We have grown used to the fiery speeches and powerful rhetoric that flow from South Carolina’s firebrand Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Even so, there are times when the former District Attorney speaks that we find ourselves holding our collective breath in anticipation of what he’ll say next. The man is exactly the kind of politician other politicians fear (even when they’re on his side) because he can change everything with the power of a few simple words.
Rep. Gowdy gave us another example of his ability when he rose to speak about the dangers of executive overreach and the sad state of the legislature. He moved the Democrats to jeer and his fellow Republicans to cheer. It was the best speech of 2015, and though it’s early, it may still be when 2016 rolls around.
Do yourself a favor and listen to his short speech.
Here’s what Rep. Gowdy said in a press release on his congressional website.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today voted for H.R. 240, legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop President Obama’s overreaching executive action on immigration.
“Extra-constitutional acts, regardless of motive, warrant the full breadth of constitutional response. Otherwise, there is a precedent for the executive branch to ignore the process and acquire by fiat what the legislative branch rejects,” Gowdy said. “The fact that previous administrations may have also acted in an extra-constitutional way does not mitigate the act. Rather, the legislative branch should collectively reassert the equilibrium upon which this country was founded and defended.
“As Senator, Obama railed against executive overreach. As President, he asserted more than 20 times that he lacked the legal standing to do what he did. His position may have changed, but the text of the constitution has not. In this country, the end does not justify the means. Process matters. As a prosecutor, I saw confessions thrown out of court on technical violations. When a President fails to follow the constitutional process, the remedy should be just as certain.”
Amen, Congressman Gowdy. Amen.
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