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What if One Day We Get a Bad President?

The consequences of being saddled with a non-progressive, dumb chief executive are too horrible to imagine.

By Frank J. Fleming · Feb. 22, 2013

I believe I have noticed a problem with President Obama's declaring that he can blow up Americans with drone strikes without due process.

Stick with me here; this is a bit of an esoteric argument. Now, like most people, I celebrate every time Obama obtains more power. Now he can do whatever he feels needs to be done for the country and not be burdened with getting the approval of his lessers first. So the more powerful the presidency, the better for us all. But I had a terrible thought: What if one day we get a bad president?

For instance, take this power to kill Americans with drones. No one worries that Obama will abuse such a power – I mean, we're talking about a man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just for existing. It's not like he's ever going to use that power to blow us up (though, according to his lawyers, he legally could… and if he did, we'd just have to assume he had really, really good reasons). But just imagine if that power wound up in the hands of a president like George W. Bush. He'd probably blow up people with the drone all day, thinking he was playing a video game (“I'm gettin' me a high score!”). Or worse yet, think of handing Dick Cheney that power. He'd most likely declare a unilateral war on kittens and puppies, blowing them up from the sky and then collecting the tears of children for some evil Halliburton project.

And the power to incinerate people isn't the only power I fear could fall into the wrong hands. Like, what about the new authority the government has under President Obama to force people to buy things? That's great for Obama to have, because he can force people to buy things they really do need to buy, like health care (and maybe in the future other things we all should really have, like hybrids or his memoirs). But think of what could happen if a president not as enlightened as Obama wielded such a power, backed by a Congress full of Republican troglodytes? They could make us all buy AR-15s or Big Gulps or Bibles or other dangerous, awful things.

Furthermore, there is Obama's position on compromise. Now, we all agree that it's absolutely ridiculous that Obama has to yield at all to those mindless Republican thugs who somehow hold a majority in Congress. Obama is a brilliant man, so why should he compromise to the ideals of those so far beneath him? That's why he doesn't ever yield and agree to spending cuts and just asks for more taxes on the rich. And if somehow taxing the rich more and more doesn't make the math add up, then we'll ignore the stupid math. I mean, that's why we haven't had a federal budget for years: Why in the world should what Obama can do be limited by some arbitrary squiggles called “numbers”? So Obama will absolutely not compromise with crazed right-wingers or math.

But think of what would happen if a bad president took such an attitude? He'd spend all his time making speeches, listing out promises that would never be fulfilled, while Congress would be locked in constant gridlock. What a pointless, worthless presidency that would be.

Also, the latitude we give Obama might become a problem if bad presidents come to expect it. Normally, if the unemployment rate hovered around 8% for a president's entire term (and was only that low because millions of people had given up even looking for work) while at the same time we were burdened with high gas prices and economic growth ground to a halt, we would say that president was a complete and utter failure. Basically the worst president imaginable. We'd not only want that worthless wretch kicked out of office before he could do any more damage to our economy, we'd want him forced to wander the streets while citizens pelted him with rotten fruit and shouted obscenities at him.

With Obama, though, we're very understanding of what's happened to the economy because of the mess he inherited from Bush. Obviously, someone as smart as him, with all his economic experience from community organizing and voting in legislatures, is doing the absolute best anyone could expect, and four years later he's almost got unemployment going in the right direction. But what if a Republican becomes president and has a similar record and expects the same leeway? He could be a total disaster on the economy – America could have results almost as bad as during the last four years – and then finish his first term and expect a pat on the head and a cookie like we gave Obama.

So we are setting a lot of precedents during Obama's presidency that will give us something to fear if we elect a bad president someday. Still, I know what many of you are thinking: “We'll just never elect a bad president again.” It does seem like we've fixed the system so we won't ever elect a bad president, as Mitt Romney, who despises 47% of Americans, lost quite handily to Obama (who despises a much smaller percentage of Americans – only rich people and business owners). Romney wanted to outlaw vaginas and tie poor people to the top of his car, and there was something about binders that was very bad though hard to coherently explain why, and the people rejected him. But it wasn't that long ago that George W. Bush was elected and reelected. And what if in 2016 people aren't enamored with Hillary Clinton's charm or wowed by literally one of the sharpest intellects we've ever seen, Joe Biden? What if instead they fall for that psychopath Marco Rubio, despite his affinity for drinking water?

The obvious solution is to have Obama be president forever, but that's not practical. Eventually Obama will get bored and want to be president of a country he likes better than this one. Another idea would be to pass a law that if the president is an enlightened progressive, he shall have dictator-like powers and not have anything he does questioned by Congress or the Supreme Court, but if he's a right-winger, he'll need a supermajority in Congress to do anything. The only problem is that the Republicans in Congress love to block all commonsense legislation like that.

So the only option left is to consider curtailing a bit of the power we're allowing Obama, because someday we might have a president who is completely detached from average Americans, doesn't care about our problems, and ruins everything he touches – someone completely unlike Obama. I mean, just imagine all that power Obama has in the hands of someone who completely sucks at being president. The economy would be ruined, we'd have disastrous situations abroad, and our liberties would be threatened. It would be a lot like now, but instead of it being Bush's fault, it would be the fault of the current president. So to keep that from happening, we'll have to do the hard thing and put more limitations on Obama's power. I'm sure he'll understand and not drone-strike us.

