The United States was born when rebellious colonists declared their independence from an imperial ruler who had vastly overstepped his bounds. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States,” they wrote in their Declaration of Independence.
Today’s presidency lacks the regal air of George III. But imperialism is back, in a big way.
Last week, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum instructing U.S. immigration officials to use their “prosecutorial discretion” to create a policy scheme contrary to existing law, designed to implement legislation that Congress hasn’t passed.
The President himself has admitted he doesn’t have the authority to do this. “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works,” he told Hispanic activists last year. “That’s not how our democracy functions.”
We can now see before us a persistent pattern of disregard for the powers of the legislative branch in favor of administrative decision-making without—and often in spite of—congressional action. This violates the spirit—and potentially the letter—of the Constitution’s separation of the legislative and executive powers of Congress and the President...
Likewise, the Administration has often simply refused to enforce laws duly enacted by Congress:
- Even though the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected the President’s cap-and-trade plan, his Environmental Protection Agency classified carbon dioxide, the compound that sustains vegetative life, as a pollutant so that it could regulate it under the Clean Air Act.
- After the Employee Free Choice Act—designed to bolster labor unions’ dwindling membership rolls—was defeated by Congress, the National Labor Relations Board announced a rule that would implement “snap elections” for union representation, limiting employers’ abilities to make their case to workers and virtually guaranteeing a higher rate of unionization at the expense of workplace democracy.
- After an Internet regulation proposal failed to make it through Congress, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would regulate the Web anyway, even despite a federal court’s ruling that it had no authority to do so.
- Although Congress consistently has barred the Department of Education from getting involved in curriculum matters, the Administration has offered waivers for the No Child Left Behind law in exchange for states adopting national education standards, all without congressional authorization.
On Tuesday, the President invoked executive privilege to avoid handing over some 1,300 documents in an ongoing Congressional investigation. The Supreme Court has held that executive privilege cannot be invoked to shield wrongdoing.
- Since it objects to existing federal immigration laws, the Administration has decided to apply those laws selectively and actively prevent the state (like Arizona) from enforcing those laws themselves.
- Rather than push Congress to repeal federal laws against marijuana use, the Department of Justice (DOJ) simply decided it would no longer enforce those laws.
- DOJ also has announced that it would stop enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act or defending it from legal challenge rather than seeking legislative recourse.
And, as Mark Levin pointed out last night, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi proposed that Barack Obama abrogate the Constitution yet again:
At every level, this argument is specious and dishonest: "the public debt" described in the 14th Amendment refers to the f***ing debt that's already been issued.
Nancy Pelosi Calls for Constitutional Abrogation of the Debt CeilingHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged President Barack Obama to avoid a new debt-ceiling showdown by stating that a statutory borrowing limit is inconsistent with Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which states that "the validity of the public debt of the United States ... shall not be questioned."
Of course, every serious legal analysis holds that Congress and only Congress can raise the debt ceiling.
Democrats took an oath to uphold the Constitution. It turns out that they lied under oath.
They despise the Constitution and the Declaration. The modern, hard-left, sixties-retread Democrat Party would have excommunicated a war-mongering, tax-cutter like John F. Kennedy. That's right. They would have Joe Liebermaned JFK.
My friends, it's time. It's time to declare political war on the Democrat Party. It's time to obliterate the Democrat Party at the ballot box. In November, you need to marshal everyone you know to vote the straight Republican ticket.
And after we turn the Democrat Party into the modern version of the Whigs, next up on our agenda will be the RINOs.
The Jeb Bush-Colin Powell wing of the Republican Party, nearly as addicted to power and big government as the Democrats, need to be replaced with Constitutional Conservatives.
Because the Constitution is our only hope of resuscitating this country. And November is coming.