Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Congress passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, which President Obama signed into law. It directed the Executive Branch to designate nations which were unable to perform adequate background checks on its own citizens to identify terrorists. Travel from those nations was banned to prevent terrorists from slipping into the country. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security identified seven nations but took no action to block inadequately vetted immigrants. President Trump adopted an Executive Order to implement the existing law. Liberals exploded in outrage over implementation of their own law and dubbed it the “Muslim Travel Ban.”
Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which became law when Bill Clinton failed to veto it. The law requires the United States embassy to be located in Jerusalem unless the President signs a waiver on national security grounds, every six months. President Trump declined to certify that moving our embassy posed a threat to the nation’s security so the embassy is moving. Liberals are exploding in outrage over implementation of their own law.
I suspect Liberals’ real grievance is they never intended those laws to be implemented – they were simply virtue signaling theatre intended to hoax the yokels. Who could imagine a President would faithfully execute the law?
Pretty radical concept.
…with which I love to beat my liberal friends over the head, is that without Barack Obama, there’d have likely been no Donald Trump.
Not just in social terms – blue-state coastal elitism has been brewing a backlash since I was a kid (Lori Sturdevant’s mewling notwithstanding).
But in terms of presidents acting like kings? For all the Democrat whining about Trump, he’s merely working within Obama’s precedents.
Even if you substantively supported Obama’s actions — as I do on legalizing the children of immigrants who are in the country illegally, for instance — the reasoning that girded these supposedly temporary executive decisions was soon revealed to be abusive. In 2012, Obama told the nation that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which by any standard was a stand-in for legislation, was merely a “temporary stopgap measure.” By the time Trump overturned it, the measure represented “who we are as a people.” That’s because by “temporary,” Obama always meant “until Democrats can make it permanent through the courts or electoral victories.”
Even when implementing laws Congress had passed, Obama and his allies relied on coercing participation through mandates. And when it became inconvenient, they began arbitrarily implementing parts of laws. Administrative discretion became administrative abuse. When the president decided the Obamacare’s employer mandate was politically inconvenient, for example, he simply skipped it for expediency.
Democrats: If you don’t like the way Trump is doing the presidency, you have only Obama to blame.