Imagine a president who did the following:
- used the Internal Revenue Service as his own personal attack machine to target his political enemies;
- dropped bombs on foreign countries to deflect attention from his own personal scandals at home;
- demonized his political adversaries while playing the victim role;
- used executive orders to go over the heads of Congress and boasted about it.
I’m not talking about Barack Obama here.
Bill Clinton did all of those things and more and got away with it because Senate Republicans refused to convict him after impeachment charges were approved in the House of Representatives.
Today, Clinton is remembered fondly by more than half the American public because he was not held accountable for his crimes. His wife, who was regarded as his “co-president” by some, is the leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016.
That’s why it’s still important to hold Barack Obama accountable for high crimes, misdemeanors and felonies before the clock runs out on his time in office.
And the clock is ticking.
Will Republican leadership make the same mistake Senate Republicans made in 1999 by letting Clinton skate on impeachment charges?
House Speaker John Boehner says, “I’m Obama’s best friend.” That is not an understatement.
Republican leadership appears to be running out the clock rather than playing to win. Not only does Barack Obama continue to do potentially irreparably damage to the country every day, but he is lowering the bar on the standards for future presidents – presidents who will be needed to turn the country around after Obama leaves office.
It’s tempting to bask in the knowledge that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel of the Obama era.
It comes to an end Jan. 20, 2017.
With that in mind, I created the Obama clock to count down the days, the hours, the minutes and the seconds until real hope and change is possible.
It reminds me of an old joke I will update for the occasion.
A guys dies and goes to heaven. Let’s call him Fred. Peter meets Fred at the Pearly Gates for a tour of the digs.
Right off the bat, they come to a mansion with clocks on the wall. Some of them don’t seem to be moving at all, while others are spinning at a pretty good clip. Obviously, these are not ordinary clocks.
Fred asks Peter about the wall of clocks.
“Oh, those are our lie clocks,” explains Peter. “Whenever someone on earth tells a lie, their clock moves one degree.”
Peter points out Mother Teresa’s clock.
“Her clock never moved during most of her life on earth,” said Peter. “And there’s Billy Graham’s clock. It hardly ever moves a tick.”
Fred spotted one clock whose hands never stopped moving.
“Oh, said Peter, “that’s Bill Clinton’s clock.”
That gave Fred an idea.
“Where’s Obama’s clock?” he asked.
Peter said, “That’s in Jesus’ office. He’s using it as a ceiling fan.”
There’s one clock I’d like to see move faster. It’s not Obama’s lie clock. It’s this one that is moving inexorably forward toward the day when the political audits end, we have a shot at getting the truth about Benghazi, getting our veterans the medical care they deserve and ending the scourge of Obamacare once and for all.
Tick, tick, tick.
But should we just sit back, watch the clock and smile?
Should we joke about how much more golfing and vacationing he’ll be doing effective January 2017?
Should we just be satisfied that he leaves office then peacefully, turning it over to a successor in the tradition of his predecessors?
It’s not that far off. But while I’m looking forward to that day, the opportunity for justice is fleeting indeed. It’s not enough for Obama to leave office. He needs to be held accountable for his misuse of the office and his abuse of power.
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And, most of all, pray this clock doesn’t stop!
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