This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 2, 2014:
Events of recent months have clearly revealed Barack Obama for what he is: a revolutionary progressive determined to change the United States into a fascist system of controls over every aspect of a citizen’s life. In spite of a recent series of events that would have humiliated and shamed a less committed totalitarian into silence and withdrawal, Obama instead has pressed on with his agenda.
On Saturday, in his weekly press conference, Obama announced that he was taking things into his own hands:
Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea. This year alone they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance.
This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top and rigged against the middle class. And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own – like the actions I’ve already taken to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans. I’ll do my job.
The “obstruction” he referred to is the deliberate dispersion of power the Founders built into the Constitution to keep people just like Obama from establishing a dictatorship. To review, the Ninth Amendment says that anything the national government is not expressly allowed to do by the Constitution is forbidden, to wit:
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The Tenth Amendment says in essence that if they forgot anything, the national government can’t do that either, to wit:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Article II Section 1 states that “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America,” while Article II section 3 says “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed….” It specifically excludes any power to create laws or write laws or expand on existing laws. He is to enforce them, period.
And for the first 120 years of the Republic, presidents were loath to issue executive orders (EOs) except to clarify the implementation of laws passed by the Legislative branch. For instance, George Washington issued just eight, required at the very beginning of the newborn republic. John Adams issued just one, Jefferson issued only four, while James Madison and James Monroe proclaimed only one in each of their respective presidencies.
It wasn’t until the war of northern aggression ended in favor of the North that presidents began to extend the reach of EOs, with Ulysses Grant issuing 217 and Grover Cleveland issuing 253 during his two terms.
But the use of EOs to expand presidential power really accelerated with the introduction of the progressive influence in government. President Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081, President Woodrow Wilson issued 1,803 while the big mack daddy of them all, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued 3,522 executive orders to help cement into place his progressive New Deal.
Following a week during which the Supreme Court ruled against Obama’s favorite piece of fascist controls, ObamaCare, and declared his recess appointments unconstitutional; following hard after the rejection of Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader primarily because of his support for immigration reform; followed by the release of the Gallup and Rasmussen polls revealing that most Americans don’t want to expand immigration; and following the threat of impeachment from the Speaker of the House and finally the latest report from the Center for Immigration Studies that all new jobs created since 2000 have gone to immigrants, Obama nevertheless pressed on.
Monday morning, speaking from the Rose Garden, Obama said:
I don’t prefer executive action.
I prefer permanent fixes to the problems we face. I would love nothing more for bipartisan legislation to be put on my desk so I can sign it. I take executive action only when we have a serious problem and when Congress chooses to do nothing.
In this situation, the failure to pass a darn bill is bad for security, the economy, and the future. So while I will continue to push House Republicans to drop the excuses and act, Americans cannot wait forever.
This is how a dictator justifies overriding and ignoring Constitutional restraints (Obama cannot claim ignorance: he is, after all, a constitutional “scholar”). And so, he directed his favorite czars, Eric Holder, and Jeh Johnson (head of Homeland Security) to reduce resources dedicated to deporting illegal immigrants and redirect them to “border security,” which, it turns out, consists of changing diapers and making burritos for youngsters dropped off at the south Texas border – more than 52,000 of them just since October, not counting another 39,000 mothers with children persuaded that America truly is the land of the free. With no repercussions.
To his credit, John Boehner, the waffle establishment Republican and Speaker of the House, nailed it when he said:
The president’s own executive orders have led directly to the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, giving false hope to children and their families that if they enter the country illegally they will be allowed to stay.
The White House claims it will move to return these children to their families in their home countries, yet additional executive action from this president isn’t going to stem the tide of illegal crossings, it’s only going to make them worse.
Boehner is referring to DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that Obama issued as an EO back in June 2012. DACA was to last two years and was designed to slow down the deportation of illegals. To date (from then), nearly one million illegals are now living safely, comfortably, and unconcernedly stateside, making the temptation of those suffering in Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador too great to stay home when “free” America is just a few hundred miles away.
Obama has asked Johnson and Holder for one other favor: could they please come up with a list of other illegal expansions of executive power that would allow him to reform immigration laws without having to involve the Congress? One of these expansions is DACA: to extend the deadline and expand its reach. Of the 11 or so million illegals in the US, an expanded DACA would, by best estimates, “free” another five million illegals from concerns that present laws will be enforced against them. Voila! Immigration reform without troubling Congress over the matter.
There are going to be consequences, no doubt, some anticipated and some not. As his outrageous behavior continues to awaken even the most heavily sedated American voter, his EOs will continue to improve the chances that the Senate will go Republican (with a stronger Tea Party influence there) and the House will remain solidly Republican (with an even stronger Tea Party influence there as well). He will continue to drop in the polls. He will become, after November, the most hated, despised, and vacuous suit that ever occupied the White House. In his attempt to change America into a progressive sandlot, he will be remembered … no, change that. He’ll not be remembered at all. His presidency is about to become totally and completely invisible. As a lame duck beginning in January, President Obama will prove his detractors correct: the most forgettable president in recent history.
Washington Times : Obama ignores Boehner’s lawsuit threat: ‘I’ll keep taking actions on my own’
World News Daily : Obama to ‘fix’ immigration via executive order
The New American : Study: All Jobs Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants