WASHINGTON, November 4, 2014 — The New York Times – the clearinghouse for all things Obama – says the president is resigned to Republicans taking control of the United States Senate on Tuesday.
“Whipsawed by events,” (which is the Times’ way of saying “reality”), “and facing another midterm electoral defeat, President Obama has directed his team to forge a policy agenda to regain momentum for his final two years in office even as some advisers urge that he rethink the way he governs,” said the Times.
Utopians find such electoral whipsaws unacceptable. They believe that history, like a river, flows in one direction – theirs.
The president’s post-midterm election governing style, with no political allies save his pen and phone, suggests Obama’s contempt for the “whipsawed” preferences of the governed as expressed by their newly elected congressional Republicans.
The question is not whether the president will attempt to circumvent the Congress on immigration amnesty or the left’s hobbyhorse climate change/global warming, but how a Republican-controlled co-equal branch of government will respond to blatant assaults on the rule of law.
Obama will take the Wilsonian idea of a strong executive to its logical authoritarian conclusion:
“The makers of the Constitution constructed the federal government upon a theory of checks and balances,” wrote Woodrow Wilson in 1908, “but no government can be successfully conducted upon so mechanical a theory. Leadership and control must be lodged somewhere; the whole art of statesmanship is the art of bringing the several parts of government into effective cooperation for the accomplishment of particular common objects – and party objects at that.”
In other words, the Constitution is only valid on questions of equality among the three federal branches, or the limits placed upon their powers, provided the nation’s chief executive approves.
Wilson predicted that as the “multitude of the President’s duties increase… the great office will more and more come to feel that they are administering it in its truest purpose and with greatest effect by regarding themselves as less and less executive officers and more and more directors of affairs and leaders of the nation.”
With Republicans likely to take command of Congress on Tuesday, expect a wounded Obama to unilaterally refute the citizen’s referendum on his failed presidency.
By using the instruments of imperial power, his pen and phone, America’s El Duce will get down to the real business of fundamentally transforming America by importing a new, more compliant electorate from Central America’s kleptocratic banana republics.
It falls to congressional Republicans to live up to their party’s name and founding principles. They can rehabilitate the GOP’s tarnished image by asserting the constitutional prerogatives of the Congress they will control by stopping a lawless, Wilsonian tyrant in the making.