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Obama “Responds” to Massachusetts Miracle

posted at 5:18 pm on February 13, 2010 by

So the people have spoken, not just in Massachusetts but in Virginia, New York, and New Jersey; and via polling, throughout the rest of the country, with mounting majorities speaking out against virtually every element of Barack H. Obama’s radical-revolutionary agenda. Voters and poll respondents reject “Obamunism” as an unAmerican government takeover of the economy, of health care, energy policy, manufacturing, technology, trade, banking, science, education, and the media.

The president has heard the cries of his people. Unlike the caricature of an aloof, unconcerned, disdainful king, the Obamacle actually responds to the will of the people — with the back of his hand:

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities….

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

The Obama administration insists it’s perfectly normal for a president to abandon Congress and rule by decree:

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

So when Barack Obama’s EPA orders America’s manufacturing, technology, and service sectors to stop using energy, hurling our economy into a death-spiral — in direct defiance of the expressed will of the American people, who overwhelming reject such revolutionary environmentalist schemes — that’s no different from George W. Bush tapping phone calls from foreign terrorists outside the U.S. to parties inside the country, in order to prevent another 9/11 attack.

After all, process is all that matters, yes? Any use of executive power by Bush, no matter how limited, no matter how well supported by voters, gives a green light to Obama to order fundamental policy changes that Congress, by popular demand, has already rejected. Any fool can understand that!

By the way, I make no secret of the fact that I support repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (DADT) of allowing gays to serve in the military, but only if they don’t ever let slip that they are homosexual. But Congress doesn’t appear disposed to get rid of the policy. So isn’t Obama’s decision simply to stop enforcing it a perfect compromise?

No, it’s even worse than the policy itself for two reasons: First, it’s philosophically repugnant to keep laws on the books that are never enforced; Japan does that, as do many European countries. But it makes a mockery of rule by law.

Even worse, such an executive order (EO) is a devious trap laid for those service members gullible enough to believe B.O.’s grandiose promises of hope and change:

  • Obama issues the executive order.
  • Relying on the president’s enunciation of his grand policy, thousands of gay servicemen “come out.” They don’t push their sexuality in their comrades’ faces; but they do relax and stop sweating every word, lest the wrong pronoun sneak out; and they stop worrying that somebody might spot them in the mall and file an anonymous accusation.
  • Everything goes well… until January 20th, 2013, when a Republican president takes over. He has the bizarre notion that legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president (Bill Clinton) is the law of the land and should be enforced… so he rescinds that EO and returns to enforcing the DADT law.
  • Every one of those thousands who relied upon B.O.’s EO is quickly processed for discharge, based upon his or her own now-unguarded words, even if his unit is functioning just fine and was never disrupted by the admission.

Suckered by the Left… again!

One can imagine a similar problem with, e.g., Obama ordering severe limits on American businesses — in energy use, banking practices, executive pay, labor relations, taxes, thousands of new OSHA regulations, and so forth. Companies painfully adjust to the new rules as they’re battered in the international market by competitors who don’t have to live by such onerous and stupid regulations.

They finally find their feet, only to be sent reeling again when the parting on the left becomes the parting on the right — and the incoming president rescinds all those idiot EOs. In the long run, the restoration of commerce is vital; nevertheless, the to-ing and fro-ing makes for a completely unpredictable business climate, which devastates the economy.

And who should we blame — the president who freed American business from Obamunism, or the One who imposed it in the first place, knowing that even after it ended, its disruption would live on?

“Obamunism by decree” is both better than and worse than when enacted by Congress. On the one hand, it doesn’t last as long; but on the other, it introduces an level of uncertainty into American culture and the economy that is intolerant, especially during a recession and a war; and it’s a loud, insistant, and abrasive note of tyranny in American life.

But that’s the Chicago way.

Cross-posted on Big Lizards

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tarpon on February 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

When Bush made recess appointments, it was because Democratic controlled senate wouldn’t bring them to a vote. Obama is making them because Democratic controlled senate would vote them down.

