Just finishing up this draft from a few days ago —
I was listening to National Public Radio that morning on the way to work. It was their morning “news” show, “Morning Edition,” hosted today by Steve Inskeep and Arun Rath.
They were, of course, covering President Obama’s announcement that he’s going to stop enforcing immigration laws for a significant number of people here in the country illegally. There’s so much to say on this topic, but I have to meet with some people in a few minutes, so I’ll keep this brief.
One thing, among many, that struck me was the very, very, very obvious fact that this action — love it, hate it or something in-between — was purely political.
Obama knew it would hurt election chances for vulnerable Democrats in November’s mid-term elections, and he knew that he would lose complete control of the Congress when Mitch McConnell becomes the Senate Majority Leader in early January of next year. So he did this thing during the “lame duck’ session of Congress.
Before that, from Obama it had been six years of delay and “I can’t,” and “It would be wrong,” and “It exceeds my authority,” and “The Congress needs to do this,” and “It would be against the Constitution.”
Now, though, it’s all: “I have to do it! And I have to do it now.” and “Of course it’s legal,” and “It’s obviously within the scope of my authority,” and “I must act now.
Obama does nothing based on something like cherished principles. Everything he does comes from his answer to the question: “What will get the most votes, or lose the fewest votes?” This is what Democrats do.
Remember John “I was for it before I was against it” Kerry? Remember Obama on gay marriage? Firmly opposed to it until it was no longer a politically tenable position to have in his party.
Politics is power. Obama is all about politics. That’s his prime directive; his principal principle. He’s about the power. He was never about anything else.