I popped off with a wise crack one day during a classroom lecture in seventh grade. The year was 1959. I don’t even remember what I said now, but several of my classmates laughed aloud. Instead of telling me to stop by his desk for a little chat following dismissal, the teacher had me stand and hold a stack of books in each hand, arms fully extended from my sides. When I was in what he thought was enough pain and embarrassment for my transgression I was allowed to sit down. I recall feeling shame beyond words as my classmates watched my humiliation. Teachers could do things like that in the 1950s.
Last night President Obama publicly rebuked The Supreme Court over a decision to loosen the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions. I watched in embarrassment as the greatest legal bastion of the Free World was held up to international ridicule while many in the Congressional audience shamelessly arose behind them and applauded enthusiastically. I watched their faces as the cheering audience stood over them and Obama looked down upon them. I do not recall anything like this in my lifetime during a State of the Union address. It was a disgusting and mendacious abuse of Executive power. It was pure intimidation.
Here is the text of this magical moment in American history:
“…With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems….”
Obama pays lip service respect to the Framers’ system of Constitutional checks and balances, then immediately turns one-hundred eighty degrees and rips away at its lawful product that does not fit his Left-wing template.
We have now, ladies and gentlemen, a sitting President for whom no American institution, custom or tradition is beyond attack, ridicule and destruction. I can only hope there are millions of Americans that voted for this man who are asking, “What in the world did we do to ourselves?”
November’s mid-term election is just round the bend.