Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution has fallen so far that members of the Establishment media are encouraging Barack Obama to bypass Congress and rule through executive orders. The most recent encouragement came in the form of an article posted today on the inside-the-Beltway website Politico entitled “Obama 2.0: Reinventing a Presidency.” The authors, John F. Harris and James Hohmann, state that negotiating with the new Congress — elected by the largest electoral tidal wave since the 1930s — would prove inconvenient for the president and hamper his left-wing agenda, so he should ignore them and keep giving the American people hope-and-change, good-and-hard.
Harris and Hohmann write, “Six weeks of lame-duck legislating should be more than enough to convince President Barack Obama that two more years of this would be a drag.” Instead, “numerous veterans of previous White Houses and other experts” advise that Obama should be “discarding the Congress-focused strategy of the first two years and coming up with new and more creative ways to exercise power and set the national agenda.” In fact, the authors state, “Republican gains in Congress make it essential for him to use new avenues of power.”
When President Bush refused to remove all combat troops from Iraq after the 2006 midterms, the media insisted he was living “in a bubble,” but when the American heartland calls for less government and more responsibility, executive department diktats become “essential.”
These proposed avenues include executive orders, federal regulations, and “letting conservatives think they have achieved some of what they want.”
The Politico pundits cite their idea of a great example of an executive power grab: Bill Clinton’s executive order nationalizing 1.7 million acres of Utah land with the stroke of a pen. Obama is similarly dedicated to massive land grabs and sea regulations, including a recent proposal to seize 27 million acres in the West.
Another grand idea, according to the “centrist Democratic think tank” Third Way, is to press forward for a bipartisan amnesty plan for illegal aliens. In fact, Obama has instituted a de facto, default stealth amnesty for illegal aliens — suing Arizona, suspending immigration law enforcement, and pushing hard for passage of the DREAM Act. Before the midterm elections, Obama told Univision Radio listeners they must “punish our enemies,” indicating Republicans who stand up for the majority of Americans who oppose amnesty. SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Eliseo Medina admitted last summer “comprehensive immigration reform” would allow the far-Left to “create a governing coalition for the long-term.” Some bipartisan compromise!
These new, sweeping powers will not benefit Obama alone but all unelected federal regulators in the executive department. Politico suggests federal agencies will begin churning out regulations at a record pace, as this author has forecast. These unelected bureaucrats will have a free hand in regulating industries as they see fit, with little in the way of either Congressional oversight or constitutional authorization.
Today’s article is but the latest incitement for Obama to begin ruling by decree. Curiously, the “grassroots” encouragement for fascism 1) came shortly after an anonymous White House insider told the L.A. Times Obama will rule by executive order in 2011 and 2) are made almost exclusively to organizations funded by George Soros.