Hillary Clinton has been pretty silent over Obama’s amnesty. She has not chastised this president for his abuse of power. But this might seem to be inconsistent with her past comments because there have been at least five times when she said that our presidents need to be reigned in and have their powers limited.
Clinton railed against an overly powerful executive at least five times in the recent past. In 2006, and twice each in 2007 and 2008 Hillary warned that the US needs to restore its system of checks and balances, a system lost to an over active Chief Executive.
In 2006, for instance, Hillary attacked George W. Bush claiming that he was making “the most extraordinary claims of executive power that we’ve seen in the nation’s history.” At that time Hillary praised our constitutional democracy and urged the nation to force Bush to back off and work better with Congress.
Only months later in 2007, Clinton was again railing against the President and saying that if she were elected to the White House she would roll back Bush’s use of Executive Orders. “I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the presidency,” Clinton said to The Boston Globe.
That same month Clinton told another reporter that Bush had perpetrated a “power grab” that has “gone much further than any other president.”
By 2008 Clinton was criticizing Bush’s “unbridled ambition to transform the executive into an imperial presidency” and claimed that the overpowering executive branch had “corroded our moral authority and brought our prestige and reputation to its lowest ebb.”
Also in 2008 as she ran for the White House, Hillary claimed that the presidency needed to be brought back into line with the other co-equal branches.
“We’re going to get back to having a president who follows the Constitution, follows the laws, rebuilds accountability, and makes it clear that our system works best when we follow the way it’s supposed to work. Separation of powers, a co-equal branch of government in the Congress, in the Judiciary, that the Executive should not be trying to have so much power and abusing it.”
But this week, this month, even this year, Hillary Clinton has been silent in the face of a president that has taken his purported executive authority to degrees that Bush and Cheney could only have dreamed. She has said no0t a single word about the abuse of executive authority.
Last night Obama made a move to give amnesty to five million illegal aliens in an unprecedented and clearly unconstitutional way. Yet Hillary Clinton has remained mute in the face of this incredible abuse of authority.
If this doesn’t prove that Hillary was lying each and every time she railed against the “imperial presidency.” She never meant a word of it for if she did she would be railing even louder against Emperor Obama.