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Column: King Barack Hussein Obama
by Randy Evans
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June 28, 2012 10:52 AM | 5024 views | 15 15 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Somehow it seems appropriate that my next to last column would begin with a farewell address.

On Sept. 19, 1796, President George Washington issued his Farewell Address. It started with “Friends & Fellow Citizens” and gave inspiring advice to a newfound nation as a “parting friend.”

On March 4, 1797, 215 years ago, Washington left office. Rather than expand the powers of the presidency through perpetual succession toward eventual ascension as a monarch, Washington went in the opposite direction.

Even though it could have been, his presidency was never about him. It was about a citizen servant to the people — the American people – and their common bond through the United States Constitution — a document that indeed began with these three words – “We the People.”

Washington’s selfless act of voluntarily relinquishing power was one of the most important foundations for a new nation just starting out as a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. As history shows, other countries were not so fortunate. Instead, history books are full of revolutionary leaders who could not give up power — with all its lure. For them, power begat more power — steadily tempting them with even more power, until caesars, tsars, kings and führers emerged. In the end, each was consumed with greater and greater power until the center of his universe was him.

Indeed, it was the concentration of power that Washington and the founding fathers of the United States feared most. Undoubtedly, any other man as America’s first president might have converted these very real fears into a harsh and unforgiving reality. After all, the transition from commander of the armies to perpetual president to king would have been an easy one. But, Washington chose a different path.

Against this backdrop, the United States finds itself today at the other end of the spectrum. Since 2009, neither the Constitution, nor Congress, nor the laws of the United States, nor even the people, have served as a boundary for this president. His presidency has been well-defined by a steady, insatiable expansion and acquisition of unbounded political power with never a passing thought about yielding or relinquishing power to anyone.

The will of the people, or the consent of the governed have meant little to him. Indeed, on multiple occasions, he has acted in open defiance of the opinions (and beliefs) of the American people — including, notably, his insistence on his version of socialized healthcare.

Mounting and consistent public opposition mattered little to him, even with midterm election defeat in Democratic strongholds like New Jersey and Massachusetts. It was his will that it be done — even behind closed doors with backroom deals and procedural maneuvers, all in disregard for the boundaries of the Constitution.

Even after Americans wrestled control from him and his party in the United States House of Representatives in 2010, he continued his steady march toward expansion and exercise of power. According to him, even the Supreme Court would overreach if it struck down his Obamacare law.

But, it is not just the will of the people, the boundaries of the Constitution and the decisions of the Supreme Court that he so readily ignores. He gives the same indifference to the Congress and laws of the United States.

Notwithstanding his oath to uphold and defend the laws of the United States, he started his presidency by ordering his solicitor general not to defend a law with which he disagreed. He continues his Presidency by instructing his Homeland Security secretary not to enforce the laws of the United States regarding immigration.

When the Congress attempted to call him into check on a program like the “Fast and Furious” program, he invoked executive privilege to ignore their requests. These are but a few illustrations amidst a sea of examples of his grip on unchecked power.

Any one of these acts by a leader in power would worry “Friends & Fellow Citizens” fearful of the concentration of such power in one man. This is especially true for a man who so eagerly seeks, systematically, and steadily works to increase his own power.

Yet, it is the open callousness with which he flaunts his exercise of power, notwithstanding the boundaries of the rule of law and the checks and balances of the Constitution, that is so worrisome.

Eventually, such power grows beyond political games and legal skirmishes to matters of life and death and the future of the republic. Make no mistake, this is a president who proudly boasts of his power, including the right to actually kill people — including American citizens – with the stroke of a pen.

These are indeed dangerous times. Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama is no Washington. He is the man who would be king.

