Apparently, we crazy right-wingers, aren’t so crazy anymore. For months (maybe years) we’ve been warning of our fellow citizens that President Obama has been talking (and acting) a lot more like King Obama. We’ve also been arguing that this type of behavior from a President is no bueno… but our moderate friends just called us “kooks” and our liberal friends just said “George W. Bush did it first…”
It seems however, after careful consideration and time to think upon our arguments, the rest of you are starting to notice the trend towards monarchy that seems to reside within our White House.
We would argue that the President has acted as king in many different ways and in dealing with many different issues – from the scandalous behavior of his administration, to his decisions not to enforce our laws, particularly on immigration reform and amnesty.
Hans van Spakovsky at the Daily Signal handles the liberal argument that Obama is simply doing what others have done before. (It’s just not true.)
In short, while Reagan and Bush worked closely with Congress to implement the comprehensive legislation that Congress had passed (in the case of Reagan) or would pass shortly thereafter (in the case of Bush), Obama is bypassing Congress entirely. He is unconstitutionally revising existing law and, without Congressional approval, imposing new ones that have been explicitly rejected by Congress time and time again, thereby setting himself up as a kingmaker (or king) on immigration policy.
By doing so, the president is establishing a dangerous precedent that violates fundamental principles of separation of powers that serve as a bulwark to protect our liberties and that established a government of laws and not of men.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is also getting in on the act by laying out the argument against Obama for those squishy moderates who think calling him out on his overreach is unfair.
The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for illegal immigrants unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.
Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the President threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally…
Thankfully, the framers of our Constitution, wary of the dangers of monarchy, gave the Congress tools to rein in abuses of power. They believed if the President wants to change the law, he cannot act alone; he must work with Congress.
He may not get everything he wants, but the Constitution requires compromise between the branches.
A monarch, however, does not compromise. As Alexander Hamilton explains in Federalist 69, a monarch decrees, dictates, and rules through fiat power, which is what President Obama is attempting.
When the President embraces the tactics of a monarch, it becomes incumbent on Congress to wield the constitutional power it has to stop it.
Congress, representing the voice of the People, should use every tool available to prevent the President from subverting the rule of law.
When the President usurps the legislative power and defies the limits of his authority, it becomes all the more imperative for Congress to act. And Congress should use those powers given to it by the Constitution to counter a lawless executive branch—or it will lose its authority.
You can read the rest of Senator Cruz’s stinging op-ed here…
However, the most stinging critique of President Obama’s current course on amnesty comes from the most unlikely of sources – Jon Stewart and President Obama himself.
In a recent episode of Stewart’s Comedy Central show The Daily Show, he reminded the President that he is not the “Emperor of the United States” but the President. Stewart said that “all it took was one bad midterm election” for President Obama to go from saying he wasn’t Emperor to acting like he was!
However, Stewart isn’t the only liberal who thinks that President Obama is walking down the wrong path.
President Obama circa 2013 also thinks that what President Obama 2014 edition is doing is … WRONG.
Maybe one of you dear readers can invent a time machine, go back and get President Obama from sometime in the past 5-6 years, and bring him to the present to remind the current President Obama that what he is doing is unconstitutional? That would be swell.
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