Liberal icon calls Obama 'the most destructive, dangerous president we've ever had'
Hard-left Nat Hentoff alarmed by president's abuse of executive privilege
Nat Hentoff has long been regarded as the conscience of civil libertarianism and liberalism for decades. He's been recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court. A staff writer with The Village Voice for 51 years, Hentoff has since softened his hard-left position somewhat, but his recent declarations have surprised many. He declared that U.S. President Obama as the "most destructive, dangerous president we've ever had," adding that this "is the worst state, I think, the country has ever been in."
Nat Hentoff says that Obama doesn't even pretend to care about the separation of powers between the executive branch and Congress anymore, because "He's the boss and hardly anybody cares enough" to stop him.
"I've got a pen and I've got a phone . and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions," the president declared just before his first Cabinet meeting of 2014. "Apparently he doesn't give one damn about the separation of powers," Hentoff says. "Never before in our history has a president done these things."
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Hentoff hasn't liked Obama from the start. "Within a few months after he was elected, I wrote a column saying he was going to be the most destructive, dangerous president we've ever had," he said. When Hentoff was told to give Obama a chance, his reply was "Well, we've given him a chance. I understated the case a little . He has no right to do these executive orders."
Obama, Hentoff says, gets away with it only because there is no outrage in Congress, no coverage by the media and no knowledge by the public. "He's in a position now where he figures he's going to do whatever he wants to do."
Hentoff says that Obama doesn't even pretend to care about the separation of powers between the executive branch and Congress anymore, because "He's the boss and hardly anybody cares enough" to stop him.
Among the well-known examples of Obama changing or issuing laws with the stroke of a pen by issuing executive orders, according to Hentoff, include: Delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare; Changing the types of plans available under Obamacare; Ensuring abortions would be covered under Obamacare; Enacting key provisions of the failed Dream Act to halt deportations of illegal immigrants; Enacting stricter gun-control measures; and changing pay grades, among several others.
"I would say that never before in our history had a president done these things," Hentoff mused.
Hentoff noted that while former President Richard M. Nixon merely claimed that winning an election gave him the right to do what he wanted, Obama is actually doing whatever he pleases.
"So, if this isn't a reason for at least the start of an independent investigation that would lead to impeachment, what is?"
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