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I have successfully repressed the temptation to do what everyone else
no doubt will do this week and revisit the past year and/or century.
Despite the visceral satisfaction of recounting stories and issues the
new media has dragged into the disinfectant sunlight (kicking and
screaming despite the mainstream media’s continued malfeasance), I
refuse to rise to the bait.

Routinely and predictably, the attention of the masses has been
distracted by threats “real and promulgated” pretty much as standing
operating procedure for this corrupt, venial administration. Currently
(in the wake of months of pooh-poohing warnings from WorldNetDaily and
elsewhere) the latest implied threat is Y2K. Well, not really Y2K, but
the tangential terrorists (foreign and domestic) which may seek to use
Y2K as a catalyst for doing bad disruptive stuff.

Everyone is focused on terrorists sneaking into the country, and we
are assured our government can prevent those unlawful entries. Sure,
just look at the superb job our government has done in prohibiting
illegal aliens from entering the country. Meanwhile as national
attention is directed to the borders (too little and too late),
desperately seek Osama bin Laden or Jane Doe No. 96, our president is
doing what he does best — abusing power under the color of authority.

The commander in sleaze has recently fired off a flurry of executive
decisions. He has not been the No. 1 issuer of executive orders, but he
seems to playing catch up to exceed President Ronald Reagan’s 381
executive orders in two terms. So far Billy-Jeff has cranked out over
310 in seven years. However, the mere number of executive orders is
less significant than the substance and intent of this abuse of power.

The framers established a republic, which consisted of three co-equal
branches of government: executive; legislative; and judiciary. For a
variety of reasons ranging from inertia, to malfeasance, and taking a
left turn to hubris, the executive branch has assumed a position more
equal that the other two branches. This current president, more so than
others, has found, and used, “creative” ways to implement his policy
without that annoying requirement of congressional approval.

  • Last week the prez unveiled final regulations to force oil
    refiners to produce cleaner fuels. He added that mini-vans and the
    nefarious sport-utility vehicles must comply with these same strict
    emissions standards for cars.

  • To enact what he called “the boldest steps in a generation to
    clean the air we breathe by improving the cars we drive,” he stretched
    the authority granted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the 1990
    Clean Air Act to a new limit. Even his own White House spokesman Jake
    Siewert conceded, “If you’re a conservative, you would say this is above
    and beyond what the Clean Air Act was meant to do.” Joe Lockhart could
    have said it but he is busy hiding from Southern Baptists.

  • Once upon a time, presidential proclamations were insignificant
    public relations tools (like pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey … even if
    it attacked the pardoner). However, this president has used
    proclamations (not like a scalpel but like a bludgeon) to establish the
    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah and to buy thousands
    of acres of wilderness, from California’s deserts to Florida’s
    Everglades.

  • Back in October the Forest Service was directed (by the
    president) to ban roads in more than 50 million acres of pristine
    wilderness. He did so without either the approval of Congress, or the
    use of executive order.

  • More recently he cranked out new regulations that reportedly are
    designed to reduce medical errors. Hospitals and doctors must comply
    with the new regulations to participate in the health insurance program
    for federal employees that covers 85-million Americans. How did he do
    that? Didn’t his wife’s overreaching on health care bomb? As his
    sycophant, Paul Begala, has said, “… stroke of the pen/law of the
    land … pretty cool.” The order came in the form of a memorandum to
    his cabinet.

  • Since Congress won’t quite give him everything he wants,
    the prez has challenged the tobacco industry with a federal lawsuit and
    is threatening the gun industry with another one.

  • Spokesmouth Siewert admitted, “We’ve been fairly unapologetic
    about finding ways to act where we’ve found that Congress hasn’t acted.”

Others before him have used executive orders as often or more
than Clinton. However, Billy-Jeff has turned an administrative tool
into an art form for abuse of power. According to University of
Wisconsin political scientist Ken Mayer, “he has turned other tools at
his disposal — such as presidential proclamations and cabinet
directives — into true policy-making instruments,”

Republicans are especially PO’d (no, that doesn’t mean “particularly
ornery”). They are incensed by what they see as an end run around
Congress. By the way, the reason they think the president’s actions are
an “end run around Congress” is because it IS. Sen. James Inhofe has
announced he would block every administration nominee to the federal
bench for the rest of Mr. Clinton’s term to protest the recent
reappointment of a member of the National Labor Relations Board without
the Senate’s consent. Presidential wannabe Sen. John McCain has
promised to overturn Clinton’s ban on new wilderness roads. Oddly,
it was another wannabe GOP hopeful who hit the nail on the head. Gary
Bauer encapsulated it by noting, “This president has abused that power.”

Why are folks just now getting hip to the unbridled abuse of power of
Bill Clinton?

  • He has made a career of abusing power under the color of
    authority since his Arkansas days.

  • He has routinely (albeit badly) lied to the American people, his
    cabinet, friends, sycophants and family.

  • In March of 1993 he said, “We can’t be so fixated on our desire
    to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” BULLFEATHERS! That is
    his JOB.

  • In March of 1994 on MTV’s “Enough is Enough” he proclaimed for
    all to record and replay his contempt for the Constitution to which he
    swore a sacred oath when he said, “And so a lot of people say there’s
    too much personal freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you
    have to move to limit it. That’s what we did in the announcement I made
    last weekend on the public housing projects, about how we’re going to
    have weapon sweeps and more things like that to make people safer
    in their communities.”

Some folks are finally starting to get a feel for what he meant
by the “and more things like that…

An anonymous author once wrote, “Patriots are not revolutionaries
trying to overthrow government. Patriots are counter-revolutionaries
trying to prevent government from overthrowing the U.S. Constitution.”

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