Want a Happy 2016? Make 2015 a year of Constitutional resolve.

January 1, 2015

It’s over.  For better or worse 2014 is officially in the history books.

The annual barrage of “Best of – Worst of” columns and specials has ceased and once again we start a year anew.

But before we begin making fodder for next year’s lists let us reflect upon the seeds sewn in 2014 that will determine how bountiful our harvest in 2015.

In January, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote of President Obama’s assessment of the ISIS terrorists who had just taken over Fallujah, Iraq: ““The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy.”

It was one thing for the Commander in Chief to have been so wrong about something so serious, but that Remnick took his flippancy as something out of the ordinary illustrates just how blind to fact some of Mr. Obama’s adoring media truly are.

Does Remnick not remember “The Cambridge police acted stupidly”, “”You didn’t build that”, “Don’t do stupid sh*t” foreign policy, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”, the IRS targeting conservatives as just a couple of low-level rogue employees in Cincinnati, or all the other times Mr. Obama only heard of administration malfeasance via the morning news?

Obama has already taken Presidential flippancy and obfuscation of the truth to new levels.  With his elections over, it’s anybody’s guess how far into the stratosphere he’ll go these last two years in office.

In that same interview Remnick relays Mr. Obama’s response to a DNC fundraiser heckler demanding more executive actions to nullify Congress: “Before everybody starts clapping, that’s not how it works. We’ve got this Constitution; we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no shortcut to politics, and there’s no shortcut to democracy.”

And yet before the year was out, Mr. Obama would do exactly that.  Shortcutting democracy and the results of the November mid-term elections by unilaterally granting millions of illegal immigrants quasi legal status, throwing the brutal dictators Raul and Fidel Castro a lifeline just when they needed it the most and transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to any country willing to take them, irrespective of future security threats posed.

America has survived 238 New Year days since 1777 thanks to the sacrifice of patriots before us and the Constitution they gave us.  Yet that Constitution and the rule of law it demands is only as good as the honor of the men and women sworn to protect it.

Without honor and respect for those founding principles the entire system begins to fail.

No, it won’t come crashing down in a single cataclysmic day, but it will come down none the less.

And the cracks are starting to show.  Over a decade of politically Balkanizing us into one group against another is taking its toll.

Just look at how quickly one “hands up, don’t shoot” lie turned into a media generated, Al Sharpton fomented, nationwide “truth” that dare not be questioned.

Look at how easily peaceful protests turned into violent hate fests creating the atmosphere that contributed to the assassination of two New York City police officers.

It is with that in mind that no matter how many resolutions you’ve made for 2015 I ask you to make one more:  Resolve to be more aware of your nation’s affairs.

Resolve to not just listen to the rhetoric, but to look behind it.

Is the end result more liberty or more control?

If it’s the former, support it with all your might, if it’s the latter oppose it at every turn.

New Year’s Day 2016 is depending on it.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  An edited version of this column first appeared in the January 1, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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