- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is quite evident that during President Obama’s tenure, matters have become too politically divisive for management by a single, central government under a common rule of law.

This president’s policies have encouraged minority factions, each of which has pulled the country away from unity in a direction that furthers every group’s self-interest. Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration and monetary policy that until now were constitutional prerogatives of the Congress have altered the balance of federal powers.

Forced passage of an unpopular, ruinous and little-understood health care bill that forever alters the citizen’s relationship to government has exacerbated the divide. The momentous and puzzling decision of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in support of this government mandate to force citizens to either buy a product or pay a tax has weakened our Constitution’s original intent.

A majority of Americans voted for Mr. Obama because he promised - and at the time seemed able - to harmonize the country’s fragmented and disparate factions and bring us together in common cause. It is unambiguously evident that his efforts - purposefully, it would appear - have resulted in quite the opposite. His actions have weakened the federal union and instead of uniting us, made our differences more contentious.

This November, voters should ask themselves if Mr. Obama has solved problems or made them worse, whether his actions have improved or damaged the country both domestically and internationally, and most important, whether this country can remain a cohesive national entity if he is re-elected. The future of our country depends on their answer.

NORTON RUBENSTEIN

Richmond

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