Randy Evans is an Atlanta attorney with McKenna Long & Aldrige LLP. He is the former General Counsel of the Georgia Republican Party and remains active in the party on both the state and national level. He can be reached at www.mckennalong.com or McKenna Long & Aldrige LLP, Suite 5300, 303 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308.
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Martian
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July 23, 2012
this is completely unhinged! omg!
Pedro O'Sullivan
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July 23, 2012
This Randy guy is a bit nuts. Surprised by the comments, just assumed it would be filled with like minded wingnuts. Refreshing to see even in Red State Georgia there are fellow travelers.
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July 22, 2012
Randy, so long and good riddence!You were never a good journalist and most of your articles were of the suck nature. Go somewhere else with your illogical rants. Bye!
Bruce Ambrose
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July 18, 2012
These comments make me sad to be an Atlantian. Are our citizens really this blind to the tyranny of the last few years? Citing a lighter form of tyranny from Bush in comparison is just amazing. But I guess this verifies what the polls say - that nearly half the country has been completely co-opted into the democrat parties' culture of death, division, envy and theft. This is the definition of evil, and yes Obama is proof that those who's passion is to subordinate their neighbors into their servitude will stop at nothing to reach their goal.
Ruby Khan
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July 15, 2012
Randall Muhammad Evans has been sniffing his underwear for quite some time now. The fumes have finally gotten to him.
Steven Starr
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July 15, 2012
I wonder who killed half a million iraqis and six thousand US soldiers? Raped a sovereign nation destroyed its infrastructure? Wait was that Bush-Cheney? Randy, O! Randy you are randy again...
121212
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July 15, 2012
I agree with all of the commentors...Enough of this guy (R. Evans) already...His articles are pure fiction/fantasy. Can't this website find any professional journalists to write unbiased articles? sheesh!
Arnold Butler, Sr
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July 14, 2012
Randy this is about the most asinine article I have read in some time. You are an Idiot and a moron.
We need balance
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July 06, 2012
Thank god! Maybe we can finally have some real journalism? Please no more Right wing or Left wing puppets.
Born in the USA
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June 30, 2012
Evans is not an unbiased journalist, heck he isn't ANY kind of journalist.

He is simply a man that likes to make up and voice his own opinions and hopes that someone (anyone) will listen to his dribble,

Makes one wonder what kind of lawyer he is with these idiotic comments. LMAO
Robert in Medlock
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June 30, 2012
If Randy Evans wants to preach, I'd suggest he find a choir. Sure, I disagree with his fear-based politics, but he doesn't even bother to do research to inform his opinion. Heck, it doesn't even seem like he researches his own party's more thoughtful practitioners. He's a faucet that DeKalb Neighbor regularly turns on and out comes a flow of undigested, unprocessed drivel. Point for point, it's the same old thing: Obama's a socialist; no,wait, he thinks he's king; no, wait, he's a communist; no, wait, he's a criminal; no, wait, he's a Kenyan. Blah, blah, blah. Nothing new here, move along. I'm sure Randy is a great lawyer, but he is a poor "journalist." Whoever had the idea to ask him to pen an article should be fired or at least demoted. Thank goodness he's only got one more article.
Bruce Ambrose
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July 18, 2012
What does your "unprocessed drivel" have to do with this article? What did he not bother to research? Embedded in this is a charge he is ill informed, yet it seems you are if you deny that Obama has sought to expand and weld power in ways not seen before. One example mentioned was the assassination of an American citizen on foreign soil. Have we seen such an act before? No, and if Bush had done it there would have been riots.

We're never going to get anywhere while we have so many people act as blind partisans defending the indefensible such as this president's actions. Nice Alinski tactic though - ignore the point and ridicule the message bringer.
SV
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June 30, 2012
Good riddance.
Jane Croxsyn
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June 29, 2012
I'm delighted to learn that Randy Evans is on his way out. More often than not his columns have been pure partisan screed--poorly researched, totally biased, and often incorrect on several points. A waste of paper and ink. I look forward to a replacement who will reflect the general level of intelligence and fair-mindedness that characterizes the DeKalb neighborhood the paper serves.
Molly Isman
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June 30, 2012
Glad to hear the comments. Thought the Obama King thing went from the title being a bit much to plain ole nutty.
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