Unlike pre-Boomer Congresses, who took Richard Nixon to SCOTUS for Separation of Powers and the violation of checks & balances when he refused to spend money Congress had appropriated, thereby jealously guarding their legislative prerogative, this Congress seems absolutely compliant whenever Obama ignores them and governs by decree.
Pop quiz: Which has more backbone, invertebrates or the GOP Establishment running the House?
Where once we had books written by major authors on the Imperial Presidency, now we hear not a peep from Congress when the president implements as law something Congress had explicitly rejected: The DREAM Act.
This, of course, has nothing to do with immigration. The issue is the Rule of Law. We don’t elect kings here in America – well, we haven’t before. We have a Constitution through which was created a three-branch system of government that has worked pretty well for over 225 years.
It’s exactly the issue as in the non-contraception contraception debate. Obama telling the Catholic Church that they must offer something specifically against their belief, is a violation of the Rule of Law as described in our Founding Document, the Constitution that Obama swore to uphold and defend; contraception has nothing to do with it.
His implementing DREAM through Executive Order is a violation of the Separation of Powers in that same Consitution.
Which begs the question, why didn’t Congress have a lawsuit on the desk of SCOTUS this morning?
I faxed to Speaker Boehner the following this morning, copying my Representative. Feel free to do the same.
18 JUN 2012
The Honorable Mr. Boehner
Speaker of the House
Via FAX: 202-225-5117
Dear Mr. Speaker:
In the olden days Congress used SCOTUS to ensure its primacy in legislative issues, jealously guarding its legislative power and the Constitution’s separation of powers & checks and balances. As you are aware, Congress sued RM Nixon to stop his legislative overreach. And Congress won.
So when Obama flat-out usurps the power and authority of the legislative branch by implementing what is essentially the DREAM Act, which Congress rejected, I expected a Separation of Powers, Checks & Balance lawsuit on the desk of SCOTUS this morning.
You have not done this because…?
Do you think Congress should be THE Legislative Branch of government, or are you going to continue ceding legislative power to the Executive?
Do you agree with the Executive that he ought to be able to do whatever he wants even if the Representatives of the People have rejected the policy, regardless of our form of government?
What are you planning on doing about this? Anything? Anything at all?
18 YEARS after again gaining the majority for the first time in generations, and now continually in contention for majority party status after generations in the minority, why does the GOP continue to behave as the Minority party and allow the Dems to behave as the Majority Party?
John – you work for the American People to protect and defend the Constitution. If you’re not up to the job, please give the Speakership to someone who is.