With his popularity plunging and his “agenda” in a shambles, Obama is now signalling widely that 2014 will be the year that he drops the veil, and assumes the stature of imperial rule. White House spokesmen Jay Carney and Dan Pfeiffer both hit the Sunday talk shows yesterday with the message: Obama would soon adopt an “aggressive” approach to implementing his fascism.
This blatant move has been condemned, with Rand Paul saying that, “It sounds vaguely like a threat, and I think it also has a certain amount of arrogance.” Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley was more direct, telling the Christian Science Monitor that “President Obama meets every definition of an imperial presidency, he is the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be,”… “Obama has surpassed George W. Bush in the level of circumvention of Congress and the assertion of excessive presidential power. I don’t think it’s a close question.” On Obamacare, Turley added, “Obama’s not interpreting the law; he’s changing the law. He’s changing deadlines that were the subject of intense legislative debate.”
On Jan. 25, the Washington Post leaked that senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer had sent a “three-page memo” to members of the Obama cabinet. Pfeiffer’s conclusion: Obama should stop governing like a prime minister, who is “beholden” to legislators, and more like a “modern president,” who rather sets the agenda for the nation.
This “imperial” move was actually set in motion in December, with the return of (former Clinton chief of staff) John Podesta, as a “special adviser” to the White House. Podesta’s arrival came in the wake of the disaster of the ObamaCare rollout, and was widely read as a signal that the WH intended to adopt a more “aggressive” approach in 2014. At the time, even the mild-mannered leaksheet Politico noted that, “it also signals a more aggressive focus by the White House on using executive authority to circumvent Congress in the final three years of the administration.”
The Imperial Presidency has long been a focus of Podesta, since at least 2010. In November of that year, after Obama’s strong rebuke by voters in the mid-term elections turned the House over to the Republicans, Podesta’s think tank Center for American Progress produced a report titled “The Powers of the President: Recommendations To Advance Progressive Change,” with Podesta himself writing in the introduction, “Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage…. It would be a welcome relief from watching legislative maneuvering to see the work of a strong executive who is managing the business of the country through troubled times.”
In case it is needed, the shape that this newly self-empowered Executive will take is indicated by another report which strongly endorsed executive action, this one published just before those mid-term elections, in August 2010. Done by the self-proclaimed Presidential Climate Action Project—which oversaw a study of the uses and limitations of Executive Action, going all the way back to 1937—it concluded, “there exists significant authority, without further action by Congress, for the President to take action by executive order to implement various aspects of climate change policy…. A proactive administration with an understanding of the serious implications of climate change can make a significant impact immediately upon taking office.”
Contrary to what its name might indicate, however, there was nothing “presidential” about this PCAP, having been “launched,” as the report clearly states, by the Wirth Chair at the University of Colorado in 2007, in order to “counsel” incoming candidates for the 2008 election, including then-Senator Barack Hussein Obama. Colorado’s one-term Senator Tim Wirth, after whom the Center is named, has a long history of supporting “climate change” and “population stabilization,” and was a strong supporter of Al Gore and the genocidalist Kyoto Protocol of population reduction.
From recent day’s events, it would appear that the Queen has decided that her Obama should now put this plan into action.