Barack Obama shows once again that he is not a student of history. By acting like George III who viewed “governing” as making demands based on his authority as an absolute monarch, he ended up losing part of his empire. Barack Obama is currently getting the same result as even his supporters are beginning to say “You want to do what??”
He has failed to realize that while he was, in fact, re-elected in November, the American electorate left control of the nation’s purse strings in the hands of Republicans. That hardly constitutes the mandate of an absolute monarch.
Obama should keep in mind that when George III lost America he lost more than 13 colonies. He lost a portion of his authority. So Obama’s arrogant overreach might actually do some good, if the Congress reacts by ratcheting down the unconstitutional power of the presidency. When the nation-state that suffers under an absolute monarch, even if that “monarch” is disguised by titles such as “president”, “prime minister”, “ayatollah” or even “Dear Leader”, undermines the wishes of that tyrant, even in a trivial matter, the mystique of having absolute power disappears about as fast as the proverbial emperor’s new clothes. People see through the mirage and find the leader to be powerless without their support.