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Kimberly Strassel had an important column Friday in The Wall Street Journal (subscription barrier) about the nation’s guardrails —”people who don’t think that rules of personal or civil conduct apply to them.”
Barack Obama has done plenty of damage to the country, but perhaps the worst is his determined destruction of Washington’s guardrails. Mr. Obama wants what he wants. If ObamaCare is problematic, he unilaterally alters the law. If Congress won’t change the immigration system, he refuses to enforce it. If the nation won’t support laws to fight climate change, he creates one with regulation. If the Senate won’t confirm his nominees, he declares it in recess and installs them anyway. “As to limits, you set your own,” observed Dan in that editorial. This is our president’s motto.
Mr. Obama doesn’t need anyone to justify his actions, because he’s realized no one can stop him. He gets criticized, but at the same time his approach has seeped into the national conscience. It has set new norms. You see this in the ever-more-outrageous proposals from the presidential field, in particular front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Mrs. Clinton routinely vows to govern by diktat. On Wednesday she unveiled a raft of proposals to punish companies that flee the punitive U.S. tax system. Mrs. Clinton will ask Congress to implement her plan, but no matter if it doesn’t. “If Congress won’t act,” she promises, “then I will ask the Treasury Department, when I’m there, to use its regulatory authority.”
The Left has moved decidedly much further left during the Obama administration, but their dreams of a glorious future when there is social justice for all and everyone is equal, are showing more and more evidence that is not what they want at all. They want to be — tyrants, fully in charge where no one dares to criticize them, or contradict them, or even argue — they want to be agreed with and admired. And those who disagree should be put in camps or something.
Different members of the Left have expressed their distaste for the Constitution, in whole or in part. The Second Amendment is unpopular with gun-grabbing Democrats, and they object seriously to freedom of speech. Which is obvious around college campuses just now, and few professors willing to explain to the snowflakes that there are advantages to allowing others to say things you don’t agree with.
That one sentence should raise the hackles of every American: “Mr. Obama doesn’t need anyone to justify his actions, because he’s realized no one can stop him.”
Kim Strassel adds: “The more unrestrained the idea, the more press coverage; the more ratings soar, the more unrestrained the idea. The humble candidates—those with big ideas, but with respect for order and honor —are lost to the shouting.” We need to do some serious thinking about this whole situation.
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