Just a day after the Supreme Court began hearing testimony regarding Barack Obama’s appointment of several National Labor Relations Board members in apparent violation of his constitutional authority, the White House is announcing even more executive overreach in the coming year.
Calling 2014 “a year of action,” White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer explained Obama’s goal in an email he prepared Tuesday morning.
“President Obama has a resolution for 2014,” Pfeiffer wrote, explaining he will take unilateral action if and when he does not get what he wants from members of Congress.
“Instead,” the email continued, “the president will use his executive authority, both his pen and his phone, to work with anyone to get things done….”
While such unilateral governance has been his modus operandi for more than five years, Pfeiffer’s announcement seems to indicate a renewed – and disturbing – focus on forcing his leftist policies onto the nation as a whole.
As a lame duck, he no longer has the threat of an upcoming campaign to keep him honest. He can, and apparently will, begin usurping even more power while further neutering the legislative branch.
Obama himself joined in the rhetoric Tuesday, saying he is “not just going to be waiting for legislation” before echoing Pfeiffer’s assertion.
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he said prior to a White House cabinet meeting.
Obama’s radical agenda is detrimental to America’s future. As such, Republicans have often been vocal critics of his policies. To such an imperial ruler, however, opposition is seen as an impediment he can overcome through fiat decrees.
Reports indicate he will likely unveil a number of these executive decisions during his upcoming State of the Union address.
Though his attitude toward Congress has often been dismissive in the past, the administration has generally made some attempt to pay lip service to legislators. Now, it seems, Obama is comfortable enough in his position to openly announce his intention to disregard the balance of power developed by our founders and recorded in the Constitution.
–B. Christopher Agee
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