`“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.”
This is the oath of office taken by every person sworn in as President of the United States. It is simple, straight forward and direct in its purpose and intent and is the oath taken by every president from George Washington to Barrack Obama.
It is taken in public and is intended to insure that The President will not only lead by example but will protect the very foundation on which the freedom of the people and their nation’s laws are based.
Every democracy in the world requires a similar oath be taken by its incoming Prime Ministers and Presidents and virtually no democracy in the world has a political leadership that has not turned its back on, and violated, that oath.
On March 28, 2011 the President made this declaration regarding illegal immigration.
“With respect to the notion that I can just
suspend deportations [of immigrants
brought here illegally as children]
through executive order, that’s just not the case,
because there are laws on the books
that Congress has passed.”
This declaration was consistent with his oath of office. In June of 2012, despite the fact that the law had not changed, the President announced that he was unilaterally over-ruling that law and in that announcement reversed not only his statement of the previous year but contradicted his sworn oath of office. This decision was not done for noble or even necessary means to protect the nation. It was done out of expediency to gain votes from the Latino community for his troubled reelection.
With this one act, this particular law no longer applies to 800,000 illegal immigrants almost all of whom are Latino.
It is one thing for any political leader to attempt to have a law revised or struck down by democratic process. because they believe it is bad law. It is something else completely to use Executive Privilege to try and circumvent and ignore existing law in order to attract votes from a particular racial or other constituency.
Leading Democrats, many in the media and others who support Barrack Obama have tried to justify this action, to legitimize it but at the end of the day, it is the President’s own words one year ago that underscore the truth. He has knowingly and cynically ignored his own knowledge of the law and his sworn oath to uphold it in order to strengthen his reelection chances.
|Nothing changed. The promise of change was made.
The promise of change was not kept.
He will not face sanctions for it unless it is at the ballot box. His supporters will turn a blind eye to the fact that their choice for president has in the end, proven himself to be no better than all of those politicians who went before him. They will accuse critics of the president of racism. They will rationalize, justify and legitimize his violation of the immigration act because in their eyes, the ends justify the means. Winning is everything and even breaking the law is acceptable if it means defeating the other side. They will do this because they do not vote for something, they vote against something else.
These people are no better than those they oppose.
How anyone can convince themselves that this is the path to a better, more open and just society escapes me. Many will, however, and that is the primary reason why our governments and our politics continue to degenerate into cesspools of corrupt cynicism. If Richard Nixon was president today and Watergate was unfolding, he would not face impeachment. Instead, his actions would be defended, rationalized and legitimized by members of his party, sympathetic members of the mainstream media and his side of a highly polarized electorate.
We cling to ideologies and those who represent them to the point that too many of us can justify anything done on our side, no matter how unethical, self-serving or illegal. The power to ignore and even violate the oath of office and to undermine our constitutions comes from us through our willingness to support those who lie to us and who treat our democratic governments with such disrespect.
President Obama’s election was more of mania than an informed choice. He was young, cool and promised change in which people could believe. He has not delivered.
His handling of the economy has been mixed at best, his health care reform has been challenged in the Supreme Court and parts, if not all, of it may be struck down. He presided over the Fast & Furious scandal that violated the sovereignty of a foreign nation and which led to the unnecessary death of two American and countless Mexican citizens. He has not united the nation, he has divided it. He did not close Guantanamo as he promised, he perpetuated it and he did not change the unethical and even illegal tactics and policies of the Republican administration that went before him, he continued them, expanded on many and as with Fast and Furious, implemented some of his own.
By any system of measurement, he has failed to live up to what he promised when he campaigned for president.
Now, like so many before him, he is violating his own sworn oath of office in contradiction of his own declaration about this specific law a year ago. This president promised a new and better way of leading his country. In the end, when his reelection was on the line, he opted for the same cheap opportunism and dishonest politics of those he criticized.
This isn’t leadership. It is expediency at the expense of leadership and the constitution, the laws of his nation and the integrity of his office. He has not only failed to live up to the promise that was Barrack Obama, he has failed to even try.
Those who are voting for Barrack Obama, or any candidate who has lied, bent the law for their personal benefit or proven themselves to be unethical, would do well to think about that before they cast their ballot.
Sadly, as with most countries these days, I doubt many will and the continuing erosion of integrity in government and of our democracies around the world will continue.