But wait … let’s analyze the word “tyrant” and see if I’m using political hyperbole or if I’m speaking the truth. Then I’ll let you, the gentle reader of this blog, make up your own mind. Sound fair?
According to an excellent online resource that reports the origin and meaning of words (www.etymonline.com), our English word “tyrant” has come down to us from Greek, Latin, and French. It has a long pedigree. To the ancient Greeks, a tyrannos was a lord, a master, a sovereign monarch, or a ruler with absolute power. The late Latin word tyrannia included the idea of an unjust use of power.
In a treatise entitled Social Contract, the 18th-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau made it even clearer: “a tyrant is an individual who arrogates to himself the royal authority without having a right to it. This is how the Greeks understood the word ‘tyrant’: they applied it indifferently to good and bad princes whose authority was not legitimate.”
Given this explanation, it appears that the title of this blog post is accurate: President Obama is inspired by an ideology of tyranny. As with all rulers, tyrants have an agenda. But tyranny differs by the fact that the tyrant places his agenda above the law–he refuses to be constrained by the law. Such an attitude inspired the American Revolution and gave us the conviction that we should be ruled by law, not by the whims of human persons who come and go, and whose agenda differs from ruler to ruler.
Perhaps now you are saying, dear reader, that your blog author is overreacting. Then let me turn to the words and actions of Mr. Obama so there be no doubt about the seriousness of my charge. Last month, in an interview aired by the CBS news program 60 Minutes, Barack Obama warned us explicity about his intentions: “What I’m not gonna do is wait for Congress.” Regarding the items on his agenda he warned, “we’re just gonna go ahead and do ’em.”
Now, to be fair, he did offer a nod of respect to the law by mentioning his executive authority. That appears to have been another of his infamous smoke screens, however, meant to fool the public. He proved this yesterday by announcing his intention to appoint a director to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as “recess appointments.”
The problem? The Senate–responsible for confirmation– is not in recess. This fact is easily confirmed by visiting the official website of the Senate (www.senate.gov).
This action on the part of Mr. Obama is entirely unconstitutional, and illegal. He has usurped power which he does not have. Yet the crowds cheered him in Cincinnati as he made the announcement, unaware that it was one more erosion of their liberties, one more example of rule by man, rule by tyranny, exercise of power that is not legitimate.
You decide for yourself what you believe. I’m not a tyrant, so I don’t claim to decide for you. I only decide for myself. And I worry more each day for our nation’s future and for the survival of the Constitition.