Thursday, July 08, 2010
Good-bye Mr Obama... It's Time For You to Go
But when Barack Obama won the same campaign, this author was not terribly concerned about it. Although McCain had been deemed to be the superior candidate, there seemed to be an awful lot to like about Obama.
Sadly, many of those things never materialized.
Obama's "yes we can" mantra implied the empowerment of citizens over the imposition of state activism. Obama promised a more constructive dialogue on race. Government would be more responsive to the needs of the American people, especially during times of crisis.
These things haven't come to fruition -- there's little evidence that they will.
It isn't Obama's health care reform package -- although it was poorly conceptualized and the to-date execution of that plan has been poor, to phrase it kindly -- that has been the straw that broke the camel's back. Nor was his administration's meagre response to the still-flowing British Petroleum oil spill.
In the end, the final straw for the Obama administration has actually been its corrosive approach to racial issues. Ironically, a more constructive approach to race was one of the more promising prospects of the Obama administration. What has emerged has instead been the polar opposite.
Democrat legislators falsely accuse Tea Party protesters of hurling racial epithets with little or no admonition by the President or by Democratic party brass. A state that passes legislation to enforce federal immigration law replete with a higher standard of jurisprudence than the federal law mandates is declared to be racist, and challenged in court by Obama's Department of Justice.
But the final straw has to be what appears to be political interference in a voter intimidation case.
The case stems from the presence of members of the New Black Panther Party at a Philadelphia polling station on November 4, 2009. Members of the party openly brandished weapons while claiming to be "security".
Captured on video is King Samir Shabazz, who also attained some level of infamy by calling for the killing of white people and, specifically, white children.
Prosecutors for the Department of Justice won the case against the New Black Panther Party. Then an as-yet unknown figure within the US Department of Justice ordered the case dropped before the sentencing stage.
This is apparently the approach of the Obama administration to race and to law and order: when a group of African Americans is captured on video intimidating voters with weapons at an election polling station, the case is dismissed without explanation. And Americans still have yet to hear an explanation.
In an administration cognizant of its legal and constitutional obligations, Barack Obama would be leaning very hard on Attorney General Eric Holder. When more than a year went by without a satisfactory explanation of the decision -- whether made by Holder or by another Department of Justice official -- for the decision failed to materialize, Holder's resignation should have been sought.
It hasn't been. Holder remains Attorney General. In charge of a Department of Justice that is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States, declines to do so, and then sues the state of Arizona when it passes legislation to do precisely that in the federal government's stead.
Your not-so-humble scribe, not being a citizen of the United States, does not imagine himself to hold any right or privilege to call for the resignation of the President of the United States; a foreign country.
But this author now agrees with a growing legion of American citizens who believe Barack Obama has failed to meet his obligations as the President of the United States, and should depart from that office at the earliest opportunity.
It's unfortunate. Riding a highly-motivated movement of politically active citizens, Barack Obama had the opportunity to combine government action with citizen action to truly better his country.
Instead, he has stood by while his Department of Justice threatens to render his country a nearly lawless state.
It's time for the Obama Presidency to end, as soon as possible. Americans of sound political conscience need to set the stage for a 2012 defeat of Obama -- provided that he doesn't do the honourable thing and resign as President -- by doing what they can to stem Obama's disastrous tide in 2010.
Democrats of sound political conscience need to ensure that Obama faces strong opposition in primaries leading up to the 2012 election. Republicans need to ensure that their candidate is of the highest possible calibre -- and need to put aside internal divisions within their party long enough to give that candidate the best possible opportunity to win the election.
John McCain cannot save the United States now. He's declared he won't run for President.
Who will be President after 2010 is not for this commenter to decide -- American citizens will have to decide that. But Barack Obama cannot continue as President so much as one minute longer than necessary.
Good-bye, Mr Obama. It's time for you to go.