He doesn't need to promise us. We believe him, because we've been watching his rogue behavior since the moment he entered office.
Way back in February 2010, even The New York Times unveiled his modus operandi, in its report "Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power." It summarized, "With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities."
Obama's unauthorized war in Libya was just one more wayward decision in a long line of executive-power-run-amok choices, taken despite the fact that top Pentagon lawyers considered his unilateral Libyan invasion to be illegal "hostilities." And according to congressional testimony, his own lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel were asked to soft-pedal their views so as to curb any further violation allegations.
What alarms me is that these perversions of power are coming from not only the highest office in the land but also Obama's advisers and team (including his lawyers). In his speech to the National Council of La Raza, the president also explained that he was taking his cues from others: "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own."
Of course, Obama knew that to do so at the outset of the debt debates would have ensured his political downfall. On the other hand, swooping down in the last hour on Capitol Hill from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with his Democratic majority in the Senate to save the economy from hopeless partisan gridlock would surely put him on the front page of Savior Daily!
Speaking of the press, what's equally tragic is that the Obama-mania media are jumping on the executive-power runaway express. Just this past Thursday, CNN's website ran an article by Jack Balkin, a constitutional law expert at Yale, titled "3 ways Obama could bypass Congress." (Do you think CNN would have extended the same clemency from Congress to former President George W. Bush?)
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