Am I a bad liberal for thinking this?
News broke yesterday that the US will stop deporting illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children, and that this will be accomplished via an order from the Department of Homeland Security.
Four short years ago, I was one of the many people heaping criticism on George Bush for using non-congressional means and abusing executive orders in an effort to bypass Congress in implementing the conservative agenda. (According to the National Archives, Bush issued 291 executive orders during his presidency.)
It doesn’t seem like a huge win to me to see Barack Obama doing the same thing. (Don’t get me wrong, though, I think this cause is noble and I support finding means to end illegal immigration by integrating people into our population.)
Even if the House has effectively become a committee to sabotage Obama’s presidency, seeing liberals use these kinds of tactics worries me tremendously. We have multiple branches of government precisely to protect against unilateral exercises of power such as this, and such actions on the part of liberals validate the troubling expansion of executive power we experienced under George Bush. (and make us look like a bunch of hypocrites for criticizing George Bush’s executive orders.)