A few months back during a random trip to Walmart, I snagged a great deal. I picked up a $13 Blu-Ray disc of "The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert DeNiro. It is a true cinematic gem...if you haven't seen it, you should. If you don't know about it, it's about the Prohibition Era in Chicago back in the 1920s and '30s and it tells the story of how Eliot Ness took on Chicago corruption and took down the notorious gangster Al Capone. I believe the key moral to the story is summed up best in one of the lines spoken by Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner...
"Never stop. Never stop fighting 'til the fighting's done."
During that time, no one in Chicago dared take on Al Capone. He was ruthless...but he played to the media and they played him up to be a businessman invoking his civic duty to make Chicago better by the day. He was the king of the city. He was a master puppeteer using fear and money to manipulate and control every major city official. Then along comes Eliot Ness, tapped on the shoulder by the FBI to bring Capone to justice. He took down the mighty Capone by getting him convicted on, of all things, tax evasion.
I talk about all of this because I feel that this country is being exposed to Chicago gangland politics all...over...again. The latest and greatest instance of this is President Obama's firing of the AmeriCorps Inspector General, Gerald Walpin. According to President Obama, he had lost confidence in Walpin, who supposedly had become "confused" and "disoriented". Mr. Walpin just last month disclosed a vigorous, very coherent special report on gross negligence and fraudulent use of AmeriCorps funds by newly elected Sacramento Mayor and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson. The President, by law, is to give 30 days notice to an Inspector General being replaced as well as give a full, clear explanation of the firing. I will point out that there is not only outrage coming from Republican ranks but also high on the food chain within the Democratic Party. Democratic Sen. Clare McCaskill stated that "loss of confidence is not a sufficient reason" for Mr. Walpin's removal and that "the White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the Inspector General..."
The long and short of it is this...Gerald Walpin has being targeted by President Obama and is being smeared for doing nothing less than his job. Mr. Walpin has been removed from his post by the Chicago Gangland machine that has transplanted itself within the Oval Office. If this machine has its way, it will replace Mr. Walpin with people sympathetic to the "machine" who will not blow the whistle on any wrongdoing and who will instead look the other way while taxpayer money is carelessly and fraudulently used in the name of civic and community volunteerism.
So this must be the "hope" and "change" that Obama talked about during his campaign? Really? This is what the American people voted for? This whole scenario typifies the disregard and contempt this President has for the Constitution and for the checks and balances it created between the branches of government. He took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. He's broken that oath. It's up to us as Americans to hold him accountable, despite the efforts of the MSM to treat him as a celebrity and a deity. Each day, polls show that growing numbers of the American people completely disagree with his policies and the way he's running the gov't. What he's creating for himself is a tsunami of discontent and blowback the likes of which he can't even begin to fathom. When it's all said and done, this isn't going to be about the Republican or Democratic party. This is going to be about the undoing of a President at the hands of people from all walks of life, on both sides of the "party" aisle who have decided that the course he's set this country on is, in one of his favorite words, "unsustainable". This fight, the fight for our nation's very identity and future, is one that rests on the shoulders of its citizens to win. We must wage this fight...with our words, our ideas, our letters, our phone calls, our blog posts, our e-mails, our vote.
For all of my friends out there that disagree with all of this, remember this blog post...remember these words. This President has fashioned himself an "Untouchable"...he has replaced his sense of responsibility to all of us with his own delusions of grandeur. His quest for power, his effort to leave his mark on human history is at an already staggering cost to all of us. History hasn't been kind to people who fit this profile, and in the end it won't be any kinder to President Obama.