President’s
socialist takeover must be stopped!

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner

” href=”http://www.washingtontimes.com/staff/jeffrey-t-kuhner/%3e” target=”_blank”>The Washington
Times

President Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and misdemeanors.  The
Democratic majority in Congress is in peril as Americans reject his
agenda.  Yet more must be done: Mr. Obama should be impeached.

He is slowly – piece by painful piece – erecting a socialist dictatorship. We
are not there – yet. But he is putting America on that dangerous path. He is
undermining our constitutional system of checks and balances; subverting
democratic procedures and the rule of law; presiding over a corrupt, gangster
regime; and assaulting the very pillars of traditional capitalism. Like
Venezuela ‘s leftist strongman, Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama is bent on imposing a
revolution from above – one that is polarizing America along racial, political
and ideological lines. Mr. Obama is the most divisive president since Richard
Nixon. His policies are Balkanizing the country. It’s time for him to go.

He has abused his office and violated his oath to uphold the Constitution. His
health care overhaul was rammed through Congress. It was – and remains –
opposed by a majority of the people. It could only be passed through bribery
and political intimidation. The Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback,
the $5 billion Medicaid set-aside for Florida Sen. Bill Nelson – taxpayer money
was used as a virtual slush fund to buy swing votes. Moreover, the law is
blatantly unconstitutional: The federal government does not have the right to
coerce every citizen to purchase a good or service. This is not in the
Constitution, and it represents an unprecedented expansion of power.

Yet Obamacare’s most pernicious aspect is its federal funding of abortion.
Pro-lifers are now compelled to have their tax dollars used to subsidize
insurance plans that allow for the murder of unborn children. This is more than
state-sanctioned infanticide. It violates the conscience rights of religious
citizens. Traditionalists – evangelicals, Catholics, Baptists, Muslims,
Orthodox Jews – have been made complicit in an abomination that goes against
their deepest religious values. As the law is implemented (as in Pennsylvania )
the consequences of the abortion provisions will become increasingly apparent.
The result will be a cultural civil war. Pro-lifers will become deeply
alienated from society; among many, a secession of the heart is taking place.

Mr. Obama is waging a frontal assault on property rights. The BP oil spill is a
case in point. BP clearly is responsible for the spill and its massive economic
and environmental damage to the Gulf. There is a legal process for claims to be
adjudicated, but Mr. Obama has behaved more like Mr. Chavez or Russia ‘s
Vladimir Putin: He has bullied BP into setting up a $20 billion compensation
fund administered by an Obama appointee. In other words, the assets of a
private company are to be raided to serve a political agenda. Billions will be
dispensed arbitrarily in compensation to oil-spill victims – much of it to
Democratic constituents. This is cronyism and creeping authoritarianism.

Mr. Obama’s multicultural socialism seeks to eradicate traditional America . He
has created a command-and-control health care system. He has essentially
nationalized the big banks, the financial sector, the automakers and the
student loan industry. He next wants to pass “cap-and-trade,” which
would bring industry and manufacturing under the heel of big government. The
state is intervening in every aspect of American life – beyond its
constitutionally delegated bounds. Under Mr. Obama, the Constitution has become
a meaningless scrap of paper.

To provide the shock troops for his socialist takeover, Mr. Obama calls for
“comprehensive immigration reform” – granting amnesty to 12 million
to 20 million illegal aliens. This would forge a permanent Democratic electoral
majority. It would sound the death knell for our national sovereignty. Amnesty
rewards lawlessness and criminal behavior; it signifies the surrender of our
porous southern border to a massive illegal invasion. It means the death of
American nationhood. We will no longer be a country, but the colony of a global
socialist empire.

Rather than defending our homeland, Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has sued
Arizona for its immigration law. He is siding with criminals against his fellow
Americans. His actions desecrate his constitutional oath to protect U.S.
citizens from enemies foreign and domestic. He is thus encouraging more illegal
immigration as Washington refuses to protect our borders. Mr. Obama’s decision
on this case is treasonous.

As president, he is supposed to respect the rule of law. Instead, his
administration has dropped charges of voter intimidation against members of the
New Black Panther Party. This was done even though their menacing behavior was
caught on tape: men in military garb brandishing clubs and threatening whites
at a polling site. A Justice Department lawyer intimately involved in the case,
J. Christian Adams, resigned in protest. Mr. Adams says that under Mr. Obama,
there is a new policy: Cases involving black defendants and white victims – no
matter how much they cry for justice – are not to be prosecuted. This is more
than institutionalized racism. It is an abrogation of civil rights laws. The
Justice Department’s behavior is illegal. It poses a direct threat to the
integrity of our democracy and the sanctity of our electoral process.

Corruption in the administration is rampant. Washington no longer has a
government; rather, it has a gangster regime. The Chicago way has become the
Washington way. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a political hit man.. He is an
amoral, ruthless operator. It was Mr. Emanuel who reached out to Rep. Joe
Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, offering a high-ranking job in the hopes of
persuading Mr. Sestak to pull out of the primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. It
was Mr. Emanuel who offered another government position to Andrew Romanoff to
do the same in the Colorado Democratic Senate primary. And it was Mr. Emanuel –
as the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has revealed – who acted
as the go-between to try to have Valerie Jarrett parachuted into Mr. Obama’s
former Senate seat. The only question was: What did Mr. Blagojevich want in
exchange?

