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August 9, 2013 - 10:06 am
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Krauthammer’s conclusion is also wrong.

In the end, this isn’t about language. It’s about leadership. The wordplay is merely cover for uncertain policy embedded in confusion and ambivalence about the whole enterprise.

This is not leading from behind. This is not leading at all.

Wrong. Obama is leading. He just isn’t leading in any traditionally American way, through the constitutional process and within the bounds of our historic political discourse. But he is leading, and it’s a grave mistake to believe otherwise.

Kevin Williamson warns where Obama is leading.

Barack Obama’s administration is unmoored from the institutions that have long kept the imperial tendencies of the American presidency in check. That is partly the fault of Congress, which has punted too many of its legislative responsibilities to the president’s army of faceless regulators, but it is in no small part the result of an intentional strategy on the part of the administration. He has spent the past five years methodically testing the limits of what he can get away with, like one of those crafty velociraptors testing the electric fence in Jurassic Park. Barack Obama is a Harvard Law graduate, and he knows that he cannot make recess appointments when Congress is not in recess. He knows that his HHS is promulgating regulations that conflict with federal statutes. He knows that he is not constitutionally empowered to pick and choose which laws will be enforced. This is a might-makes-right presidency, and if Barack Obama has been from time to time muddled and contradictory, he has been clear on the point that he has no intention of being limited by something so trivial as the law.

Or what used to be our common language. Obama doesn’t believe in either one.

And here we are, living in what was a constitutional republic being rapidly transformed into a surveillance state.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Some people say Obama can't be incompetent because he is so good at using Chicago-style political tactics to advance his leftist totalitarian agenda. He has done more than any President to foster an administration of animosity and divisiveness, not only between political parties, but also between races and classes. Hi bare-knuckles dirty politics has hit his opponents hard, fast, and effectively.

Others say, if he was competent he'd have accomplished at least one of his goals post the 2010 elections. He's been essentially stymied on every front, except expanding the bureaucracy. And that's only as permanent as the continuance of a Democrat in the White House. If a Republican is elected, all the rules and regs will be subject to change. And the result of all his expanded bureaucracy is the weakest recovery since the Depression, failure of domestic policies to work as planned, and complete confusion in his foreign policy.

But I say, he is both competent at the dirty leftist politics he practices, and incompetent as a statesman and leader. There are numerous examples of pols like this: Lenin comes to mind, but also Mao, Pol Pot, & others.
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Some people say Obama can't be incompetent because he is so good at using Chicago-style political tactics to advance his leftist totalitarian agenda. He has done more than any President to foster an administration of animosity and divisiveness, not only between political parties, but also between races and classes. Hi bare-knuckles dirty politics has hit his opponents hard, fast, and effectively.

Others say, if he was competent he'd have accomplished at least one of his goals post the 2010 elections. He's been essentially stymied on every front, except expanding the bureaucracy. And that's only as permanent as the continuance of a Democrat in the White House. If a Republican is elected, all the rules and regs will be subject to change. And the result of all his expanded bureaucracy is the weakest recovery since the Depression, failure of domestic policies to work as planned, and complete confusion in his foreign policy.

But I say, he is both competent at the dirty leftist politics he practices, and incompetent as a statesman and leader. There are numerous examples of pols like this: Lenin comes to mind, but also Mao, Pol Pot, & others.
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People keep referring to Obama as though he's this great expert on the Constitution. Have we seen any of his grades, transcripts, anything? The only picture I've seen of him even teaching a class was him teaching Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. He sure wasn't teaching the Constitution and the principles of the founders. If he does understand the Constitution and the limits it imposes on the President, he sure doesn't act like it. So he's either clueless or he's lawless...either one makes him unfit. Also, I don't think he was actually given the title of "Professor." I can't remember exactly what his title was, but it wasn't "professor." Visiting Lecturer maybe.
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He may well be an expert on the Constitution. Some study it because they admire it as great legislation and others because they are looking for every loophole and weakness in it. For Obama, I assume the latter.
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Yes, it's really 1984, keep watching over your shoulder, they are coming for you.
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