A few days ago White House Press Secretary, the ever lovable lap dog of the President, Jay Carney predicted that the President would “bypass Congress” when necessary in 2014. In other words, instead of doing his job as part of the Executive branch he would reach across the checks and balances an unilaterally take control of the Legislative reins of power if the Congress would not give him what he wants. “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” the President said During a cabinet meeting on January 14th of this year.
If you read the comments of any of the other stories about the possibility of the removal of the checks and balances, the bypass of congress, and the unilateral action of the president you see glee coming from liberal posters. It is almost as if they are experiencing a time of schadenfreude over these actions that are clearly unconstitutional. They couldn’t be happier, as long as it is their elected leader violating the Constitution, it is a he knows best party blindness. Leave it to the libtards, because the president has a law degree and taught constitutional law he must know the limits of what he can and can’t do in regard to checks and balances and his ability to make and pass laws without the consent or advice of the Congress, and he will surely hold to those limits. But these libtards think that just because someone got a degree or supposedly taught something that they understand it to the very core. The exact opposite is true, the president does not understand how the Constitution functions.
Case in point: during the government shutdown last October, the President lectured Congress that “you don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job,” when talking about the continued funding of the government. But, Congress holds the power of the purse and Congress has chosen to impose a statutory debt ceiling on itself. If these are extreme or irresponsible ideas then they should be altered, not simply ignored. It’s a mistake to view the appropriations process as a rubber stamp on government spending. Rather, it is a vital part of our nation’s separation of powers. James Madison explained, in Federalist No. 58:
“This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”
And the President had no clear understanding of that whole exchange, rather he called out the Congress for doing it’s job and attempted, successfully mind you because none of the media are Constitutional scholars, to smear them as obstructionists to his grand ideas. But back to the President’s pen.
The pen is just his analogy for using power, meaning that in 2014 he is going to take off the gloves and rule by executive fiat where he wants to if Congress does not give him what he wants. This breach of Constitutional separation of powers should not be left unchallenged, but for the vast majority of Americans they think, it’s not a big deal, why should we worry about all that. Congress sees that apathy and rather than challenge the President over his trampling of the very fabric of our Country they think to themselves that it would be easier to allow it this once or twice, or on this topic but no further, and therein lies the problem.
Total power corrupts. In the Star Wars movie Emperor Palpatine covered his power grab with the speech, “In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society.” To which Princess Padme remarked, “So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause.”
That is our future if we do not hold the President accountable for his precedent setting actions. I am not saying that the President is going to declare himself a sovereign ruler and then execute all the jedi in America. Rather that his current actions, setting a precedent for the end around of Congress, ignoring the Constitution at will, and using the news agencies to pass the blame onto the other party he is weakening the structure of the government. At some point the government will be so weak that it will come to the point that we slide back into a dictatorship.
Just like the quote, attributed to either Alex de Tocqueville or Alexander Fraser Tytler:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
Except in this case we’re being written there at the end of a ball point pen.