The Face of the Lawless Bureaucracy
never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
For liberal regimes, a very common starting point on the road to serfdom is the over-delegation of legislative powers to the executive. France very nearly ended up in a permanent dictatorship as a result of that error....
But the United States is not going to fall for a strongman
government. Instead of delegating power to a would-be
president-for-life, we delegate it to a bureaucracy-without-death.
You do not need to install a dictator when you’ve already had a
politically supercharged permanent bureaucracy in place for 40 years
As is made clear by everything from campaign donations
to the IRS jihad, the bureaucracy is the Left, and the Left is the
bureaucracy. Elections will be held, politicians will come and
go, but if you expand the power of the bureaucracy, you expand the power of the
Left, of the managers and minions who share Barack Obama’s view of the world.
Barack Obama isn’t the leader of the free world; he’s the front man for the
The health-care law gives the executive
all sorts of powers to promulgate regulations and make judgments, but it does not give the executive the power to decide which aspects
of the law will be enforced and which will not, or to establish a
different timeline from the one found in the law itself. For all
of the power that Congress legally has given the president in this
matter, he feels it necessary to take more — illegally...
...after Congress had unequivocally rejected another
piece of immigration reform, the so-called DREAM Act, that the president had
supported, he simply instituted it unilaterally.... He then did away with
criminal-background checks for those to be amnestied, also on his own authority.
Strangely, the order to halt background checks came down on November 9, 2012,
the same day that John Boehner said Republicans would seek a compromise on
...The law also prohibits the president and his allies from using
the instruments of government to persecute their rivals, but that is precisely
what the IRS has been up to for several years, as it turns out. And not just the
...Barack Obama’s administration is unmoored from the institutions
that have long kept the imperial tendencies of the American
presidency in check. That is partly the fault of Congress, which has
punted too many of its legislative responsibilities to the
president’s army of faceless regulators.... He has spent the past
five years methodically testing the limits of what he can get away with....
This is a might-makes-right
presidency, and if Barack Obama has been from time to time muddled
and contradictory, he has been clear on the point that he has no
intention of being limited by something so trivial as the law.