Last Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the President’s Constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws, as laid out in the US Constitution in Article II, Section 3. The speakers for the hearing were, Michael Cannon, a director for health policy affairs at the Cato Institute and Jonathon Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. Together, they blasted the President’s execution of Obamacare, or, more accurately, his failure to execute. They pointed out that, after passage of the law, Obama has on numerous occasions, changed the details of the law. From collecting taxes that were not authorized to choosing to delay taxes that were authorized, he has picked which parts of the law to enforce, while disregarding other parts and failing to enforce others.
The aforementioned Article II, Section 3 of the US Constitution, lays out the duties of the President of the United States, one of which is “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”. This was the subject of the hearing Tuesday and, together, Cannon and Turley dismantled the handling of the laws by Obama and made it abundantly clear the Framers of the Constitution would not approve of the piecemeal attention given the law by the President. As egregious as the abuse is in this regard, I believe Obama has gone way beyond this charge in his attempt to grab powers from the other branches of government.
In the last five years under Obama, He has intimidated the Justices of the Supreme Court, gone around the Houses of Congress and consolidated central power not in the government, but in the Executive branch. His EPA, has passed regulations without Congressional approval. Those regulations have laid waste to companies, levied fines and destroyed employment across massive swathes of the country. They have killed the coal industry, causing concern among the electric companies. The last large lead smelter will close in the next week or two due to regulations, amounting to back-door gun control. His Border Guards are ordered not to enforce laws regarding illegal aliens (yes, I said it) entering our country and they dictate which, if any, violators get deported.
Then, there are the multitude of executive orders given. Under Obamacare, one of the provisions was that doctors were not required to ask certain question of patients. One of those questions was whether or not there were guns in the house. Last year, Obama penned an executive order that it was okay for doctors to ask the question, under penalty of Medicare money. Another order okays questions of sexual orientations and behaviors. There are orders for government grabs of food, crops and water in the event of a national emergency. The President decides when to declare a national emergency. There are guidelines and executive orders for when martial law can be declared, with more orders giving even more power to the President. Evidently, the National Defense Authorization Act of a few years ago didn’t go far enough.
There are many websites that someone could visit with many conspiracy theories, from FEMA Camps to be used for detention of American citizens opposed to big government to others.The problem is that a lot of those theories are rooted in the possible abuse by a government bent on control. As I look at our history, it occurs to me that many of the things that are going on in the government are the same things that Thomas Jefferson laid out as grievances against the King of England in the Declaration of Independence.