Roark and Obama

By Eric Minor

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“Power doesn’t come from a badge or a gun. Power comes from lying ─ lying big and gettin’ the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everyone agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain’t true you got ’em by the balls.”

That was the lecture delivered to Bruce Willis’ character John Hartigan by corrupt Senator Roark, played brilliantly by Powers Booth, in the movie Sin City. It was the scene that came immediately to mind when I was watching President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address.

Why am I writing about this now, a year and a half later? Because lying and lying big seems to be more and more routine for this administration and I wanted to reminisce about a lie from the recent past that probably slid by without your notice.

In his 2013 SOTU address, President Obama stated: “Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than 2.5 trillion dollars.” This was false on several fronts.

First, as a person who has watched the ballooning national debt closely over the past several decades, I knew that we had never come close to running a 2.5 trillion dollar deficit, let alone reducing deficits from previous years by 2.5 trillion dollars.

Second, the deficits in the previous four years before 2013 had skyrocketed to about 1.3 to 1.4 trillion dollars per year ─ levels roughly three times the previous record. Whomever you blamed for this abysmal performance, characterizing it as a drastic reduction in deficits was downright Senator Roarkesque ─ lying big and gettin’ the whole damn world to play along.

This lie was so audacious that it pushed me over an edge of sorts. I simply had to document my frustration in some way to keep my sanity. I got the idea to put together a video mash-up of the scene from Sin City along with a snippet from the President’s speech combined with some nifty charts and graphs.

I did not know the first thing about making a video mash-up, but with my 20 year background as a software consultant in hand, I charged ahead and downloaded a video editing package. A few days later, after plenty of poking and prodding, I had a passable mash-up and had saved my sanity in the process. After making my masterpiece available to the world on YouTube (Google “Obama Roark” and it will be the first link), I could finally take a cathartic sigh of relief.

I know what some of you are thinking. With the “like your doctor keep your doctor” whopper and a veritable hit parade of others to choose from, what was it about the deficit reduction lie that put me over the edge? Maybe it was the accumulation of it all and it was just “last straw” time. Maybe it was that I am particularly sensitive to the immoral theft of trillions of dollars from our children with our continuous deficit spending.

Whatever the reason, it prompted me to start speaking my mind in a more public way than I had previously about the corrupt and bankrupt ideology of the progressive left. That first video mash-up has progressed to several published opinion pieces on the $15 minimum wage, the VA medical scandal, and the southern border crisis.

If we do not wake up and change course in this country we are in for big trouble. If we are not up for a change towards more forthright leaders, I say at a minimum we press Powers Booth into service as our next president, perhaps even in character as President Roark. At least that way we will get our lies delivered to us with some theatrical flair and can enjoy some entertainment value in the process.

Southern Border Chaos

By Eric Minor

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“Bill, you call your position supporting President Obama’s amnesty of child illegals ‘noble’.  It is naive at best.  You and the President may as well have shouted with a bullhorn that parents throughout the third world should immediately sneak into the US with children in tow.  Who wouldn’t want a better life for their children?  It’s been a crisis for decades and you’ve added fuel to the fire.”

That was the “pithy” email I sent to Bill O’Reilly on June 19, 2012 after viewing his nightly program on Fox News in which he soft-peddled or even outright endorsed President Obama’s amnesty of illegal alien “dreamers”. That was the first time my frustration had ever boiled over enough while watching The Factor that it actually prompted me to send an email.

I sent another one to The Factor a few moments later as I simply had to vent about something from his guest as well: “Did I hear Juan Williams correctly?  As long as the President first makes a game effort to get a law passed in Congress, such as comprehensive immigration reform, he is then entitled to unilaterally enact that law without the consent of Congress?  Absurd.”

Now, two years later, the crisis I predicted has come to pass. Each week, hundreds or even thousands of alien children are streaming across the southern border into America. In a pathetic example of life imitating art, they surrender to the first border patrol agent they can find much like the affable North Korean soldier that enthusiastically surrenders to Hawkeye, BJ, and anyone else in a U.S. uniform in “The Yalu Brick Road” episode of M*A*S*H.

I’m not patting myself on the back for having some keen and rare insight on this matter two years ago. Almost any moderately intelligent adult with even the most rudimentary understanding of human nature would have been able to guess at the inevitable outcome. It makes one wonder if it is sheer incompetence that is driving the actions of the current administration or if President Obama is in fact intentionally trying to destroy America as we know it.

I know the liberal progressives that are happening upon this column are rolling their eyes at that last statement. But as the hit parade continues to roll on, one simply can’t help but wonder, “Is it deliberate?”

The noble republic set up by our founders seems to have gone off the rails. The imperial president, as Mark Levin calls him, rules by fiat while an impotent Congress stands by meekly with barely a whimper of protest. The separation of powers doctrine established by the Constitution has been all but obliterated as President Obama uses “his pen and his phone” to enact (or ignore) whatever laws and regulations he fancies.

I can understand the Democrats remaining silent. But what about the Republicans? Is there not a single Republican in the House of Representatives with enough courage and integrity to draft articles of impeachment against the President? I don’t care if it has a bonafide chance to pass the House (by a simple majority) or the Senate (by a two-thirds majority) or not. Is there no one who will step up and defend the rule of law and say that this will not be tolerated?

The world has a population of about 7 billion people — I would imagine a good half of those would prefer to live in the relative prosperity of America if they could. It is simply not possible for America to absorb all the people that would come here if we would allow it. We cannot make decisions about immigration and border security based on emotion. Responsible leadership in America requires a good degree of pragmatism and a stiff spine — traits that seem to be largely absent from our current leadership. Everyone wants the world’s children (and adults for that matter) to have prosperity — but we simply can’t allow the world’s masses to stream over our borders unhindered. It is a recipe for disaster.

The lawless actions of President Obama, promising amnesty to millions of illegal alien children without the consent of Congress, has resulted in a crisis on our southern border. This edict must be reversed immediately in order to begin regaining control of the situation.