First things . . . Richard Falknor on 07 Jan 2014 12:49 pm
The second session of the 113th Congress has begun in earnest.
The Senate (and national) Democratic leadership are pitching the supposed problem of income inequality.
The House GOP leadership wants to appear fiscally prudent, yet they are unlikely to confront the Administration effectively over the debt ceiling. They are now hurrying “an omnibus bill with 12 appropriations bills rolled up in one massive piece of legislation” — a sure recipe for reckless lawmaking, crony capitalism, and bloat.
Worse, these Republican sachems are cobbling together an amnesty scheme behind the scenes.
Yesterday analyst Daniel Horowitz warned—
“Immediately following the budget battle, we began to see news reports about Speaker Boehner promising a push for amnesty after the primaries are settled. We saw Rep. Eric Cantor hold up the Dream Act as a paradigm of positive conservative legislation. We watched in shock as John Boehner suddenly hired one of the key staffers involved in writing the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill to be his top policy advisor on immigration. And we saw Rep. Paul Ryan, a rabid supporter of open borders, forge a budget deal for an extra year, clearing the schedule to focus on immigration over the next two years.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
But who among the Beltway GOP leaders are pushing back against presidential lawlessness?
Of course, we don’t expect the American Left to be much concerned with constitutional niceties.
Andrew McCarthy reminds us—
“Before he took office, Obama boldly promised supporters that he would “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” That is just what he is doing. There is fraud in the uber-presidency, but no mystery: Most of Obama’s unconstitutional usurpations are happening in broad daylight. He brags that his ‘waivers’ — i.e., his unilateral amending, repealing, or non-enforcement — of statutory provisions show him to be far-seeing and pragmatic, not lawless. That, of course, is the standard dictatorial self-image.”(Highlighting Forum’s)
Neither, however, is the Beltway GOP in the “liberty business” — some of their members, and their friends across the partisan aisle, are in the business of making redolent deals as Peter Schweizer spelled out in his book Extortion.
“As a practical matter, fundamental transformation cannot occur without high crimes and misdemeanors being committed against the constitutional order that is being transformed. That’s the whole point.
So, as one would expect, President Obama is intentionally and sweepingly violating his oath of office. He is not faithfully executing federal law — he picks, chooses, ‘waives,’ and generally makes up law as he goes along. He has willfully and materially misled the American people — his Obamacare and Benghazi lies being only the most notorious examples. He has been woefully derelict in his duty to protect and defend Americans overseas. His administration trumped up a shameful prosecution (under the guise of a ‘supervised release violation’) against a filmmaker in order to bolster the ‘Benghazi massacre was caused by an anti-Muslim video’ charade. His administration has used the federal bureaucracy to usurp Congress’s legislative powers and to punish political enemies. Obama has presumed to make recess appointments when Congress was not in recess. His administration intentionally allowed firearms to be transferred to Mexican drug cartels, predictably resulting in numerous violent crimes, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent. His administration — and, in particular, the Justice Department — has routinely stonewalled lawmakers and frustrated their capacity to perform agency oversight, to the point that the attorney general has been held in contempt of Congress. The Obama Justice Department, moreover, has filed vexatious lawsuits against sovereign states over their attempts to vindicate their constitutional authorities (and, indeed, to enforce federal immigration laws), while the Justice Department itself adheres to racially discriminatory enforcement policies in violation of the Constitution and federal civil-rights laws.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Many readers have doubtless seen, moreover, that very recently “11 Attorneys General claim White House ObamaCare changes are illegal.”
Twentieth-century history tells us that lawlessness — unless promptly challenged — can be a fast-moving process.
Again and again, power-seeking public figures quickly overreach when their initial lawbreaking is ignored.
Such figures see failure to push back quickly against their first abuses as weakness on the part of those voices who are expected to speak out for lawful order.
This perception inflames power-seeking appetites — leading in the U.S. to likely political miscalculation and, worse, possible serious unrest.
At what point in the president’s “transformation” of our constitutional order will the Beltway GOP and the House and Senate GOP leadership take a serious and effective public stand against this president ignoring the rule of law?
Without the outrage of the conservative grass roots pushing these Republican figures to man up, it might soon be too late.