P.J. O’Rourke famously said the 2010 elections weren’t elections, they were a “restraining order”. And Obama continues to double down on his rule by minority. Now Instapundit links to news that Obama is thinking about “going it alone”. That is, taking the law into his own hands. And what could go wrong with the Executive Branch creating laws as well as enforcing them?
But Congress is our main villain, as usual, with hubris and stupidity each larger than the other. Once you decide that “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” means “everybody must do as the government says”, you need a lot of laws.
A lot of laws.
Congress addresses this in two main ways. They pass “omnibus” monstrosities thousands of pages long, where we don’t know what’s in them even after they pass. And they farm out duties to the executive branch. Congress wraps wishful thinking in a snappy acronym then takes a junket. Federal departments and agencies come up with the actual regulations. And we’re strangled with laws issued by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.
So now the Administration sends up trial balloons about Obama taking over this de facto legislative power. If he does, and gets away with it, ask yourself…what would his second term be like?
He won’t be happy if Clarence and the Supremes point out that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Maybe he’ll try to bully them the way FDR did his Branch.
Of course that wouldn’t work. He’s no FDR and there’s far too much opposition. And yet…if he is re-elected, I’ll pretty much give up. I’m worried as heck aboutAmerica, and will be after Obama is defeated, but if he’s re-elected my worries will be over. Despair leaves no room for worry.
If we don’t throw him out? It means America’s not even trying anymore. Recap: he’s governed the opposite of how he campaigned, he never keeps a single promise, and his Administration has failed repeatedly and massively by its own standards. Oh, and his Justice Department should be renamed Sons of Anarchy.
On the other hand, opposing him is racist.
And if he wins re-election on the current basis, screw it. Maybe Uncle Sam’s not quite dead, but it’s the lolling-in-the-bathtub-water-turning-red phase. Just now, leading up to the election, he’s sitting in the tepid water, razor in hand, eyeing his wrists.
Most of the body politic, ie “Uncle Sam”, has no desire to see America fall. Unfortunately most people are easily led astray. Just a few simple truths are all that’s needed, but the part that’s tasked with sharing this information either withholds or courrupts it. Which is why journalism is America’s Kevorkian.
That’s a bit unfair to journalists. They aren’t trying to help kill anybody. But it’s a lot unfair to Kevorkian. He was quite possibly honest and earnest. There is no such chance for journalists. They scream to high heaven over Republican flubs and misdeeds and fall mute about Democratic felonies.
Upon reflection, I guess Chris Matthews is more like Grima Wormtongue than “Dr. Death”.