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Daniel Henninnger: Obama's Creeping Authoritarianism

Publication Date: 
July 31, 2013
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Author: 
Daniel Henninger

Professor Michael McConnell's op-ed "Obama Suspends the Law" was cited by Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal with regards to the president's understanding of the role of the executive in our government.

If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what's on his mind is something else.

The first term's over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won.

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In a recent Journal op-ed, "Obama Suspends the Law," former federal judge Michael McConnell noted there are few means to stop a president who decides he is not obligated to execute laws as passed by Congress. So there's little reason to doubt we'll see more Obamaesque dismissals of established law, as with ObamaCare's employer mandate. Mr. Obama is pushing in a direction that has the potential for a political crisis.