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How Liberty Dies

If you didn’t catch it you should check out the little ceremony for Obama’s executive order to cut wasteful spending earlier this week.  Notice 3 things.  First, as everyone who is paying attention already knows, his reelection strategy is to run against congress.  He expects us not to notice that congress is half Democrats and that the Republicans in the House have passed twenty-some odd bills that are now stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate and that Obama is spending all his time traveling around making speeches about how the Congress won’t do anything and none of his time actually trying to work out a deal with congress to do something.  But this is not the thing we should be concerned about.

The real intention of all of this (or at least the effect) is to make congress irrelevant.  Notice that they make this signing of an executive (here are some others) order look just like the signing of a bill.  Also notice (number 3) that Obama actually calls it a bill right before signing it, and after repeating several times that we don’t need to wait for congress to act, we can take actions even if congress won’t act, etc.  It’s about time we asked ourselves “what can’t the president do without congress?”  I guess he can’t pass laws.  He has to call them “regulations.”  He can’t pass a spending bill.  Wait wasn’t this an executive order to cut spending?  (Just wait until the next time congress tries not to raise the debt limit.)  Well he can’t declare wa–wait, nevermind…….

Remember progressives do things progressively.  If they want to make congress irrelevant they don’t just come out and say “hey we think congress should be made irrelevant.”  They just sort of gradually get you used to the idea by making the signing of a bill and an executive order look the same until you don’t really notice the difference.  And of course this is always done at first over issues that nobody would complain about like cutting wasteful spending.  Then later on they say “well we’ve been doing it for a long time and nobody complained before, this is just racism…”  Remember this.  This president who was supposed to usher in a new era of government transparency tried to issue an “executive rule” making it legal for the administration to flat-out lie to Freedom of Information Act requests.  Their justification was that they’ve been lying for a long time, they just want to make it legal, it’s really not a big deal.  This is how liberty dies–progressively.

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  1. November 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Definitely appreciated the Star Wars reference. Too bad Padme didn’t say “progressively” at the end of that segment. I definitely think that you are right that the power of the presidency, and the executive branch, has expanded way too far. Obama’s slogan has become, “We just can’t wait.” This is something we should be concerned about.

  2. Free Radical
    November 14, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Yeah, it kind of pained me to quote the new ones but it was appropriate.

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