Isn’t it just something to behold? President Obama will be famous for two “accomplishments.” Both involve wrenching change for Americans. So you would think he’d be reluctant to move ahead if Americans didn’t want it.
Obamacare has never been popular, not from the moment it was passed. Even so, Obama rammed it through Congress without the support of a single Republican. In fact, according to Gallup, it is less popular now than ever, with only 37 percent approving of the law, the lowest level Gallup has detected yet.
And now, a new poll, which hardly gets a mention from the mainstream media, even though the mainstream media conducted it, finds that legalizing illegal immigrants via presidential fiat is also unpopular. Forty eight percent oppose the executive action while only 38 percent support it, with 14 percent undecided. This even though more Americans support the policy than oppose it. They just think Congress should be involved in writing laws.
This gives the lie to the repeated White House insistence that Obama is acting on behalf of the American people. Here’s White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just yesterday:
And frankly, I think that’s what the American people expect the President of the United States to do — to use every element of their authority that’s available to solve problems . . .
So the President sits at his desk wondering, should I wait interminably for Republicans to take an action that they say they oppose, or should I use all of the authority that the American people have elected me to exercise to make progress for the American people in a way that would be good for our national security . . . the President often says that as the President of the United States, only the tough decisions actually reach his desk. This might be the one exception.
What’s really going on is that Obama doesn’t care if it’s popular or not, he knows, just knows, this is the right thing to do, and so he’ll do it. This fits with the Jonathan Gruber model of leftist thinking: We know what’s best for you stupid people.
Actually, stupid Americans have more appreciation for the Constitution than the supposed professor of Constitutional law Barack Obama. They would put aside their own wants in favor of our system of government. Obama would not.