America now elects dictators.
President Obama has so vastly expanded the size and scope of executive power that the legislative branch has become a vestigial organ of government: Obama can move on his own to create treaties, rewrite laws, make appointments, and relieve criminals of their criminality. Americans vote for their dictator every four years, but that’s about all they can do.
And now Hillary Clinton is here to expand the power of the dictatorship.
According to Jonathan Allen of Vox.com, “Hillary Clinton knows what Democrats want from their next president: someone who uses the bulked-up power of the presidency to drive a progressive agenda.”
What about that quaint document known as the Constitution? You know, the piece of parchment on which our founders wrote down their system for a government of checks and balances? According to Allen, Democratic voters aren’t interested in such niceties any longer:
The scope of what she’s promising to do by herself is unprecedented from a top candidate for the presidency….[the president] will inherit an Oval Office that has accrued awesome powers at the expense of Congress.
And her supporters cheer. Center for American Progress chief Neera Tanden explained, “I don’t think they’re concerned that doing an executive action offends the other side.” The CAP, formerly run by top Hillary aide and former Obama staffer John Podesta, holds heavy influence in Democratic circles. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) actually said that if Congress won’t do anything on gun control, campaign finance reform and immigration, “executive action would be acceptable to most of us.”
Such executive action can apparently be found in the Constitution under the Article II “f*** you” clause, in which the executive is given unilateral power to rewrite the Constitution itself if Democrats don’t get what they want.
So what will Madame Hillary do with her phenomenal cosmic power? She wants to quash free speech by utilizing executive authority to chip away at the Citizens United decision that allows free political spending before elections. She wants to loosen deportations of illegal immigrants even further, and end-around the law by forcing private gun owners to register as licensed dealers to sell their firearms. Writes Allen: “The possibilities are endless.”
Endlessly frightening for Americans who care both about the Constitution and the freedoms it protects. But while Hillary moves to seize more power, Republicans in Congress refuse to use any of the tools at their disposal to fight back on behalf of legislative authority, fretting impotently about a government shutdown. No wonder conservative voters seek new answers in both Congressional and presidential leadership.