Presidential Dictatorship: Not Thinking Things Through
by William Norman Grigg
Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands – and your plan is to blackmail this person?… Good luck.
~ Bruce Wayne’s confidante and tech adviser Lucius Fox, confronting accountant Coleman Rose when the number-cruncher tries to expose Batman’s secret identity
Some of Barack Obama’s most impassioned conservative critics see him as an incipient dictator bent on radically transforming the United States into a socialist dystopia through the exercise of unfiltered executive power.
Many of those same critics denounce Obama for being insufficiently ruthless in using arbitrary presidential power to kill and imprison people. Their plan, apparently, is to goad that incipient dictator into becoming a fully realized despot.
Writing in Investor’s Business Daily, attorney Ernest S. Christian and economist Gary A. Robbins – the former a veteran of the Ford administration, the latter a Reagan administration alumnus – tidily encapsulate the conservative Republican critique of Obama the embryonic dictator:
“Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion over too many aspects of our lives. There’s no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do…. [Barack Obama] is undermining our constitutional traditions: The rule of law and our Anglo-Saxon concepts of private property hang in the balance. Obama may be the most ‘consequential’ president ever.”