Roger L. Simon

Was Benghazi Not Enough? Obama Should Resign over Obamacare

If I were Barack Obama, I would resign as president. Forget all the temporary fixes and limited hangouts, I would be too ashamed of myself for having lied so blatantly to the American people — and on matters of such great significance.

Yes, I am a highly imperfect person. Yes, I have lied. But I doubt I would ever have done what he did, lie so repeatedly and manipulatively to my fellow citizens for my own aggrandizement or for what I personally believe is their better good (even if they don’t).

I do not believe the ends justify the means, although, apparently, our president does. Why else would he have lied? People like Stalin do, as we know. They end up killing millions of their compatriots in the process. Obama is not even faintly that bad, but he is bad enough.

One thing is certain. He will never recover from this. Even if his numbers go up, even if the Democrats win in 2014 or 2016, he is an immoral person and will only be seen that way by honest historians. He has stained himself immutably.

How important is this? Consider where we are now. Health care reform is a serious issue, but we are engaged in something even more serious, negotiating nuclear weapons with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Health care can be reformed, can be changed in various ways in a democratic society, even if that change is inconvenient or painful. But once a country has nuclear weapons, it has them. That story is over. And the mullahs with nuclear weapons is something that should terrify a rational person.

Obama says he won’t allow the Iranians to have nukes. But how could we possibly believe him now? How can we believe his intentions in these negotiations? We would have to be fools.

We all remember when the Green demonstrators were in the streets of Tehran, crying out to Obama for even the slightest moral support and he looked away (the most shameful moment I can remember in recent American foreign policy). What is he really doing now in these negotiations? What do he or his minions like John Kerry say to the French when they raise their objections about such “minor” omissions from the agreement as a heavy water reactor, which is a veritable plutonium bomb factory?

We should all hope Congress is paying close attention to this and the members take seriously their responsibility in this matter, not being afraid to override the administration and ratchet up the sanctions against the Islamic Republic and whatever else is necessary.

What we have in the presidency is a hugely selfish man disassociated from reality who has lied to such a degree few trust him. I realize he will never be impeached. The country does not want to go through such a trauma with all its attendant adverse reactions on race relations.

The problem is we have three years left to be led by a dishonest man. This is horrible situation for all of us on so many levels.

Barack Obama should resign for the good of the country. And for his own good. It is the only way to salvage his reputation. The limited fixes, such as the one he attempted on Thursday, are a waste of time and only dig a deeper ditch. They also have the unintended consequence of making people more fed up with government than they already are. Even I, as someone attracted to libertarianism, cannot take pleasure in that. Limited government should emerge from analyzing the pro and cons of political systems, not from the personal weakness of a liar.

Finally, I realize this isn’t the first time I have called for Obama’s resignation. I did it before over another egregious lie. How many bridges make a bridge too far?