November 8, 2008
Mr. Obama faces a dilemma on January 20, year the next. Each incoming president recites the following oath, from Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
“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 actually the main job of the President.
On the radio a few years ago our fresh-faced President-elect said that the United States Constitution is a “fundamentally flawed document”. Cogitate on that for a while: fundamentally flawed. Our Constitution, unique in all recorded history and the living out of which has given the citizens of these United States unprecedented and unequaled freedom, quality of life, and vision – that Constitution – is “fundamentally flawed”.
I looked up the definition. Here’s what fundamental means: “to the very core of the matter” or “in essence; at bottom or by its very nature.”
That means in his viewpoint it just can’t be fixed. It’s so broken as to be unusable, or at least “ignorable”. Stunning pronouncement. Ignorant pronouncement. Unless you have an agenda.
It must be hard to get oxygen in the rarefied intellectual air where The One lives, having surpassed, all by himself, the combined wisdom of the near-genius Founders who wrote this widely admired document. What else did they totally mess up, O Enlightened One?
In the radio interview he also spoke of his disappointment that we (our nation) had not been able to “break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.” Know what those constraints are? Just to list a couple or three: Constraints on the Federal Government. Constraints on its reach into your life. Constraints on the ever-present predilection in the hearts of men to lord it over others. Silly Founders. Thinking future leaders might have ill intent in their hearts. In their defense, how could they have known about this man’s future elevated position in the pantheon?
Well, this won’t be the first day of cognitive dissonance for Mr. Obama. Here’s what he had to swear upon election to the United States Senate (I underlined a section below. Please read it a couple of times): “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”
Yes. God help him indeed. How does he do this, since he has implied by his own statement that he, himself, is an enemy of the Constitution of the United States? How will he defend it against himself and those who think (or should I say “scheme”) like him? Must make that regal head of his spin. Unless he’s a practiced liar.
I would like to suggest something. Since the man is so chagrined that our foundational document of existence as a nation is just not up to his snuff, there are other choices out there. There are lots of countries, for example his birthplace, Kenya (according to his grandmother, who said she was present there when he was born – I’m sure I don’t know), where he’d not have to deal with these miserable constraints on that coveted executive power. Lots of countries where leaders can subject their people to all variety of Great Visions which generally result in the citizens losing freedom at many levels. There’s still time to make the jump, sir.
This relates to the “We Wanna Be Like Them” idea. Some people seem to want to tear down the things upon which this nation was built. No need. Save yourself the work. Save us the aggravation. Your utopia is out there. It’s been tried many times. It’s well-practiced.
Most of us, the citizens of these United States, don’t want to be like everybody else. And we don’t particularly take kindly to people who want to stick their hands into what’s been bountifully given us and make a big mess.