Friday, May 23, 2014

Imperial Overreach

So I've been referring to the current resident of the Oval Office as "His Imperial Majesty Barack Hussein Obama" from pretty much day one of his reign.

This mocking title was because of the way he--or his handlers--conducted his campaign: He definitely seemed to me to have a grandiose idea of himself, and what he could accomplish through his office.

Aside from the question of whether he is competent enough to accomplish much beside making a mockery of the office he occupies, I haven't seen anything to change my opinion of the man himself.

Today, through the NRA-ILA, I found an editorial in the Washington Times entitled Squeezing the gunsmiths, detailing how the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) imposes the “high risk” label on any business making firearms, regardless of the company’s actual credit history. Coupled with the Justice Department’s Operation Chokepoint, the FDIC encourages banks to drop gun stores, suppliers and manufacturers and to refuse to process their online transactions.
It’s dressed up as fraud prevention, but many of the companies targeted have good credit histories and operate good and well-managed companies. Banks comply with Washington’s demands out of an understandable fear of the consequences of saying “no.” Conducting business with clients deemed “risky” would put them in jeopardy of audits and other harassment from federal agents.
So, let's make this clear:  His Imperial Majesty, Barack Hussein Obama I, and his minions, are using armed Government Agents to try and stifle businesses they don't like.
The fact that these businesses are part of one of the few, if not the only, sectors of the economy that is not only healthy but booming probably makes them -- that is, HIMBO and his minions -- even more anxious to suppress it.
The funniest part of this, or a part that would be funny if it were not, frankly, terrifying, is that, as the editorial points out, 
When he was an ambitious state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama despised White House power grabs. It was so Washington. “The biggest problem that we’re facing right now,” he said in 2008, “has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”
I've been doing a lot of historical reading lately, and one thing that has struck me is how, when The King  starts making unilateral, arbitrary, decisions like this, without any sort of review or control process, then eventually you wind up with smashed windows, gallows, bonfires and pitchforks, and the Jews/Nisei/Indians/Tea Partiers loaded on railcars.
Government is force.  Government is evil. There are things we can do better through a government, but it's a dangerous tool, and no single person would be allowed to wield it at his or her discretion.  That's the whole point of this "Checks and balances" thing we talk about.
It's about time, and past time, people outside the firearms business and the firearms rights community realize that "What they do to us they can do to you."

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