The imperial presidency is back and bigger than ever. Over the past few months, President Obama has moved to expand his executive power over the United States; he has gone around the people, the Congress, and the Judiciary to increase his power. The only real question is will he stop before he becomes “Caesar Obama.”
Some of you might already be calling the guys in the white coats to come to my house, to put me in one of those trench coats with the extra-long sleeves that tie in the back. But before you make that call, take a look at the facts.
Going around the will of the people? Not only did the president push through the Obamcare bill over the will of the people, but he has ignored American voters demand to cut spending and cut taxes.
Rick Santelli voiced the frustration of the American people for being ignored by the President, when he ranted on CNBC, ‘Mr. President, cut spending.”
While the people have been asking for the President for a real jobs effort, he has spent his time on issues that US voters do not want, such as Obamacare, Cap and Trade, Buying GM and Chrysler.
When the president had a real crisis to deal with, the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, instead of fixing the problem he has concentrated on using the disaster to pass his energy legislation.
Watering Down One Man-One Vote; The President has been working toward watering down the people’s right to vote for their leaders. His continued support of ACORN and their history of voter fraud (though the AG’s refusal to investigate their crimes), the Justice Department’s refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party because they are African Americans, and the refusal to effectively protect our boarders are all designed to go around the American people and keep his progressive government in power for a very long time.
Silencing Citizen Dissent. The internet kill switch. A bill proposed by progressive Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) recently passed that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs with the support of the Administration, would give the President the power to turn off the internet for a period of four months before the shut off can be reviewed by congress.
Senator Lieberman explained that the POTUS needs the power because China has it also
Call me crazy, but isn’t one of the great things about America that we have the freedoms that aren’t available to China? China has that power to cut off people who disagree with their government. America is supposed to be different not only do we have the right to disagree with the government; we have the responsibility to disagree. While the bill say the POTUS can only use the power in a crisis, it is up to the President to define that crisis, and a lot can happen in the four months prior to congressional approval.
Silencing Citizen Media Dissent-The Disclose Act. When Chuck Schumer stood on the steps of the Supreme Court building to announce this fight against the first amendment, he called the “Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act,
” the Disclose act. Disclose “Get it?”asked Schumer when he announced the bill.
Oh, we get it Senator, this is another progressive attempt at silencing dissent against the progressive agenda, and it has strong Presidential approval.
When campaign finance lawyer, William McGinley testified at a congressional hearing regarding the Disclose act, he warned:
“the broad reach of the new definitions of independent expenditure… and covered coordinated communications… now appear to regulate internet communication, including the liberal and conservative blogosphere.”
McGinley said the media exemption provision does not include web sites or internet communications in the same manner as current law, which does protect political speech on the internet from government regulation and restriction. He concluded that
“this legislation does not exclude bloggers or internet communications, and places them at risk. If this bill passes, the internet’s status as a free-speech zone is in danger.”
Ignoring the Will of Congress. In the year since the House passed its version of the Cap and Trade program, nothing has gotten through the Senate. It would have been hard to get the program through the Senate a year ago, now with all of the proof that “global warming” may one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the American people, it is dammed near impossible. The President’s reaction is for the Environmental protection agency to regulate CO2. In other words, the executive usurping the responsibility of the legislature.
It is clear that both the American people and the US Senate want the borders sealed prior to any discussion of amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country. That is why the McCain/Kennedy bill proposed during the Bush administration failed. That is also why the vast majority of Americans approve of the Arizona legislation designed to enforce the existing immigration laws (depending on the poll between 55%-70%). Yet according to a letter sent to Obama by Senator Grassley and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; David Vitter, R-La.; Jim Bunning, R-Ky.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga there is a real fear that the President will go around the Congress and grant illegal immigrants Amnesty via executive order.
Ignoring the Judiciary. Last week a Federal Judge struck down the President’s ban on deep water drilling. Rather than simply going through the appeals process to challenge the ruling through the judiciary as called for by the constitution, at the same time the Secretary of the Interior is re-imposing the ban with different language as a way of getting around the judge’s order.
For a moment, forget the “this can’t happen in America” thoughts running though your mind. Imagine we are talking about an imaginary country, “Freedonia.” Freedonia has been a constitutional republic for over two hundred years with guaranteed freedoms of speech and dissent, and a strictly enforced balance of power between the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government.
If you found out that the Prime Minister of Freedonia, was grabbing power from the legislature and the judicial branches of the government, would you be concerned? If on top of that power grab, the Prime Minister was trying to water down the voting power of the people and pass legislation that could result in the silencing of dissent by the people of Freediona, wouldn’t you start to get concerned about the future of the Freedonian people?
Folks, that “Freedonia” scenario is the United States today. Based on that, if you are not frightened about the future of this country, you should be.
(A Different Version of this Article Originally Appeared on Big Government.Com)
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