Liberals and conservatives, unite!


By: Matt Barber

More often than not, when someone says, “I hate to say I told you so,” they  love to say they told you so. Prepare to have a bucket of gloat dumped on your  head.

Still, there are those rare occasions when people both say it and mean it. A  few possible examples come to mind: Aboard the Titanic. At the Battle of the  Little Bighorn. Standing before the pearly gates (after your stupid bomb squad  partner goes ahead and cuts the blue wire). And right now.

Liberals, we conservatives hate to say we told you so.

But we told you so.

In the wake of CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s earthshaking revelation  that the Obama NSA has been spying on tens of millions of Americans –  conservatives, liberals and moderates alike – by illegally searching and seizing  telephone calls and other private data, I tweeted the following: “So can liberals and conservatives all come together now and  agree that Obama is a Marxist tyrant?”

Ian Murphy, a liberal freelance writer with Salon.com, AlterNet.org and  similar such “progressive” publications, tweeted back: “He’s not a Marxist.”

“We’ll split the difference,” I replied.

The implication behind Murphy’s brief comment is both clear and profound.  While he, a proud leftist, inexplicably remains in denial of Obama’s patently  evident Neo-Marxist socio-political worldview, he has, nonetheless – and along  with a fast-growing number of his “progressive” counterparts – finally come to  acknowledge that Barack Hussein Obama, 44th president of these Divided States of  America, is, indeed, a grade-A tyrant.

In recent months, as this administration has been rocked by self-inflicted  scandal after self-inflicted scandal, a vibrant, three-dimensional picture of  Mr. Obama has begun to emerge. So obvious and outrageous are his abuses of power  that many of his sycophantic holdouts are finally taking a second,  less-jaundiced look at their Dear Leader.

For example, after it was learned that the Obama IRS was intentionally  targeting conservative, Christian and Jewish organizations and individuals for  harassment and political intimidation, Jon Stewart, liberal comedian and host of  “The Daily Show,” did a scathing  spot in which he told the president, “You’ve vindicated conspiracy  theorists.”

More recently, in response to the IRS and NSA scandals, “Tonight Show” host  Jay  Leno joked of “Snoop Obama”: “We wanted a president that listens to all  Americans,” he said. “Now we have one.”

Both the liberal New York Times and hard-left filmmaker Michael Moore have  similarly opined that the Obama administration has “lost all credibility,” while  left-leaning Politico observed that, “Nothing brings the left and the right  together quite like government snooping.”

This is the tip of the iceberg. Liberals are running from Obama like Occupy  Wall Streeters from Irish Spring. Each of these scandals (Fast and Furious,  Benghazi, IRS-gate, spying on the media, NSA spying on the American people, et  al.) are, ostensibly, grievous enough, when taken alone, to rise to the level of  “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

When taken together, however, they are manifestly impeachable.

Unfortunately, I doubt Congress has the courage to do it. It would take a  bipartisan, consensus effort. We’re still not there yet. Even so, we’ve come a  long way. No reasonable person, liberal or conservative, can, in good faith,  still deny that Barack Obama is the most lawless president in American history.

Oh what a difference a couple centuries make. While Benjamin Franklin  famously warned, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little  temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” President Obama – with his  hand caught in your information cookie jar – now assures us that Franklin had it  all wrong: “[O]ne of the things that we’re going to have to discuss and debate  is how are we striking this balance between the need to keep the American people  safe and our concerns about privacy,” he said, “because there are some tradeoffs  involved.”

Yikes.

“The president is conducting an all-out assault on the constitutionally  protected rights of American citizens,” responded Mat Staver, founder and  chairman of Liberty Counsel, one of the fastest-growing civil rights legal  organizations in America.

“Electronic data collection on this massive scale clearly violates the Fourth  Amendment. It is tantamount to having a government official sneak into your home  or business and copy all of your papers, records and personal effects. The fact  the government may not immediately use copied material except when it needs it  is irrelevant. The Fourth Amendment does not prohibit searches and seizures  without probable cause only if the government uses the information,” he  said.

“We cannot justify such massive collection of American citizens’ data by any  government agency under the guise of preventing crime or even terrorism. This  government overreach is an indictment on both political parties, as both have  been involved in authorizing these unconstitutional acts. Our government leaders  and bureaucrats have forgotten the price of liberty and are too willing to give  up liberty for a little security,” concluded Staver.

This isn’t a left or right issue. This is about freedom. This is about the  rule of law. Barack Obama has exposed himself as an enemy of the Constitution,  an enemy of the American people – all of the American people – whether liberal  or conservative, Democrat or Republican.

Liberals, let’s agree to disagree where we disagree. Likewise, let’s agree to  agree where we agree.

Let’s come together and do something about America’s Barack Obama  problem.

About The Author Matt Barber:
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)
Website:http://www.lc.org

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