In the political circles there have been rumors and theories that the current regime in the White House may not recognize elections and try to remain in office without the people’s consent. Often there are stories circulating the internet predicting the president will declare martial law and suspend the elections over some national emergency. Judy McLeod, an award winning journalist for the Canadian Free Press, reported September 28, ” Seeing Obama golfing, holidaying and seeming not overly concerned about tanking in the polls, freedom lovers have been waiting almost three years now for the other shoe to drop. They know at heart that for a Marxist ideologue like Obama, the strategy of suspending elections fits.”
The mere suggestion of such conjures visions of a third world banana republic having a dictator calling himself “president” for life–kind of like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. The US Constitution would not allow such an act. But McLeod and others point out that the current occupier of the Oval Office has skirted the Constitution on many occasions. Certainly, ignoring the law has become a presidential precedent in this White House–refusing to issue permits for off shore drilling, selling assault weapons to Mexican drug cartel thugs, not enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, giving taxpayer money to fund solar energy companies that contributed to the president’s campaign–just to name a few.
But what gives McLeod’s commentary legs is the proclamation by North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue speaking to the Cary Rotary Club: “You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that…You want people who don’t worry about the next election.” Her office later issued a statement that she was “obviously using hyperbole”, but witnesses say Perdue’s tone was quite serious.
Beltway Confidential reports September 14, the president told a hispanic group, “There are times where–until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again–I’d like to work my way around Congress…we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld. You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important.” You have a president saying that he wants to work around Congress, enforce the laws the way he sees fit, and a prominent Democratic governor floating the trial balloon that elections ought to be suspended. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” As citizens, we ought to get to the heart of the matter.
By Bill Wilson