Some conservatives worried President Obama would be too Jimmy Carter-esque. Actually, he combines Nixonian methods with “shock and awe” socialism.
Obama’s entered into the realm of illegality in his first few months in office. It took Nixon years longer. And Obama’s doing it in the open.
Why aren’t conservatives more adamantly protesting Obama’s unlawful acts involving General Motors and Chrysler? Granted, with the Obama administration’s overloading us daily with outrageous actions, conservatives may be a bit overwhelmed. But that’s all the more reason to be outspoken in every available forum.
Investors Business Daily and a handful of others have called the government’s takeovers of auto companies what they are: violations of the Constitution. If a Republican president had engaged in this level of blatant disregard for the law, liberals would be demanding impeachment.
The Constitution says, “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” It also says the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
The text of the Constitution didn’t stop this former lecturer of constitutional law, President Obama, from buying a majority interest in GM using money appropriated exclusively for financial institutions under TARP. Using the leverage of TARP money, Obama is forcing the sale of Chrysler to Fiat, which some have called an evasion of bankruptcy law.
President George W. Bush, criticized by many for exceeding Article II executive power, started that illegal process. Ignoring a vote in Congress to deny bailout money for the auto industry, he used TARP funds instead.
Fortunately, a state of Indiana pension fund showed some constitutional moxie by filing suit, saying use of TARP funds to buy Chrysler is a “misappropriation” of money. That’s a nice word for “theft” by the government. The plaintiffs called it a “breathtaking” violation of law.
There’s a big difference between misappropriating money and “Appropriations made by Law.” Hint to politicians: Only one’s legal.
President Obama not only acted unlawfully in misappropriating money to buy one American car company and force the sale of another to a foreign company, he’s bypassing the Uniform Commercial Code, which governs the priority of creditors’ rights. The Obama administration is intimidating and forcing senior creditors into inferior positions. In an act of brazen political patronage to repay the unions that helped get him elected, Obama gave the United Auto Workers union more of GM than creditors with priority got.
What law authorized the president to take any of these actions, or does he believe he has the power to acquire private property and destroy others’ property and legal rights without even an authorizing statute (presuming, if you would, the constitutionality of such a statute)? What Constitution was he teaching when he was a law school lecturer? (We pity his former students.)
Obama seems to be taking the path of Richard Nixon who said, “When the president does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”
Why aren’t Republican members of Congress standing up against this usurpation of power, or even filing lawsuits? Get this: In a display of spinelessness, 36 members of Congress asked – that’s right, asked – Obama to return power over the auto bailout to them. (Rumor has it that five male signers of the letter also asked Obama permission to exercise their manhood.)
Obama has even become the butt of jokes by Venezuelan Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez, who told Fidel Castro that Obama’s more left-wing than they.
Adding to the mix, congressional piggies such as Barney Frank are getting political favors, stopping GM closings in their own districts.
We’ve said it before: Take government money and the government owns you. USA Today reported one in six dollars of Americans’ income now comes from the government by way of check or voucher. Our freedom is in jeopardy from a government that increasingly uses federal taxpayer money to wedge its way into business, state issues, charities, churches and individual lives, yet ignores the boundaries of the law and limits of the Constitution.
President Bush famously said he “abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.” It appears President Obama is looking to abandon free-market principles to destroy the free-market system, and is taking the illegality Bush started several steps further.
Conservatives must stop acting like potted plants while Obama makes the fastest, most comprehensive and unconstitutional move towards socialism ever in American history.
Since Americans can no longer rely on our political leaders to protect our freedoms, conservatives must act on their own by not doing business with willing participants in lawless Marxism, and should support companies and individuals who fight it.
Richard A. Viguerie is chairman of ConservativeHQ.com Inc. Mark Fitzgibbons is president of corporate and legal affairs at American Target Advertising Inc.