The New York Times of all papers is one of the last places you expect to read a discouraging word directed at President Obama, but it turns out even liberals are being turned off by what he’s doing on illegal immigration.
Historically, a conservative reporter might have slipped past the Human Resources department at the NYT on occasion, but any subversive messaging would have been stopped by the hard lefties who had risen to the level of editors — the same folks who still insist Obama is a centrist and the comparisons to Lincoln are valid.
So for an entire critical article to make it to publishing in the news section means the milk is definitely souring.
Being among the cheerleaders of the Obama camp, the NYT’s only goes so far as to criticize the way Obama has been negotiating his immigration executive orders in secret, but still that’s a big step for a newspaper that can’t bring itself to say boo to the imperial presidency on most days.
“The process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view,” Davis writes.
Another usually liberal media voice, the Washington Post, has also apparently come to the conclusion that Obama’s rule by decree is not a good plan for the nation.
“Obstinate, hopelessly partisan and incapable of problem-solving, Congress is a mess,” the Post wrote in an editorial. “But that doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution.”
The editorial also points out that just last fall, Obama himself said he could not legally use executive orders to fix the immigration situation.
From the opposite side of the same fence, Obama is being criticized for not moving fast enough to obliterate our laws and grant amnesty to illegal aliens. A sullen op-ed in USA Today recently listed all the reasons liberals are upset with Obama, including immigration reform.
“His reluctance to offer more sweeping relief has resulted in his being branded as the ‘deporter in chief’ by the head of the largest Hispanic interest group,” the article read. “Recent polls indicate, moreover, that Latinos are more than twice as likely to strongly disapprove of the president than to strongly approve of his record.”
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin has also warned Obama about using executive orders on the immigration issue, saying, “He can only act when Article II of the Constitution says the president has the authority. He can’t allocate money. … He can allocate money that’s already been appropriated by Congress, but he can’t appropriate money himself. So, he is treading potentially on treacherous legal grounds here.”
Blacks who voted for Obama twice have plenty of reasons to be angry with him as well. After six years in office, Obama has barely even looked at the multitude of problems plaguing largely black communities, particularly in the inner cities.
The past week’s rioting and rampaging in suburban Ferguson, Missouri, has underscored Obama’s lack of interest in catering to one of his largest base of supporters.
If Obama has done anything in Ferguson, it’s mostly been to fan the flames, with the Department of Justice first trying to suppress video showing shooting victim Michael Brown robbing a store and ordering another autopsy when one has already found that Brown was not shot from behind, while Valerie “Rasputin” Jarrett met with Al Sharpton, and Obama himself leaned on Missouri’s governor to undercut and criticize the local Ferguson police, who were finally put in the charge of the highway patrol.
On the other hand, Obama is already spending billions of dollars on ferrying illegal aliens around the country and is looking at spending billions more when he grants amnesty to people who aren’t even supposed to be in this country.
Obama and some of his supporters try to justify his unconstitutional abuse of authority by complaining about congressional gridlock, the blame for which they try to pin on conservatives, particularly the Tea Party.
But here’s a reality check, Mr. President (media types should take note as well): Republicans in Congress oppose your agenda because Americans want them to. You’ve abused your authority, twisted the law and broken your oath to uphold the Constitution. Those Republicans in Congress are the only people putting the brakes on your plan to turn America into another Marxist wasteland.
We see through you. Your agenda isn’t stalled because of petty politics. Your agenda is stalled because most of America has finally had enough of you.