Will Barack Obama listen to anybody or just step-up his careless disregard for constitutional values and ride roughshod over anyone who dares point to his narcissistic juggernaut? His behavior long ago ceased being childlike or that which could be laid to simply a lack of experience in any kind of real world. Anymore, it has all taken on the smell of outright lawlessness.
In early June, there sat the President of the United States and the Governor of one of those states in the Oval Office discussing border security or lack of it. Obama committed himself to send 1200 National Guard paper-pushers to Arizona to free-up more Border Patrol agents to actually patrol the border. Obama also pledged to spend $500-million on additional –but unspecified- border security. So far, this is it:
U.S. Bureau of Land Management signs placed along Interstate 8 stretching from Casa Grande to Gila Bend, warning of likely encounters with armed criminals.
Keep in mind, this is 80 miles from the Mexico border inside the sovereign state of Arizona and represents an area of approximately 640 square miles which is now apparently under the control of an army of foreigners. These signs fly directly into the face of Team Obama’s ludicrous propaganda lines that crime is down at the border and that the border has never been safer. If this area is a lot safer now than ever before then why is it off limits to U.S. citizens? And if all this isn’t enough to make every American hot under the collar the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency reports that the 3,500 acre Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in the same area of Arizona is closed to U.S. citizens as well because it is “adversely affected by drug cartel operations.”
Once infrequent, cross border incursions into Arizona by cartel soldiers outfitted in Mexican Army uniforms and driving Humvees upon which are mounted .50-cal. automatic weapons are now routine, all in support of a sophisticated web-like map of smuggling trails. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says his patrol deputies, like lone Border Patrol officers, are no match for this kind of firepower. One deputy has already been shot in a confrontation with sheer military might in this area of Arizona under the control of no-one but Mexican thugs.
Writing for Human Events, Roger Hedgecock cites civilian pilots whose aerial photographs show cartel bulldozers “improving dirt roads across the undefended border…to facilitate the nightly drug runs.”
Says Hedgecock, “Obama’s sophomoric political appeals for comprehensive immigration reform are either ignorant of the facts of life along this border or a deliberate attempt to surrender to the cartels. It ain’t about lettuce pickers’ rights.”
Rather than act to protect, Obama chooses to warn our own citizens through signage even as his administration identifies important natural recreational destinations in Arizona as dangerous while refusing to act to secure our international border in a sustainable fashion. And all of this against a backdrop of Washington whispers that tell of an administration that’s working on some kind of backdoor amnesty bill to grant instant citizenship to the hordes who have entered this country illegally. Anymore, this would not be atypical for this President who seems to relish in doubling down against overwhelming unfavorable public opinion on a any given matter.
Look at his reaction to the ruling against his six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in offshore waters. Skipping no beat, Obama not only promised a quick appeal of the judge’s ruling but also the issuance of a brand new drilling moratorium. In other words, forge ahead with the very policy a federal judge had just held unconstitutional. It’s the “try to stop me bullying posture” that inspired critical editorial comment by The Washington Examiner: “This response is the latest evidence of a disconcerting pattern with this president and his cronies in the executive branch and Congress: Their ‘progressive’ ideological agenda comes first; everything else, including the will of the people and the letter of the law, as at most an obstacle on the road to ‘change we can believe in.’
The paper pointed to “large and growing majorities opposed Obamacare in public opinion survey after survey, yet Obama and his allies wrote the bill behind closed doors, made multiple corrupt bargains to gain votes, and passed it anyway. Think about it. When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama’s takeover, he flouted age-old bankruptcy law while effectively nationalizing the company and handing it over to the United Auto Workers union. When Auto executives expressed concern about his costly increase in fuel economy standards, his chief environmental adviser warned them not to write anything down about their discussion. The list goes on: When public worries about excessive federal spending began being heard on Capitol Hill, Obama appointed a rubber-stamping fiscal commission and nodded approval as congressional Democrats set aside the law that since 1974 has required Congress to approve an annual budget. When the Senate refused to vote on his cap-and-trade energy bill, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator issued a threat: Either pass the bill or the agency will unilaterally impose draconian carbon emission limits on the country.”
And to top it all off this week the Obama bunch appointed an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue. He is Harold Hurtt, the fired police chief in Houston who has been tapped to be director for Immigration and customs Enforcement’s office of state and local coordination. La Raza now has their man running the country’s (non-)enforcement. How can you head up an office if you don’t believe in what the office is supposed to do? Critics say Hurrt’s pro-immigration policies enabled illegal aliens to kill two police officers and seriously injure another in Phoenix before he left there in 2005 and to kill an officer in Houston before he was removed from office in 2009.
The illegal alien who killed the Houston officer had already been deported once, had returned and then been arrested at least three times before he shot and killed the officer who knew none of the alien’s past because Houston’s sanctuary city status had enabled the gunman to stay “at large” in this country. The cop’s widow says she is shocked Hurtt has been given his new top ICE job. We are too. Shocked but not surprised.
As the Examiner so aptly put it the other day: Years ago, Alexander Hamilton told the New York convention considering the adoption of the Constitution that “here, sir, the people govern.” We wonder what he would say today after witnessing Obama in action.