Obama’s Imperial Presidency and the Tyranny of the Progressives

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“It’s been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet. When I said ‘change we can believe in’ I didn’t say ‘change we can believe in tomorrow.’ Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy,” President Obama said at a campaign fundraiser in Chicago

 

It has been a long, tough journey as Mr. Obama was quoted as saying above. It has taken 100 years for the statists – the Progressives – to arrive at the threshold of their greatest victory – the destruction of the Republic they despise.

The statists who call themselves liberals and progressives have taken over the Democratic Party. There is nothing liberal about them. They want to control everyone and everything. They are not progressive unless one believes that living in tyranny is progress.

We are seeing the unfolding of a tyrannical State but we cannot stop it unless we are honest in defining it.

Tyranny is defined as cruel and oppressive rule by an elite few. It never begins that way, however, people would never accept it if it did. It starts out as merely illegitimate and it appears benign. This is why our forefathers gave us a constitution which can prevent or overthrow a tyrannical, totalitarian government.

This is why the Constitution is always under assault by the Progressives.

Ignore Mr. Obama’s looks and charm, and look at what is happening. We haven’t seen the effects except for the burgeoning explosion of Obamacare so we have to envision the end of the road in all other areas he has attacked, not the least of which is the Constitution itself.

The United States is fundamentally transforming as Mr. Obama promised. The United States is beginning to reflect the Marxist ideals of a redistributive welfare State. The Administration is attacking our Constitution because it stands between the people and tyranny.

We will one day be a one-party State if the Administration continues unchecked.

We have an arrogant and lawless Administration that picks and chooses the laws they will follow. It isn’t Congress doing the legislating in many cases – the Administration is legislating from the White House. All this is in clear violation of the Constitution or the intent of the Constitution.

The Administration chose not to enforce DOMA, immigration laws, Obamacare as it was written, EPA regulations as written, and so on. Mr. Obama has assailed the Separation of Powers.

 

SEPARATION OF POWERS

A hearing was held this week to examine the constitutionality of Obama’s executive use of powers.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, oversaw the hearing titled, “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws”.

Goodlatte issued a statement that reads in part:

Our system of government is a tripartite one, with each branch having certain defined functions delegated to it by the Constitution.  The President is charged with executing the laws; the Congress with writing the laws; and the Judiciary with interpreting them.

The Obama Administration, however, has ignored the Constitution’s carefully balanced separation of powers and unilaterally granted itself the extra-constitutional authority to amend the laws and to waive or suspend their enforcement.

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The President’s encroachment into Congress’s sphere of power is not a transgression that should be taken lightly.  As English historian Edward Gibbon famously observed regarding the fall of the Roman Empire, “the principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost, when the legislative power is dominated by the executive.”  Although the President’s actions may not yet amount to the executive’s powers overtaking the legislative power, they are certainly undermining the rule of law that is at the center of our constitutional design.

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In place of the checks and balances established by the Constitution, President Obama has proclaimed that “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer” and that “where [Congress] won’t act, I will.”  Throughout the Obama presidency we have seen a pattern: President Obama circumvents Congress when he doesn’t get his way.

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We cannot allow the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution to be abandoned in favor of an undue concentration of power in the executive branch.  As James Madison warned centuries ago in Federalist 47, “the accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

During the hearing Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) asked Jonathan Turley, a liberal professor this question: “Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”

Professor Turley replied: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.”

“This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There’s [are] two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction. (House hearing, December 3, 2013)”

Clips from the hearing:

 

OBAMA TOOK HIS ADVICE FROM CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS

The George Soros – John Podesta think tank, the Center for American Progress in their definitive essay, The Power of the President, Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change subtly outlined a virtual blueprint for a U.S. Presidency that rules by fiat, ignoring the laws of the nation.

Their reasoning is that Congress has failed to act, but that is nothing more than an excuse to circumvent our Constitution. How many times have we heard the president say, he will act where congress fails to act?

With obfuscating language, the essay says that the President should use the powers he has to ignore Congress and the confines of the Constitution. It outlines a plan for an extremely powerful Executive Branch.

They advise the President to use his “constitutional powers”  through:

  • Executive orders
  • Rulemaking
  • Agency management
  • Convening and creating public-private partnerships [crony-ism]
  • Commanding the armed forces
  • Diplomacy

The think tank is very far-left.

We have seen the vision outlined by the think tank come to pass in ways and in degrees we never imagined. Executive orders are being used to grant legislative power to the president. Rules and government agencies have wrested control over the environment, property rights, the foods we eat and even over private companies making guitars. Excessive regulations are suffocating small business.

The IRS and DOJ have overstepped their powers to attack conservative groups, reporters and the AP to silence them. We have seen the corrupt relationship between DC and Wall Street grow more powerful under this Administration. Crony-ism, especially in the ‘green’ industry is at an all-time high.

 

PURGING THE MILITARY

Mr. Obama is purging the military according to Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was with Delta Force and later Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama. “It is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said, according to this publication.

