End of the Republic

The American Republic is in decline. The decline is self-inflicted, a sort of suicide by choice. Why are people deciding to follow the "Road to Serfdom" over the "Road to Freedom"?

Location: Chesapeake Beach, MARYLAND, United States

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Imperial Presidency, continued

Any hopes one may have held that Obama would seek to reduce the amount of power that Bush and his earlier ilk took into the executive branch are short lived - so short they end even before he is sworn into office.

He intends to have an "immediate impact" on policy by making law using executive orders.

"President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office..." John Podesta, an Obama spokesman continues... "There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set." Our "esteemed" ivory tower professors even get their say since these orders "have the power of law and they can cover just about anything."

Of what point is a democracy or a republic when an executive can create law that covers almost any topic?

No wonder congress has a low approval rating. Considering they have left the law-making of the country to the executive branch and delegated everything else to the bureaucracy, what are they actually doing?

J. Thyme Matz


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