Daniel Henninger: Obama as authoritarian

Dan Henninger has a piece that I think is clearly correct in the WSJ:
. . . The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But the real purpose here isn't the speeches' parboiled proposals. It is what he says the shafting of the middle class is forcing him to do. It is forcing him to "act"—to undertake an unprecedented exercise of presidential power in domestic policy-making. ObamaCare was legislated. In the second term, new law will come from him. . . . 
Please don't complain later that you didn't see it coming. As always, Mr. Obama states publicly what his intentions are. He is doing that now. Toward the end of his speech last week in Jacksonville, Fla., he said: "So where I can act on my own, I'm going to act on my own. I won't wait for Congress." (Applause.) 
The July 24 speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., has at least four references to his intent to act on his own authority, as he interprets it: "That means whatever executive authority I have to help the middle class, I'll use it." (Applause.) And: "We're going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress." . . . 
The U.S. has a system of checks and balances. Mr. Obama is rebalancing the system toward a national-leader model that is alien to the American tradition. 
To create public support for so much unilateral authority, Mr. Obama needs to lessen support for the other two branches of government—Congress and the judiciary. He is doing that. . . .



Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

I fail to understand why so called Liberals ignore reality in such a fashion, unless of course they are incabable of looking at themselves and seeing the truth of their weaknesses.

Democrats have always been the group that promoted the destruction of Personal Liberties, and always will be.

If the above pattern of behavior continues unabated, we will all be enslaved simply because there are those who cannot, or will not face up to the reality of human nature.

8/12/2013 1:38 PM  

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