It would be easy to go on again and describe the president as a rich-hating, race-baiting, tax-raising, corporate hazing, foreign-leaning, forever preening, Windy City Gas-Man, Ken-yan, divisive, abrogating, derisive, abdicating, wealth-stealing, welfare-dealing rebel without a clue. To avoid that temptation is almost as difficult as visiting all 57 states, and to continue a weekly harangue about his anti-American proclivities might be seen as callow and mindless…………………like making fun of the Special Olympics, for instance.
So today’s roll call subject is to inquire whether anyone in Congress remembers the oath they took upon assuming office or if they really understood it, two questions largely rendered moot given their heinous dereliction of duty. The oath follows, so grab an air sickness bag if you have one handy:
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
We can parse that oath and the subsequent violations, heretofore so unimaginable that the Founding Fathers are spinning in their tombs at such a rate that they could generate electricity. (Don’t tell Mr. Obama or he’s likely to endow their graveyards with another $532 million and call it Solyndra II) The disgusting reality is that the business and economic acumen of the average congressional member is no higher than that of a high school freshman, yet they are spending money like vicarious moguls playing a game of Monopoly, and we’re expecting them to recognize and correct a self-created and imminent catastrophe and the anti-American antics that emanate from the Oval Office?
An old golf partner of mine was a psychiatrist called Dr. Z., and he once told me something so profound I quit looking for my lost ball. He said, “For pathological types, not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth,” and I can’t think of a better example of unchecked conceit than the words Mr. Obama used in front of a bank of cameras today. He admitted the depth and scope of the recession was of a greater magnitude than he and his toadies and tyros had anticipated, conveniently omitting that collectively they inanely believed it was possible to spend our way out of it. He then added, “The deficit has increased because less tax revenue is coming in due to the recession.”
There are fibs, white lies, damn lies, fish tales, partial truths, self-deceptions, and whoppers, but that very utterance belongs in a category of prevarication nobody has ever dared attemp for fear of being put in a straitjacket. The question is whether we are witnessing delusion, dementia, or a pre-determined plan to bring ruination to America.
The U.S. does not have a $1.1 Trillion budget overrun because tax revenues are down. We have it because of insane spending policies from the president and a Congress too timid or ignorant to embrace their job descriptions. The Constitution states: “The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the U.S. shall be removed from Office on impeachment for Conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Does the $45 Million Obama dispensed to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson for his health care vote count for anything? How about the $350 Million given to Lousiana so Senator Mary Landrieu would change her mind to vote for Obamacare? Iran is determined to go nuclear or become the national version of a suicide bomber while trying. It has sworn to destroy Israel and threatened to interrupt or attempt permanent disruption of shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, yet the president is intent upon neutering the military, reducing our nuclear capabilities to levels of the 1950’s, and placing our country in an inferior position of strength to China and Russia. Meanwhile, the U.S. already has 1.4 million miles of gas pipelines distributing product to 170 million homes and businesses, 55,000 miles of crude oil trunk pipelines, and 95,000 miles of pipelines for refined petroleum products, and Mr. Obama stonewalls the 1700 mile Keystone Pipeline project on bogus environmental concerns, killing jobs, and keeping our country dependent on the fickle whims of OPEC.
There is no exam given to become a member of Congress. There is no license required. There is no criteria set to determine competence. If you’re popular in your state or district? Baby, you’re in. With the bar set so low and attrition-resistant cling-ons unwilling to relinquish their grips on power, we see no congressional indignation and only an occasional outburst of feigned umbrage, normally hollow rhetoric designed for a sound-bite populace.
It is numbingly frustrating to watch this lethargy, incompetence, and cowardice, for not a stalwart patriot has yet emerged from the rubble to lead from the front. The noose tightens daily around the necks of taxpayers and corporations and Congress remains tethered to a Jim Jones character, eagerly awaiting instructions to take another sip of Kool Aid.