President Barack Obama apparently is seeking a fight with not only the legislative branch, but also the judicial. He told his Cabinet on Tuesday to 'be creative' seeking new arenas where he can provide executive action “given the gridlock in Congress.”
In layman’s terms, that means two constitutional areas of the United States Government (House and Supreme Court) are in his way for the agenda he has promised to “remake America.” The problem many see is that to “remake America,” you first have to dismantle it. Something Obama has been anxious to complete since 2009.
During the meeting at the White House, the president included top government officials. He promised to act on his own authority where he can on an immigration overhaul. This idea comes after over five years in power. Obama claimed he wanted to work with Congress, "but if Congress is unable to do it," they (his Cabinet) should look for areas where he can use executive actions. "We're going to have to be creative about how we can make real progress," he said.
Apparently the president is now convinced that whatever he does in his last two-and-a-half years in power, his poll numbers will stay the same or go even lower. "The people who sent us here, they just don't feel as if anybody is fighting for them or working them. We're not always going to be able to get things through Congress, but we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we are pushing their agenda and that we're working hard on their behalf," Obama said.
By “people,” the president must mean anyone besides those who voted against him in 2012, the Supreme Court, Republicans and the low percentage of favorable countrymen who still believe he is doing a credible job. His remarks show he has lost any ability to pass major congressional legislation before November’s elections and likely his last two years in office thereafter.
As for his political opposition, the Republicans have no reason to compromise with a president who becomes more unpopular with each poll that is released. They could very well take control of the Senate from the Democrats and build on their majority in the House of Representatives.
House Speaker John Boehner told Obama on Monday the House would not vote on immigration legislation this year. The president claims he has pushed for an immigration overhaul, but tens of thousands of illegals now sitting in detention centers throughout the country say otherwise.
The war of Obama’s suspected ideology to “change America” has begun in earnest. The only surprise is it didn’t start much earlier.
It could end quickly this November.
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