Our new president promised to hit the ground running and he certainly did. He started by eviscerating the first amendment of our Constitution while protecting the rights of foreigners accused of terrorism against the United States. That, people, is a leftist home run.
His Eminence did not technically attack the first amendment. As a supposed constitutional scholar, Mr. Obama knows that the first amendment states Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances. Thus, as president, the amendment does not actually state his position. We can assume that when he restricted by executive order the right of lobbyists to work in his administration, the executive branch is covered by this annoying little clause in the first amendment.
For some reason, the Democrats have wanted to make believe that there are only four rights protected in the first amendment. They have made "lobbyist" a dirty word -- apparently worse than "Gitmo" to them. Each time a new Democratic Administration comes in it, they blabber about the hideous people who actually speak for the interests of the American people.
Let us just have a short primer on what lobbyists actually do. They represent every interest in the United States from the bowlers of America, to the nurses of America to the soybean growers of America. The average citizen of this country has no ability to have his/her interests presented to a congressman, let alone the President, without having those interests presented by someone who knows the ropes of the Washington D.C. establishment. Anyway you cut it, that is what lobbyists do – petition the Government for redress of grievances.
Why the Democrats have such a problem with this function is unfathomable. Most times elected officials complain about the lobbyists that do not represent their pet interests. But in the case of the Democrats hobnobbing with Big Labor or the Environmental Lobby, that is quite fine by them.
Mr. Obama's proposal is preposterous. He states that he does not want anyone who has lobbied for the last two years to work in that area of the administration. That means if you are a financial expert you can work at the Interior Department, but not the Treasury. The silliness of the idea was displayed by Obama having already broken the rule by nominating William Lynn, a lobbyist for Raytheon, to be deputy secretary of defense.