And finally there is an elected official doing something about it...
Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, has endorsed a resolution in the US House to allow for lawsuits to be filed over the President's dereliction of duties.
Citing the way the President cherry picks which and how he enforces laws ( anything from the waivers, deadlines, extensions, and fixes he has divined for Obamacare, his no longer enforcing the Defense of marriage act, immigration law, and so forth), Rep. Gowdy has some fairly strong words aimed towards the "Imperial President” while he self promoted his act of defiance on Fox News:
"Assume that a statute said you had to provide two forms of ID to vote. Can the president require three forms? Can the president require one form? Can you suspend all requirements? If not, why not? If you can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law?”
He went on to tell Fox News that the President's actions had reached “an unprecedented level, and we’ve got to do something about it.”
The resolution Gowdy was crowing all over the place about signing on to has been proposed by US Rep. Tom Rice (also a Republican from South Carolina), would allow for the House to sue the President and his administration over their frequent oversteps of the limits out on the Executive Branch by the Constitution.
A statement on the congressman's website, Rep. Rice states:
"Because of this disregard of our country’s checks and balances, many of you have asked me to bring legal action against the president. After carefully researching the standing the House of Representatives has and what action we can take, I have introduced a resolution to stop the president’s clear overreach."
It would seem like just more partisan politics taking place... A continuation of the soap opera being sold to the American people to distract from the true corruption and malfeasance that plagues our Nation'a capital.... But it isn't really...
Liberal bending law professor Jonathan Turley said as much when he appeared before a House Judiciary hearing when he made these statements:
Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte-"Professor Turley, the Constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act[s] of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?"
Turley-"Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power… Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration.
“There is two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress,” he said. “One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction."
(Or course, you could just watch the video… it works better…)
May you live in Interesting Times…
Fun times, huh…
The Halls of the Capital abuzz with whispers of "Impeachment" or some other such censure, as the political winds have changed for President Obama. His dwindling job approval and increasing tone-deafness over the failings of his landmark Health Care Bill have left him in a bit of a lurch; his devoted media seemingly powerless to dig him out of his current malaise.
But is there a real danger for the President during these turbulent times???
As the House currently sits, no.
While it does have a strong Tea Party bend,thew House Republicans are still by and large controlled by the more Establishment leaning members of the Party (particularly in the Leadership of the House), who would rather kick their mothers down a flight of stairs than to be the guys to try and bring charges against the historic first black president of abuses of power.
The cards are not stacked much worse for the President in the Senate, where they lack the political will to stand firm against Obamacare (an issue hindsight shows they were 100% right about through and through), let alone President Obama himself(there are a few notable exceptions.. roughly four, if I am doing my math right: Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz). So for now… so long as his popularity doesn’t drop below twenty five percent or he is found with a dead white girl or something… he should stay relatively fine.
His worry has to be focused on the 2014 elections, where- as it seems to be predicted on any poll of note- Republicans are expected to make some mighty gains; the failure of the Obamacare website and ever dwindling support for the President’s signature Bill, combined with a year of scandals topping the front pages almost every day, leaving the President’s party vulnerable. Those gains could see increases in those Tea Party ranks… their Libertarian constitutions strong enough to handle the ugly work of forcibly removing a tyrannical President from the trappings of imperial control.
But by then, with the House and the Senate under Republican control and the specter of a Republican Presidency coming out of 2016, the desire to expend the political capital on impeaching a lame duck President rendered impotent by his failures and shortcomings might not seem like the most prudent idea either.
Americans may not like dictators… but they sure as hell hate a bully.