Obama Taking Hardline Against Progressive Base over TPP

For years, the right has said that Obama ran his presidency like a dictator. We have watched as over the past six years the president has pushed things through Congress that no one wanted. Obama has threatened the media with retaliation for honest reporting. The entire time, the left smiled and waved. They said nothing during this time because their hero was doing their bidding. But here is the problem with unconstitutional governance. It will not always go your way.

The progressive left is fixing to learn the same lesson that ultra conservatives had to learn with Bush. Your guy will not always be the one breaking the law.

The Washington Post reports 

The sharp shift in the way Obama is now presenting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation trade deal in the Asia-Pacific region, illustrates his biggest challenge as he tries to wrap up a late-term policy victory over fierce opposition from fellow Democrats.

The issue, once again, is that the president does not like the way that the framers set up the Constitution. According to the Constitution, the president has to bring all trade deals and treaties before the Congress for approval. The president does not want to do that because this would mean amendments and conditions. So now the battle of words are beginning to heat up between Obama and his progressive base.

The Post writes

His critics on the left are calling the TPP a job-killing, big-business boondoggle aimed at satisfying K Street corporate interests. And that has put Obama under pressure to explain how the pact will help ordinary American workers and families. In his weekly radio address, he called the deal “vital to middle-class economics.”

As I have reported, this treaty is going to sap jobs and threaten our sovereignty. And many of Obama’s biggest supporters have come out against the treaty. The issue is that these people are supported by labor unions. And this will be the second time this term that Obama has betrayed his union supporters. The first was with his refusal to pass the pipeline. But now things are starting to get ugly.

“When people say that this trade deal is bad for working families, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Obama told OFA, the advocacy group that evolved from his campaign apparatus. “I take that personally. My entire presidency has been about helping working families. I’ve been working too hard at this. I’ve got some of those folks who are saying this stuff after all I’ve done to help lift their industries up.”


Taking direct aim at Warren and other Democrats opposed to the trade pact, Obama called claims that the administration has negotiated the terms of the deal in secret “dishonest.”

And finally, we see the dictator come out in this fight.

“I’m not adverse to continuing to engage with members of Congress or unions or anybody else in the progressive community about how we can make sure this is the strongest agreement possible,” Obama concluded. “But what I am adverse to is a bunch of ad hominem attacks and misinformation that stirs up the base but ultimately doesn’t serve them well. And I’m going to be pushing back very hard if I keep on hearing that.”

Go with me or else. It is nothing new for this president to use his position to threaten, but now it is his own allies that are coming under his wrath. What we have to see is that if you seek to give to any man absolute power, he can use it as he pleases. He can even use it against you.