Today the President once again promised to “act” without Congress.
According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, Obama told his Cabinet, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we are providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
There were no phones in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, so I need not break out my pocket Constitution to be 100% certain there is absolutely no provision in the entirety of the Constitution for the President to use a phone to bypass the constitutional process commonly known as law making.
And the only Constitutional law making power given to his precious pen is to either sign or veto a law adopted by CONGRESS, not his lobby friends (Article 1, Section 7, Paragraph 2).
Has this faux “constitutional law professor” ever even read the document?
Even the least educated American from my generation that grew up watching Schoolhouse Rocks on Saturday morning knows that the little fellow named “Bill” was born in Congress and approved by Congress before the President ever had a say.
Gee, I wonder why the founding fathers preferred such a difficult and time consuming process? Didn’t they know there would be gridlock and deal making and back scratching and back stabbing, delays and abuse? If they were so smart, why did they not create a much easier, seamless process and just give the President the power of the stroke of a pen to do whatever he though best for the people?
Why not forget all that debating and citizen input? Let’s just leave it to the savior in the White House who just simply wants to help the people.
The thirty-nine men who signed the Constitution had good reason for not wanting one person to be able to make law. They quoted Jeremiah 17:9 as the ultimate reason. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
Our Founders were students of history. They knew the abuses of kings, even those of King George who had many limitations with Parliament, but still managed to give us 27 reasons to declare our independence.
They knew the constitutional republic they created had flaws and would have difficulties. But they also knew that deliberation, debate, and citizen input were essential to freedom. Would that sometimes lead to gridlock? Yes. But much better to have gridlock than tyranny.
As Mark Levin so aptly explains in Ameritopia, the founders were heavily influenced on this subject by John Locke. Locke repudiated Thomas Hobbes’s notion of an omnipotent Sovereign, as well as the philosopher-kings in Plato’s Republic: “For he that thinks absolute power purifies men’s blood, and corrects the baseness of human nature, need read but the history of this, or any other age, to be convinced to the contrary.”
America’s founders did exactly that. They read, they were convinced, and they designed a nation where laws were made by the representatives of the people and never by one person. Hamilton expounds on the limitations of the president in the Federalist Papers, particularly #69.
Speaking of Federalist #69, Hamilton takes time there to over-emphasis the limited appointment power of the President and the importance of the Senate being able to approve those appointments. I do hope the Supreme Court considers this when deciding the case heard yesterday with regard to Obama’s blatant disregard for yet another Constitutional provision: recess appointments.
The intent of the founders was obvious. Congress only met for a few weeks a year, so when they were gone for months at a time and a vacancy occurred, the President could temporarily appoint a replacement to the open position. But even the liberal Supreme Court Justices scoffed at Obama’s “recess appointments” made when the Senate was not even in recess. Whether they have the courage to slap his hand remains to be seen.
I personally think he needs much more than a hand slap. How many violations of the Constitution will be allowed before he is slapped with Articles of Impeachment?
Congress took an oath to uphold the Constitution and sometimes that requires the removal of an official who is trampling the document before our very eyes. This president continues to violate his Article 2, Section 1 Oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He has reversed law, created law, ignored law, and abused his powers so many times that I have lost count. And now, today, he has once again promised to ignore the constitutional process and ignore the representatives of the people.
His remarks today reveal a stunning disdain for our Constitution and it is time for Congress to hold him responsible for both his words and his actions.
I realize the liberal Harry Reid Senate would never convict him on impeachment charges. But as long as Congress sanctions his actions through silence, we slide further and further down the road to the very tyranny we declared independence from nearly 237 years ago.
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