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August 5, 2012

Column: Americans face a defining choice in presidential election

A vote for incumbent president Barack Obama in November is a vote against the United States Constitution and for one’s own enslavement.

No American president has demonstrated such contempt for the Constitution, the concept of separation of powers, and the American spirit in as little amount of time as Obama. His transgressions and insults are legion:

He has initiated an unprecedented expansion of executive and regulatory power to grant waivers from the law to individuals and groups for political purposes, financial gain, or both.

He has enacted rules governing that legislation that are incomprehensible, leading to increased power to those in power through their interpretation of those rules.

He has overseen a deadly criminal gun-walking operation to foreign gangsters in defiance of the law and placing our national security at risk.

His attorney general, in connection with that scheme, is officially in contempt of Congress.

He has attempted to nationalize one-sixth of the American economy in defiance of the Constitution and the principles of the free market.

He has attempted to declare when the United States Senate is in or out of session in direct violation of the Constitution and the separation of powers.

He has sunk billions of taxpayer funds into one boondoggle after another.

He has refused, in many instances, to perform its duty-bound oath to enforce the law.

He has established commissions with sweeping mandates populated by czars that do not answer to the citizenry via the Congress.

He has attempted to foster a sneering contempt for self-reliance, entrepreneurship, and freedom.

He has increased the debt of this nation into the trillions and mortgaged the future of generations of Americans in a futile and arrogant attempt to manage economic growth by government edict.

Those are but a few of Obama’s crimes and blunders. Yet the incumbent is not solely complicit in this erosion of liberty. We, the voters, are also to blame. For the last century, we have placed an inordinate amount of faith in government by technocrat and bureaucrat in exchange for a pittance from a benefits system built upon loose economic and moral ground.

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