The coronation is over. The headline of the new issue of Newsweek online "The Second Coming," is a warning of things to come. If you thought Obama was a hardliner during his first term, fasten your constitutional seatbelts, because this president no longer has to fear re-election.
President Obama and his Chicago campaign lieutenants crushed their would-be challenger, Mitt Romney, mercilessly. They were able to convince an apathetic electorate that a former missionary, pastor, businessman, and loving father, was a felon, an accessory to a cancer death, a woman-hater, and a heartless, evil rich man who shuns the poor.
No, those aren't words from a fictitious paperback novel, but actual campaign tactics used by those who sought to keep Obama in office.
Fifty-nine million Americans went to the polls and said "no" to an over-reaching, over-spending, and over-regulating government. But sixty-two million voters decided they wanted four more years of America's new social welfare state, and their majority wish has been granted. As our president once said, "elections have consequences."
Well, guess what. That formidable campaign machine of President Obama has officially become his personal propaganda machine. Obama's campaign director Jim Messina will head a new 501(c) 4 political action organization called "Organizing for Action."
In an email written by the president himself, he says, in part: "Today a new grassroots organization is being launched. Organizing for Action will be an unparalleled force in American politics. It will work to turn our shared values into legislative action."
In other words, if Republicans don't do the king's will, he will use this new organization to reach the kingdom's citizens and convince them he knows what's best for the country moving forward. If he's successful in turning voters against enough Republican congressmen, his progressive party can retake the House in 2014, and then "Katy bar the door." His promise to "totally transform" America will become child's play.
The political director at CBS News, John Dickerson, on January 18th, posted on Slate: "Obama must declare war on the Republican Party....Obama's only remaining option is to pulverize." With CBS, NBC and ABC, in the "king's" royal pocket, everyday Americans will hear the White House talking points on evening newscasts but not the conservative counterpoints. Even the Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, Marcia Fudge (D), recently called members of the GOP, "evil and mean."
We are basically being governed now by one branch of government, the Executive Branch.
Obama bypassed Congress to implement a version of his "dream act" for illegal immigrants and while Congress was out of session, he conducted U.S. military operations in Libya, not with approval from Congress, but through a United Nations sanction.
When Congress (Democrats and Republicans) wouldn't approve his proposed policies, our "want-to-be king" relied on his appointees and agencies. Obama has been able to implement variations of card-check, cap-and-trade, auto efficiency requirements, net neutrality, and welfare requirements using the NLRB, EPA, FCC, and HHS.
The third branch of government, the Supreme Court, has already given in to the pressure of the bully pulpit. Chief Justice John Roberts rewrote ObamaCare when he ruled that a mandate to force all Americans to buy insurance was not a mandate; it magically became a tax.
President Obama can choose to listen to the voices of the 59-million voters who desire fiscal discipline and bipartisan leadership, or he can continue his king-like push to divide a nation and impose his progressive agenda.
America has already embraced its one and only King and we became a better nation because of his achievements; the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
As former President Ronald Reagan once said: "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government--lest it comes to dominate our lives and interests."
But there is a silver lining to this grim tale of presidential overreach. Joe Biden is still vice president and America's "royal court jester" will surely give us plenty to smile about.