“I’ve got a pen,” said President Obama early this week. ”I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions … that move the ball forward.”
“When I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so,” the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State.
Thus did Obama signal that he will bypass Congress and use his executive powers to advance his agenda of national transformation.
This dismissal of Congress has gone almost unprotested. In an earlier age it might have evoked talk of impeachment. But not now.
The cruelest punishment God ever exacted on the Israelites was to give in when they demanded a king. It was the perfect punishment, really, for the king was generally a reflection of the people. They blamed him for their problems and praised him for their success. In reality, there was precious little he actually had control over. His obedience to God was a blessing; his disobedience a curse, but it was God who blessed and cursed, not the king. The people and King marched in tandem. When the king was good, so were the people; when the king was bad, so were the people; when the king was an idolater, so were the people. The king was a reflection of the people and the people were a reflection of the king.
Now America is finally beginning to get its own king. Perhaps this king will step down at the end of his term and America will elect another king in his stead. Perhaps he will rule indefinitely. This king, too, is a reflection of his people. He has no respect for the rule of law or legal tradition. He does not respect the republican political process established by the founders; if he cannot get what he wants by the proper process, he will simply force his will on others. He is selfish, narcissistic, corrupt, dishonest, and a fraud. In other words, he is America’s most perfect representative.
Give us a king.