Should President Obama Resign?
The question seems outrageous, coming after winning re-election. There is, however, precedent. Richard Nixon resigned within two years of his landslide re-election, in the wake of a single scandal far less serious than many of those now affecting the current White House. The question needs to be seriously considered.
Approaching five years since first being elected, and with an initial two years of a solely Democrat Senate and House of Representatives followed by an unbroken run of Democrat control of the Senate, the urgent problems of the nation, and the responsibility for failing to lessen them, are now his.
The time when he could blame his predecessor for America’s domestic and foreign dilemmas is long gone. Indeed, Mr. Obama had the complete cooperation of the legislative branch for an extensive period, during which he enacted major changes that made the national environment his own.
The problems the nation now faces as a result of his leadership are unprecedented in their scope and seriousness.
With the unlimited approval of the Legislative Branch during the first half of his first term, the President spent over $700 billion in a stimulus program that failed to make any real improvement in the American economy. Indeed, long-term unemployment levels reached and continue at unprecedented levels. Serious questions about how the funds were distributed remain, including whether campaign supporters received preferential treatment.
Especially hard hit are those many thought this first African-American Chief Executive would have helped the most: the poor in the black community. This demographic group now endures horrendous levels of joblessness. There is little doubt that a non-minority Chief Executive would have been called to task along ago for this intolerable and inexcusable situation.
The crushing effect of Mr. Obama’s failed economic plan and his wild spending spree—including a 41% jump in entitlement spending—can be seen in the statistic that during his under five years in office, the national debt has increased by $6 trillion. Even compared to big-spending George W. Bush, that’s astronomical: It took eight years for Bush to run up a $4.9 trillion debt, and that included spending for military action in the wake of the 9/11/01 attacks. This year will see an additional $800 billion deficit. While the wisdom of big spending in general may be debated, the fact that this President’s expenditures accomplished nothing of substance cannot. The funds were wasted, gaining no tangible benefit to the nation. This is clearly the worst fiscal record of any White House occupant in history.
The implementation of his signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, has been nothing short of disastrous, particularly in light of its cost overruns that render the whole premise of the measure unsupportable. Further, the authoritative manner in which it was enacted, with less than majority public approval and symbolized by former Speaker Pelosi’s infamous statement that the public “would have to wait until the bill is passed to see what’s in it” is an extreme low point in the history of American democracy.
Abroad, the Obama Administration has been irredeemably damaged due to his amateurish “leading from behind” policy. The stunning refusal of the world community to back the President’s Syria policy marked an historic and humiliating low point in post-World War II American global influence, and a clear international rejection of the White House’s foreign policy.
Mr. Obama’s drive to present the United States as primarily a “soft” power has given Moscow the confidence to reopen the Cold War and threaten its former captive nations. It has given China the incentive to similarly threaten its neighbors, and, in fact, to brazenly occupy an offshore region belonging to the Philippines, a long-time U.S. ally.
His foreign policy blunders throughout the Middle East have been devastating.
The premature withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has put that nation squarely in Iran’s camp. His role in ousting, using military power not authorized by Congress, of Libya’s Gadhafi, served no purpose and left that nation in chaos.
His foolish encouragement of placing a Moslem Brotherhood leader in charge of Egypt came close to destroying one of the few venues for peace in the region and fostered assaults on Coptic Christians. It was a mistake that was only overcome by a countercoup by the Egyptian military, which the President now seeks to punish.
His incursion into the internal affairs of Egypt is made more inexplicable by his prior failure to encourage courageous Iranian dissidents who sought to liberalize their totalitarian regime.
The President’s reluctance to impose the strictest possible sanctions on Iran and his naïve willingness to engage in fruitless negotiations gives that nation the time necessary to develop its nuclear arsenal, which may well signal the start of a second holocaust for the Jewish people.
The announcement of a departure date for our forces in Afghanistan is tantamount to easing the Taliban’s recapture of it.
His inability or refusal to understand national security concerns jeopardizes the safety of every American. His agreement to the New Start treaty with Moscow and his road-blocking of the implementation of missile defense systems, along with his constant push to reduce the U.S. military—even suggesting unilateral nuclear cuts—are errors on a scale not seen since FDR surrendered Eastern Europe to Russia at Yalta.
But it is his relationship with the American people that makes the question of resignation or impeachment most relevant.
It has become obvious that his Justice Department has been a disgrace. Its misdeeds under Obama appointee Eric Holder began immediately after the 2008 election, when it refused to prosecute clear cases of voter intimidation against those not supporting Obama. It continued with the inexplicably inept handling of weapons which were allowed to flow freely into the hands of Mexican drug kingpins.
Holder viciously prosecuted state and local officials for enforcing immigration laws which the Department refused to act on.
The harassment of journalists not kowtowing to the White House was a move more worthy of Stalin than an American president.
This President blatantly lied to the American people about the causes of the Benghazi attack.
He has lied about which government expenditures had to be withheld during the shutdown.
Mr. Obama, who has been eager to negotiate with the Russians, the Chinese, and the Taliban, has been reluctant to engage in truly substantive conversations with Republicans.
The President’s “We Can't Wait” initiative, a policy aimed at unlawfully running many national affairs by executive orders, administrative rule making and recess appointments is a major violation of the Constitution.
Any American interested in the continuation of freedom should be deeply concerned that Mr. Obama has not been made to answer for the use of the Internal Revenue Service to harass White House opponents.
These failures and crimes are having a ruinous effect on the fiscal health, military security, diplomatic relations, and Constitutional rule of the nation. Rather than subject America to the long ordeal of special prosecutors, criminal investigations, and impeachment proceedings, the President should resign.