So, we had another debate. Who won? Who was the meanest? Who was most skilled at skirting the important issues? Who cares anymore!
As a “conservative” and “rugged individualist” I want small government, constitutional protections, fiscal sanity, personal liberty and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! How many times did the issue of $20 trillion in debt arise during the debate? But most importantly, how often did the issue of Barack Obama’s transformation of the presidency get discussed? We learned a lot about sexual indiscretion, but little about anything substantive.
From my perspective, what must come to an end is not simply that we have had the worst president in the history of the Republic; that will happen on January 20, 2017 no matter who wins the election. But it is important that the transformation of the presidency undertaken by Obama must be reversed. Does anyone of sound mind believe that Hillary Clinton will reverse Obama’s… well, let’s use the politically correct term, “executive orders” or the other abridgments of the Constitution he managed with his “pen and phone.”
[Source: The Next President Unbound, by Victor Davis Hanson]
Progressives fret that Donald Trump parallels the temperament of 20th century dictators. But they fail to realize that their hero, Barack Obama, is a de facto dictator.
[From the Davis Hanson article] Over the last eight years, Obama has transformed the powers of presidency in a way not seen in decades.
Congress talks grandly of “comprehensive immigration reform,” but Obama, as he promised with his pen and phone, bypassed the House and Senate to virtually open the border with Mexico. He largely ceased deportations of undocumented immigrants. He issued executive-order amnesties. And he allowed entire cities to be exempt from federal immigration law.
… The Senate used to ratify treaties. In the past, a president could not unilaterally approve the Treaty of Versailles, enroll the United States in the League of Nations, fight in Vietnam or Iraq without congressional authorization, change existing laws by non-enforcement, or rewrite bankruptcy laws.
Not now. Obama set a precedent that he did not need Senate ratification to make a landmark treaty with Iran on nuclear enrichment. (Or his unauthorized bombing of Libya? – RF)
He picked and chose which elements of the Affordable Care Act would be enforced…
Rebuffed by Congress, Obama is now slowly shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center by insidiously having inmates sent to other countries.
… (If Trump is elected, would the liberal press – or even staunch conservatives – tolerate) President Trump’s IRS — mirror-imaging Lois Lerner — hounding the progressive nonprofit organizations of George Soros?
Obama established the precedent that a president should be given a pass on lying to the American people. Did Americans, as Obama repeatedly promised, really get to keep their doctors and health plans while enjoying lower premiums and deductibles, as the country saved billions through his Affordable Care Act?
More recently, did Obama mean to tell a lie when he swore that he sent cash to the Iranians only because he could not wire them the money — when in truth the administration had wired money to Iran in the past? Was cash to Iran really not a ransom for American hostages, as the president asserted? Did Obama really, as he insisted, never email Clinton at her private unsecured server?
Can the next president, like Obama, double the national debt and claim to be a deficit hawk?
What I want in the next president is someone who will start their administration by reversing virtually every one of Barack Obama’s “executive orders.” I cannot be certain that Mr. Trump will do it, but am absolutely certain Hillary Clinton WILL NOT!