What Obama Wants and How He Plans to Get It
By Dave BlountÂ
Even before Obama used his State of the Union address to proclaim that he wouldÂ bypass CongressÂ “wherever and whenever” he can, it was clear that he plans to move the USA toward socialism by dictatorial means.
The Christian Science Monitor makes the case that Obama is anÂ imperial president:
The president (or his administration) has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared an anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform. This month, the Obama administration took the highly unusual step of announcing that it will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah â€” even though Utah itself says it will not recognize them while the issue is pending in court.
Early in his presidency, Obama also expanded presidential warmaking powers, surveillance of the American public, and extrajudicial drone strikes on alleged terrorists outside the United States, including Americans â€” going beyond Mr. Bush’s own global war on terror following 9/11. But more recently, he has flexed his executive muscle more on domestic policy.
That’s where Obama’s unilateral approach gets really scary â€” and we have yet to see the worse.
Given the outrage over the NSA being used to spy on us and the brazen lies Obama told before crippling the health insurance industry with his signature legislation, Democrats are far more likely to lose the Senate than they are to gain the House. This puts Obama squarely in opposition to the legislature whose laws it is his constitutional duty to faithfully execute. He has made itÂ abundantly clearÂ that he will not hesitate to bypass Congress to impose his will essentially as a dictator.
The arrival on the scene of John Podesta is ominous:
He ran the Obama transition after his first election and then repaired to his think tank, the Center for American Progress, resisting entreaties to join the administration. Most important, his passion is climate change, and he’s a big believer in executive action â€” by the president himself, as well as via agency rules and regulations.
“I think [White House officials] were naturally preoccupied with legislating at first, and I think it took them a while to make the turn to execution. They are focused on that now,” Podesta told Politico last year before agreeing to his new White House gig. “They have to realize that the president has broad authority, that he’s not just the prime minister. He can drive a whole range of action. They always grasped that on foreign policy and in the national security area. Now they are doing it on the domestic side.”
Even in the early days of Hope & Change, when Democrats had total control of the federal government, they were unable to pass Cap & Trade legislation because the economic havoc it would wreak would have political repercussions even more drastic than ObamaCare’s. Yet Obama et al. still plot to radically restrict carbon emissions, which are a proxy for all economically productive activity. This is the Holy Grail for authoritarian statists, giving them more power even than control over healthcare. The preposterous attempt to assert federal authority over the very weather is a guise for centralized control of the economy.
Obama’s recent demagoguery regardingÂ income inequalityÂ is equally alarming. There isÂ far lessincome inequality in America than in the more collectivist Third World countries Obama would have us emulate. As a result of his policies, income inequality in the USA hasÂ dramatically increasedÂ since Obama took office. Like climate change, this issue is not to be taken at face value; both are covers for the incremental imposition of what George Orwell called “oligarchical collectivism.”
We know what Obama wants, and how he plans to get it. The only question is whether he can be stopped, given theÂ weakness if not complicityÂ of the leaders of the opposition party.