Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The President Who Would Be King

The President Who Would Be King

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

Obama’s past is so vague and so little is known about the man before he won a seat in the Senate that it is extremely difficult to refer to times and places in his past.  But I do seem to recall that he was said to have been a constitutional expert and even TAUGHT the US Constitution at some college or other.  If so, it is more than a little interesting.

See. Here’s the thing:  IF Obama taught the US Constitution then he knows that America opted for a bicameral constitutional, representative, government with a president as the chief executive.  Nowhere in the US Constitution is a King of the United States proved for.  NOWHERE.

Apparently someone else taught Obama’s class they day they covered presidents vs kings in America.  Obviously, he was absent. Else he would have known that America has no king. 

After hearing King Oba … uh … President Obama making proclamations on the campaign trail as to what he intends to do without the approval of the people’s legislature, methinks the King, er, the President is in dire need of psychiatric help.   He gives every indication that he is delusional. 

We are, of course, referring to Mr. Obama’s abuse of the Presidential Executive Order authority.   Even now, Mr. Obama is preparing to issue a host of presidential executive orders.  He is making no secret that he intends to rule by executive order and regulations issued by HIS czars and the heads of the various government agencies under his command.  In fact, he openly boasts about it before crowds, which have been especially screened by the Democratic Party, and the DNC, before they are allowed to bask in Mr. Obama’s dimly lit glory.

In the event that Mr. Obama DID, in fact, miss the class on presidents vs kings, then we shall endeavor to enlighten him and all others stricken with the same malady – lack of constitutional knowledge.

Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is concise in its language, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."


Got it?  No king mentioned there, right?


The last thing the founders of the United States wanted was the establishment of a strong central government and a strong political leader at the center of that government. They had just fought a long grueling war to gain their freedom from a King and they no longer wanted kings, potentates, or czars.  What they DID want was a loose association of States in which the power emanated from the States and not from the central government.  (Bet THAT wasn’t taught in Professor Obama’s class!)

It is important to remember that before the constitution there were the Articles of Confederation.  “The President” was the President of the United States in Congress Assembled.  The powers of the office were extremely limited and the President served for only one year.  The Constitution, in contrast to the Articles of Confederation, established a strong four-year Presidency, but still only provided extremely limited powers to the office.


“Today, the executive branch of the government is immensely powerful, much more powerful than the founding fathers had envisioned or wanted. Congressional legislative powers have been usurped. There is no greater example of that usurpation than in the form of the Presidential Executive Order. The process totally bypasses Congressional legislative authority and places in the hands of the President almost unilateral power. The Executive Order governs everything from the Flag Code of the United States to the ability to single-handedly declare Martial Law. Presidents have used the Executive Order in times of emergencies to override the Constitution of the United States and the Congress.” (SOURCE)


“President Abraham Lincoln suspended many fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He closed down newspapers opposed to his wartime policies and imprisoned what many historians now call political prisoners. He suspended the right of trial and the right to be confronted by accusers. Lincoln's justification for such drastic actions was the preservation of the Union above all things. After the war and Lincoln's death, Constitutional law was restored.” (SOURCE)


Here are just a few Executive Orders that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education, and welfare functions.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, and designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

·         EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

If it sounds like George Orwell’s “1984” well, yeah, that’s exactly what it would be – if the executive orders above were enacted.  To become US Law they do not need to be run by Congress.  No.  All that is necessary is that they be PUBLISHED in the FEDERAL REGISTER.  THAT’S ALL!

There is one more executive order I want to make you aware of – and this one ought to scare every American out of their wits.  For with this one E.O. we will lose our freedom -- completely.  Here it is:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen-year period.

Just like that, we are no longer a free people.

Conservative activist Howard J. Ruff said:  "Since the enactment of Executive Order 11490, the only thing standing between us and dictatorship is the good character of the President, and the lack of a crisis severe enough that the public would stand still for it."

“Executive Orders are, indeed, controversial because they allow the President to make major decisions, even law, without the consent of Congress. This, of course, runs against the general logic of the Constitution -- that no one should have power to act unilaterally.” (SOURCE)


“If Congress does not like what the executive branch is doing, it has two main options. First, it may rewrite or amend a previous law, or spell it out in greater detail how the Executive Branch must act. Of course, the President has the right to veto the bill if he disagrees with it, so, in practice; a 2/3 majority is often required to override an Executive Order.


In addition to congressional recourse, Executive Orders can be challenged in court, usually on the grounds that the Order deviates from "congressional intent" or exceeds the President's constitutional powers.” (SOURCE)


As we have now seen, Mr. Obama COULD, indeed, make himself dictator with the stroke of a pen. Granted, it would be a very brief dictatorship, but we now know just how easily it can be done.


This is WRONG and needs to be corrected by a constitutional amendment as quickly as the US has a Congress with the level of testosterone necessary for brave action in the name of FREEDOM.

Obama is openly threatening to push his socialist agenda into US Law by using his authority to proclaim law with the power of the executive order.


Does America want a dictator, or a President answerable to the people?  Vote for one or the other at the ballot box in November of 2012.


J. D. Longstreet

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