The founding documents which guide, or should guide, the leaders of our great nation as we navigate our way into the 21st century are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Or at least that’s what the actions of the Obama administration have been saying over the last 1,017 days.
The Constitution, specifically, serves as nothing more than an inconvenient barrier between President Obama and his desire to be the first dictator of the United States of America.
On May 27, 2009, just four short months after taking office, President Obama released a memo regarding the Freedom of Information Act and how great it is. He promised to make it even better.
While the Government must be able to prevent the public disclosure of information where such disclosure would compromise the privacy of American citizens, national security, or other legitimate interests, a democratic government accountable to the people must be as transparent as possible and must not withhold information for self-serving reasons or simply to avoid embarrassment.
Keep that quote in mind while fast-forwarding to 2011.
A new proposed revision to the Freedom of Information Act rules allows federal agencies to flat-out lie to citizens and anyone else seeking records by telling them they don’t exist. The Justice Department, under the direction of Eric Holder, proposed the change under the umbrella of a larger revision of rules for the federal agencies.
The rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an exemption to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist” rather than citing the appropriate exemption. Government transparency advocates across the entire political landscape are up in arms saying it will compromise public access to government.
Additionally, Obama has grown weary of the Constitution’s requirement that new legislation be deliberated, debated, and passed via the process of Congressional approval.
On October 24, Obama told an audience in Las Vegas, Nevada that he will be announcing “executive actions” his administration will take to “heal the economy” without the “dysfunctional” Congress. Apparently, these announcements will be taking place on a regular basis.
I’m here to say to all of you and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas, we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,’ Obama said. ‘I’ve told my administration to keep looking every single day for actions we can take without Congress, steps that can save consumers money, make government more efficient and responsive, and help heal the economy. And we’re going to be announcing these executive actions on a regular basis.
Perhaps Obama should be reminded of the oath he took on January 20, 2009 to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Americans will have their chance on November 6, 2012.