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The great British statesman Sir Edmund Burke remarked: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” During these perilous times in the Age of Obama, would to God that we had a few good men to combat his naked fascism, to stop his efforts to resurrect FDR’s welfare state, part 2. Here are four examples in which men chose expediency over principle:

Example No. 1

In September 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., yelled out, “You lie!” during President Obama’s State of the Union address. The incident came directly after Obama said, “There are also those who claim that our [universal health-care] reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

Even though the entire country knew that Wilson was right and that Obama was planning to give a blanket amnesty to over 30 million illegal aliens by executive order, Wilson bowed to pressure even from his fellow Republicans and apologized to Obama.

Cowardice beats courage.

Example No. 2

Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., held up a spending bill in early March until Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid declared in writing where the money would come from to pay for the $10 billion in additional spending – meant to extend unemployment benefits and other programs.

Mr. Bunning courageously said, “If we can’t find $10 billion to pay for something we all support, we will never pay for anything on the floor of this U.S. Senate.” However, bowing to mounting pressure from Democrats, Republicans and the state-controlled media, Rep. Bunning relented and signed onto the unconstitutional spending bill.

Out of 535 members of Congress, one man stood up for America and then was intimidated by hundreds of political hacks who care little for constitutionalism in the budgetary process. No taxation without representation is dead!

Cowardice beats courage.

Example No. 3

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, during a congressional hearing last week, referred to the fact that BP bosses summoned to a meeting with President Obama had then agreed to set up a $20 billion oil-spill disaster (slush) fund: “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” Barton told BP CEO Tony Hayward. “I apologize. It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown,” said the Texas representative.

His remarks about the fund, meant to pay for environmental and economic devastation from the worst ecological catastrophe in U.S. history, caused an immediate firestorm from the vice president, who said Barton’s comments were “outrageous and incredibly out of touch,” and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who castigated Barton for favoring big business above the devastated fishing communities.

However, at the National Public Radio website (a bastion of liberalism), Mike Weaver eloquently defended the constitutional separation-of-powers doctrine:

How interesting that [those who] cry out against the executive branch’s expansion of power are now criticizing what Barton said. If you read his entire comment, Barton correctly points out the role of the rule of law. How many of those speaking out against the executive branch’s overreach of power will complain when the executive branch directs the IRS to tax your carbon-footprint SUV?

Journalist Michael Barone echoes this constitutionalist view in “Obama’s thuggery is useless in fighting oil spill”: “But the Constitution does not command ‘no person … shall … be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law except by the decision of a person as wise and capable as [Obama's pay czar] Kenneth Feinberg.’ The framers stopped at ‘due process of law.’”

When the GOP leadership threatened Rep. Barton with a loss of his chairmanship as a ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Barton quickly recanted his original comments in defense of free-market capitalism, private enterprise and constitutional separation of powers and cowed to socialist pressure.

Cowardice beats courage.

Example No. 4

Earlier this week, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, head of the U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. was forced to tender his resignation to Obama due to a blockbuster article in Rolling Stone magazine that supposedly claimed the general had uttered statements against President Obama, Vice President Biden (“bite me”), an ambassador and senior advisers, amounting to insubordination. Yet if one reads the article carefully, the general didn’t say one word against the president – then why did he have to resign?

Because our president is a thin-skinned narcissist who, because of some juvenile comments said in an atmosphere influenced by alcohol at a bar in private, forced a four-star general with over 37 years in the military to humiliate himself by being summoned to the White House from the Afghanistan theater – yet Obama purposely does nothing to stop the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly 70 days because he is scrupulously following the tactics of Saul Alinsky by using this catastrophe as a pretext to destroy and nationalize the private oil industry.

Cowardice beats courage.

Epilogue

Articles I, II and III of the U.S. Constitution outline the separation of powers of Congress, the Executive and the Judiciary, respectively. If the Obama administration and the Stalinist-controlled media are too obtuse to see any impropriety in politicians ordering private-sector executives about, upstaging the courts and threatening confiscation, as editors of The Economist recently queried, then the U.S. is no better than fascist dictatorships like Russia, China, Iran, Cuba or Venezuela.

“Courage vs. cowardice” has been the leitmotiv throughout the ages where few have seized the former and many have embraced the latter. Would to God America had real men of unshakeable principle to say, “Damn my career! Damn my pension! Damn my chairmanship!” and exercise the courage to do the right thing without equivocation or apology.

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