A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Great minds think alike. We have frequently noted that Barack Obama is our first affirmative action president: here, here, and here, as well as on The Teri O’Brien Show, and A is for “Affirmative Action in my latest e-book, The ABC’s of Barack Obama: Understanding God’s Greatest Gift to America.)
Whether or not it was intended, Barack Hussein Obama is our affirmative action President.
We Americans have been living with the nightmare of affirmative action since President John F. Kennedy used the words in Executive Order 10925 on March 6, 1961, to promote actions that were intended to achieve non-discrimination.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who followed JFK, issued Executive Order 11246 in 1965, which required government employers to take “affirmative action” to “hire without regard to race, religion and national origin”. (Read more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_action)
Affirmative action is intended to promote the opportunities of defined minority groups within a society to give them equal access to that of the privileged majority population.
Many believe affirmative action has been a plague upon the nation ever since JFK and LBJ saddled us — or “yoked” us — with it.
One of the chief complaints has been, from day one, that persons unqualified for jobs were given preference for those jobs over applicants who were far more qualified through training, experience, education, etc. than the person who wound up with the job due solely to his/her race.
Somehow, we muddled along until 2008 when America made it’s worse affirmative action mistake of them all. America hired an unqualified person to be President of the United States — based on his race.
Within four years the US had sunk to third-world status with an international visage indistinguishable from that of a “banana republic.”
In 2012 the loyal opposition from the Right offered up a moderate candidate to oppose Obama and the conservative wing, the base of the loyal opposition, stayed home — in droves — and the affirmative action hire was re-hired for another four years.
And we wonder why the country is in such bad shape.
In an article at wnd.com, famous journalist Nat Hentoff ” … also pointed out that Obama was the only editor of the Harvard Law Review to never publish an article, something that went virtually unnoticed when voters considered his qualifications.
“See, that was a case of affirmative-action and people feeling, ‘Hey we ought to do something important, symbolically, and here’s a black guy, and he’s articulate, so we’re gonna do this.’”
Hentoff mentioned that former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the man Time Magazine once called “the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian ever to sit on the court,” once personally lectured him that “Affirmative-action on a racial basis is a total violation of the 14th Amendment, no doubt about it.”
And, referring to Obama’s presidency, the journalist said, “That’s what that kind of affirmative-action did for us.”
We have opined many times over what we believe is Mr. Obama’s abuse of power, especially his abuse of executive orders. He has made a fine art of circumventing Congress and governing by fiat, or by decree, much as a king, or a dictator.
Just recently the President said:
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone … and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions.”
The American legislative system, the Congress, was intended, indeed, it was designed to be slow and ponderous. Making laws SHOULD be slow, arduous, and ponderous. Citizen’s freedom is at stake.
Obama is simply ignoring the constitution and, pretty much, doing as he pleases — and NOBODY IS CALLING HIM ON IT!
Where is the spine, the intestinal fortitude, the cajones, the GUTS to say to the President: “Sir, you are way out of bounds. You are acting outside the boundaries set by the constitution on the office of President of the United States?” Is it not the duty of the co-equal branch of the government to represent the people, especially when the people are pleading for them to confront the President and stop his dictatorial machinations while they still can?
What are they afraid of? WHO are they afraid of? The inaction of the Congress, especially the GOP controlled House of Representatives, certainly does not instill confidence in the people of the country that the Republicans can take the necessary bold steps to right the nation if placed in charge of the House and Senate in November.
Mr. Obama cannot be allowed to continue his reign as America’s first dictator. Understanding that the impeachment process will get no farther than the US Senate, the House of Representatives has a duty to bring impeachment proceedings against the President regardless.
But — it’s not going to happen. The House is not going to start impeachment proceedings against President Obama, at all. They’re scared. That’s right. The Republican controlled House of Representatives is scared that such a maneuver would look “political.” So? Aren’t they politicians? Isn’t this what they do … political stuff, I mean? Of course it is. It’s just another lame excuse from a spineless bunch of limp-wristed RINO’s who form the hierarchy of the Republican Party today.
I would remind the GOP that nothing is guaranteed. The Mid-Term Election, looks good for the Republicans — right NOW. But ten months can be an eternity in politics and the tables can quickly turn.
Just a few short decades ago, America’s horizon was unlimited. America was the land of dreams and opportunity. In the past five years, just half a decade, we have seen those horizons drawn in until they have begun to suffocate us and smother freedom and liberty with a thick blanket of rules, regulations, and laws many of which do not pass the constitutionality test, let alone the smell test.
One house of our bicameral Congress is controlled by Socialists/Marxists, our President is a Marxist and a would-be dictator, Our Supreme Court is, many believe, compromised by the political Left, while our electorate is consumed by ignorance and apathy.
With all this considered, to simply say that turning America around will be difficult, may be the understatement of the century!
But — lest we forget … we are AMERICANS! Facing and overcoming adversity is what we do. It is the American character.
As a nation, we made a huge error, a mistake, in 2008 and then we compounded the error in 2012. We got ourselves into this mess — now we have to get ourselves out of it.
Whether, or not, Obama is an affirmative action president is an open question. What we do know is this: It WILL take affirmative action — by the men and women who are supposed to lead this country — to remove him.
Their inaction to date is inexcusable.
J. D. Longstreet