“It is not what he would do if he were king, or if only people who supported his proposals were in Congress.” — Press Secretary Jay Carney discussing the President’s budget proposal last year
“I am not a dictator; I’m the President. So, ultimately if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?” — President Obama on his inability to divert sequestration last year
On more than one occasion when Congress has stymied the White House’s agenda, Americans have heard the President or top Administration officials lament that Barack Obama is not a dictator and not a king. But George Mason Law Professor Francis Buckley believes that Obama will indeed be remembered as “the person who assumed king-like powers as President.”
Buckley, the author of a recently released book titled The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown in America, penned a column for FOX last month declaring that Obama will be “the most consequential American president since George Washington.”
Buckley wagers that the Obama Administration’s leadership style is setting the U.S. on course to return to a sort of crown government on par with the governance of Britain under George III, who held the British seat of power during the American struggle for independence.
In his column, the scholar describes Obama’s role in conditioning Americans to return to leadership under absolute power as a gradual one.
“While this didn’t start with Obama, he’s taken it to an entirely new level,” he writes.
Buckley examines the ways in which Obama has embraced and expanded upon his most recent predecessor’s willingness to sidestep Congress in matters of spending taxpayer money, committing America’s fighting men to conflict overseas and forming alliances or dissolving relationships with the Nation’s international peers.
“He is rex quondam, rex futurus — the once and future king,” Buckley contends.
The professor goes on to note that, looking ahead to 2016, the Democratic Party is poised to continue the Nation’s march toward governance under a royal executive.
“We’re seeing evidence of the transformation of American politics in recent campaign spending decisions,” he writes. “Large Democratic donors have been ignoring appeals to spend their money on November’s congressional candidates and putting their money into Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign instead. And that’s just what we’d expect, if the president holds all the cards.”
That’s a frightening observation, considering Clinton’s assertion a little over a month ago that “democracy is a relay race,” insinuating that voters can expect her to pick up the torch and charge in Obama’s policy direction if she runs and wins the Presidency.
Not to mention, the author notes of the Clinton Dynasty, “Nothing is more central to the Founders’ Constitution than the idea that the centralization of political power in a single person is a threat to liberty. If you’re skeptical, take a look at the failed presidential regimes, where presidents become presidents-for-life, or where an Argentinian spouse succeeds a term-limited spouse in office.”
The law professor says that conservatives who believe that Obama is the weakest President in memory have it all wrong. Just look at the President’s weak foreign policy.
He writes, “When they look at Obama’s foreign policy, some conservatives hint darkly of a deep-rooted antipathy to America by someone they never quite accepted as a fellow countryman.
“I don’t buy it,” Buckley continues. “Instead, I see a logical desire to shift spending from defense to social welfare, just what one would expect from a progressive politician.”
Without a major change in leadership and a major focus on helping the Nation’s apathetic youth understand how the rise in Presidential power will affect them, America’s highest office will turn into the “elected monarch” George Mason warned about at the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
“So here’s the question, ya know we’ve got this constitution which was supposed to, it was really more than anything designed to ensure we wouldn’t get another George the third,” Buckley said in a recent interview. “And here’s my question, is the only part of the Constitution that’s relevant right now as far as the federal government is the President has to get elected every four years, nothing much else matters. Well, that would make the President what George Mason called an ‘elected monarch’ and he thought that was worse than the real thing.”
It has often been noted that Obama’s background as a professor of Constitutional law makes him the prime candidate to be the President who will disembowel the Constitution. And as academic peers of the President like Buckley come out of the woodwork to sound the alarm, it’s a view that — even for the most ardent Obama supporters — is becoming increasingly difficult to deny.