Tom Tancredo, Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1999-2009 and now a candidate for Governor of Colorado, told a Republican group – the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club – that President Barack Obama, whom he has previously called a “street hustler,” was the “dictator-in-chief,” that he has “methodically shredded the Constitution,” and that he is “the most dangerous thing – he’s more dangerous than any other threat we face as a nation.”
I think I hear a “Whites Only” America in there, do you?
We have a guy in the White House that I believe, and have seen it on many occasions, is the most dangerous thing — he’s more dangerous than any other threat we face as a nation,” Tancredo said. “Barack Obama, I believe, is dedicated to destroying the America that I love.
Except, one would assume, the Supreme Court. I mean, they’re the ones flushing the U.S. Constitution and First Amendment down the toilet an turning our democracy into an oligarchy. But somehow, President Obama, who has actually upheld the Constitution, is the threat. Well, that’s true in a way. He is definitely a threat to traitors like Tancredo.
The Colorado Statesman reports Tancredo as having said that “Barack Obama, I believe, is dedicated to destroying the America that I love.”
Except the America Tancredo loves isn’t an America that actually exists, or was even ever intended to exist. In fact, the one Tancredo and other Republicans want is specifically BANNED by the U.S. Constitution.
“He should have been impeached many times,” Tancredo says, without ever explaining why, beyond Tancredo’s obvious racism. See what I mean:
(From The Colorado Statesman)
Tancredo said that members of the House of Representatives ought to introduce Bills of Impeachment, even if it wasn’t probable that the Senate would convict the president, because, he said, it’s important to list the complaints against Obama. Tancredo ticked off several potential charges, including the so-called Fast and Furious scandal, the White House’s reaction to an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Obama’s use of executive orders to enact policy. He called it “dangerous” to avoid initiating impeachment because that might give the next president “carte blanche” to run wild.
Fast and Furious is no scandal. The Benghazi scandal is a scandal only in how the Republicans reacted to what is a decades-old history of attacks on US Consulates…
And in fact, embassy attacks have decreased dramatically under Obama:
…and ALL presidents are allowed to issue executive orders, not only Republican presidents. As Media Matters pointed out in February, in response to Fox News’ hysteria over Obama’s executive orders that,
Obama has issued fewer executive orders per year on average than any president in the last 117 years. In his first 5 years in office, Obama has issued 168 executive orders. To put that in context, at this same point in his presidency, Reagan had issued 256. George W. Bush had issued 197.
Obvious, you ask? Tancredo loves himself some Cliven Bundy. Yessir he does.
From The Colorado Statesman:
The standoff in Nevada between the Bureau of Land Management and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy — the feds charge he owes years of unpaid grazing fees — is “a flashpoint” in the debate over state sovereignty, Tancredo said.
Racism? What racism? This is a Tenth Amendment issue and Cliven Bundy is some modern day white’s only gen-u-ine patriot hero! Just like Tancredo’s other hero, Ted Nugent!
But the fly in the buttermilk is that the country he claims to love has NO state sovereignty beyond the Tenth Amendment’s “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The U.S. Constitution trumps state constitutions and federal law trumps state law when they come into conflict. Tancredo might want to familiarize himself with the Fourteenth Amendment. You know, the Amendment that resulted from the last time yokels like Tancredo raised arms against the legitimate government of this country.
To say Tancredo wants to take a rather broad interpretation of that sentence is to understate the case.
American States are not the independent nations they were in Tancredo’s ideal world of the pre-U.S. Constitution Articles of Confederation.
We are going to have to establish the whole idea of state’s rights, of the 10th Amendment, The fight is going to have to start somewhere. Let it be here, I firmly believe, because I am willing to do it. Not only willing, I am looking forward to it.
Tancredo assured the manly men’s sewing circle that should the feds try to bully some poor racist Negro-expert welfare-queen rancher in Colorado while he’s governor, “We will have one hell of a battle about that and I will use every single lever at my disposal to stop that.”
Tancredo isn’t running for governor. He is running for banana Republican strongman of Colorado. He isn’t promising to uphold the Constitution but to violate it at every opportunity. The Constitution is not just the Tenth Amendment, or just the Second and the Tenth. The Constitution is much more than that, and it is not an excuse for bad behavior. It certainly does not justify armed rebellion against the legally established federal government.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.