch with respect to the naive and ill-conceived constructs of Obamacare, he’s probably medicated too heavily to remember the constraints of constitutional law. Think it over. He was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, a non-professorial instructor at the University of Chicago School of Law, and his political machine calls him a constitutional scholar. Really? Nobody could be that accomplished and act so irresponsibly unless they had an agenda antithetical to that which has allowed the United States to prosper, and, moreover, was hell-bent on watching the country fail. If you have a better explanation, I’m all ears, for with each passing day there’s not enough duct tape available for this administration to keep the wrapping on any number of damaged packages.
The government cannot assure us of identity protection for the calamity known as Obamacare, but the peacocks in the penthouse known as Congress will call executives from Target Corporation to the hill this week in order to berate them for cyber security lapses. Yet at the same time, the government offers no such protections to Obamacare enrollees and is actually in violation of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and and Accountability Act signed by Bill Clinton in 1996, which created strenuous patient protections with respect to confidentiality. Meanwhile, the NSA knows whether an individual buys boxers or briefs with NASCAR logos on them, and a sixth grader with a reasonable computer acumen could hack into the Obamacare website before he finished his afternoon milk and cookies. Hell, the NSA has an information jacket on all of us. Why not have them enroll everyone! !
The Top Cop (or Con) Eric Holder just announced the IRS investigation is over. Nothing to be seen here, people. Move along. Move along….Current and former prosecutors have excoriated Holder for this cavalierly subjective examination of the government’s taxing apparatus, and wonder aloud what precedent allows him to proclaim an investigation complete when the plaintiffs have yet to testify. As far as he and Obama are concerned, the only rule of law is the one they awake to each morning and decide they want to enforce, whether there exists a statute, or is restricted by one they wish to ignore, and that is abundantly clear with respect to the IRS, which blatantly violated First and Fifth Amendment protections under the Constitution.
The IRS cannot be embroiled in a protracted congressional investigation at this time because it is the collection and enforcement agency for the Affordable Care Act, which bears this critical reminder: the legislation was deemed a tax, and is not a law. At a time that citizens are staying away in droves, the IRS becomes a critical player in order to assure Obamacare gains some semblance of financial stability, regardless of whether the government produces a viable website, can offer participants identity protection, or guarantees anyone’s confidentiality.
Creator Walt Kelly provided the famous quote for Pogo: ”We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
With all deference to Mr. Kelly: ”We have met the enemy, and they sit in the Oval Office and Department of Justice.”