There seems to be no limit in the arrogance of our dear leader. Ignoring the Constitution when it suits his aims is routine. Issuing executive orders in order to avoid sticky aspects of the Constitution also seems routine. Issuing a "red line" and then denying it is the last straw. The president stated in Sweden that he never issued a red line concerning the use of chemical weapons, but rather the world established a red line on the use of chemical weapons following World War I. What he is referring to is the 1925 Hague Protocol that outlawed the use of chemical weapons during armed conflict. I doubt if he even knew of this particular protocol when he spoke about Syria crossing a red line if it used or started transferring chemical weapons.
He went on to state that it was the international and congressional credibility that was at stake if actions were not taken against Syria since they were the ones who signed the protocol. Wow! Talk about shifting blame. Key individuals such as the secretary of state are repeating that claim.
President Obama has been in office for nearly five years, but if one listens closely to what he says, he is always fighting against a mythical power in Washington that is working against the good American people. Job growth remains anemic, but he is working to create jobs. If that is the case, then why are more and more regulations issued on a routine basis? Why are more and more coal industries put out of business because of new regulations? Why does the oil pipeline remain in limbo? Why does the excessive government spending continue?
National polls report that a majority are against Obamacare. A majority are for the pipeline. A majority are against excessive federal spending. A majority are for fewer regulations and smaller government. The president is responsible for most of those, and yet he is not seen as being responsible for any of them.
We continue to wait for answers concerning Benghazi. The Fast and Furious debacle remains unanswered. The IRS scandal has caused no one to be fired but rather placed on paid leave. The NSA scandal also has no answers as of this writing. I would think that if these types of scandals had occurred in any other organization, heads would roll and it would start at the top.
It seems that the rest of the world looks at us and wonders what is happening. A great country does not act as we are currently acting. Leaders lead, especially when times are tough. We have been facing tough times for over five years, and we are still looking for leadership. Talk is not what we want or need but rather actions. The Great Depression lasted for a decade because of stupid government restrictions and regulations. Did we learn nothing from that period? Let the government get out of the way.
Donald J. Myers a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at dmyers firstname.lastname@example.org.