On Friday, November 21, 2014, Americans rose from slumber in a new nation, a nation not conceived in liberty, nor dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. By the blatantly unconstitutional ruses of “prosecutorial discretion” and imperial impatience, President Obama has swept away any restraint on presidential whim. He now unquestionably rules by edict, and all Americans are no longer free men and women, but subjects liable to awaken tomorrow to find more and more of their liberty, their opportunity, their ability to live their lives as they choose, gone.
President Obama has thrown down the last, definitive card. If all of his previous usurpations of the powers of the legislative branch, if every instance of his demonstrated contempt for the very real and specific constitutional limitations on executive power were not enough, his immigration power grab has made it plain: if he gets away with it, American democracy is dead. The constitutional republic so carefully designed by the Founders is no more. Barack Obama, “the One,” the progressive messiah, he who commands the waxing and waning of the seas and the healing of the Earth, the one we’ve been waiting for, has kept a single promise: he’s fundamentally transformed America. In so doing, he has also transformed a promise into a threat the likes of which Americans would scarcely have given credence in the recent past.