Few presidents have found themselves in such a massive pickle barely fifteen months intoÂ their first terms as President Barack Hussein Obama.
Beset on all sides by Tea Partiers on the rightÂ and gays on the left, with more negative news dribbling out just today that surprise, surprise, Obamacare will cost more than health care did in the past, with smatterings of war protestors complaining that we’re still fighting in the Middle East, with Democrats in Congress bailing out, with a prime constituency, the Jewish vote, increasingly discontent over U.S.-Israeli relations, the president should be stressed over the November elections and his own fading hopes for a second term.
Could it be because ofÂ his well-known coolness that he’s not sweatingÂ his own and his party’s future?Â Or, could it be that ObamaÂ feels firmly ensconced in the catbird seat, knowing he has an ace up his sleeve that he can and will throw down when the time is opportune and he has no other cards left?
As noted in Part One of this mini-series, it’s common knowledge that Americans tend to close ranks and support a president in times of crisis; Bush 43′s popularity soared to 87 % after September 11th, before plummeting.
Some crises are out of a president’s control such as natural disasters like Katrina.Â Some are more controllable such as another terrorist attack on our soil.Â Some crises can be blown out of proportion whenÂ they accrue to the president’s advantage enabling him to declare a state of emergency, even to declare a limited or national martial law and deploy American troops on American soil to preserveÂ civil peace and order.
Part Two showed that the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 is more myth than reality when it comes to that deployment and the only question is, How desperate is this administration to hold onto power and would it capitalize on an actual crisis or would it go so far as to construct and manipulate a critical situation in the weeks leading up to a probable defeat in November?
That, of course, is speculative.Â What is beyond speculation is that the machinery is already in place and the first contingent of 30,000Â battle-hardened troops are on the ground, trained and ready to enforce martial law.Â They are euphemistically called the Consequence Management Response Force, CCMRF.Â
By October, the CCMRF will have 80,000 troops at the ready at Fort Stewart, Georgia in anticipation of “a long, hot summer” in 2010 comparable to theÂ turbulent summer of ’68.
See a brief left wing video on this force and Posse Comitatus and more detail on the CCMRF here: http://bit.ly/dbwVeW
That questionÂ is best answered by Obama’s mentor, Saul Alinsky, who wrote in his 1971 text, Rules for Radicals, â€œWhat follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.Â â€˜The Princeâ€™ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power.Â â€˜Rules for Radicalsâ€™ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.â€
Note the word, “change,” the byword of Obama’s campaign and his favorite word since.Â
Note also thisÂ pledge made just 3 weeks before the election:Â “I promise you.Â We won’t just win New Hampshire.Â We will win this election and, you and I together, we’re going to change the country and change the world:”Â http://bit.ly/QCVPmÂ Â
Answering my own question, Would Obama resort to deploying the CCMRF for political gain, to quote Sarah Palin, “You betcha!”