Combatting the Arsenal of Progressivism
By David Corbin and Matt Parks
THE FEDERALIST TODAY After several weeks of widespread worry over President Barack Obama’s expansive use of executive power, several apparent rebukes by the Supreme Court coupled with increasingly unflattering poll numbers (the worst president since World War II!) have created a new Dominant Narrative: “Is it all over” for the president?
Has the hegemonic presidency, then, died in the cradle? Will President Obama have to spend the next two years fighting to be “relevant,” as Democrats shift their principal allegiance to 2016 candidates and Republicans potentially exercise control of both the House and Senate?
The President, at least, seems eager to fight the dying of the light. The moment after the Supreme Court announced its Hobby Lobby decision, he promised to take unilateral action to “fix” the immigration system. The next day, he challenged Congress to stop him (“So sue me”) from acting where they hadn’t. And, in what has become an annual tradition, the Department of Health and Human Services chose late afternoon on July 3rd to release 1300 pages of new Obamacare regulations–to deal with just one small corner of the law (payment rates for doctors and hospitals).
While our consideration these past few weeks of Federalist 47-51 has coincided with a prominent public debate on the limits of executive power and the broader implications of the ruling class’s administration of national political affairs (in the Mississippi senate race and Eric Cantor’s defeat), we have seen….. (Click to read more.)
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