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Friday, Aug 29, 2014

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Suppose our runaway president was a Republican

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Do we really have to point out that the nation would be in the midst of a constitutional crisis if, on the occasion of his State of the Union speech, a Republican president had declared he was tired of waiting for the Congress to bend to his will, so he’d be carrying out the people’s business on his own?

Or that there would be howls all around if, by yanking off the veil of what he intended to do, a GOP president revealed that’s precisely the track he’d been traveling all along?

Yeah, that probably doesn’t need pointing out, either.

Over at PowerLineBlog.com, John Hinderaker has been thinking along similar lines.

“Imagine this scenario: an American president announces that, rather than taking care that the laws be faithfully executed, as the Constitution requires, the federal government henceforth will enforce only those provisions of federal law with which he personally agrees. Not only that, if Congress declines to enact legislation that he demands, he will issue executive orders having the force of law as though such legislation were in effect.

“And if you oppose him, he will send the IRS to harass you and have his corrupt Department of Justice charge you with a bogus felony if he can come up with a pretext, or maybe even if he can’t. If that president were a Republican, he would have been impeached by now.

“Fortunately, he is a Democrat, so our ‘reporters’ and ‘editors’ can confine themselves to Chris Christie’s traffic jam, Justin Bieber and the upcoming Super Bowl.”

So we have distractions and circuses going for us, anyway. But just wait’ll the shoe is on the other foot. You may want to bookmark this to remind your lefty friends.

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