Over the last six years, critics of the president have run themselves ragged trying to understand why so few Americans seem bothered by Obama’s lawlessness. Is it because they don’t follow the news? Is it because they just toss any conservative criticism out with the trash and assume it’s partisan politics? What is it that gave the president a free pass to ignore American law with his executive order on amnesty?
Well, it turns out that it isn’t misinformation or ignorance that let’s Obama get away with it. According to a new poll from Rasmussen, 26 percent of likely voters think Obama should be able to ignore federal court rulings if they stand in the way of his agenda. If that’s not disturbing enough, a full 43 percent of Democrats believe the same thing. The president’s fans aren’t turning a blind eye to his authoritarian rule; they celebrate it.
To state the obvious, these numbers would be different if there was a Republican in office. But I’m not sure they would be reversed. Even if we were talking about a GOP president, it’s hard for me to imagine 43 percent of Republican voters supporting the nullification of American law. I could be mistaken about that – there were some peculiar voices in the lead up to the Iraq War – but even so, the poll clearly shows why Obama is able to get away with his recklessness.
A Real Restoration
Politics have been broken in this country for a long time, but we haven’t been in a situation this desperate in modern history. Winning is everything, even if it means cheating to do so. Even if it means ignoring 200 years of constitutional law. As long as the “right” policies go through, it doesn’t matter what laws are broken, what precedents are set, or what kind of damage is done to our system of government. This is how empires fall.
If the president is encouraged to ignore federal court rulings when it suits his agenda, what else should he be allowed to ignore? Are the Bill of Rights up for grabs? After all, that pesky Second Amendment gets in the way of so much important liberal business. What about Congress? It’s in the hands of Republicans now, and we’ve already heard that Americans hate gridlock more than anything else. Maybe the president should be allowed to ignore Congress as well. Oh wait, he already has done both of the above? And Americans don’t really care? Right, right, I forgot.
We’re setting the stage for a D.C. free-for-all, where we give one man all the power and only question that power when it’s used to pursue goals we don’t like. That’s not how this country works. Should we be fortunate enough to welcome a Republican back to the White House in 2016, we need to put country over party. We need to start scaling back presidential freedom and start maximizing American freedom. The concept of “restoring America” is a popular one among conservatives; we need to make sure our guy understands what that means.