David Limbaugh’s Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama doesn’t mince words—or chapter titles.
There are sections labeled “Liar,” “The Anti-American” and “The Dictator,” as stark examples.
Exhaustive, damning and urgent, Crimes Against Liberty finds Limbaugh railing against an administration rapidly eroding a once-great nation’s core strengths.
The first chapter, dealing with Obama’s runaway ego, might be the least problematic in terms of governance. But it’s Obama’s narcissistic ways that feed into much of his agenda. A man who wrote two autobiographies before he truly accomplished anything special should have been a warning sign, the author notes.
Later, as President, Obama would insert himself into speeches with references to “I” or “me” almost to the point of parody. But the media still couldn’t be bothered to notice.
Obama the candidate promised he was above partisanship, a fraudulent position that nonetheless reeled in even a few conservative pundits. It was merely a pose, a way to pass hard-left legislation without drawing attention to his real agenda.
Politicians often break campaign promises. But the audacious way Obama went about shattering his word proved breath-taking in its scope.
The most “transparent” President ever went months without a press conference, shut out cameras from crucial healthcare legislation work and signed legislation without posting it online as promised.
Those aren’t mistakes. They’re bald-faced lies, and Limbaugh calls Obama out on them.
And forget about “bringing people together.” Even setting aside Obama’s inability to make a speech without blaming “his predecessor” for the problems he can’t fix—which Limbaugh lists in one telling section of the book—there’s the unsettling matter of his legislation record.
Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote in the House. He did do a bit of uniting, Limbaugh notes, since 34 Democrats joined the other party in saying nay.
The President’s stimulus package earned the approval of only three Republican senators, one of whom (Arlen Specter) switched parties a short time later.
Obama’s “ban” on lobbyists was equally short-lived. He quickly passed legislation forbidding lobbyists from working in his administration on issues they once lobbied on. Then he went about making exceptions to his own rule—22 in all so far—and jammed his administration with former lobbyists.
Limbaugh spends several pages on the President’s 2010 State of the Union speech, a relentless and fact-filled skewering.
Obama’s aggressive policies have hurt plenty of people, but California farmers have been targeted brutally in these last two years. Limbaugh describes how environmental regulations have robbed California farms of precious water supplies, “a crushing blow to California agriculture,” he says. And when the stricken farmers pleaded with Obama to witness the devastation for himself, he declined their invitation.
The President seems most animated when he’s pitting Americans against each other. Whenever it’s time to promote a new agenda item, Obama makes sure to line up his cast of villains in order to smear them and, as a result, bolster his plan du jour.
Consider his disdain for doctors while trumpeting Obamacare. He suggested that doctors make decisions based on reimbursement considerations, not the welfare of their patients. Or, remember how Obama compared AIG and other big lenders to suicide bombers.
Obama’s dislike of profit-makers doesn’t, however, include his political donors or labor unions. And while he once said that, at some point people have made enough money, he hasn’t given the bulk of his own largesse—much of it from his two books—to charities.
Perhaps the most ruinous economic policy Team Obama embraced in its first term was the stimulus package meant to bring the economy back to life.
“This stimulus, “ Limbaugh writes, “accomplished little more than political payoffs, expanding the public sector and proving the government was still the king of colossal waste.” Obama made sure that waste wasn’t even put into play all at once, since a good chunk of the stimulus funds remain unspent.
And Limbaugh asks the kind of question the mainstream press won’t even consider: “Why did Obama intentionally hold back such a great portion of the funds for expenditure in later years?”
Obama’s anti-American tendencies should have been clear when we learned he worshipped at the feet of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Obama the candidate said he didn’t share that minister’s views. Seeing him in office, from his apology tour to his actions toward the country’s allies, told us otherwise.
Limbaugh’s criticisms can be hard to process at times given their depth and severity, even if the text is plain spoken and direct. Take his evisceration of Obama’s attempt to fight terrorism, a disastrous blend of appeasement and moral relativism gone wild. But the author says the President’s economic policies may wreck the most damage in the end.
“The ultimate scandal of the Obama Administration … is its exponential growth of the national debt to unsustainable levels that put the nation on a path to bankruptcy,” he writes.