Friday, July 30, 2010

Obama’s Real Title: The Hypocrite-in-Chief

by: Mandi Campbell, Esq.

The President should recognize his role. He was elected to a position of power for the purpose of serving the people, and he was elected on the promise of transparency with the people. Since his move to the White House, he has proven to be a hypocrite, if not a liar and deceiver as well. Lately, he and his employees have gotten into the habit of blocking press access to issues and events of public concern, and there are multiple reports brewing about the Administration’s attempts to bribe congressmen into voting in accordance with the will of the Administration.

News flash: the President and the members of Congress are accountable to the American people! The American people have the right to know what the Administration is attempting to coordinate off camera and behind closed doors.

Not too long ago, the Administration limited media access to the Gulf waters, refusing to allow journalists to get closer than sixty-five feet from the clean-up efforts. Remember when Obama restricted access to Gitmo? Remember when he refused to allow the press to talk to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s brother – the brother who inspired her to delve into socialism? Remember the numerous closed-door sessions Obama had during the course of the healthcare debate? It makes you wonder what, other than the construction of a new age of government-imposed mandates on businesses and individuals, goes on behind the doors of the White House. It has to make you wonder what the man who ran his campaign on promises of transparency is hiding from the American people.

One thing is certain: he never intended to inform the general public about his attempts to bribe members of Congress and candidates for positions in Congress. Americans have good reason to be skeptical about the integrity of Obama and the members of his Administration.

During his time in the White House, Obama and the members of his Administration have held multiple closed-door sessions about important issues. Last year these closed-door sessions led to questions about whether Obama was attempting to entice or threaten, for example through the closure of military bases, members who opposed him. A few months ago, multiple sources stated that Jim Messina, President Obama’s deputy chief of staff, offered Andrew Romanoff a position in the Obama Administration if he dropped his bid for a Colorado Senate seat, which Romanoff declined. Two months ago, Representative Joe Sestak said that an unnamed official in the Obama White House offered him a federal appointment if he would drop his bid against Senator Arlen Specter. Last month, while Jim Matheson was still on the fence as to whether to vote for the healthcare bill, his brother, Scott Matheson Jr., was conveniently nominated for a lifetime appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Based on the recent announcement of Bart Stupak’s retirement, many have speculated that Obama bought Stupak’s healthcare vote with promises of rainbows and butterflies, and maybe some obscure position in his Administration. And now, many reporters are wondering if Senator Specter has traded his vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court Justice (the same Kagan he voted against confirming as Solicitor General) for a position in the Obama Administration (because he lost his Senate seat in the primary).

As President of the United States of America, Obama does not get to suppress political and cultural expression (though he expressed his desire to do so in his State of the Union reference to the Citizens United case), and he does not get to exercise absolute, centralized control over all aspects of the lives of Americans. As Abraham Lincoln said, this is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The United States of America is not a totalitarian regime!

If Obama, the President that ran his campaign based on promises of transparency, continues these corrupt practices of putting road blocks up for the media and usurping the powers and conscience of the legislature by buying and bribing members of Congress, perverting the legislative process, his four-year term will be cut short. The American people will be hungry for the impeachment of Obama, the Hypocrite-in-Chief, and in January of 2011, they just might have the representation in Washington to see an impeachment through.

Ms. Campbell is a graduate of Liberty University School of Law and serves as Legal Director for Liberty Center for Law and Policy.