by Andy Weddington
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
"No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it."
Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the United States)
During last week's GOP debates the candidates were posed question as to what they, as president, would do on day one.
As if caught off guard, the oh-by-the-way vanilla answer was repeal President Obama's Executive Orders. Ditto and blah, blah, blah it was down the domino line of bobbleheads.
And the answer memorable.
Mrs. Carly Fiorina had thought about it.
Without hesitating, "On day one in the Oval Office I will make two phone calls. The first one would be to my friend Bibi Netanyahu to assure him we will stand with the state of Israel. The second will be to the supreme leader of Iran. He might not take my call. But he would get my message. And the message is this: Until you open every nuclear facility and every military facility to full, open, anytime, anywhere inspections - for real - we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system."
Mrs. Fiorina's point - "America is back in the leadership business."
One candidate, of 17, prepared with an intelligent, strong answer.
But none of the candidates went far enough.
Should not action on day one be at home? And be bold leadership?
Americans seethe. At President Obama (and all his "men") for not, as promising, uniting our country but attacking and dividing us - along lines of race; religion; and economic means first come to mind.
Segments of our citizenry have been targets of and victims to President Obama's "we're gonna punish our enemies [fellow Americans] and reward our friends" dictum.
His vowed national tone of 'we are one' began as anything but. Worsened. And yet he was re-elected. Fracturing worsened still. Purposely. Our national "harmony" is discord. And worsening by the day. How terrible and disheartening.
Today's America is not America.
Resentment for this president (and Cabinet members to include a former secretary of state who wants to be president) blatant. Mocking them, disrespectful and vile posts flood social media. It's bothersome but understandable. He and they brought the hostile contempt upon themselves.
So, Madam (or Mister) President, on day one something bold! Please.
Date: 20 January 2017
From: President of the United States
To: Director, FBI
Subj: Executive Order
1. Effective today.
2. Arrest; Charge; Investigate; and Confine pending investigation results - for: Violations of Oath of Office; Treason; Conspiracy; and any subsequent crimes discovered during investigation - the following citizens:
Barack H. Obama
Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Hillary R. Clinton
John F. Kerry
Susan E. Rice
Valerie J. Jarrett
3. All in custody within 24 hours.
4. At least weekly updates.
5. As others identified for criminal conduct, advise me prior to taking action.
6. Any party obstructing investigations and administrative and judicial due process, in any manner whatsoever, duly charge.
Copy to: Vice President
Chief of Staff
White House Counsel
Attorney General of the United States
It was President Obama who, with braggadocio and animus, said, "Elections have consequences."
Yes they do.
And about went his administration going after (e.g., IRS) Americans who disagreed with him doing whatever possible to inflict frustration, hardship, misery, and pain and suffering. Under oath before Congress everyday citizens, under attack for exercising their freedom(s), confirmed such abusive treatment. At the hands of their president. Think about that. Still one woman who testified with quivering emotion in her voice and was brought to tears and sobs as her anger exploded resonates with me.
As complement, the administration's modus operandi based on contempt for oaths and disregard of law. With vindictiveness and deceit, a strategy and tactics of - deny, lie, justify, and vilify. With four murdered Americans, including our Ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 nearly three years ago at the pinnacle. Yet still no truth nor accountability. That is unacceptable. But thank god a brilliant determined congressman is fighting through bureaucracy and every sleazy obstacle imaginable thrown at him and due process to realize truth and justice.
And a theme of coddling enemies is another commentary but important to note. We're paying for that - in blood - abroad and at home. Worldwide, there is little trust in and respect for America. Emboldened enemies laugh at, threaten, and kill our people - without much fear at all. Never did I, nor all I know, expect to bear witness to such.
In short, the American dream has turned reality nightmare. We're already awake. So now we need someone to knock some sense into us.
Fed up, angry, and seething Americans do not want payback. They want justice - for all.
Because, as clearly implied in President Theodore Roosevelt's opening quote, as do elections, breaking sworn oaths and law, too, have consequences.
High crime(s) and crime(s) must not stand.
First candidate with the courage to boldly say they, on day one, will act akin in the pursuit of justice has my support.
Not to me.
Leadership is tough.
Justice is messy.