Intro to ‘Revolt’
Editor John R. Houk
January 20, 2014
Justin Smith writes an essay entitled “Revolt”. The premise is an understandable disgust with Barack Hussein Obama crossing the line from Presidential authority to Presidential tyrant. There is a time emerging in America in which citizens who choose to cherish the freedoms our Founding Fathers’ fought, died for and won may have to assert themselves AGAIN. As Thomas Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … (The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America; Congress, July 4, 1776; Charters of Freedom, Archives.gov)
Justin wrote he wrote his last paragraph with Isaiah 5: 20 and 7: 15 in mind. I believe he should have begun his essay with these two verses. So I am including them here for you to think about as you read this entire essay:
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. (Isaiah 5: 20; 7: 15 NKJV)
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 1/19/2014 11:21 AM
It is not an exaggeration to name Barack Obama "a tyrant" or to state that America has entered a phase of soft tyranny under the Obama administration. Many would counter this assertion with examples of people still free to go to work, the stores, the movies and the daily routine of living, but tyranny never begins as cruel and oppressive; it starts out merely illegitimate and benign, just as so many of Obama's executive orders and actions by Senator Harry Reid and the U.S. Senate have been in advancing the Progressive Movement's agenda and shredding the U.S. Constitution.
Obama and the Progressive Democrats hate America. There can be no other explanation for their desire to fundamentally transform America from the greatest nation on earth, a nation that has helped to free much of the world both economically and physically, into a socialist/authoritarian shadow of its former self, impoverished, with every single aspect of life ruled by legislation from a central governing body of so-called "elites." When Obama speaks of "economic equality", he is actually calling for an end to individuality and individual liberty: Remember, this is the President and First Lady who have bragged about "disrespecting the American flag" and attending "numerous flag burnings" in the past.
Central planning is not about rationality and reason or knowledge and experience. It is about illegitimately exercising power over others through the deceit of moral relativism and situationalism. It is coercive and requires non-stop social engineering, while it concedes no failures and tolerates no deviation from dogma. And this is why, even in the face of the utter and miserable failure of the ACA [i.e. Obamacare], the Progressives refuse to broach any serious discussion with Republicans that considers abandoning the ACA in part or whole, although they applaud Obama's unilateral and unConstitutional seventeen changes to the ACA.
Whenever, the issue of Executive orders is raised, the Progressives are quick to point to other presidents who signed more orders than Obama. The issue isn't how many Executive orders he has signed; the issue is the kind of orders he has signed and their associated bureaucratic orders, rules and regulations (80,000 annually) unleashed on America.
Obama's Executive order 13575 circumvented Congress's rejection of the UN's Agenda 21 and "sustainable development", and in 2009, it placed controls on government and private lands, resources and energy; his National Defense Resources Preparedness order basically grants the president and his cabinet members absolute authority and power over all the nation's natural resources and private materials, services and facilities; signed December 31, 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act allows the president to indefinitely detain any U.S. citizen on the mere suspicion that they might be a terrorist; and now the ACA , while not an executive order, is interfering in our individual choices and decisions to keep our own doctors and the health care plans we want and can afford.
During GM's financial crisis and subsequent bailout, the Obama administration started its habit of targeting political enemies. Those GM dealers, who supported Obama's election campaign, were allowed to stay in business, and those who did not support Obama were shut down.
Moreover, it is now evident that Obama has used his power through the IRS to target his political enemies, such as the Tea Party. Although he and his administration thoroughly deny this allegation, the circumstantial evidence is so heavy that any average American would already have been convicted and serving time on its weight alone.
Isn't it surreal that the FBI ended its IRS investigation on the advice of Eric Holder's appointee, Barbera Bosserman, who gave $6100 dollars to Obama's campaign between 2008 and 2012? Whatever happened to independent counsels and select investigative committees?
Today, rather than target those who are most likely to commit terrorist atrocities, the islamofascists, Obama and the National Security Agency have placed the entire American population under a blanket warrant, for fear of being called "Islamophobic". This sort of warrant was rejected by Americans, such as lawyer James Otis, in 1761, and the consequences of its implementation now are dangerous and authoritarian.
Do any of you remember Obama musing over the Chinese not having to contend with a "pesky Constitution"?
On January 14, 2014 many Americans may have finally been slapped awake by Obama's statement, "I have a pen and a phone and I'll act when Congress won't"...to speak for "all the American people." This is similar to his statement in December 2013, when he said, "If Congress refuses to act, I'll do everything in my power to act without them."
Our nation has been here before to a lesser degree under President Woodrow Wilson, who argued for obstructing and damaging constitutional primacy at every opportunity by corrupting the Constitution itself. He advocated for an all-powerful president, courts and judges willing to rewrite the U.S. Constitution (i.e. Chief Justice John Roberts) and controlling Congress in order to control state legislatures without limits, and in essence, expanding the federal government beyond Constitutional control: Obama has simply taken this plan to new, stunning and light speed levels of action.
During C-Span's televised Congressional hearings in December of 2013, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Judiciary Committee Chairman, remarked that the president "doesn't have a debate in the Oval Office about what he wants to do ...He does what he wants to do, and then you no longer have a representative democracy." The executive's powers have overtaken the legislative power, and this is destructive to the center of our constitutional design.
America has a lawless administration that picks and chooses, which laws it will follow. Obama has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder not to enforce U.S. law as it applies to immigration, the 1965 Voter Act and drugs, and he has used the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations as a weapon to destroy the coal industry.
Also in December 2013, Representative Trey Gowdy asked, "If Obama can ignore parts of Obamacare, could he ignore election laws too? If You can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law?
There is no limiting principle that Obama and the Progressives are not willing to violate, due to the fact that they are ideologically driven, and they are out of control, as they place the Progressive agenda over any sense of duty or allegiance to the people of America. Obama actually had the temerity to declare the Senate out of session, when it was simply on a break. By concentrating power within the Executive Branch, Obama has become the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.
After recent events, I have serious concerns over whether or not our traditional process will correct the course of our government's trend towards authoritarian rule in time to save us. In past years, our differences were sorted out within the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution. What are we to do when one side decides to no longer be bound by the rules? The Progressives may have been born American citizens, but they are no longer American in their intentions for our nation. And, when the government, led by Obama and these Progressives, becomes lawless, it is not illegal or treason to finally take to the streets in protest/civil disobedience, at the very least, in the defense of the U.S. Constitution and America__to finally hold the criminals in the Obama administration accountable through armed revolt should it persist in its treason, since many of America's veterans, past and present, took an oath to defend the U.S. against "enemies both foreign and domestic."
Unlike the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a black liberation theologist and one of Obama's mentors, who is a millionaire several times over because of the vast opportunity America offers everyone through its exceptional nature; and, who once said, "God damn America for as long as she acts like God and she is supreme", I say, not taking the Lord's name in vain but as my most fervent prayer, "No, no, no__God damn Obama and the Progressive Party for as long as they act like they are God and they are supreme__God damn them for the ruin they have wrought upon Our Beloved America. Amen, amen, amen."
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
© Justin O. Smith