The media don’t see the difference.

erp on February 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM

This could get very nasty and dangerous.Oblamer better have a rock solid plan to get all the guns from everybody because I see lots of blood in the streets.When businesses shut down from regulation and a loaf of bread is $10-15 look out.

docflash on February 13, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I suppose if there is a premise that he will play by the book – no wait, that is in itself a false premise. He will use his EPA like storm troopers on any state or city with congressional voting clout tinged with any dissent to enforce that they come to their senses and see it his way.

ericdijon on February 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Obama’s main message is: Sod the public, to quite Kinglsey Amis.

Dhuka on February 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM

…January 20th, 2013, when a Republican president takes over. She has the bizarre notion…


das411 on February 13, 2010 at 11:19 PM

French King Louis XVI and his beautiful queen Marie Antoinette didn’t respond very well to the “tea parties” the peasants were holding outside the castle. Something about “Let them eat cake” was said.
They paid much more attention when they got their really close “haircuts” from the guillotine!
The Sarah’Cuda is sharpening up the blade now–rhetorically speaking. TSUNAMIS COMING in the 2010 and in 2012 elections. Make it happen–vote out Comrade Obama (PBUH) and his queen.
John Bibb

rocketman on February 13, 2010 at 11:34 PM

This was inevitable. He’s simply fulfilling his nature, becoming in fact what he always has been in spirit: an authoritarian. He went through the motions of the “legislative process.” Because he had to. It would have been nice to get what he wanted that way, to rush it all through before enough people caught on. But his heart was never in the effort to persuade or lead. He didn’t really care. He never solicited or listened to a single Republican. He didn’t really care. He never acknowledged the 1 million people assembling in the streets outside his office on September 12. Because they didn’t matter, don’t matter. This is about higher goals, things the grubby bourgeois could never understand, all the sweet things he and Ayers and all the others talked about late into the night, in college dorm rooms and Chicago livingrooms — how to remake America. A few elections and Scott Brown won’t end this dream. Not even close.

rrpjr on February 14, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Via the great lizards NYT’s link:

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

Got this folks? It’s a “natural evolution” when you can’t find a way to promote your radical agenda—even with a majority in both the House and Senate—so the next step is to ignore the general populace and their representatives, by spitting on the constitution and playing the “I was the anointed one” complex over-stepping his executive powers.

If Obama continues to cater to the extreme left with his radical agenda, the one term wonder may end up in the history books no other president will touch—as the biggest joke the liberal progressive media ever elected.

Rovin on February 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM

“Obamunism by decree” is both better than and worse than when enacted by Congress. On the one hand, it doesn’t last as long; but on the other, it introduces an level of uncertainty into American culture and the economy that is intolerant, especially during a recession and a war; and it’s a loud, insistant, and abrasive note of tyranny in American life.

But that’s the Chicago Marxist way.


Brilliant move, Champ. Ruling by fiat. November 2010 will be sweet indeed, hopefully followed by O-Ba-La-La’s prompt impeachment and exit from the White House along with his prima donna queen.

GrannyDee on February 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Yep, Obama hears America, and responds with the back of one hand and thumb to his nose with the other. Knowingly, even defiantly, he governs against the will of the governed.

Phase I- Ram it through Congress
Phase II- Use executive regulatory power to accomplish what can’t be got through Congress
Phase III – Couple executive orders with treaty authority to install provisions in treaty proposals that Congress will not approve. (Obama: Hey, let’s bypass the Senate on treaty ratifications)

petefrt on February 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Prepare now for a new wave of idiocy from the intellectual-moron punditry of the right (the Peggy Noonans David Brooks, David Frums) as they predict (and advise) Obama to triangulate like Clinton or tack to the center while they once again competely miss or explain away his primal, intractable leftism.

rrpjr on February 14, 2010 at 12:37 PM