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!


Presidential Punishments:

  1. Mass scale audits of adoptive families
  2. Deliberate targeting of tea party groups by the IRS
  3. Deliberate leaking of confidential tax payer information by the IRS
  4. Unlawful collaboration between the federal election commission and the IRS
  5. Spending federal resources to close war memorials.
  6. Spending federal resources to even view federal land, like Mount Rushmore
  7. The closure and attempted closure of private businesses on federal land
  8. The eviction of people from homes leased from federal land
  9. The attempted closure of even private land not on federal property – like, Mount Vernon
  10. Threats and reprisals against Benghazi whistleblowers
  11. Threats and reprisals against Fast and Furious whistleblowers
  12.  An unprecedented level of prosecution against leakers within his government, while encouraging leaks that cast his decisions in a favorable light
  13. Audits of the president’s political enemies, including Dr. Ben Carson after he gave a galvanizing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast
  14. Threats to veto funding for cancer treatments for children
  15. Threats of arresting Catholic priests for helping soldiers celebrate mass
  16. The blocking of popular shows on the American Forces Network to United States military personnel stationed abroad
  17. Founding Fathers’ Tavern shut down in Philadelphia
  18. The closing of a popular road in Colorado during leaf-changing season
  19. The closing of the St. Louis arch
  20. Rowers are prohibited from practicing in the Potomac
  21. Military families no longer allowed to shop tax free at the commissary
  22. Amber alert website taken off line
  23. Prison guards not getting paid, though the inmates are
  24. Washington, DC’s historic Ford’s Theatre has been barred from hosting any shows or performances
  25. Minnesota school kids might not have free or reduced school lunches
  26. Smoky Mountain roads blocked, putting children’s lives at risk
  27. Man jogging in park fined $100


Of course, not everything was shut down.  The following are still fully funded:

1.        Public television and radio stations receive almost a half-billion dollars in funding

2.        Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative

3.        The Capitol subway system

4.        Congressional gym

5.        Congressional and Executive Branch salaries


Stand with us.  Tell the president to stop bullying the American people.

Do you know of other examples of federal government bullying?  Please leave a comment and it might make the list!  Also, tweet us at @Self_Governance or send us a message through Facebook.



About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

3 Responses

  1. Linda Gainey

    Obama Needs To STOP Bullying The American People! His Hatefulness And Racism Are Disgusting And Heinous! He Should Be Impeached And Deported Along With His Al-Qaeda Friends And Supporters! He Is An Embarrassment To The American People With HIS Demands And Blatant Disregard Of Our God Given Rights!

  2. I. Gary Erdell

    In 2010, I was audited by the IRS for the first time–in over 40 years of filing taxes. Coincidence? Maybe, but I just may have been caught up in Obama’s unleashing of the IRS hounds! More importantly, I don’t want my government to use records from writings that I’ve sent them or that they’re obtaining through NSA wiretaps to build their list of enemies. What oversight is there on the IRS that prevents their coordination with law enforcement and national security agencies in obtaining personal information on citizens that it does not have a need-to-know? Are requests between federal agencies accompanied by a court order where a sound legal or security basis has been established? Right now, I believe the answers are None and No, and this has got to change.

  3. Deanna May

    Unbelievable how he gets away with the most outrageous exaggerations and outright lies, even when there are videos of him saying the things he denies saying. How could any president get by with lying about something like the attack on Benghazi where four people died and there were witnesses? How about Fast and Furious where Americans and Mexicans died? And on and on. I pray that we get him out of there and elect someone with brains, common sense and integrity like Dr. Ben Carson.


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