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… A BlowTorch Job , by His Standards [#Ross Douthat]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 24th,2014

.. yea , I am quoting an opinion writer at the NYSlimes ..

.. Douthat is , supposedly , the Slimes ‘ resident ” conservative . ” He is , to be honest , far from that …

.. He is more like a moderate liberal than any kind of conservative . Which makes his column on POTUS ‘ Executive Amnesty moves that much stronger …

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the opinion column ..

.. Douthat takes no prisoners . He tears into His Lordship severely , ripping into him multiple times . He really lets him have it , and condemns him for his actions …

.. which makes it all the more stunning …

.. a lengthy quote from the op – ed is very telling …

This argument was specious before; now it looks ridiculous. The election just past was not, of course, a formal referendum on the president’s proposed amnesty, but it was conducted with the promise of unilateral action in the background, and with immigration as one of the more hotly debated issues. The result was a devastating defeat for Obama and his party, and most polling on unilateral action is pretty terrible for the president.

Which is why the thinking liberal’s move, if this action goes forward, will be to invoke structural forces, flaws inherent in our constitutional order, to justify Obama’s unilateralism. This won’t be a completely fallacious argument: Presidential systems like ours have a long record, especially in Latin America, of producing standoffs between executive and legislative branches, which tends to make executive power grabs more likely. In the United States this tendency has been less dangerous — our imperial presidency has grown on us gradually; the worst overreaches have often been rolled back. But we do seem to be in an era whose various forces — our open-ended post-9/11 wars, the ideological uniformity of the parties — are making a kind of creeping caudillismo more likely.

But if that evil must come, woe to the president who chooses it. And make no mistake, the president is free to choose. No immediate crisis forces his hand; no doom awaits the country if he waits. He once campaigned on constitutionalism and executive restraint; he once abjured exactly this power. There is still time for him to respect the limits of his office, the lines of authority established by the Constitution, the outcome of the last election.

Or he can choose the power grab, and the accompanying disgrace.


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… the N. Y. Slimes is in Serious Decline ….

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 8th,2014

.. their circulation is slowly but steadily declining ..

.. their stock share price is doing likewise ..

.. like most media companies , their business model has been turned upside down and inside out . Like many of them , they have yet to figure the new media culture out . So what else is new ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..

.. [link] to the video commentary ..

.. now , their ideological ” slip ” is showing . The ” Slimes ” dumped exec editor Jill Abrahamson earlier this past week . Worse , she made noises because given her experience and quals , she was grossly underpaid . Whoops ..

.. Convicted on hypocricy charges , it now looks like the Slimes may well face a lawsuit from Abrahamson . Nice DUMB MOVE < Slimes ! …

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