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‘Your Eyes Are Open, But Not Wide Enough’

24 June 2014 @ 14:34

Some highlights from Thomas Sowell’s latest column:

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.

That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama.

The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government. Once the country becomes disenchanted with a president during his second term, Congress has little incentive to cooperate with him — and, once Congress becomes uncooperative, there is little that a president can do on his own.

That is, if he respects the Constitution.

President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, that he has no respect for the Constitution’s limitations on his power. Despite his oath of office, to see that the laws are faithfully executed, Barack Obama has unilaterally changed welfare reform laws, by eliminating the work requirement passed by Congress during the Clinton administration.

He has repeatedly and unilaterally changed or waived provisions of the ObamaCare law passed by Congress during his own administration.


The Constitution cannot protect our rights if we do not protect the Constitution. Freedom is not free, and the Constitution is just some words on paper if we do not do anything to those who violate it.

What can ordinary citizens do?

Everything! Theirs is the ultimate power of the ballot that can bring down even the most powerful elected official.

The most important thing the voters can do is vote against anyone who violates the Constitution. When someone who has violated the Constitution repeatedly gets re-elected, then the voters are accomplices in the erosion of protection for their own freedom.

Laws without penalties are just suggestions — and suggestions are a pitiful defense against power.

After voters have failed to protect the Constitution, the last-ditch remedy is impeachment. But Barack Obama knows that he is not going to be impeached.

Who wants to provoke a Constitutional crisis and riots in the streets? And, worst of all, end up with Joe Biden as President of the United States? Some cynics long ago referred to Barack Obama’s choice of mental lightweight Biden to be his vice president as "impeachment insurance."

With neither the Constitution, nor the voters, nor the threat of impeachment to stop him, Barack Obama has clear sailing to use his powers however he chooses.


Federal judges with lifetime tenure can make irreversible decisions binding future presidents and future Congresses. If Republicans do not win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, a Senate controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid can confirm judges who will have the power to extend Barack Obama’s agenda and complete the dismantling of Constitutional government.

Barack Obama can, as he said before taking office, fundamentally "change the United States of America." Far from being a lame duck president, Obama can make this a lame duck democracy.

It already is, Mr. Sowell. Your eyes are open, but not wide enough.

Too many on the Right still refuse to admit that we are now, this day, living in a Post-Constitutional Age, where the national government is operating without any restraints, where there is no limit to what areas of our lives it can invade, where the Sovereign People, who created it, exist at the mercy of the whims of elected officials and the Bureaucrats — the latter, for the most, overwhelming part, answerable to no one, except those Elected Officials working with them to rule and reign over us without obeying the Laws and The Constitution.

GOP Control over the Senate will not mean that ‘Obama’s’ picks for judgeships will all be blocked — far from it. Many Republicans there will not be conservatives like you, Sir — they will be Establishment types like McCain, McConnell, and Cornyn. And in the ‘spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship’, they will eventually vote for ‘Obama’s’ radical choices. Sure, they may huff and puff, trying to waft a cloud of deceptive opposition across our faces, but it will all be for show.

The majority of GOP members of the Senate like big government and really like the fact that they no longer feel bound by The Constitution. They benefit greatly, selfishly, from such a situation. So, why wouldn’t they go along to get along? They want to secure their seats at the table of Power and they want to enjoy the fruits of the looting of our Freedoms and Liberties and our wallets. The thing is: the fruits they devour are rotten inside, but, before they discover this to their horror, in this Life or the next, they will have starved the rest of us of the sustenance of our God-given Sovereignty.

The Culture Of Corruption is scorching the Fruited Plain, but a hard rain is gonna fall.


  1. smmtheory permalink
    24 June 2014 @ 20:39 20:39

    I was only half awake for far too long. I’ve always been distrustful of the government, but for many years I naively believed that voting split ticket would help ensure the congress critters remained adversarial and too busy blocking each other to grow government. As painful as it is to admit, I was fooled all those years. They grew it anyway while I thought I was doing enough. Now I’m left trying to convince as many people as possible that voting has the effect of self medicating any more. It dulls the senses. I’ve started calling it the opiate of the masses.

  2. David R. Graham permalink
    25 June 2014 @ 01:19 01:19

    Sowell is indeed not seeing. The hater deserves no terms of respect, least of all “President 0—-.” Sowell surrenders by using that designation. Blind man, unworthy of attention.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      26 June 2014 @ 16:20 16:20

      Like many if not most Americans Sowell suffers from ”Battered Citizen Syndrome”. it’s time to set the bed on fire.


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