Bob Barr

There is no question this Administration is among the most systemically corrupt in American history -- almost making Richard Nixon look like a Boy Scout in comparison. Such levels of misconduct over the last five years could either happen with Obama’s knowledge, or behind his back -- as he claims. Should all of these scandals have occurred with Obama’s direct knowledge, it would make him an accessory to these shameful, unconstitutional abuses of power.

Yet, the other scenario is perhaps even more frightening. If we are to take Obama at his word that every scandal which has taken place during his time in office has occurred without his knowledge, then it indicates a degree of incompetence truly breathtaking in its expanse.

If the Department of Justice could secretly sell arms to criminals that are then used in crimes against U.S. officials, or if the NSA could secretly establish the most penetrating domestic surveillance program in the world -- then what more is going on as to which even the President is unaware? Are far-reaching regulations and government programs being implemented based on misinformation fed to him by powerful subordinates with motives clearly not in the best interests of the American public?

Obama’s disdain for the rule of law was again illustrated recently when he arrogantly directed steps be taken to put America’s coal industry out of business; and days later, when he ignored the terms of the very legislation he signed three years ago and postponed provisions of the law known as “ObamaCare.” While some conservatives and business leaders may cheer this postponing of some onerous provisions in ObamaCare, we all should be concerned about an Administration that clearly believes itself not bound by either the letter, or the intent, of our nation’s laws.

Not only is this President failing in his constitutionally–imposed duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” but he is doing everything he can to ensure the laws of the land are not being faithfully executed.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.