Does Barack Obama hope to make himself King Obama? At a recent international meeting, Barack Obama took pains to deny this. When one has to take such pains to deny an unpleasant thing, any observer must suspect this thing is true after all. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of Barack Obama, de facto President of the United States.
Obama made this suspicious denial in a 38 minute speech, which he gave in Brussels, Belgium, on June 3rd, 2014. He said,
Ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs.
He was really trying to deny he felt that way. He said he was speaking of theories of power that belonged in history. Evidently that included this idea:
Order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.
As Leon Puissegur said at Freedom Outpost, actions speak louder than words. Indeed the full context, far from being exculpatory, is damning. He was speaking hopefully of a new world order. Such an order results only when a single government holds sway over all the peoples of the earth. This has been the dream of Progressives at least since Woodrow Wilson. Many Hollywood actors and motion picture and television producers have thought and acted this way for decades. One should recall the late Walter Cronkite, who explicitly called for Americans to “swallow” a “bitter pill” and surrender the sovereignty of the United States to something one might call the United Federation of Man.
King Obama in action
More to the point, the actions of the de facto President belie his disclaimer. The man calling himself President Obama has acted as if he were in fact King Obama. In the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson,
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
- He has introduced new regulations in a variety of context, from wages to the environment, without consulting Congress, and certainly without seeking Congressional consent.
- For three and a half years, the United States military has labored under a directive allowing the (de facto) President to send troops in when local authorities cannot or will not do what King Obama thinks is their duty.
- He has ordered his civilian agencies to buy large quantities of ammunition, including hollow-point ammunition that cannot have a legitimate application in target practice or even in battle according to the current rules of war.
- He is also supplying Army surplus armored vehicles to police departments both large and small, and in every other way contributing to an awful over-militarization of police in the United States.
With regard to this last, the United States of America is not supposed to have a Gendarmerie, like the organization of that name in France, or the Carabinieri in Italy,or the Mounties in Canada. Yet every month brings a fresh report that King Obama is placing military hardware in the hands of ever smaller police departments. This goes far beyond the equipping of Special Weapons And Tactical (SWAT) forces in major US cities that might, or might not, become targets of terrorism.
Would King Obama really give up?
Not every report agrees that the so-called President Obama wants to become King Obama. Two writers at Politico.com seem to think Obama has given up. They cite Obama’s increased penchant for vacationing, and for preferring recreational pursuits over his official duties. Yet King Louis XIV of France made himself famous for his recreational pursuits, typically involving members of the nobility whom he wanted to keep close. No one ever accused Louis XIV of being lazy or of giving up trying to make himself the absolute ruler of his country. In fact, Louis XIV famously said,
I am the state.
All his dinner parties, boating parties, and the elaborate ceremony of his getting out of bed every morning, were deliberate ploys. Louis XIV obviously believed in keeping his friends close and enemies closer. Why shouldn’t we believe King Obama would want to do the same thing?
Ironically, the same motion picture industry which now seems bent on crowning King Obama as soon as they can, gives clues to his attitude and behavior in some of the most famous lines that any motion picture actor ever uttered. These lines by Actor Sterling Hayden, as General Jack D. Ripper in the motion picture Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, spring to mind. He asked his executive officer whether he knew what the French Prime Minister Clemenceau once said about war.
He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, fifty years ago, he might have been right. But today war is too important to be left the politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.
Compare those words, however fictitious, to the very real words that Barack Obama spoke. You will readily see that Barack Obama truly believes the affairs of state are too important to be left to ordinary citizens. I use the word citizens advisedly. To King Obama, we are and by right should be subjects.
In a sense truer that he knew then, Clemenceau was correct. War is too important to be left to the generals. But war and other affairs of state are also too important to be left to politicians, and especially to anyone calling himself President. The electorate must take charge of them again. Every American should remember that, as midterm elections approach this fall. And the next time the would-be King Obama goes on vacation, the citizens should take note of whom he goes golfing or otherwise goes on vacation with. Those are the people he trusts, more than the people. Those are the people to watch. Which is to say, to watch out for.