Barack Obama is wise. He knows that he can trample the Constitution and strike out on his own as long as he takes his case to the people and keeps Congress tied up in knots with an aggressively divisive agenda. Meanwhile, the issues that will ruin us are put on the back burner while Republicans try to imitate what made our president so popular last November with feeble stabs at courting Hispanics and halfhearted endorsements of immigration reform.
Majority rule without representation?
The Obama democratic dictatorship is the worst kind of majority rule, policymaking with public support and no representation. Are Republicans really powerless against it, or is it easier to wait things out in the belief that nothing can be done? Since the party’s future is looking bleak, perhaps the GOP should throw caution to the wind, give a scorched earth strategy a try, and stop the president’s abuse of power in its tracks. If Republican lawmakers pulled out their grade school civics books and refreshed their memories about how our government is supposed to work, they might be surprised at how much power they have.
No Budget No Pay is a farce.
Saturday’s Republican address claimed that the House threat to Senate paychecks was a “simple, but powerful challenge: pass a budget or you don’t get paid.”¹ Does this mean powerful like in 2009, when Republicans were fed up with government spending?
Democrats have abandoned their lofty promises to voters and continued their pattern of reckless spending and government expansion. The results have been historically disastrous.²
Or in 2010?
And despite claims of fiscal responsibility from the Democrats, nothing changes. The harmful effects of the Democrats’ runaway spending on growth and prosperity are vast.³
In 2009 the national debt was $11.95 trillion.4 In 2010 Republicans took back the House. The debt is now nearly $16.5 trillion. It looks like Democrats changed something, after all.
Democratic dictatorship, abuse of power, or majority rule?
Not only is the president giving voters what he promised, he is letting future voters know that Democrats will be there for them, even those who don’t speak enough English to understand his assurances.
Just because a public official’s actions are injurious to the nation does not mean they don’t have the backing of the people, or that they violate tenets of our democracy like majority rule. Enough Americans voted for Barack Obama to make the fact that he doesn’t choose to follow the rules little more than an afterthought. He is still representing the will of the people who support him. The question is not why he does what he does. The question is why conservatives are unable to create the united front that comes so effortlessly to Democrats.
What has the GOP done for conservatives lately?
We got No Budget No Pay and a three month reprieve for Democrats on spending cuts.
What did Democrats do for liberals and the downtrodden?
The Obama democratic dictatorship started off its second term with a bang, assisted by a group of Republican senators colluding with Democrats on plans for amnesty.
The president is about to put another brick in his immigration wall. His unlawful presence waiver is on track to go into effect next month (see: Obama Illegal Immigration Policy Scorns Our Nation of Laws).
New gun control laws are a near certainty, more a victory for the fact that they will be passed than for what they will accomplish. If Congress doesn’t act, rest assured the man in the White House will find another option.
Most important, spending cuts have been set aside while lawmakers focus on these hot button issues that can wait. Big government spending and debt were all that mattered at the end of 2012. Republicans agreed to push decisions on spending a few months down the road, knowing that when the time is up nothing worthwhile will be done to stop Washington’s fiscal free for all even if Democrats manage to come up with a budget.
Dictatorship or not, Obama embraces the will of the people.
Nothing unifies like misery. Not only did Democrats and the president manage to extend the fallout from the recession, they succeeded in using it against Republicans who lost the White House propaganda war. The GOP needs to call Obama’s abuse of power the democratic dictatorship that it is. That’s the easy part. The hard part is turning the tide, given that our democracy is based on majority rule. Dictatorship or not, Barack Obama is embracing the will of the people.