First, top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett suggested last week that if the White House would produce a little booklet explaining the president's health care and economic policies in "very simple," easy-to-follow language, it might help tea party members better understand White House initiatives – and perhaps stop being what she called so "extreme" and "anti-government."
In response, Joseph Farah, founder of online news giant WorldNetDaily, says, "I have an even better idea. You see, we already have a simple little booklet that explains in easy-to-follow language how the U.S. government works: It's called the Constitution of the United States. I propose that thousands of Americans send this document – which is so scandalously ignored in Washington – to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Just maybe, it will help them understand how American government is really supposed to work."
Jarrett, who blasted the tea party movement as extremist and thriving on scare tactics, made the comments at a John F. Kennedy School of Government forum.
"Even if they are in favor of, let's say, a different form of health care insurance reform, fine; but what's happening is it's an anti-government – I mean, that's the tea party. They really are, um, are, uh, trying to rebel against government at all. And I think that that's ... again, it's an extreme. … And it's always a lot easier, again, to scare people and to get them angry when they're already scared, and they're already uncertain. And I think that's what the tea party is trying to capture."
Meanwhile, WND, after heading up the massive "pink-slips campaign" – which famously drowned Washington in 9 million pink slips, putting every member of Congress on notice that voting against liberty and responsibility would result in their expulsion from office this November – is now leading the charge on an even more direct and "easy-to-understand" message to America's current crop of leaders.
"Apparently that action was too subtle," said Farah. "Congress didn't get the message – and continued on with its profligate spending and attacks on freedom."
For only $9.99, including FedEx shipping, you can deliver to Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid copies of the nation's founding document so they will have no excuses as to the legal limitations on their power. Already, they've been bombarded with Constitutions over 2,000 times in the short time of this campaign.
An accompanying note will also explain how they have already exceeded their constitutional authority and ask them to distribute the extra copies to their colleagues and staffs.
"This is a clear way of stating why you object to their official actions over the last year," said Farah. "It's because they are illegitimate. They are rogue actions. They are not just unpopular, they are unauthorized and illegal."
Farah said it can never hurt to have tens of thousands of extra copies of the Constitution circulating in Washington.
"Apparently, it's been a long time since most of our elected officials have bothered to open this little book," he said. "Maybe this will give them something to think about."
Farah says the campaign represents more than a way for citizens to vent their frustrations over skyrocketing deficits, bailouts of banks and multinational corporations, taxpayer rip-offs, pork-laden budgets and attacks on individual liberty.
"This is a way to focus the public's attention on the real issue – the strict limits on federal power prescribed in our Constitution," said Farah. "There's a fundamental disconnect in Washington and even around the country when it comes to the proper and legitimate role of the federal government in American life. That's the point. It's not just a matter of Americans objecting to this piece of legislation or that executive order. It's time we insist that Washington limit its activities to the enumerated powers of the Constitution and leave the rest to the state and individuals."
Like it or not, Farah said, Obama is likely to be in office for another three years.
"He may feel insulated from the accountability of this year's midterm congressional elections," Farah said. "But he is not insulated from the accountability of the rule of law. He claims to be a constitutional scholar. But a simple layman's reading of the Constitution illustrates he is either ignorant of its straightforward limits on power or, worse, blindly contemptuous of them."
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