This is not simply sleazy Chicago machine politics. It is the systematic
breaking of the law – bribery, attempt to interfere (and manipulate) elections
using taxpayer-funded jobs, influence peddling and abuse of power.

The common misperception on the right is that Mr. Obama is another Jimmy
Carter: an incompetent liberal whose presidency is being reduced to rubble
under the onslaught of repeated failures. The very opposite, however, is true.
He is the most consequential president in our lifetime, transforming America
into something our Founding Fathers would find not only unrecognizable, but
repugnant. Like all radical revolutionaries, he is consumed by the pursuit of
power – attaining it, wielding it and maximizing it. Mr.. Obama’s fledgling
thug state must be stopped.

If Republicans win back Congress in November, they should – and likely will –
launch formal investigations into this criminal, scandal-ridden administration.
Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and ranking member of the Oversight
and Government Reform Committee, has promised as much. Mr. Obama has betrayed
the American people. Impeachment is the only answer. This usurper must fall.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the
Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the host of “The
Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (

The Empire Strikes Back

Written by Oliver North

Friday, 22 July 2011
Georgetown County, SC – “Will your Boykin hunt?” asked the young man, admiring the
little red spaniel at my side. “Casey” wagged her tail and sat, patiently
waiting for me to check out of the local farmers market with a basket of fresh
peaches, corn and tomatoes.“She’s not yet a year old, but she already works
well into the wind, can kick up a bird and if I shoot right, she retrieves to
hand,” I replied with no small amount of hubris. The conversation abruptly
shifted to international politics – but not in the direction I expected.  “What are you going to do with her once
‘The Empire’ bans your shotguns?” he asked.
For a moment I was lost. “The Empire?”
“Yeah,” he said, “The UN – the global imperial government in New York.
‘The Empire’ wants to

I’m used to strangers approaching me on topics like hunting, the war, our
troops serving in harm’s way, the national debt, taxes and the endless list
of presidential candidates. But it’s unusual for an interlocutor to shift
instantly from hunting to the United Nations. So I asked, “Why do you think
that could happen while we still have a 2nd Amendment in our Constitution?
The American people wouldn’t stand for it.”

“Do you really think ‘We the People’ are paying attention to what the UN is
doing while we’re distracted with everything else that’s going on?”  It was a reasonable question – and I
concluded: “No, most people probably aren’t engaged on this issue. But some
of us are, and there are more than 80 million U.S. gun owners. I’m on the
board of the National Rifle Association, and we’re paying attention.” “Good,” the young man replied with a smile,
“because I helped elect you. I’m a life member of the NRA.”

After paying for our produce, we spoke for a few more minutes in the parking
lot. I again assured him that the NRA and organizations such as Freedom
Alliance are doing their best to preserve American’s individual liberties and
protect U.S. sovereignty and security – even though it often appears to be an
uphill fight. I then went home to dig into what the globalists at the UN are
preparing for us. As usual, it isn’t good.

For five years now, various committees of the United Nations purport to have
been drafting “an internationally acceptable Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)” that
“will make the world safer.” If the UN’s “Open-Ended Working Group on the
ATT” completes its “work” on time, the treaty will be voted on next year. The
Obama administration is on record supporting the measure, claiming “The
United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty
that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the
international transfer of conventional weapons.”

Earlier this month, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, went
to the big blue building in New York City to tell the America haters of the
“Working Group,” in unequivocal terms, why the current draft of the treaty is
unacceptable: “The right to keep and bear arms in defense of self, family and
country is ultimately self-evident and is part of the Bill of Rights of the
United States Constitution. Reduced to its core, it is about fundamental
individual freedom, human worth and self-destiny.” He noted that among the
many flaws of the ATT, “a manufacturer of civilian shotguns would have to
comply with the same regulatory process as a manufacturer of military attack
helicopters.”

Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, who wrote the book on how the UN
usurps U.S. sovereignty, “Diplomatic Divorce,” says we shouldn’t be surprised
at the international forum’s end-run on the U.S. Constitution. “The UN is a
global-leftist organization that uses multilateral treaties like the ATT to
enforce their will upon all humankind. It’s the ultimate power play. To them,
the U.S. Constitution and the sovereign rights of American citizens are
irrelevant. If they have their way, they will create a vast new international
bureaucracy to document, regulate, track, supervise, inspect and maintain
surveillance over every firearm ever made. Such a regime ought to be
completely unacceptable to every American.”

LaPierre and Kilgannon make clear that including civilian firearms in the ATT
is unacceptable to the NRA and Freedom Alliance. Whether that will be
sufficient to convince the Obama administration remains to be seen. But there
is some good news in all of this.  As we parted ways at the local farmers market, my inquisitor stuck out his
hand and said: “You served in the Marines. I was in the Army. We both took an
oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ I hope
that still matters.” When he got into his truck, I noticed his license plate:
Massachusetts. Home of Paul Revere, John Adams, John Hancock. When an empire
struck at Americans in 1775, they knew what to do. Let’s hope we still do.