POLIOZETTE– If President Obama has set the country on a course toward a new, more imperial presidency — supported by an activist Supreme Court that makes legislation rather than judge its constitutionality — a Hillary Clinton presidency will make Obama’s presidency look like an exercise in laissez-faire government by comparison.
It’s been a long, long time since candidate Obama criticized George W. Bush for “trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.” Indeed, candidate Obama once actually promised that he was “not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”
Once elected, however, President Obama spent nearly eight years making candidate Obama look like a big fat liar, and acted like he was born to rule America rather than elected to govern it.
President Obama — who once criticized Bush’s “unilateral’ Iraq invasion — has displayed an unprecedented willingness to go to war without even congressional approval, as he and Clinton did in Libya. He has also shown an enthusiastic willingness to use drones on civilian populations, and has even ordered the execution of American citizens abroad without trial.
Clinton, however, will do much worse. Unlike Obama, who actually has a record of war opposition, even if he abandoned it after assuming office, Clinton has a record as a warmonger. An enthusiastic supporter of her husband’s interventions in Bosnia, Somalia, and elsewhere, Clinton voted for the Iraq invasion and was the main conductor of Obama’s illegal war in Libya.