Hit the Road, Barack!

obama-nixon“He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Sound familiar? Maybe it does if you are old enough to remember the articles of impeachment prepared against Richard M. Nixon, or curious enough to have studied them after the fact.

Who would have supposed that the disgraced former president, the only one to resign from office, a longtime bulwark of the Republican party, would be the model for Barack Obama’s presidential conduct?

This is getting serious, folks. We have a major coverup, we have abuse of tax enforcement. Could it be that we (not I, actually) have re-elected a man just as unworthy of the highest office as the dearly departed RMN?

In 1973 and 1974, a young lawyer named Hillary Rodham – later to add the name Clinton – participated eagerly in the impeachment proceedings brought against Nixon by the House of Representatives. She has the necessary experience, certainly, and the types of charges and legal niceties are familiar to her, so do you think she might want to help make the case against the current president as well?  Perhaps Speaker Boehner would provide her with a comfortable, purple-velvet throne from which to operate on the House floor.

Of course, to avoid any conflict of interest, she might prefer to have some assistant formulate any charges relating to the Benghazi tragedy and coverup. Someone like Susan Rice, let’s say.

To absolve Obama of any guilt in the recently disclosed tax-enforcement witch hunt against the Tea Party and other conservative groups, you have to buy his line that he learned about it from news reports, at the same time that you and I did.

This has been his explanation for every egregious foul-up in his administration. People who aren’t privy to his pure thoughts and intentions go marching off on their own, perpetrating one outrage after another, greatly to his distress once he finds out about it.

That, for example, is how busloads of illegal immigrants with criminal records got released from prison. That is how IRS agents – at the lowest level, mind you; janitors and people like that – conducted a Schutzstaffel-style scrutiny of non-profit organizations that happened to spring from the Tea Party movement.

It was all their idea, they weren’t following orders from superiors, they were going entirely against the will of their Top Boss. Flouting the president seems to be standard behavior in the Executive Branch.

Yes, and Stalin was horrified to find out, too late, about the political purges of the 1930s.

If you buy Obama’s line, then you are accepting the premise that he has no control whatsoever over some, perhaps all, of the most important functions of the Executive. Whatever happened to the sign that Harry Truman kept on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here”? Did it get shipped off to England along with Churchill’s bust?

If he can’t be thrown out of office for high crimes and misdemeanors – and I wouldn’t give up hope  – then can’t we find some way to embarrass him into resigning because of incompetence and indifference?  How long do you think you would remain in your own job with a record like that?

Author Bio:

Arthur Louis spent more than forty years as a print journalist, with the Philadelphia Inquirer, McGraw-Hill, Fortune magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, but he is not asking for sympathy. He is the author of two non-fiction books: The Tycoons, and Journalism and Other Atrocities, as well as a novel, The Little Champ. In retirement, he has decided unilaterally that he is a profound political pundit.
Author website: http://bernardgoldberg.com
  • eatingdogfood

    No Doubt About It ; All These Democrats, Really Are Criminals !!! Not To Worry, Folks; All This Will Go Away !!! You Really Don’t Think That The Main Stream Liberal Media Will Go After Their Savior; Mr. Teflon; The POTUS !!! Can You Imagine If The Republicans Had Done Half Of These Dastardly Deeds ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.makinen Douglas Makinen

    Art, as much as I would like to see BO get his just deserts, I don’t see that happening. The face of politics has changed since Nixon. The power and influence of the left wing institutions; education, police, fire, workers unions, DHS employees just to name a few has grown tremendously since those times. Handouts to these groups have grown twenty fold and have created unmoveable objects that will never cut ties with the hand that feeds them no matter what. The fact we are even discussing amnesty for millions of people in the US illegally speaks volumes. That with costs associated with Obamacare will move this country even further toward government control and loss of individual rights. If you live in an area of the country where you have actually seen the destruction of your city in every waybecause of illegal imigration, you know exactly what I mean. To be perfectly honest I must admit there is one benefit I have seen here in AZ because of illegal immigration. When I have relatives and friends from the midwest visit, I no longer have to drive 300 miles to show them Mexico, it is only a short 15 minute drive near downtown.

    • artlouis

      lol. Well, I agree that it isn’t going to be a slam dunk, but this seems likely to be the (last) best chance.

    • Anthony Bonagura

      The Republicans couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag when it comes to investigating crimes and the past 5 years has been a testimony to that fact. It these scandals were being conducted with a Republican sitting in the hot seat the Republican would have been gone a long time ago, that is a fact.
      There are many, many Republicans that know and have the evidence to prove that Obama has been flaunting a forged birth certificate, a fraudulent SS# and registered fraudulently with the Selective Service and they REFUSE to expose these crimes. That is a fact, I know the folks who hand delieverd the evidence to them. There is an on going criminal investigation of Obama that has been going on for two years now, in some circles for 5 years now and the Conservative media refuse to cover the scandal. This is how pathetic the Republican Party has become. They know how to blow hot air but that is it.
      All of those who post at this blog are no better. There is no reason on earth that could explain why none of them are writing about a scandal that Diana West calls “the biggest fraud ever committed against the United States.” When this scandal finally hits the airways there are going to be many embarassed Conservatives, especially those who have gigs at Fox.

  • Huge_Heffner

    There’s more than enough evidence to indict the entire Administration under the “RICO” laws!

  • I Hate Fascists

    Hey Aqualung, Rove and his “social welfare organizations” got their tax exempt status. It is not the IRS’S fault that you lost the election anyway.

    • artlouis

      Thanks for your insights, Mr. Fascist. But aren’t you changing the subject? What this administration did to the AP is going to be its fatal flaw. Now his adoring media have it in for him, and they have plenty to work with. Any Obama supporter with brains should be lying low and keeping silent right now. That’s why you are out in the open and yammering.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Changing the subject? You are getting a bit senile Pops, there is no mention of the AP anywhere in your article. But ok you want to talk about that? You think the lamestream media is going to turn Fascist because their phone records were subpoenaed? Well if that is your prediction we will soon see whether or not you are correct. But no doubt the vast majority are smart enough to know that a right wing administration would be no different from Iran, China, or North Koreea, where they would be censored, thrown in jail, or made to “disappear” when they write the wrong thing. And that they would wish they could go back to when the worst thing the administration did was to spy on their phone records.

        • artlouis

          Mr. Fascist,
          I seem to have forgotten. When did those things happen under previous administrations? You are an off-the-wall lunatic.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Those things and much worse will happen under an administration led by Toxic Ted Cruz, Loopy Louie Gohmert, Inbred Inhofe, or whoever your next Great Fascist Hope is

  • doom

    Obama has something that Nixon didn’t: a “D” after his name.

    • artlouis

      True, but I think the D media is smelling blood now. A big scandal is good for ratings, and they may feel betrayed.

      • JohnInMA

        The media also has a tremendous self-interest. Since they have solid evidence that the political tides aren’t continuing in the Dems favor, they need to save their own hides. With no scandal coming out of the political audits, there is nothing left but to make sure all is known so no one suffers the same harassment in future conservative eras. And by no one, I clearly mean THEM. Expect the AP phone scandal to bet top billing as well.

        • artlouis

          Quite plausible. The AP thing should get the media on his neck but good. He is such a baby that I wouldn’t be surprised if he quit soon.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Obama tried to pin the IRS targeting of conservatives on Republicans.
    He’s quite mad, you see.

    • artlouis

      While we all have been tricked into believing that Bush retired to his Texas ranch, in fact he is holed up in Washington masterminding all sorts of disasters that undermine the Obama administration,