We can’t say we weren’t warned.
In 2009, the President of the United States “joked” about auditing his political enemies.
Also in 2009, a senior White House official told the President’s supporters, “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
In 2010 President Obama exhorted supporters to “punish our enemies.”
In our lifetimes, we have not seen such malicious public rhetoric from a sitting President directed against his political opposition. But it wasn’t just rhetoric. Below is a partial list of the “Presidential Punishments” Obama-the-Bully has doled out. Do you have an example of how the federal government has bullied you? Leave a comment below, tweet us, or send us a message on Facebook!
- Mass scale audits of adoptive families
- Deliberate targeting of tea party groups by the IRS
- Deliberate leaking of confidential tax payer information by the IRS
- Unlawful collaboration between the federal election commission and the IRS
- Spending federal resources to close war memorials.
- Spending federal resources to even view federal land, like Mount Rushmore
- The closure and attempted closure of private businesses on federal land
- The eviction of people from homes leased from federal land
- The attempted closure of even private land not on federal property – like, Mount Vernon
- Threats and reprisals against Benghazi whistleblowers
- Threats and reprisals against Fast and Furious whistleblowers
- An unprecedented level of prosecution against leakers within his government, while encouraging leaks that cast his decisions in a favorable light
- Audits of the president’s political enemies, including Dr. Ben Carson after he gave a galvanizing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast
- Threats to veto funding for cancer treatments for children
- Threats of arresting Catholic priests for helping soldiers celebrate mass
- The blocking of popular shows on the American Forces Network to United States military personnel stationed abroad
- Founding Fathers’ Tavern shut down in Philadelphia
- The closing of a popular road in Colorado during leaf-changing season
- The closing of the St. Louis arch
- Rowers are prohibited from practicing in the Potomac
- Military families no longer allowed to shop tax free at the commissary
- Amber alert website taken off line
- Prison guards not getting paid, though the inmates are
- Washington, DC’s historic Ford’s Theatre has been barred from hosting any shows or performances
- Minnesota school kids might not have free or reduced school lunches
- Smoky Mountain roads blocked, putting children’s lives at risk
- Man jogging in park fined $100
Of course, not everything was shut down. The following are still fully funded:
Stand with us. Tell the president to stop bullying the American people.