That is really what the comments of Rep. Linda Sanchez and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. amount to, since they praised (and joined) those who expressed opposition to efforts to stop terrorism during the Bush years, but now impugn those who take a dissenting view on one of President Obama’s domestic policy proposals.
Here’s Sanchez, commenting on conservatives and Republicans who don’t back Obama’s “jobs bill”.
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA): "These are not patriots, people who love this country want to see jobs created."
Ed Schultz, host: "They don't love this country?"
Sanchez: "No, I don't think they love this country. They're not concerned about the economic well being of the country as a whole."
Notice – dissent isn’t patriotic here. Failure to fall in line with the 44th President of the United States on a matter of domestic policy constitutes a failure to be patriotic and a lack of sufficient love of country. Mind you, this is a woman who made a career of opposing the 43rd President of the United States on foreign policy and military policy matters – regularly siding with America’s enemies while American troops were on the field of battle fighting them. Who the hell is she to pass judgment on any American’s patriotism?
And then there is Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who has actually declared opposition to Obama’s proposal to be akin to armed rebellion against the United States and then advocates for President Obama to ignore the Constitution in order to implement policies that Congress will not approve.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate "states in rebellion."
Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should "declare a national emergency" and take "extra-constitutional" action "administratively" -- without the approval of Congress -- to tackle unemployment.
"I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past," Jackson said. "He's looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.
"President Obama tends to idealize - and rightfully so - Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function," Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.
"On several occasions now, we've seen ... the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe ... in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 - that's a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states ... for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities," he said.
Got that? If a president is proposing policies that neither House of Congress is willing to pass, that president should simply declare martial law and implement those policies by executive decree, ruling as a dictator. That is the essence of Jackson’s proposal. In other words, Jackson has urged Barack Obama to stage a bloodless coup, overthrowing the Constitution and taking all the powers of all three branches of government into his own hands (and that is what he would have to do – he would make the law, execute the law, and overrule any judicial decision that declared his actions illegal). In effect, Barack Obama would be the American Caligula.
And why is Jackson, the son racial shakedown artist Jesse Jackson, urging such a course of action? Because the successful dissent from the policies of Barack Obama constitutes the equivalent of treasonous activity and armed insurrection! But it seems to me that the true seditionist is Congressman Jackson himself, as he urges the destruction of our Constitutional form of government and the creation of program of bread and circuses with nothing more than a stroke of Obama’s pen to authorize it. Who is Jesse Jackson, Jr. to question my patriotism if he is willing to make such a proposal?
Oddly enough, another Obama supporter urged that the 2012 elections be canceled so that Obama’s policies could be enacted without the electoral interference of the American people. Seems to me that we need to make sure that there is a firmly pro-Constitution majority elected in 2012 – and that we need to be prepared to use force to protect the Constitution from the sort of shenanigans that Democrats are now proposing to enact their policies through extra-constitutional means.