Millions of Americans contend the Obama administration has been the most imperial in American history. His embrace of fiat rule and unilateral executive orders has largely negated the balancing roles of the legislative and judicial branches of government.
Still, according to the most ideologically driven leftists among us, our nation’s problems exist only because Obama does not have enough power.
One of the most absurd illustrations of this viewpoint was found in a recent issue of the Elmira, N.Y. Star-Gazette. A guest writer named Sherman Moreland engaged in a written diatribe through which he advocated instituting a “Constitutional Dictatorship” with Obama at the helm.
He claimed that a number of current crises warrant “the use of presidential emergency power,” offering somewhat tenuous historical references to support his idea. Citing arguments by Alexander Hamilton and Teddy Roosevelt supporting increased executive power in cases of immediate emergencies, Moreland held fast to his ill-advised theory.
His most impassioned argument for granting Obama dictatorial power stemmed from lessons he learned while attending the leftist Cornell University in 1950. Under the tutelage of professor Clinton Rossiter, Moreland wrote that he learned about the concept of “Constitutional Dictatorship.” Since then, he said the idea has become “even more prescient with time.”
Considering the many societal ills the U.S. is currently facing, he suggested his former professor would support the proposal.
“I am sure Rossiter, if he were alive today, would be asking President Barack Obama why he had not taken this power and run with it,” Moreland wrote.
He concluded with a list of leftist talking points he suggests amount to problems only a dictator can handle. Moreland persistently refers to “zealots,” by which he apparently means conservatives, whom he claims are responsible for our current troubles.
While the majority of Americans now believe the U.S. is in such dire straits because Obama has been able to do too much as president, those in the untenable position of supporting his policies are forced to argue the opposite point.
–B. Christopher Agee
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