12-2-13 – Victor Davis Hansen on Obama’s Lawlessness

by John McClaughry

Victor Davis Hanson is a noted California farmer and classical historian. Last month he had this to say about ObamaCare:

“When his pet businesses did not like elements of the Affordable Care Act, Obama simply exempted them. When employers objected that their mandate would unduly hamper job creation, the president simply ignored the settled law and exempted them. Now, when millions have lost their coverage, the president is said to be ready to again reinterpret settled law and no longer demand that private insurance plans conform to the statute, at least for a year.

“[This]  is a sort of new way of ad hoc governing: The president grandly introduces a new piece of unworkable legislation, does not know or care much about the consequences of implementing it, demagogues the bill, demonizes the opposition, gets it passed, uses the passage for political purposes, and then waits to see what happens in the real world.

“When more than 50 percent of the country is outraged, he scraps what he finds politically useful to scrap. …All this is right out of the radical Athenian assembly, which on any given day could do whatever its majority wished and then the next undo whatever it wished. But such governance is not what the framers had in mind when they entrusted the president with faithfully executing all the laws passed by congress and signed by him.

Thank you for that, Victor Davis Hanson.

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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