My view: The dismantling of America

By Ken Hoagland

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

Obamacare is a flea-bitten dog that never would have been enacted without wholesale and deliberate falsehoods said over and over again by Barack Obama and every Democrat cheerleader. It never would have been enacted without legislative sleights-of-hand and backroom bribes offered to key Democrats.

In addition, Barack Obama would likely not have won a second term without the willing negligence of a hypnotized “watchdog press” that refused to independently investigate or report obvious lies.

Now we will be bitten by this dog and, indeed, as many as 5 million people who have lost insurance (that they liked) have already felt the teeth. It will get worse. Although not widely reported, another 100 million Americans with workplace coverage (by Health and Human Services’ own estimates) may be dropped by employers and forced into far more costly coverage through security-challenged exchanges.

Many of those already forced into Obamacare have seen their trusted doctors dropped from networks and even with subsidies, deductible thresholds are so high that savings are just another fiction. And those people with severe illnesses who have been canceled and lost the best hospitals and specialist care may have already been condemned to death by their own government “helping them.”

As the American people absorb body blow after body blow from this destructive fraud, our system of government has, itself, been battered so this president can have his “signature” issue. By unilaterally changing the so-called “law of the land” so many times, Obama has rendered Congress all but irrelevant. While this may sound good to those frustrated with divided government, it is nothing less than the strangling of the very heart of our constitutional system of representation.

“I won’t wait for Congress” is Obama’s guaranteed applause line at liberal fundraising events as he promises more and more executive orders. There is apparently no recognition of the truth that when majorities change, liberals will inevitably suffer equally from erasing constitutional protections of minority views or even established laws by executive fiat. There is no recognition, no shame and no apologies for destroying the role of elected representatives who are, by constitutional design, to be both the very instruments of “consent of the governed” and restraint of the majority.

Just to make sure everyone understands this new kind of presidency that asserts the power of a king, Obama has simply reversed by executive order standing laws on immigration, welfare/work, environmental and labor regulation and education. This is the new order where the White House both admits it cannot police federal agencies that go rogue while simultaneously ordering them to ignore the rule of law.

The Founding Fathers wisely foresaw inevitable attempts to concentrate power and violate constitutional guarantees and created three branches of government, designed to be in conflict with each other, that would check and balance excesses. What they did not foresee was a Senate majority leader willing to throw over 200 years of tradition to pack the courts on behalf of Barack Obama. Harry Reid changed longstanding Senate rules with 51 instead of 60 votes and he did it to make sure the judicial branch stayed out of the way of the dismantling of the separation of federal powers. All hail the king!

Even a lawless president, a complicit Senate majority, a one-party judiciary and a fawning press may not, however, succeed in undoing consent of the governed. We Americans have rebounded before from wars, economic collapses, plagues and both criminally opportunistic and criminally inept politicians. We can and must restore and repair the battered Constitution and the proper relationship between citizen and government. Our chance comes this November.

Ken Hoagland is founder and chairman of Restore America’s Voice and writes daily at “Repeal it Now” on Facebook.

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