President Obama has grown frighteningly bold in his last term. The senator who once promised reform, governmental transparency and a government more-representative of the people is long gone; the executive Americans are left with today more-closely resembles Fidel Castro than the President Obama Senator Obama promised in 2008.
To be clear, even his fellow Democrats are not immune from his bullying. Though the president is obliged to act as the executor of legislative actions, the president is a one-man government and freely issues illegitimate laws and refines federal rules and regulations to serve as laws.
When discussing his latest executive tyranny, orders mandating an expansion of background checks for firearm purchases, Obama lobbed a threat to his fellow Democrats: join me, or I’ll destroy you.
In a New York Times op-ed, Obama calls gun control “our shared responsibility” and, in a manner that appears more-aimed at convincing himself than others, he parrots the same canned lines concerning gun violence and assures readers of his “legal authority” to conjure laws from the Oval Office.
Then, Obama turned to his fellow Democrats in a move designed to make his anti-Second Amendment agenda appear non-partisan:
Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform. And if the 90 percent of Americans who do support common-sense gun reforms join me, we will elect the leadership we deserve.
Obama’s tough talk for members of his own party is laughable as “Blue Dog” Democrats have been all-but purged from the liberal ranks. The modern Democrat Party has been radicalized and would be somewhat unrecognizable to the majority of Democrat politicians of 20, 30 years ago. Obama threatening fellow Democrats on this issue is like insisting that all conservatives be against tax raises on the middle class; they’re already there and barking a threat to appear tough has the opposite effect.
Obama then turned his self-righteous rage towards gun manufacturers, the evil ne’er-do-wells that dare to make profits while maintaining that they should not be held liable for criminal misuse of their products.
The gun industry also needs to do its part. And that starts with manufacturers.
As Americans, we hold consumer goods to high standards to keep our families and communities safe. Cars have to meet safety and emissions requirements. Food has to be clean and safe. We will not end the cycle of gun violence until we demand that the gun industry take simple actions to make its products safer as well. If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should also make sure she can’t pull the trigger of a gun.
Yet today, the gun industry is almost entirely unaccountable. Thanks to the gun lobby’s decades of efforts, Congress has blocked our consumer products safety experts from being able to require that firearms…