“Regardless of the resources a country possesses, regardless of how talented the people are, if you do not have a basic system of rule of law, of respect for civil rights and human rights, if you do not give people a credible, legitimate way to work through the political process to express their aspirations, if you don’t respect basic freedom of speech and freedom of assembly…it is very rare for a country to succeed…I will go further than that: that country will not succeed over the long term…It may succeed over the short term because it may have natural resources that it can extract, and it can generate enough money to then distribute and create patronage networks. But over time, that country will decline.”
Guess who said the above quote. If you had to take a guess, given the political climate in which we find ourselves with the immigration crisis, who would you believe said that? Personally, I would have pinned the quote on a major Tea Partier, like Ted Cruz, or Mike Lee—maybe even Dan Bongino. Barack Obama said that. That’s right; America’s King came to bat for the concept of a nation of laws at a Town Hall for the Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders. Cue insane laughter in 3…2…
What Barack Obama accomplished in that little speech is a classic trick of the propagandist. When one is under attack, one must reaffirm his or her integrity through indirect means. By discussing the need for the rule of law without mentioning anything regarding his administration, Obama subtly reminded all of his low-information voters out there that he is a lawful man who respects the laws of the United States. Meanwhile, he flagrantly disregards the laws of our immigration process. That quote will be used endlessly by those who would defend Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. And the horde of rubes will nod their heads enthusiastically.
It’s priceless to see Obama try to pull this off. It’s like watching Sadaam Hussein talk about the preciousness of life as he gasses the Kurds.
Rep. Jeff Sessions had this to say regarding Obama’s lawlessness:
“…to issue executive orders in direct contradiction of long-established American law that would grant administrative amnesty and work permits to five million, to six million persons that are unlawfully in this country…American people will not be mocked. they have begged and pleaded for our nation’s immigration law to be enforced for 30 or 40 years…The politicians have refused, refused, refused, refused. They defeated amnesty after amnesty after amnesty, and they will not sit back and allow the president to implement through unlawful fiat.”
Obama is currently in negotiations to potentially give amnesty to five or six million illegal immigrants. He would accomplish this by executive order. He could not accomplish it through Congress because he would be stopped. So he has decided to go around the law.
Obama talks about the necessity of a nation under the rule of law, while at the same time, he issues executive order after executive order undermining those laws. Executive orders are legal, but their legality does not make them rightly lawful. The act of continuously undermining established law by executive action suggests a president who does not, in fact, value the law at all. What Obama values is his own power. Obama doesn’t see America as a nation of laws, he sees it as a nation being sculpted by his own hands, under the direction of his grand vision. He will follow the laws he likes, and he will trample on the ones he doesn’t, and given enough time, he will have created a new nation.
What are laws if they are no longer stringently enforced? What are laws if they can be undermined with the swipe of a pen? If a law ceases to matter simply because a leader doesn’t agree with it, what would keep this leader from overriding more laws? Once one law is nullified by executive action, the dam has been cracked–and as we all know, as small crack doesn’t stay small for very long.
Obama is correct though. Over time, a nation whose leader disregards the rule of law will decline. And that’s exactly what he wants. One nation, under Obama, divided, with liberty and justice for a few.