Just 6 percent approve of the way Congress is handling its job. 72 percent disapprove.

The development of the Obama imperialism - Comment on 2013 December 1

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President Obama on Monday responded to critics from the Left who have urged him to issue more executive orders to bypass legislative opposition on key issues, arguing that he could not “nullify Congress." Read more:

Obama lulls Americans and the world into the belief that his term of office is ending in three years. He for instance has details published how his daughters plan their time after the White House. He himself certainly has quite different plans. The nullifying of parliament is just one option. But when he is then still doing it, then only because it was the wish of others.

A war as at the times of the second Roosevelt, who was elected four times, could change much. But his imperium is now already quite secure. There is no resistance from the five eyes, America, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand. The Europeans follow uncritically. The American democracy is disintegrating.

Potential successors like Ms Clinton or Mr Cruz have no objections against Obama’s increase in power, because it then also applies to them – they think.

Today I read a couple of articles or headlines that illustrate the development of the Obama imperialism in America and in Europe.

Here some extracts:

 

New low for Congress: Just 6 percent approve, finally lower than car salespeople
The public’s approval rating for Congress has finally hit rock bottom: For the first time, America has a higher opinion of car salespeople.
A new Economist/YouGov.com poll put the approval rating of Congress at a historic low of 6 percent. A December 2012 Gallup poll comparing Congress' approval ratings to other occupations had car salespeople at the bottom at 8 percent and Congress at 10 percent. Now Congress is the cellar dweller.
“What Americans are sure about is how they feel about Congress in general. They don’t like it, and haven’t liked it for a while,” said the poll. “But Congress’s approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll matches its all-time low. Just 6 percent approve of the way Congress is handling its job. 72 percent disapprove.”

Do-nothing Congress dithers on budget as deadline nears

Expectations drop for congressional budget deal

'Do-nothing' Congress on track for one of the least productive years ever

White House won't rule out executive action on immigration

Why immigration reform activists believe Obama might stop deportations without Congress

Obama: Executive orders can't 'nullify Congress'
President Obama on Monday responded to critics from the Left who have urged him to issue more executive orders to bypass legislative opposition on key issues, arguing that he could not “nullify Congress."

The New York Times: Holiday Finds Congress Well Short of Goals
The Senate vote to end filibusters for most presidential nominees is just one symptom of the deep level of dysfunction coursing through Congress less than a year before midterm elections.

Top Senate Democrat thinks Harry Reid's rule change threatens American democracy
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., excoriated his fellow partisans for breaking with Senate tradition to change the rules regarding filibusters, a move he said threatens "the hard-won protections and benefits for our people's...

Britain targets Guardian newspaper over intelligence leaks related to Edward Snowden
Living in self-imposed exile in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may be safely beyond the reach of Western powers. But dismayed by the continued airing of transatlantic intelligence, British authorities are taking full aim at a messenger shedding light on his secret files here - the small but mighty Guardian newspaper.
The pressures coming to bear on the Guardian, observers say, are testing the limits of press freedoms in one of the world’s most open societies. Although Britain is famously home to a fierce pack of news media outlets - including the tabloid hounds of old Fleet Street - it also has no enshrined constitutional right to free speech.
The Guardian, in fact, has slipped into the single largest crack in the free speech laws that are on the books here - the dissemination of state secrets protecting queen and country in the British homeland.
“Some people, especially in the U.K., would like newspapers to be gagged or prosecuted,” Rusbridger said. “But be careful what you wish for. Kick newspapers by all means, but, without them, be prepared for something much worse.”

 

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