Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama
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Sometimes, I find it difficult to review timely political books. It's not because I may find the subject matter objectionable in any way; rather, it's because most often the book involves either a sitting politician whose effectiveness is still being shaped or a currently popular political ideology that may not endure beyond the next election. In either case, I try to stick with reviewing the merits of the author's main premise while ignoring some of the lesser foibles along the way.
With that sole qualifier, I'm pleased to say how much I enjoyed and agreed with David Limbaugh's CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY: AN INDICTMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. As Mark Levin's observation states from the cover ("... the most effective skewering of Obama's contempt for the Constitution and our nation's foundations that I have yet read."), it's very clear that Limbaugh has done ample legwork to support his position: CRIMES includes a massive one hundred pages of notations and citations supporting the work therein. Largely, Limbaugh covers Obama in totality - with some references to his days as an Illinois politico, through his Presidential campaign, on up to the first two years of Obama's time in the Oval Office. As a result, he effectively paints Obama and the activity of his followers to be usurping power in direct contradiction to their roles in (or beyond, or absent of terms within) the U.S. Constitution.
Where I honestly believe CRIMES could've benefitted from greater exploration (or, at least, an area that specifically interested me) is in the possible motivations for politicos to behave in this manner. This isn't to say that Limbaugh doesn't make credible arguments depicted Obama and his administration as perhaps power-addicted charlatans willing to tell a lie one day only to contradict themselves when it's politically expedient to do so; he does, but I guess that I, as a reader, have a hard time accepting that Obama and his companions behave this way because they consciously believe they've been given a mandate by the American people. Don't misunderstand me because Limbaugh goes to great lengths to chart Obama's stated intention to "radically transform America" into ways that defy the natural political systems in place for over two centuries. It's just that I find it hard to believe that a desire to do this must be far more firmly rooted in some unspoken or hidden motivations than, perhaps, Constitutional ignorance.
What Liberals and Progressives have been doing since the `Democrat Insurgency of 2006' gets amble coverage in CRIMES, and the book should really serve as a calling card to any politician who believes the power of the American people can be simply ignored or suppressed despite the ballot boxes, opinion polls, and sheer hard work. I'm certainly willing to concede that the elections of 2010 may serve as a bit of a roadblock for President Obama, but nothing covered here in Limbaugh's book makes me believe that the `Radical-in-Chief' is going to serve with any other political persuasion throughout the remainder of his first term in office. And, as I said, there's ample citation to support that rather grim reality.
If nothing else, coming away from CRIMES should make everyone think much more deeply about the pre-packaged efforts that goes into political speech on both sides of the aisle. (Yes, I'm talking to you, too, Republicans-In-Name-Only.) Watching how one conducts himself (or herself) with respect to understanding and executing the affairs of a constituency is a lesson everyone needs to be reminded of from time to time, and, if anything, I strongly believe that is the message of the 2010 Elections.
As I stated, CRIMES ends basically at the midpoint of Obama's first term, and there may well be many more examples to come over the course of the next two years. Hopefully, an ever more watchful public - along with pundits and scholars like David Limbaugh - will keep eyes on all politicos (for there are quite a few in and around DC), document the alleged Constitutional violations, and put out the word so that all of us, together, can rise up and be heard. This far, no further. And, hopefully, we can keep such charlatans out of all public service for the foreseeable future.
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