All these declarations echo the refrain Bush has been asserting from the outset of his presidency. That refrain is simple: Presidential power must be unilateral, and unchecked.
But the most recent and blatant presidential intrusions on the law and Constitution supply the verse to that refrain. They not only claim unilateral executive power, but also supply the train of the President’s thinking, the texture of his motivations, and the root of his intentions.
They make clear, for instance, that the phrase “unitary executive” is a code word for a doctrine that favors nearly unlimited executive power. Bush has used the doctrine in his signing statements to quietly expand presidential authority.
Now they don’t seem to have the same concerns, do they?
They like it when Obama issues executive orders and governs by fiat. They even like the “street” version of the President:
President Obama, irritated by Republican pledges to prevent Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from receiving a promotion, said that Rice’s critics “have a problem with me.”
“When they go after the UN ambassador apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me,” Obama told reporters today. “And should I choose — if I think that she would be the best person to serve America in the capacity of the State Department [head] then I will nominate her, but that’s not a determination I’ve made yet.”
…“They should go after me, and I’m happy to have that discussion. But for them to go after the UN ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi . . . to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous.”
Yeah, you are going to bust a cap in our ass, Mr. President. We get it.
As tired as I am of this kind of behavior from our leadership, I am just as amazed at how toothless the Republicans are in opposition. Obama swats them aside as if he was swatting a gnat. When our side has Lindsey Graham and John McCain as the leading antagonists, we are pretty milquetoast.
Born to be mild.
Just as when Romney missed his chance in the debates, we are whiffing at the plate. We need someone who has the stones to ask the second and third level questions, to go after Obama in an open war if necessary, when he says that he is “outraged” that someone would question him or his administration to state:
“I understand that you are outraged, sir, but is it true? Did you and your administration allow this to happen? Being “outraged” may be your feelings but it is no defense and no substitute for the truth.”
The Obama administration cannot be allowed to continue the pattern of delay, stonewalling, avoidance and evasion. There apparently are no more “investigative journalists” – unless there is a Republican administration. Sooner or later, you would think that one or two journalists would seize the opportunity to break the story of a lifetime and dig up the bodies buried in the Benghazi debacle…or Solyndra…or Fast and Furious…or the Muslim Brotherhood visits to the White House…or the secret talks with Iran brokered by Valerie Jarrett…
Seems a target rich environment.
Jennifer Griffin and Catherine Herridge of Fox and Sharyl Attkisson of CBS have tried but the weight of the “protect Obama” culture has, so far, prevented much penetration…but to their credit, they keep digging.
The President’s supporters say that “there’s nothing there to find” – liberals like Bob Beckel have been summarily dismissing Benghazi as a scandal – not because it isn’t but because they simply don’t want to believe it is.
Again, absence of evidence is not affirmative proof.
The arrogance and condescension in this process is stunning.
Beckel was at his arrogant best yesterday on Fox, asserting that the folks in the situation room at the White House simply could not have seen what was going on at the Benghazi compound through the lens of that drone camera. Well, we can see well enough to do facial recognition accurately enough for President Drone King to assassinate all these terrorists that he claims credit for. It would seem that when the drone “sees” a crowd massing and the compound on fire that it probably wasn’t a scheduled barbecue.
What lame excuses…you would assume that once something looks like trouble, the default position would be to think protection first, get boots on the ground and then sort it out.
But that’s not what happened.
The families of these dead men are owed answers and since they were in our service, as citizens, we are as well.
The “reporters” at Obama’s presser yesterday demonstrated that they have absolutely no curiosity about anything that this administration does. Ed Henry of Fox News asked the only legitimate, pertinent question at what could otherwise termed the equivalent of a post-election victory party.
Somebody on the “right” side is going to have to lead – going to have to be willing to go toe to toe with Obama, in public and in person. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the Maverick Twins aren’t going to get it done. Donald Trump tried out for the part but came off looking like Puck from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Romney opted for the dignified businessman persona and that never even scratched the surface.
Now Obama is on to disgracing our senior military leadership to stop any challenge from those quarters. Granted, they aren’t helping – but there are more discreet ways to handle these situations that don’t embarrass and weaken the country as this sorry episode has. Petraeus and Allen have gone from warrior to sex-crazed wimps at the speed of light.
Obama is running right through his opposition with hammer and sickle.
Accept that the media is going to protect Obama. That is a given.
Who will it be? Who will take up the sword?
Someone must lead or this game is over. Obama’s power is already virtually unchecked.
Whoever steps into the breach and goes directly at Obama will have my vote in 2016.