Obama’s abuse of executive powers highlights risk of second term to our democracy

When Republicans warn of an unfettered second-term presidency for Barack Obama, they’re not fear-mongering, just being realistic.

The New York Times has finally gotten off its ass around to criticizing the president, or at least analyzing the way in which President Obama uses his power. Finally, it seems, they’ve realized their dereliction of journalistic duties and have decided to hold the powerful accountable.

In the above article, “Shift on Executive Powers Let Obama Bypass Rivals,” should have a headline like “Obama uses executives powers to side-step constitution,” but let’s not quibble when the Times actually attempts to be fair in criticizing a liberal.

The gist of the article is President Obama has taken increasing advantage of his executive powers as President. In other words, if Congress doesn’t do what he wants, he does it anyway.

It’s this kind of authoritarian, anti-democratic mindset that makes characterizing the president as a socialist so easy.

But let me take this one step further because it truly highlights the character, or lack thereof, inside our soon-to-be-former President.

Let me pull you the first quote from one of Obama’s staff advisors as to why the President has decided to ramp up his use of his presidential powers.

“We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley,”

This isn’t about legislating. It’s not about doing what’s right or fair or just or any of the things our president says. It’s about making Congress look bad.

Our president, the man who is supposed to be uniting our country to grow and prosper together, is working and planning everyday for one singular reason: he wants to get re-elected.

He doesn’t care about the EPA standards, or whether or not women get their birth control paid for by employers. He cares about getting voters to the polls in November.

That’s it.

He’s even branded the effort, “We can’t wait.”

It’s unconscionable to me what this man does on a regular basis. We’re in the midst of the biggest economic crisis in a century, our government is politically gridlocked and our president is abusing presidential authority to score political points, even creating catch-phrases to make it easy to see what he’s doing.

And if that weren’t enough, he’s acting in direct opposition to his own criticisms of President George W. Bush.

“As a senator and presidential candidate, he had criticized George W. Bush for flouting the role of Congress. And during his first two years in the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, Mr. Obama largely worked through the legislative process to achieve his domestic policy goals.”

This, remember, is the New York Times, the most liberal paper this side of The Daily Worker. The article goes on to say that President Obama is even making a point to tell people he’s bypassing legislators. Put another way, he wants people to know that he’ll act on his own to go over the head of literally hundreds of dully-elected members of Congress.

President Obama thinks so highly of himself and believes the people, despite his historically low favorability numbers, believe they’d rather have him making decisions, rather than our democratic process.

The man expects you’d elect him king if he asked you to.

This, at a time when he’s facing re-election. Normally a president would be seeking to reach across the isle to appeal to independent voters. He’d be trying to find a theme to unite the people in support of his presidency, his ideals.

Instead, he wants you to know he’ll do whatever he feels like doing. Imagine how abusive he’ll be with the constitution, with your freedoms, if he is re-elected.

If he wins in November, it’s a referendum on his anti-democratic and anti-American view of what our country should be. The threat to our very foundation is real, and those who point it out aren’t alarmists, they’re realists. The threat to our liberties, to our very democratic foundations as a country are at stake.

In what would be historic irony, it could be a democratic election in which a democrat wins that could ultimately crumble the structures of the world’s greatest democracy.

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