Tell me: Has any other United States president ever goaded the opposition party to bring impeachment proceedings against himself? Has any other so sneeringly mocked and taunted the other party?
President Obama is not only not the uniter he promised to be; he is the agitator in chief. Just consider the contrast with President George W. Bush, who didn't even defend himself often, much less deride, needle and dare Democrats to oppose him.
It's just like Obama, the dutiful disciple of 1960s leftist radical Saul Alinsky, to divert our attention from his official misconduct by demonizing Republicans and conservatives rightfully challenging his lawlessness.
Obama knows he has habitually exceeded his executive authority, but it's not so much the frequency of his overreaches that is unique. He boastfully claims he hasn't issued so many executive orders as his predecessors did. But that's just more of his misdirection.
It's not unlike his absurd statement that there has been more oil drilling under his administration than under others. What tripe. He conveniently omits that most of the drilling has occurred on private, not government-owned, land.
It's the substance of his executive orders -- their dangerous scope and magnitude -- that makes them so dangerous and troubling. Even liberal law professor Jonathan Turley notes that it is not the number of his executive orders that matters but their content and reach.
We must recognize that he is doing this premeditatedly. Shortly before issuing his executive order to implement parts of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, he openly acknowledged -- in lobbying for passage of the DREAM Act -- that he had no constitutional authority to do it on his own. But when he couldn't get Congress to go along with his ill-advised bill, he issued the order anyway, in total defiance of Congress' legislative prerogative and of his own admission that he couldn't do so.
The law is no obstacle to him. He will not be denied. His latest ploy is to ridicule Republicans for blocking his various amnesty schemes, which he euphemistically describes as "comprehensive immigration reform." He says he wouldn't have to act on his own if Congress would do its job. His adviser Dan Pfeiffer said, "The president has no choice but to act" on immigration.
Excuse me? Congress' job is not to rubber-stamp his statist policies. It is not to get along with him. Its duty is not to President Obama, his agenda or his legacy. It is to do what it believes is best for America and to check his power when he is acting beyond his authority.