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Liberals Mocked for Worrying about Trump’s “Executive Overreach” but Not Caring about Obama’s

If you go back far enough in time you may remember when then-Senator Obama (D-IL) and his fellow Democrats could be seen wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth over a handful of examples of executive overreach emanating from the George W. Bush administration.

The Democrats were (rightly) concerned about the growing power of the President and the waning power of the legislature, but apparently their concern was only party deep. Once Senator Obama became President Obama the Democrats (and the concerned former Senator) fell in love with executive power and President Obama went on to us and abuse his authority more aggressively than any President ever before.

Remember this?

 “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone…. I can use that pen to sign Executive Orders… and with a phone I can rally folks from around the country.”

“Wherever I can act on my own, without congress… that’s what I’m gonna do.”

“We can’t wait.”

“I’m going to do what I’m going to do through Executive Action.”

“Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Well, now that the Obama era is coming to an end it seems that liberals everywhere are once again becoming concerned with executive overreach. Weird, right? Some of us are always concerned with abuse of power, which is why we are always agitating for smaller (less powerful) government. A group of very funny people at We the Internet noticed the liberal hypocrisy on the power of the president and decided to unmask the Democrat hypocrisy.

Recently, many left-leaning people have become (randomly) concerned about reigning in executive power, a mass event not seen since the beginning years of the Bush presidency. This concern manifests itself in suddenly questioning the ability of the president to unilaterally order military action, including drone strikes, air strikes, special forces, etc. It also comes across as questioning whether just maybe executive actions aren’t the best way to govern with impunity, or that lists like the No-Fly List and programs like the NSA’s PRISM could potentially be bad when leaders who aren’t Barack Obama are President.

It’s nice to see someone out there paying attention and not letting the Democrat Party get away with their hypocrisy.


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Matty Mattson

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