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Washington Post Criticizes Obama on Power Grab

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 29, 2014

Throughout much of his first six years in office criticism of President Obama has often been blamed on partisan politics. This is a red herring. Political opponents are always partisan and adversarial, no matter which party they belong to.

In recent months, Obama’s ineptness and overreach of executive power have drawn criticism from liberals. Last month, The Washington Post, known for its liberal bent, wrote an editorial highly critical of the President’s overreach stating:

Obstinate, hopelessly partisan and incapable of problem-solving, Congress is a mess,” but that doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution.”

“… some of the same Democrats and pro-immigrant advocates urging would be outraged if a Republican president took a similarly selective approach to enforcing the laws.”

Mr. Obama now seems to be jettisoning that stance in the name of rallying his political base. He is considering extending temporary protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, including the parents of U.S.-born children and others who have lived in the United States for years. Conceivably, this would give Democrats a political boost in 2016. Just as conceivably, it would trigger a constitutional showdown with congressional Republicans, who could make a cogent argument that Mr. Obama had overstepped his authority.”

These strong words from the Post should be of concern to all Americans, both on the Left and Right. Obama has traveled further down a slippery slope of executive overreach that future presidents will likely take advantage of. This is a very dangerous path for our democracy.


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