Trump: Less Authoritarian than Obama

Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama

 

Through personnel and policy, President Trump is limiting the executive branch.

 

Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality — the Trump administration just relinquished federal authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges.

In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case. Consider the following examples where his administration, through policy or personnel, appears to be signaling that the executive branch intends to become less intrusive in American life and more accountable to internal and external critique.

-Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a man known not just for his intellect and integrity but also for his powerful legal argument against executive-branch overreach. Based on his previous legal writings, if Gorsuch had his way, the federal bureaucracy could well face the most dramatic check on its authority since the early days of the New Deal. By overturning judicial precedents that currently require judicial deference to agency legal interpretations, the Court could put a stop to the current practice of presidents and bureaucrats steadily (and vastly) expanding their powers by constantly broadening their interpretations of existing legal statutes.
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Indeed, if you peel back the layer of leftist critiques of Trump’s early actions and early hires, they contain a surprising amount of alarmism over the rollback of governmental power. Education activists are terrified that Betsy DeVos will take children out of government schools or roll back government mandates regarding campus sexual-assault tribunals. Environmentalists are terrified that Scott Pruitt will make the EPA less activist. Civil-rights lawyers are alarmed at the notion that Jeff Sessions will inject the federal government into fewer state and local disputes over everything from school bathrooms to police traffic stops.

A president is “authoritarian” not when he’s angry or impulsive or incompetent or tweets too much. He’s authoritarian when he seeks to expand his own power beyond constitutional limits. In this regard, the Obama administration — though far more polite and restrained in most of its public comments — was truly one of our more authoritarian.

Obama exercised his so-called prosecutorial discretion not just to waive compliance with laws passed by Congress (think of his numerous unilateral delays and waivers of Obamacare deadlines) but also to create entirely new immigration programs such as DACA and DAPA. He sought to roll back First Amendment protections for political speech (through his relentless attacks on Citizens United), tried to force nuns to facilitate access to birth control, and he even tried to inject federal agencies like the Equality Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) into the pastor-selection process, a move blocked by a unanimous Supreme Court. In foreign policy, he waged war without congressional approval and circumvented the Constitution’s treaty provisions to strike a dreadful and consequential deal with Iran.

 

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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445185/trump-less-authoritarian-obama
 

Literally Obama?

toelocku - Literally Obama?
No, literally not Obama.

Obama was literally Hitler

I like Trump, but I would not look to the National Review for a fair look at the political landscape, they are very ideologically right.

Why should the federal government have anything to do with anyone's gender or what they identify as?

The article mentions a single act: transtesticle bathrooms and then gives hypotheticals as to what may happen in the future...

The surveillance state and civil asset forfeitures continued from Bush to Obama.

As is stands now, Trump wants to expand both.

Highway checkpoints and raiding homes, even if done under the guise of expelling illegals, is incredibly authoritarian.

And they just announced the federal enforcement of marijuana laws over states' rights...

danggook - 
toelocku - Literally Obama?
No, literally not Obama.

Obama was literally Hitler

Literally Mao

jcblass - I like Trump, but I would not look to the National Review for a fair look at the political landscape, they are very ideologically right.


I agree but as a side, the NR has some main writers that hate Trump (Kristol)

Also less shitty than Obama 

FreightTrain - The article mentions a single act: transtesticle bathrooms and then gives hypotheticals as to what may happen in the future...

The surveillance state and civil asset forfeitures continued from Bush to Obama.

As is stands now, Trump wants to expand both.

Highway checkpoints and raiding homes, even if done under the guise of expelling illegals, is incredibly authoritarian.

And they just announced the federal enforcement of marijuana laws over states' rights...

We'll see if he does any of that. He's not perfect but he's done some good things so far.

VinegarStrokes -

Why should the federal government have anything to do with anyone's gender or what they identify as?

They shouldn't and they don't. Schools shouldn't be forced to let mentally ill men into girls bathrooms.

Vegito Blue -

Also less shitty than Obama 

Also more orange

Chimonos Revenge -
Vegito Blue -

Also less shitty than Obama 

Also more orange

True

danggook - 
toelocku - Literally Obama?
No, literally not Obama.

Obama was literally Hitler


Then who was Hitler?

David@accu -
danggook - 
toelocku - Literally Obama?
No, literally not Obama.

Obama was literally Hitler


Then who was Hitler?

Charlie Chaplin

National review. That sounds even handed.

Dissident - 
FreightTrain - The article mentions a single act: transtesticle bathrooms and then gives hypotheticals as to what may happen in the future...

The surveillance state and civil asset forfeitures continued from Bush to Obama.

As is stands now, Trump wants to expand both.

Highway checkpoints and raiding homes, even if done under the guise of expelling illegals, is incredibly authoritarian.

And they just announced the federal enforcement of marijuana laws over states' rights...

We'll see if he does any of that. He's not perfect but he's done some good things so far.


True, everyone needs to calm down and first see whats actually going to happen although I dont expect him to back away from his stated intentions.

Although the checkpoints and raids have already occurred in the hunt for illegals. I would imagine theyll continue and expand.

But.... but.... Hitler!.... Nazis!.... Drumpf!