About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

BO's Open Mic Gaffe Reveals The Deceit We Already Knew

Thanks to our SC businessman for sending us Senator Jim DeMint's write up from National Review Online re BO’s recent open mic gaffe.  Please notice the body language of both BO & Medvedev after the exchange of words.  It is even more telling than the actual words spoken in revealing BO's deceit – something readers of this blog have long known.

Flexibility...to Do What?

By Jim DeMint
March 29, 2012 12:54 PM

As you may have heard, earlier this week President Obama was caught on an open mike asking outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and by extension, President-elect Vladimir Putin, for "space" on "on all these issues, but particularly missile defense" because "after my election I have more flexibility." The scandal isn't really the embarrassing gaffe itself — or the equally embarrassing subsequent endorsement of his reelection by Pravda — but the true substance behind it.

After all, the character of the president's words was nothing new. President Obama has been caught before voicing his condescending contempt for his constitutional accountability to an American public he clearly sees as an obstacle to progress. The moment with Medvedev was a bit rushed, but had he more time, no doubt the president might have gone on at length about Americans clinging to our guns and religion, our 72-degree thermostats, how our doctors perform unnecessary surgeries on unsuspecting patients, how our law-enforcement officers often act "stupidly," and how much easier life would be if he were a dictator like the president of China.

The president says he looks forward to greater flexibility in a second term.

What the president misunderstands — or perhaps, simply dislikes — is that under our Constitution, the president is not supposed to feel especially flexible: That's the whole point of a limited government. James Madison made clear in the debates of the Constitutional Convention and in the Federalist Papers that federal officials — especially those of an activist bent — are supposed to feel very, very constrained. In a constitutional republic, the government's freedom is constrained by the people, to protect us from things being other way around.

And even more to the point, what exactly does the president think he needs "flexibility" to do?

In the last three years, Barack Obama has added more money to the national debt than any president in history. He has run three consecutive trillion-dollar deficits, the first three the world has ever seen. His signature domestic policy achievement was an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab that may soon be struck down by the Supreme Court.

He engineered or oversaw unprecedented federal takeovers of the American auto industry, our financial system, our home mortgage industry, the health-care system, the student-loan industry, and the education system, and attempted a takeover of the energy system. He has run the federal government without a budget for three years. In foreign policy, he appeased anti-American rivals by undermining democratic allies in Israel, Honduras, and Eastern Europe.

This record, breathtaking in its hubris and scope, has been the work of Barack Obama, constrained. What could he possibly have in mind if given the "flexibility" that comes with a second term?

Ending missile defense? Sounds like it. Middle-class tax hikes? They're already scheduled. ObamaCare II? Stimulus III? Cap-and-Trade Redux? Amnesty? What will it mean for Russia's neighbors? For Israel? For gasoline prices? For gay marriage? For religious liberty? For Iranian nukes? For the budget? For the strength of the dollar?

What even comes after trillion?

President Obama has, in word and deed, spent three years making clear that he brooks no formal limitation on his executive power. His only limiting principle, if you can even call it that, has been public opinion — "my election," as he put it to Medvedev. Once reelected, finally loosed from even that informal, self-imposed check on his ambition, what would the suddenly "flexible" President Obama suddenly believe himself free to do?

Of course, the president himself moved quickly to clarify his comments to Medvedev, promising that he didn't mean what he clearly meant. Apparently, he wants us to believe his intent is to mislead the Russians, not the American people.

But then again, this is the same man who once promised a "net cut" in federal spending, said he opposed the individual health-care mandate, promised to close Guantanamo, promised if you liked your health care you could keep it, promised that conscience rights would be protected under ObamaCare, and on and on.

The president's open-mike gaffe does not prove anything we didn't already know. Mr. Obama does not feel bound either by his own past words or the Constitution — only by the stubborn, retrograde political ideas of the benighted voters he needs to fool in order to win his second, liberated, term.

Barack Obama may not be the first American president to look down on his countrymen, but he seems at least to be the worst at trying to hide it.  The chilling question is: What happens if he wins a second term, and no longer has to try?

— Jim DeMint is a Republican senator from South Carolina.


  1. Jim DeMint hit the nail on the head when he says "flexibility to do what?" My thought exactly!

  2. Ultimate "limiting principle" may come from our foreign creditors. If BO wins another 4 years, our foreign creditors may finally feel that buying our debt is finally a horrific strategy to preserve capital. The extra "flexibility" expected from BO may be the tipping point for our creditors mindset and so the dollar crashes in 2013. Then we will be at the mercy of our creditors. Silver lining may be that they will direct us back to what has worked - end of Nanny state and return to private markets.