A review of THE BLUEPRINT: OBAMA‘S PLAN TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION AND BUILD AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski. (Lyons Press, 22.95, 304 pages.)
What we have here is a part-tutorial on the Constitution, part-legal brief for making Barack Obama a one-term president and (some would argue) a credible case of grounds for impeachment of the president, though that option is not emphasized by the authors.
In The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, authors Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski trace a pattern seen elsewhere in the world outside our United States. They find:
President Obama doesn’t like it that lawmakers won’t give him all the powers he seeks. No problem: Just issue executive orders circumventing Congress. Never mind that executive orders are meant to adhere to the law and the Constitution, not to dodge them.
Mr. Obama is annoyed some Cabinet nominees have difficulty at Senate confirmation hearings because of their radical views. No problem: Just appoint unconstitutional confirmation-avoiding czars to do the dirty work, with some Cabinet officials as figureheads.
The president is nonplussed that courts have cited constraints on a president’s reach for unconstitutional powers. No problem: Just ignore the courts.
He is irked that some U.S. laws that he is sworn to uphold are an inconvenience. No problem: Just appoint judges who will cite international law to his liking.
Some well-informed readers may bypass this book, reasoning they already know Mr. Obama disdains the Constitution and seeks an imperial presidency. Perhaps the publishers could have crafted a more personalized “hit-between-the-eyes” title. However, the reader will find nuggets of information that are in fact “sensational.”
If the above-cited record of the president suggests a police state mindset, a comment out of his own mouth won’t lay that concern to rest.
In a speech Mr. Obama delivered in the 2008 campaign, the candidate intoned, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve national security objectives that we have set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded.”