President Obama has grown fond of saying that he’s “not a dictator,” “not a king,” and “not the emperor,” but is instead “the president.” Whether his tendency to clarify a seemingly obvious point reveals his inner desires or not, his actions in a variety of ways suggest that he doesn’t think the president shares his fellow citizens’ ongoing obligation to obey the law. To the contrary, he seems to view the president as being somewhat above the law. The latest example involves Obama’s legal obligation to submit a budget by the first Monday in February. We’ve now passed
Why do authors HEDGE their words when they criticize the President. If his ACTIONS supercede or circumvent law, then he is above the law, or better , not obeying or breaking the law. He is not SUGGESTING, he is DOING.
His enablers are afraid he´ll be Nixon, Hoover and Carter all rolled into one arrogant scold. Please change the subject. Is there any aspirin factory out there to bomb? You know what the woman said on Election Day: "you could bounce a quarter off that butt." He´ll look great in a bomber jacket, just like Billy Clinker did when it got hot in ´98.
It´s clear to these eyes that Obama does indeed want to be a dictator or a king -- either would be his rightful place at the top, he believes.
Every time he uses either word, he desensitizes his LoFo and the media to the very concept of changing the Constitution to allow him to have total autonomy, to actually rule as a dictator or a king. His public use of the words is no accident. It is meant to desensitize.
After all, he could bypass all obstaces, like Congress and the Constitution and do everything he´s always wanted to do -- through absolute power.
Do not underestimate Obama´s use of these words. It is calculating, devious and sinister.
Obey the laws of the land? His Imperial Majesty Emperor Kingfish has much bigger fish to fry..."This is the moment when we must come together to save the planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands."
Obama knows that the other two branches of our Government won´t do a thing so he can do what he wants. Like Bill Cosby said if you disagree with Obama you are a racist. I just wish our first black President wasn´t such a thug, white hating, America as founded hating community organizer.
Contrary to Our Founders’ intentions, BHO’s actions constantly demonstrate how he perceives our Constitution of the United States to merely be a document of suggestions.
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Bad Dog, 3/7/2013 8:04:42 AM (No. 9212635)
How are ´high crimes and misdemeanors´ defined? Anyone know? Certainly, this legal obligation not met, time after time, qualifies as a misdemeanor of the highest office in the land..... ???
There is certainly dissatisfaction evident now amongst our Republicans, and even disillusionment amongst some Democrats (but don´t ask me who). But sadly, I doubt there is any sentiment toward impeachment unless he´s caught on video with a little boy or a dead girl. (And even then, no guarantee that George Bush didn´t force him to do it. /s)
The more he mentions that he´s not a dictator, not a king or emperror, but ´only´ the president and thus limited in what he can ´´do for´´ his peeps, I believe he is building desire in his ignorant masses for him to become that ´benevolent´ dictator, a la Hugo.
Socialism is so evil.... so inherently wicked. To make everyone equal, is to break down and destroy half the populace. Evil.
I seem to remember that when he says "I am not a king or dictator" he adds the word unfortunately to the sentence. So, as #7 points out, his minions will get the idea that being a king or dictator would be better so he can take better care of them. As Obama phone lady screamed, "he gave us Obama phone and he gonna do more". Bless her "English is not my first language" heart.
The question I ask is why isn´t anyone holding him accountable? If producing a budget is a law and not just a suggestion, why aren´t the proper authorities forcing his hand? If nothing is done, he is getting away with flaunting the law because he can. I thought in this country no one was above the law. Apparently that does not apply to the boy king.
Remember when he told La Raza that he couldn´t do anything about immigration because he wasn´t a dictator and had to go through congress? What did he do just in time for the elections last year? He went AROUND congress and gave special rights to a million or so illegals by executive order.
When a dime store magician holds up a deck of cards and says "This is an ORDINARY deck of cards", the best response from the audience would be "Who asked?". The reason the magician is making a point of the cards being ordinary is likely due to the fact that they are not.
Same with Obama´s words here. When he says he is not a dictator or a king... WHO ASKED? Likely, he is betraying his real inward mindset in much the same manner that the poorly trained magician does.
Problem: from the beginning with the first infraction or disregarding of Law, when the media praised the audacity, either vocally or by NOT reporting the story, he was further emboldened (started during the campaign, of course).
People too busy with family and working to put food on the table, to pay adequate attention to the deeds of a highly activist government; people too uncurious to be bothered to THINK, too credulous because of an adolescent view of government; people too ignorant of history and the progress of totalitarianism --make the descent into tyranny easy AND quick.
Not only does Obozo ignore the laws of the the land, he ignores the unwritten but understood laws of economics. To do economically what is is doing to this country is going to eventually cause a huge drop in the economy of this entire country and as a result every one that lives in it. Including those lo-fo´s who adore the idiot.
I don´t believe anything that comes out of obama´s mouth. He is a born liar and besides being a liar he is a liberal-socialist and who would have thought that there were enough stupid people in this great country to vote someone like for President that not once but twice?
I too give kudos to #7. 0bama is indeed calculating, devious and sinister. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. He has grand plans for this country and they are not good. I´m sure if we were allowed to see everything in his hidden background we would be more horrified than we already are. He is no different than someone like Hugo Chavez and sadly for us he is the president. What an utter travesty.
Perhaps he believes the laws of this country are ´beneath´ him. Perhaps Chavez will come back and visit him wrapped in chains like Marley visited Scrooge and let him know that he´s not above God´s laws.
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M Stuart, 3/7/2013 11:03:41 AM (No. 9212990)
How about targeting the illegalities of Eric Holder as a start? Getting rid of the inept liar at Dept of JustUs would be a huge start. He keeps 0bama in business along with the media enablers.
When you are the recipient of affirmative action programs for all of your life..you went to a hohum school in Ca. and got into Columbia after being a doper, after getting into Harvard Law and won´t release your LSAT´s nor undergrad grades(do you think they were high?),when you were a mediocre state senator and even your fellow democrats admit that if you were a white guy you would still be there(G. Ferarro)..and on and on..why should anything be expected of you? You would have never been hired as a mid level management employee by a Fortune 500 company save for the color of your skin..what exactly did we expect?
Even before the 2008 election, I was practically screaming warnings about this "above the law´ attitude of Øbama. He was arrogant and presumptive of specialness even as a candidate. His so-called "blackness" he wore like a badge and arrogantly refused to wear the American flag or to even cover his heart during recitations of the POA or during singing of the Anthem or during parade passing of the flag. This alarmed me to no end. Now, look what he has shown us about his respect for this country and the Constitution.
The President is above the law...He can kill you and if the Senate refuses to prosecute....you are dead and he has a retirement. He can walk up to your child and shoot the child in the head...and if the house of reps will not impeach....there is nothing anyone can do. Of course when the Senate was appointed by the states.....Obama would be prosecuted.
He uses the word "dictator" far too often for it to be unintentional. And his lamentations that he must go through Congress (those Republican dolts in the House) serve only to make his base think things would be so much better if he didn´t have to.
Just as the British subjects/civilians of the 13 colonies held the British government accountable for it´s transgressions towards it´s citizens, we Americans should form a large group and charge Barack Obama with TREASON towards the people and the Constitution to which he gave HIS OATH to "preserve, protect and defend".
He has FAILED in this oath and has shown to be an internal enemy of our country.
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