Obama Abuse of Separation of Powers
Soon after Republicans took over the House of Representatives, the rogue Obama began his assault on the separation of powers delineated in the US Constitution.
In February 2011, Obama directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, against constitutional challenges. Previously, the administration had urged lawmakers to repeal it, but had defended their right to enact it.
In the following months, the administration increased efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions through environmental regulations, gave states waivers from federal mandates if they agreed to education overhauls, and refocused deportation policy in a way that in effect granted relief to some illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Each step substituted for a faltered legislative proposal.
But those moves were isolated and cut against the administration’s broader political messaging strategy at the time: that Mr. Obama was trying to reach across the aisle to get things done. A flimsy excuse to usurp enumerated legislative power.
However, when negotiations over the Budget Control Act broke down, Obama shifted into high gear of flaunting the Constitution.
He proposed a jobs package and gave speeches urging lawmakers to “pass this bill” — knowing they would not.
Next was the unilateral pronouncement of the easing of terms on student loans despite the executive’s lack of power to do so.
Then in January after Mr. Obama bypassed the Senate confirmation process to install four officials using his recess appointment powers, even though House Republicans had been forcing the Senate to hold “pro forma” sessions through its winter break to block such appointments. The imperious one declared the sessions a sham, saying the Senate was really in the midst of a lengthy recess. “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer,” Obama declared, beneath a “We Can’t Wait” banner.
The unilateralist strategy has brought the following severe actions from the Republicans – NOTHING!!!
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media***
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