The striking silence in the face of Obama’s announcement that he wouldn’t no longer deport Illegals under 30 years of age is no surprise. “There are enough laws on the books by congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with any appropriate role a president”. In truth American do support and believe in the law. The powers of government shouldn’t be separated and checked but rather “coordinated” and “synthesized” enabling government to “act with straightforward and unquestionable power…choosing its policies and making good its authority, like a single organism. “We shall remain a nation only by obeying leaders”.
Republicans would do well to highlight and condemn Obama lawlessness, which is largely unprecedented and threatens our constitutional order. Thomas Payne wrote” as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king: and there ought to be not other.” Obama unilaterally suspended for a year Obamacare employer mandate—its requirements that most business provide government sanctioned Health insurance.
Asked whether his successor could “pick and choose whether they’ll implement your law and keep it in place, “Obama offered an astonishing reply—“I don’t simply choose to delay this on my own. This was in consultation with businesses all across the country”. Apparently his has rewritten Article II of the constitution; henceforth the president shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed unless he and some businessman decide differently. The house proposed legislation later in July to delay Obamacare employer mandate by law, in the wake of his executive fiat, the white house called the legislation “unnecessary” and promised Obama would veto. If congress thinks that what I’ve done is inappropriate or wring in some fashion, they’re free to make that case—but ultimately I’m not concerned about their opinions—very few of them, by the way , are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers”.
He also unilaterally suspended the law’s income verification requirements for it s state-based exchanges, which means that massive quantities of taxpayer-funded subsidies will now follow out based on the honor system. The plain text of obamacare say such subsidies cannot flow through its federally run exchanges (only through) its state run ones), but Obama is ignoring this legal imitation and proceeding as if it didn’t exist. IT ALSO DOESN’T PROVIDE EXCHANGES SUBSIDIES FOR THOSE MAKING OVER $100,000 A YEAR—BUT Obama personally (and successfully) lobbied the Office of Personnel Management to rule, contrary to the legislative text, that such subsidies can now flow to a certain subset of those making six figures: those working in congress.
After seeking UN rather than congressional authorization to intervene in Libya, he overtly yielded the War Powers Act. Offering no pretense that the act is unconstitutional—he refused to obey the 60-day deadline for gaining congressional authorization for continued use of the armed forces.
“Experts say this is the first time an American president has defied the War Powers Resolution deadline for participation in combat operations without any concurrent steps by congress to fund or otherwise authorize the roles”.
Obama made 3 recess appointments (NLRB) while the senate was in session. A federal appellate court declared the appointments unconstitutional on the basis than recess appointments must be made during recesses. Carney said the decision “does not have any impact”. The illegally constituted NLRB has continued to issue ruling as if the court decision had never been rendered. Obama ignored the mid-1990 welfare reform law,, allowing states to strip the “work” out of workfare; has refused to enforce federal marijuana laws: has neglected in the wake of the revelation that his economic “stimulus” was costing taxpayers $278,000 job—to release timely reports in the manner that’s mandated by the text of the “stimulus legislation and has failed to meet more that half of the legal deadlines specified in Obamacare. Can “ a government of laws and not of men” work if the chief executive refuses to fulfill his constitutional duty to “take Care that the laws be faithfully executed?
Lincoln warned “his fellow countrymen to beware of leaders who might use lawless means to achieve their ends. The history of the world tells us that supporting and maintaining a constitutional edifice that has been erected by others will not satisfy certain men of ambition and talent’s as the seek the gratification of their ruling passion.”
Source—weekly standard, nyt, abc, Jeffrey anderson