Frank J. Fleming, author of the books “How to Fix Everything in America Forever: The Plan to Keep America Awesome” and “Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything,” writes columns for PJ Media and the New York Post, blogs at IMAO.us, and would vote a hundred times for Obama is not for Idaho's racist voter ID law.

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25 Comments

Rozann in Iowa said:

Exactly! Thanks for making my day.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

DPT in Chicago said:

There are many things to find fault with the President on, but Drone use on "american citizens" is not one of them. If a person goes to a middle east crap hole and decides to start training for jihad on the US, they have effectively renounced their citizenship and are/should be labeled an enemy of the state. He's not out blowing up people attending political rallies or church meetings (yet) so on this one I am willing to give him a pass, and hopes he kills many, many more. Every one killed with a drone is one less to harm our armed services.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

Oh my dear DPT... he WANTS to keep his Islam buddies - he will target us God-fearing Americans - they stand in his way.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. replied:

"There are many things to find fault with the President on, but Drone use on "american citizens" is not one of them."

You don't think so, eh DPT?...Well, you might want to check out the number of requests the FAA is processing for drone use WITHIN the U.S..
It amazes me that so many U.S. citizens seem to have no ability to comprehend the fact that the primary danger we are presently facing is NOT nearly as imminent over in the lands of sand as it is right here at home!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana replied:

You sound like you're from Chicago.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana replied:

This is the one who sounds like he's from, Chicago.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Clay in Montana replied:

A drone strike on traitors fighting against our soldiers, I don't have a problem with that either. But he put in writing that he can drone strike any American with no evidence. That is the really dangerous part. Add to that you can be arrested, called a terrorist and disappear forever. This will be used against political opponents in the future, probably near future.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

DPT in Chicago: I'm not worried about some looney traitor American in the Middle East getting "droned", I'm worried that if millions of Americans decided that their rights (as in the Bill of Rights) are taken away, as they are being taken, and decide to take on the government, the drones would be used on them. Let's make no mistake, we are going to have drones over America. The FCC is deciding at this moment in which US cities they will be based. You are going to be spied upon, and who knows what's next.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Delkath in Houston replied:

Exactly Tex Horn. What people dont see is that this seemingly noble move is just the first step to have it in place so it can be altered in the future. Anyone speaking against the government stomping on our freedoms will be labeled a terrorist and the rest of the country will just hear of how evil and anti american that person was. So we had no choice but to drone him for the safety of America.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Uh......Frank, I think that BAD president you mentioned is here. Otherwise, your logic is impeccable.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Willis in San Diego replied:

Hey ODRat, I've read other comments from you on occasion, so I know you're a smart guy, so I was a bit surprised you didn't catch all the obvious satire here - Yeh, Obama is truly that Bad President we should fear to be able to increase his oversight of us, his minions, and put a bullseye on any of our backs! .... I just wish we all had stinger missiles so we could be ready to take out a drone if we see it circling over our head, waiting like a hungry mosquito!

I think I'm going to read Al Quaida's "Tips to Avoid Pending Drone Attacks" I just heard about so I'll be prepared for Any President who has dishonorable ideas!

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

You better start keeping an eye on the sky, especially in fly-over country.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

I love, sarcasm and this piece is dripping with it. Obama be damned.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

Wonderful. I'm going to buy your books.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Here at Fort Stewart they just formed a new unit whose sole function if learning how to maintain and fly drones. These are supposedely to be used against our enemies but who is going to decide who is the enemy? They will be flying all around the area during their training and no mention if they will be filming or taking photos. I would suspect both.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

PH in DE said:

Great satire and sarcasm. But the liberals would take it at face value, all except the last part about putting limitations on Obama's power.

(I was brought up to respect the President, and find it difficult to realize that I respect the OFFICE of the Presidency a great deal more than does the current idiot occupying that office, and his dolts.)

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia replied:

Exactly right PH. This article is great sarcasm but you could print this in any primarily minority magazine or newspaper and the low information public would think this to be the gospel, and perhaps begrudgingly consider a restriction or two on Dear Leader. Then again, probably not...

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Mark in Fullerton said:

Could The Coward of Benghazi pass a background check?!?

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Robert in NEW Mexico said:

What a great idea? Everyone should be required to buy an A15, six magazines, and maintain 1000 rounds at home, at all times.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Breaking News: Nationally syndicated conservative editorial columnist, Frank J. Fleming was rushed to hospital this evening. Emergency surgery was performed to detach his tongue from his inner cheek. The prognosis threatened the noted writer with slow starvation as he would have had extreme difficulty in mastecating his food. Had the condition proved to be inoperable, he may have requested from President Obama, death by drone.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Master Gunny in Tifton GA said:

What is not satire is the over 400 mllion rounds of hollow point on order by the DHS nor the categorozing of returning vets from Afghanistan as threats to national security and therefore unable to buy guns. Obama is keeping his promise to completely change America and the next step will be the "reeducation camps" and mass arrests. Bank on it.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Conservative wife in Portland said:

The one really sad thing about this piece is that the day I heard about the drones and overseas Americians is that I asked my liberal husband if he had an issue with this... he said no... I asked what if Bush was still president and he said he would then have a problem because he can't trust Mr. Bush. I guess I am not the only one who had thought of this issue in this manner....

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Animal Farm---Part II.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:46 AM