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President Barack Obama’s delusions of grandeur, his Constitutional misconceptions and his petty racial politics mesh seamlessly in this recently uncovered letter, sent from the White House to an unknown number of recipients for rather dubious reasons.
In the letter, which bears the presidential seal and signature, Obama sings high-minded paeans to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, but reserves his highest laudation for Cesar Estrada Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and apotheosized of the American progressive movement.
To honor Chavez’s pursuit of social justice, our 44th President writes,
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2012 as Cesar Chavez Day.”
The foregoing proclamation, in addition to underscoring the President’s incredible hubris, reveals yet another perplexing deficiency in the former Harvard law professor’s Constitutional understanding. For nowhere in Article II of the U.S. Constitution (the part that defines and limits executive functions, professor…) is the President granted the power to declare holidays. Indeed, even our legal traditions seem to vest not the President but Congress with the authority to declare official holidays.
And if you, like me, are wondering why you did not receive this supra-constitutional proclamation from our Dear Leader, it may be because you don’t have the right skin color.
The addressee of the letter, who asked to remain anonymous, believes he received the letter because he has a Hispanic surname. If his suspicions are correct, and the letter was targeted at Hispanics, then that means U.S. taxpayers footed the bill – more than $2.29 for every letter sent – for Team Obama’s extravagant race-based direct mail campaign.
A better tribute to Mr. Chavez, perhaps, would be securing the U.S.-Mexican border, a goal that played a seminal role in Chavez’s “dream of a more just tomorrow.” Or perhaps the President could start smaller, and offer an apology to Mexico for the hundreds of Mexican citizens who have lost their lives as a result of Eric Holder’s Operation Fast and Furious.