---- — Back in the 1950s when Khrushchev was running the Soviet Union, almost all Americans rightfully deplored that criminals were running that country. Khrushchev and those under him had no qualms about disregarding the law. Many Americans used to say that "it could not happen here in America." Well it is happening here, but so many of our citizens are unwilling to pull their heads out of the sand and notice what is happening.
Obama, at will, flagrantly and consistently disregards the law. On occasion, he even has stated that if Congress does not act, he will. He acknowledged that he unilaterally has directed ICE not to enforce certain required deportations of illegal aliens, he has appointed various persons whose appointments require Senate confirmation (the Supreme Court reversed that action), he has suspended without Congressional approval, certain portions of the Unaffordable Care Act which he stated were not working as he had planned.
Obama's cheerleaders in the national liberal media are so busy licking Obama's boots that it doesn't even occur to them that they should report the news objectively and impartially.
But let's be fair and give credit where credit is due. Obama has been an outstanding student of mastering Saul Olinski's writing on "Rules for Radicals." Perhaps the most crucial tenant of Olinski's work is the maxim that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. Of course, having a compliant media makes it so much easier.
Anyone who knows and follows the inner workings of Congress realizes that any bill that costs money (and most of them do) first of all must be approved by the committee that deals with that subject. If it also is approved by the counterpart committee in the other chamber and is voted on favorably by both the House and the Senate and is signed by the President (or passed by a two-thirds majority over his veto), it is authorized. Then it has to go to the Appropriations Committees to get funded and go through the same process all over again. This is the way Congress always has worked, whether a bill is being sponsored by the Democrats or by the Republicans.
Yes, Obamacare has been authorized, but if Congress refuses to fund it, no money is supposed to be spent on it and it does not get implemented. But we now have a situation in which Obama is declaring money shall be spent to try to persuade Americans to sign up for the so-called "insurance exchanges." This is money that has not been appropriated by Congress.
There is an impasse facing our country. Even some of Obama's staunchest supporters, including the labor unions, have declared that Obamacare is unworkable. Sen. Max Baucus, the senior senator from Montana who helped to write the bill, declared that Obamacare is a train wreck coming down the road. Poll after poll reveal that the American people don't want Obamacare. Never before has a President, when at loggerheads with Congress over a disputed piece of legislation, imperially declared that he will not negotiate the differences.
The ironic part is that the Republicans in the House have voted for a continuing resolution to fund everything at the very same level as was spent during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, except Obamacare.
Obama has decreed that since the House has refused to fund Obamacare, he will start shutting down the rest of the government, beginning with those parts which will affect the citizens most adversely and thus cause people to put pressure on their congressmen to cave in to Obama's demands to fund a law which most of the public doesn't want. Anyone who follows the news without having it filtered by the liberal news media has to conclude that it is Obama who is shutting down the government.
Our constitutional republic is at risk, not particularly because Obamacare will or will not be implemented, but because of the general lawlessness of the Obama administration.
Donald J. Ely, of Sunbury, is the Republican State Committeeman for Northumberland County. He taught government and history at Shikellamy High School for over 30 years.