Edward Mandel House wrote a terrible novel titled “Philip Dru: Administrator.” The book is a vision of how House believed government should operate. As Woodrow Wilson’s “alter-ego,” he did everything he could to bring about his vision during Wilson’s presidency, including the design and creation of the League of Nations. House could not have known that some 70 years after his death, Barack Hussein Obama would be in the White House displaying many of the same beliefs and implementing many of the same ideas attributed to Philip Dru.
Philip Dru believed that “Our Constitution and our laws served us well for the first hundred years of our existence, but under the conditions of today they are not only obsolete, but even grotesque” (p. 222).
Obama believes that the Constitution is an “imperfect” document that is “flawed.”
Philip Dru believed that “Government … was to have representation upon the boards of [every] corporation. … Labor was to have one representative upon the boards of [every] corporation and to share a certain percentage of the earnings above their wages” (p. 183).
The Washington Post reported in April 2009: “The Obama administration will play a key role in reshaping General Motors’ board of directors over the next six months, potentially giving it even greater control in the management of the storied American manufacturer.” Slate reported in June, 2009 that: “The United Auto Workers control about 65 percent of Chrysler and 17.5 percent of General Motors.”
Philip Dru believed that: “The strong will help the weak, the rich will share with the poor, and it will not be called charity, but it will be known as justice” (p. 42).
Barack Obama believes that neither the Constitution nor the Supreme Court go far enough to say what the government must do on behalf of its citizens to redistribute the wealth of those who have it, in order to achieve social justice.
Philip Dru longed for the day when “… there were no legislative bodies sitting, and the function of law making was confined to one individual, the Administrator himself” (p. 221).
Barack Obama ignored the legislative bodies’ requirement in the 1973 War Powers Act that explicitly states:
“The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to:
- a declaration of war,
- specific statutory authorization, or
- a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”
Barack Obama says that dropping bombs and unleashing missiles on Libya does not constitute “hostilities” that require him to get “specific statutory authorization” from Congress. Obama says that dropping bombs and unleashing missiles on Libya is a “kinetic military action.”
When Congress refused to enact his cap-and-trade policy, Obama ordered his EPA director to develop rules and regulations to impose his policy administratively, without participation of Congress.
When Congress refused to enact his “Dream Act,” Obama ordered his Homeland Security Secretary to enforce only a portion of existing immigration law, thereby imposing the effect of his Dream Act administratively.
The administrative form of government envisioned by Philip Dru is the same form of government originally envisioned for the League of Nations, with one global administrator issuing orders throughout his global agencies. Included in the global regime would be the member nations, each working to crown a single administrator to implement global policies and issue orders throughout his national agencies.
The United States rejected this vision by rejecting the League of Nations. Franklin D. Roosevelt revived and revised the vision slightly when he created the United Nations. The U.N. vision of global governance now promotes a facilitated “consensus” process that essentially renders legislative bodies unnecessary. This procedure is outlined in Agenda 21 and is implemented through a variety of policies under the generic label “sustainable development.”
Barack Obama has demonstrated his impatience with the legislative process. He has demonstrated his contempt for the U.S. Constitution. He has displayed his willingness to ignore enforcement of immigration and marijuana laws with which he disagrees, while using the rule-making process to create and enforce his policies without congressional involvement.
When Obama talks, the most common words heard in every speech, regardless of the subject are: “I” and “my.” His behavior in office makes him appear to be unaware and unconcerned about anything and everything other than his prestige, his comfort, his fortune and his future. He looks very much like the Administrator Philip Dru envisioned when “… there were no legislative bodies sitting, and the function of law making was confined to one individual, the Administrator himself.”