Imperial Presidency: Obama to Bypass Congress in Attacking ISIS.


On Yahoo! News, we read:

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday.

The president’s broader strategy could include more wide-ranging airstrikes against targets in Iraq and possibly in Syria, and hinges on military and political commitments from allies in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Ahead of his address, the president huddled with congressional leaders at the White House. Following the hourlong discussion, the White House said Obama told lawmakers that he “has the authority he needs to take action” against the Islamic State militants but would still welcome action from Congress that would “aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat.”

President Obama is telling Congress that he will take unilateral action and wage war on ISIS, with or without them. He is saying this: “I don’t care whether you all agree or disagree; I am going to wage war. Deal with it. Tell those taxpayers to get out their wallets. Bullets and bombs ain’t free.” To be fair, I suspect Congress would probably approve his plans if he asked for their full permission. But the point is that he’s cutting off even the mere possibility of disapproval. He wants war, and he plans on getting it.

I have been saying for years that the Obama Presidency is little more than a re-packaged Bush Jr. Presidency. I am proven more and more correct with each decision that Obama makes. Obama Doctrine is little more than re-branded Bush Jr. Doctrine, which was little more than re-branded Clinton Doctrine, which was little more than re-branded Bush Sr. Doctrine. We have been living through the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama presidential blob, during which time the government has pursued ever higher levels of spending on military adventures, welfare schemes, and expansions of federal bureaucracy. There are minor differences, but the overall direction of America has been the same: empowering the federal government at the expense of individual liberties and the taxpayer wallet.

I could easily spend the next few paragraphs lambasting Obama. But why bother? The only people left who still cling to the notion of him being the great harbinger of Hope and Change are those who are too heavily jaded to face reality. Nobody in their right mind believes any of the “Candidate Obama” crap anymore.  I recall during the 2008 election cycle when, in a blog post he’d probably rather forget, the author of webcomic Xkcd Randall Munroe pleaded with readers to vote for Obama due to his “real commitment to open government“, for “working to fight corruption“, and that Obama “was the guy to get us out” of the mess left by the Bush Administration. “I want someone who can lead this country“, Munroe declared as he ended his monologue.

As a cartoonist known for his highly intellectual punchlines, this seems to slightly tarnish his image. Munroe’s position seems to have crumbled a little bit over the past 6 years. The blog post falls pretty flat, now. It’s almost humorous, even. But not quite, because honestly, I wish Munroe had been right. If only Obama really WAS a champion of open government and anti-corruption. I really wish it were so. Shoulda voted for Ron Paul, Randy.

All of the major crises that our nation faces, both foreign and domestic, have been mostly caused by a meddlesome and interventionist US government that cannot bear to keep from fiddling with the private lives of others. Whether controlled by Republicans or Democrats, the results have been the same: expanded government intrusion into our lives, expanded bureaucracy, expanded war, and an expanded and devalued dollar. I think Americans should stop fooling themselves into believing that the mainstream National Fascist Coalition of Democrats and Republicans represents any sort of serious hope for improvement. I think Americans should stop fooling themselves into thinking that politicians and bureaucrats can make better decisions for us than we can make for ourselves. I think Americans should stop fooling themselves into thinking that the next Presidential election is always “for all the marbles”, that they need to vote for the “lesser evil” within the mainstream parties, and that we don’t need to think about the long-term and/or unintended consequences of the actions the State wants to undertake.

Better idea: let’s try something genuinely different from the past 100 years of American policy, which has been all about ratcheting up the Welfare-Warfare state. Let’s roll back the influence of politicians and bureaucrats in our lives. Let freedom ring.


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