Thursday, November 6, 2008


Yesterday I asserted that we could look for certain things from a BO presidency.

Several commenters challenged my conclusions, saying they are warnings with no basis.

Well, I'd like to challenge the challengers to get their heads out of the sand and just look at what the man, himself, has said.

In a morning radio interview in Chicago, BO said the following:

"As radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted -- and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you. But it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasn't shifted, and one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And, uh, in some ways we still suffer from that."

Do you understand what he said?

He said the Constitution was written on a flawed premise: what the government cannot do, rather than what it must do.

He went on to say that the Constitution is "...a flawed document."

Those are not my words, they are his.

Yet he is willing to stand before the American people and place his hand on a Bible, or some other "sacred" work and say:

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

He will swear to you that he will preserve the Constitution.

He will swear to you that he will protect the Constitution.

He will swear to you that he will defend the Constitution.

Notice that there is nothing in the oath of office that promises what the president will do for you.

Now, either he will fulfill his oath or he will act on his belief that the Constitution is flawed and will try to change it.

Based on his assertion that he is an honest man, I expect that he will do his best to change the Constitution into a "less flawed" document by re-writing it to say what the government is obligated to do for you.

That will require a Constitutional Convention, and that is a very dangerous idea.

In another interview, BO stated that he intends to place "clean air" restrictions on the coal industry that it will become too expensive for them to comply and that if they choose to build new plants they can do so, but it will bankrupt them.

I didn't say that, he did.

Is he honest?

Will he really do what he said he will do?

That is a matter of trust.

If he can be trusted to accomplish his goals, there will be consequences that are beyond anything we have ever had to endure.

Are you aware of the importance of the coal industry to our economy and to the well-being of citizens presently dependant on coal for heating their homes and providing them with electricity?

New energy sources are fine, but the logistics of developing, constructing and distributing these new sources will take a great deal of time, as we do not currently have the technology or the infrastructure to make efficient use of them.

In the mean time, we must continue to rely on what we have, as responsibly as possible.

On the topic of energy, did you notice that as soon as the US announced that it would consider drilling for oil in places it has not been drilling the price of a barrel of oil began to drop?

See, oil prices are based on anticipated supplies and demands, not on today's use.

As soon as OPEC and others are convinced that we will not drill in the near future, they will conclude that the supply will not be increasing and they will be able to raise the price of a barrel of oil once again, bringing them great profits on their oil.

We, then will pay more for gasoline at the pump.

BO has frowned on the idea of drilling for oil off shore or elsewhere, leaving us at the mercy of foreign sources.

As you know, computers work on an "if-then" basis. If certain conditions exist, certain things will occur.

My assessment of the things that will be coming our way in a BO presidency are based on the same principle: if this happens, this will be the result.

So I stand by my predictions, based not on some Nostradamical prophetic ability, but on a logical extension of the beliefs BO, himself has stated he believes and will do.

You don't have to agree with me.

This is still America, and you have the right to be wrong.


shoprat said...

It would be far better for America if you were wrong, but sadly you are right and these naive fools are going to find out just how right you and they will find out the hard way.

Tapline said...

Joe, I hope you are wrong...WE are still a democracy and I think that we have checks and balances. If the Republicans are vigilant we need not worry however,,,,Money talks, which we are very much aware, We will see and try to keep them honest.....The black Robes took away some of the presidential powers under Bush. I ramble...We will see....stay well...

Joe said...

This post is nothing more than a presentation of the facts of what BO actually said.

Whether or not he is able to implement his agenda remains to be seen, but with a sympathetic Congress and Senate, it does not look as if the checks and balances are in place.

Unless, of course, the Supreme Court steps in and delcares his proposals unconstitutional.

Well, we can hope.