What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying? What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable? What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about? What if the president has threatened to use his pen and his phone to operate the government in ways the Constitution forbids?
What if the government has written laws that are interpreted in secret by judges who meet in secret and are applied by federal agents who operate in secret and their secret behavior doesn’t even resemble what the laws say they can do?
What if the feds have seized the content of every text message, email, mobile and landline telephone call, utility bill, credit card bill and bank statement of everyone in America for the past four years?
What if no law has authorized them to capture this?
What if, when asked by members of Congress, in public and under oath, high-ranking officials, at least one with ribbons on his chest and stars on his shoulders, lied about what the government is doing?
What if the government’s spies have so insinuated themselves into our computers that they can capture every keystroke we press on all of our computers before we hit “send”?
What if the feds have hacked into the servers of every major computer service provider in the country and they know what we have typed before we even make corrections? What if the feds have a copy of what we have deleted?
What if the president knows all this and supports what his spies are doing?
What if he secretly authorized all this, but only admitted to some of it when he got caught?
What if he uses his spies to tell him what he wants to know about those who oppose him?
What if the president sold Congress and the country a Trojan horse called ObamaCare?
What if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the president one night that our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack by organized Al Qaeda troops while the attack was taking place?
What if the president did nothing about it?
What if the president knew the truth about the Benghazi attack, but for three weeks claimed that the attack was just an out-of-control political demonstration by fanatics who were upset about a cheap 15-minute low-grade Hollywood movie that never made it into theaters?
What if our ambassador to Libya died in that attack and the president covered up the facts surrounding his death?
What if, in five years, the president has borrowed more than $6 trillion and spent it all on his favorite industries and risky bailouts and fruitless wars, and now has nothing to show for it but the debts that will one day come due?
What if the government claims the unemployment rate is 6.7 percent but so many people have stopped looking for jobs that it is really 10.2 percent?
What if the president alone has increased the number of people on food stamps and increased the amount of money they each receive?
What if half of the adults in the nation are now receiving material assistance from the government in the form of money the government has borrowed?
What if nearly two-thirds of Americans simply don’t trust the president’s judgment?
What if the president alone raised the minimum wage to be paid to workers on federal projects?
What if the president has threatened to use his pen and his phone to operate the government in ways the Constitution forbids?
What if the Constitution makes clear and the courts have underscored the truism that the president cannot modify or amend or postpone the effective dates of federal laws?
What if the president believes that during his second term in office he answers to no one?
What if he has rejected his oath of fidelity to the Constitution?
What will he do next? What will we do about it?