We have seen Mr. Obama’s diplomacy. He releases terrorists and, this past week, an Iranian nuclear scientist, without securing the release of imprisoned US citizens. He is committed to destroying our nuclear warheads and decimating our military while allowing Iran to come to the brink of acquiring the bomb.

 

IMMIGRATION POLICY AND THE PATH TO A ONE-PARTY SYSTEM

Both parties have had a hand in erasing our borders and overwhelming our Republic with illegal aliens, but it is Mr. Obama who has chosen to not enforce the immigration law of this country. He has gradually taken away the power of law enforcement to arrest and deport people here illegally.

Since the people coming across our southern border are coming from Communist and Socialist nations, they are natural Democratic voters and polls show they will vote 70% Democrat. If they weren’t, Mr. Obama would be the first to close the border.

Nations are defined by their borders but we are now being told we must have open borders and grant almost blanket citizenship to everyone who makes it across.

President Obama chose not to enforce immigration law and told ICE not to enforce the law. One “prosecutorial discretion” memo published in 2011 says officials need not enforce immigration laws if illegal immigrants are enrolled in an education center or if their relatives have volunteered for the US military.

“They’re pushing the [immigration] agents to be even more lax, to go further in not enforcing the law,” said Kris Kobach, Kansas’ secretary of state. “At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and looking for work, this is more bad news coming from the Obama administration… [if the administration] really cared about putting Americans back to work, it would be vigorously enforcing the law,” said Kobach, who has helped legislators in several states draft local immigration-related laws…” Read more at Daily Caller

That was only one memo of many. He gave temporary amnesty to the DREAMers without proper vetting. When the faux sequester crisis was announced his Department of Homeland Security released thousands of criminal aliens into US streets. President Obama wants to take 1.6 million Syrian refugees to the states. Who knows what terrorists will hide among them.

 

OBAMACARE, THE MASSIVE REDISTRIBUTION

Then there are the countless illegal changes to the Obamacare law. Steve King of Iowa, in a statement in July:

“If President Obama wants to make changes to ObamaCare, he must come to Congress,” said King. “Two years ago, the Obama Administration, through a memo from a Homeland Security Department bureaucrat, declared it would not enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Now the Obama Administration, through a blog post by an Assistant Secretary in the Treasury Department, is declaring it won’t even enforce its own health care law on employers. We live in a Constitutional Republic. We are a nation governed by laws written by Congress, not memos and blog posts written by bureaucrats.

Obamacare will drive us into a single payer system which is a relic of the old Soviet-style Communism. It is healthcare designed to redistribute wealth. It makes other peoples’ needs the responsibility of everyone. It is the heart and soul of the collective. It destroys individual liberty. It isn’t caring at all. Caring is having a safety net for those in need, not setting up a system to make people entitled, dependent wards of the State.

 

OBAMA’S PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE COURT SYSTEM

Mr. Obama plans to take over the courts.

Harry Reid’s nuclear option was planned to swing the courts far-left and will likely be used again for legislation and even for the selection of Justices for the Supreme Court of the United States.

On November 6, Mr. Obama said at the DSCC in Dallas;

“…we are remaking the courts.  I know that we’ve got some lawyers here, and here in Texas sometimes people feel a little frustrated about the pace of appointments here in Texas.  But you should know that in addition to the Supreme Court, we’ve been able to nominate and confirm judges of extraordinary quality all across the country on federal benches. We’re actually, when it comes to the district court, matching the pace of previous Presidents.  When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind, and we’re just going to keep on focused on it.”

It was immediately after that Harry Reid used the nuclear option and three far-left judicial nominees will now head for the US Court of Appeals. Expect more.

 

TURNING TEXAS BLUE

Democrats are pouring money into elections in Texas because if they turn Texas blue, it is over for the opposition party. We will only see Democrats elected if we lose Texas and we will be a country with one-party.

Obama’s Democrats are planning to turn Texas blue according to the WSJ. Hispanics, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, are now 38% of the population of Texas. Democrats know that if they can get them to turn out for the vote, even the ones here illegally, the Democrats have a good shot at turning the state.

Democrats claim there are three million unregistered Hispanics and Blacks who are eligible to vote in Texas, which has a low voter turnout. Democrats are targeting these allegedly eligible people. This is another reason the race hustlers have to stir up their minority base.

The parties have fought over redistricting and it is another means by which the state can be turned.

The SCOTUS struck down parts of the Voting Rights act this past year and Texas immediately passed a voter ID requirement. Obama’s DOJ announced that they will sue the state to stop the law. The only reason to stop this law is to allow illicit voting. They can say it’s racism but that’s a red herring.

The Texas Communist Party, based in Austin, self-defined as fighters for immigration reform and civil rights, is one of the fastest growing chapters of the Communist Party USA. One of their main goals is to turn Texas blue.

The same effort is being put into South Carolina.

 

Listen to Monica Crowley’s take on what is happening to our country under Mr. Obama:

 

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