President Obama has played fast-and-loose with his executive powers since ascending to the presidency six years ago. However, recently, the president has startled constitutionalists as he repeatedly announces that he will act unilaterally on important issues with or without Congress.Such remarks have been uttered time and time again by kings, tyrants and dictators throughout the world. While the Commander-in-Chief does maintain some sovereign powers to protect the nation and to deal with foreign nations, the executive maintains no legislative power, no means by which President Obama could logically claim the right to raise the federal minimum wage with the stroke of a pen.To see how far Obama’s tyrannical tendencies have evolved in less than a year, we should examine what the president said a year ago and examine what he said Tuesday night during his State of the Union Address.
On March 1st, 2013, when asked why he didn’t simply make the two parties agree on key issues, the president chuckled and stated, “I’m not a dictator; I’m the president.”
However, the line between these two fundamentally different rulers seems to be eroding in Mr. Obama’s eyes as on Tuesday, he promised to unilaterally act on important issues with or without Congress. He stated,
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