Obama building walls for President-Elect Trump

Eschewing a clean and gracious transition, President Obama is raising as many obstacles as he can for President Trump in energy, environmental and foreign policy.

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WASHINGTON,  January 3, 2017 — Two days after Donald Trump won the presidential election, he met with President Obama, who declared that his number one priority for last few months in office would be to ensure a smooth transition of power.

His actions since then have been just the opposite.

Obama has worked instead to set up policy roadblocks that Trump must overcome in order to govern effectively. Obama is moving to cement his legacy, even though most Americans reject his policies. The country wants change, which is what Trump promised to bring to the federal government.

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Hillary Clinton received more popular votes than Trump, but our forefathers established a republic, not a democracy; the candidate who wins the majority of the electoral college wins the presidency. Trump won decisively there, 306 votes to Clinton’s 232.

In addition, the Republican Party kept majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. This was a clear mandate from voters in most of the country, which is much more than California and New York.

Obama remains personally popular, but his policies of the last eight years have put the country on a path that 70 percent of Americans believed was the wrong direction. They want Trump to change course. Obama is determined to do what he can to prevent that, regardless of the will of the people.

In the past seven weeks, Obama has taken actions that make it difficult for a Trump administration to deliver on the promises Trump made while campaigning. Obama will continue doing that for the next three weeks.

Americans want energy independence to coexist with environmental protection, and they want a different balance than Obama does. That means safely drilling for more oil, producing more coal and burning it cleanly, and creating the infrastructure to accomplish those goals.

Obama’s response has been to turn large parts of Utah and New Mexico into national monuments where resource extraction will not be permitted. He also banned drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast.

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Obama made temporary EPA regulations against coal production permanent, ordered the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and punished Russia for yet unproven hacking. But perhaps his most significant action contrary to the will of the people was to betray the only real ally the U.S. has in the middle east: Israel.

For the last 35 years, every administration, including Obama’s in 2011, has protected Israel by vetoing UN Security Council resolutions that condemn Israel’s right to exist within secure borders. Last week, the U.S. abstained from voting on one such anti-Israel resolution, and it passed.

This is not the way other presidents have handled the transition of power. The unpopular George Bush was gracious in his party’s defeat and allowed the Obama team the right to set future policy, recognizing that Obama’s victory meant that the American voters wanted a change.

Obama is determined to keep his policies, which were rejected in November, alive as long as possible, by making it difficult for Trump to implement the policies that he proposed and that were accepted by the American people.

In less than three weeks, the vast Obama experiment in social justice will be declared a failure and many of his policies will be overturned. The country will return to policies consistent with the principles that made it great.

The U.S. went from birth to global supremacy in 150 years, far exceeding the economic, political and military might of nations hundreds or thousands of years older. That was accomplished by embracing the principles of freedom, democracy and individual responsibility with the proper balance of social responsibility.

Obama’s policies have restricted freedom, gone against the principles of democracy and encouraged reliance on the federal government. The result is an increase in poverty, a stagnant economy and a deeply divided nation.

It is time for Obama to go graciously away. Let Trump implement the policies that the American public wants and that our country needs. But Obama seems determined instead to obstruct and sabotage his way out of office. Shameful.

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