President Obama seems to have firmed up his primary domestic policy goal for 2014: impeachment. While he has spent a lot of time on the campaign trail complaining about John Boehner's push to sue him for exceeding his authority, he continues his own push to exceed his authority.
The president has spent more time complaining about Republicans in Congress than he has spent actually doing anything productive to fix any of the problems that he's helped to create. He actually had the audacity to say that Republicans' failure to pass an emergency bill on the border would be a tacit endorsement of his "executive action"...right after stating that he would veto the emergency bill that Congress was already working on.
It's also worth noting that President Obama's previous executive actions have directly contributed to the current humanitarian crisis on our border. This hardly gives one confidence when hearing the president say that he plans to act alone.
While President Obama spends an inordinate amount of time whining about Republicans in Congress, he is hardly the first president to face a divided Congress, and he really should consider himself lucky that he has a Democrat-controlled Senate to cover his ass while he accuses Republicans of doing nothing. After all, Congress has passed over 300 bills - many of them with bipartisan support - only to see them languish in eternal limbo in the Senate, where Harry Reid refuses to allow them to be brought to a vote. And since the media completely ignores this fact, it gives President Obama and other Democrats a great talking point to tout on the campaign trail.
Just look at everything President Obama was able to accomplish during his first two years in office - years when both the House and the Senate were controlled by his own party. He was only able to get one big legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act...and he was only able to finagle the ACA into law by lying about each and every benefit the ACA was supposed to bring, and making backroom deals to buy just enough votes to get it passed. He spent so much political capital on the disaster that is the Affordable Care Act that he didn't have a prayer of getting any other big agenda items even through a friendly Congress.
Since then, the president has done very little other than to complain whenever Republicans refuse to rubber-stamp his agenda. A real leader would be looking for common ground, trying to build coalitions, and working to at least get some of his agenda passed, but President Obama has shown a much higher aptitude for political gamesmanship than he has for the kind of leadership it takes to bring people with diverse political views together behind any kind of uniting agenda.
The only theory that makes any real sense is that President Obama wants
Republicans to file articles of impeachment. After all, John Boehner's lawsuit has been the biggest selling point on his nationwide campaign tour. Impeachment proceedings would really get the Left riled up, and would likely give the Democrats a great showing at the polls in November.
But pretty much everyone knows that impeachment just isn't going to happen - Republicans just don't have the cojones to get it done, and even if they did, it would die in the Senate; no matter how blatantly President Obama violates the Constitution, he's still a Democrat, and they will protect their guy.
It kind of sums up the modern scene inside the Beltway: power over honor, politics over everything.
Personally, I spend much more time worrying about the potential ramifications that could result from Congress failing to impeach Barack Obama than I do about the political consequences. While I understand the political realities that result from Democrat control of the Senate, that only makes it that much more disgusting, because it means that in the "hallowed halls" of Congress, politics comes before upholding the Constitution that each and every Congressman and Senator swore to uphold, regardless of party affiliation.
While today's crop of Democrats have no problem with a fellow Democrat seizing extra-Constitutional power, they would be screaming bloody murder if, say, President Jeb Bush (perish the thought!)
were to do anything even remotely similar, should Republicans take the White House in 2016. But what is best for one party or the other often has very little to do with what is best for America, and the best thing for our nation right now is the steadfast maintenance of our Constitutional Republic. We don't need any politician of any political party exerting power in defiance and violation of the Constitution - if we allow this abuse of power to flourish, then American freedom is over.
It is time for America to heed the warning George Washington gave in his farewell address. Stop putting party politics ahead of doing what is right.
"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.
But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."