October 27, 2021

PRESIDENT NOT MONARCH

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
― James Madison

“How should power be divided in the national government? The Founders agreed that an executive would be necessary, but many feared putting too much power in the hands of one person, lest he become too much like a monarch. They created an executive with relatively few enumerated powers, though they did allow the president some power over the legislative branch in the form of the veto.”
In the aftermath of an election when our president’s policies were being judged as he asked us to do, and an overwhelming majority rejected them, it was logical to assume that Obama would heed the people’s message and take a conciliatory tone. Unfortunately in his morning after meeting with the press, what we saw was the same insistence on how we are better off because of his presidency, and another recital of his imagined accomplishments. Of course, economic indicators have improved over the last six years, but it has been “in spite of” his stimulus package, his increased taxation, and his many new regulations, not to mention his “prize”, Obamacare.

“Part of what I also think we’ve got to look at is that two-thirds of people who were eligible to vote just didn’t vote. One of the things that I’m very proud of in 2008 and 2012 when I ran for office was we got people involved who hadn’t been involved before. We got folks to vote who hadn’t voted before, particularly young people.”

Only a narcissist would be so blinded to reality. Obama was elected twice by one third of eligible voters, support that he considered a mandate. Then he again ignored the limitations imposed to his post by our Constitution, threatening to act through “executive powers”, in order to enact changes in the present immigration law, in effect legislating, and when confronted by a reporter, said that if the legislators did not like it, they could then pass a law. Really! This behavior is appropriate from a Monarch ordering the parliament, not a President in our Federal Republic. As usual most of the media, and his dwindling number of blinded fans, say that he offered to work in a bipartisan way. This is what he said.

“I mean, there are going to be some ideas that I’ve got that I think the evidence backs up would be good for the economy; and Republicans disagree. They’re not going to support those ideas. But I’m going to keep on arguing for them because I think they’re the right thing for the country to do. There are going to be some ideas that they’ve got that they believe will improve the economy or create jobs that, from my perspective, isn’t going to help middle-class families improve their economic situation, so I probably won’t support theirs.”

It is clear that he believes he is the sole owner of the truth, and his liberal ideology the only path to improve our lives, even after “we the people”, have rejected them as shown by his very low approval rate. Instead of his telling us that he would use the “phone” to establish a relationship with the opposing party leaders a tactic used successfully by Reagan and Clinton, he threatened them with the “pen” to execute his will and veto the preference of others. Items that he called could be achieved with help from republicans, included the minimum wage, infrastructures, more free day care and student loans, in summary only the increase of spending and government control of our lives that he and other liberals advocate. Republicans in turn are not innocent. They have failed in showing the public clear alternatives to our day to day problems. Even though the congress has enacted more than 300 laws that were blocked by the Senate’s Harry Reid they, because of poor exposure, have gone unnoticed. It is not repudiating Obamacare, but elaborating and explaining clear alternatives to making health care available and affordable to all, reforming the outdated and limited existing immigration laws, restructuring our tax code, corporate and personal, enacting laws that will compete in equal terms with the rest of the world, allowing the trillions of dollars kept abroad to return free of penalties, increasing our oil production, keystone pipeline foremost, and last but not least eliminating the excess of regulations, starting with the Dobbs/Frank law, and reigning in out of control agency’s like the EPA. The Senate, with new leadership, should go back to the constitutional role for that chamber, to allow ample discussions, opponents views heard and incorporated, killing Reid’s “nuclear option” and then if Obama dares to use his veto, having enough votes to show him once and for all that he is not a monarch.

 

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