Obama Strategy: Demonize and Bypass Congress
Weren't not going to wait for
legislation. I can use my pen to sign executive orders.
President Obama, January 13, 2014
Where I can act of my own, I 'm going to do so.
President Obama, January 15, 2014
has three options leading up to the November midterm elections: compromise
with Republicans, demonize them, and defy them by issuing executive orders.
chosen the last two options.
One, he has signaled
he will demonize them by saying they are obstructing his progressive agenda by
ignoring the needs for the poor, the minorities, and the have-nots. He will push for a national minimal
wage. He will campaign for income
equality. He will extend unemployment
benefits. He will aggressively promote
ObamaCare subsidies for the uninsured and those below four times the poverty
characterize Republicans as evil, as
promoters of benefits for the top 1%.
The irony is that, five years
into his administration, the rich have
grown richer, and the poor and the
middle class have grown poorer.
various efforts, he will be following the
advice of Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), patron saint of social organizers. In 1971, Alinsky wrote A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. His book was designed to serve as a guide for
future community organizers to unite low income communities of the have-nots to
empower them to gain social, political, and economic equality.
Rule # 7 was “Ridicule is man’s most potent
weapon.” And a potent weapon it has
been, helping him to win the 2008 and
2012 elections by ridiculing Republicans
for keeping the have-nots down, and thereby by overwhelming winning the votes of
minorities, women in poverty, and the young. This message, of course, resonates with his
liberal political base.
Two, President Obama will bypass House and Senate
Republicans by continuing to issue a
series of execute orders to advance his political agenda. He will focus on income equality, environmental issues, climate change, immigration reform, gun control, contraceptive mandate,s and whatever changes or delays in ObamaCare are needed to win the November 2014 midterms.
In his words, ““I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got
a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive
actions … and I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every
walk of life.” There is nothing new about his proclivity for issuing these
orders. He has issued 923 executive
orders during his 40 months in office.
What is new is his urgency to retain the Senate in November 2014 and to
avoid becoming a lame duck should Republicans win both chambers of Congress
and threaten to repeal or radically change
ObamaCare. Obama’s use of executive
orders have ignited lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of
President Obama’s overuse of executive orders. The lawsuits may eventually land in the
Supreme Court, who will have to decide the limits of Presidential authority.
President Obama has signaled he will challenge the GOP by demonizing
them and by issuing execute orders to bypass their constitutional authority.
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