An unthinkably intelligent GOP response to Obama’s 2015 SOTU would be succinct and based directly on the Constitution, as follows:
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER & MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL:
The leadership of the body that makes American law would like to thank the head of the branch that executes American law for coming here tonight to provide his views and recommendations.
When the – superior – governments of the Several States, via the ratification of the Constitution, created the – inferior – federal government by granting it specific, enumerated powers, the States granted all legislative – lawmaking – power to the Legislative Branch in the very first sentence of that Constitution through which the States created the federal government.
The head of the Executive Branch – the second Branch created under the Constitution, as they founded a government based on Law and representation, not on the whim of one man – was granted by the States, specific domestic authority.
- “shall recommend [to the Legislative Branch] such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient”
- may convene and adjourn both houses
- “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed”
- “shall commission all officers of the United States.”
That’s it. That is the entirety of the domestic authority of the president of the United States.
We will take his recommendations under advisement, acting on them when and how we, the elected lawmaking Representatives of the People, see fit.
When the president says he’ll “act if Congress won’t,” Americans should understand that he lacks any legal authority to do so, and his actions are not law. The president has no authority to make law, to re-make law, or to ignore law. The domestic authority of the president is to enforce the law we make. Period.
As the Branch of the federal government charged with making law, Congress has the Constitutional duty not to fund actions that run counter to the law we make as the elected lawmakers of the People who govern this great nation.
So we won’t.
Regarding Mr. Obama’s Executive Orders and memoranda that run counter to the expressed will of the Representatives of the People of the United States, we will not be funding them. This is not a monarchy, the president does not make law, nor have any authority to dictate law.
The president has his opinion. Congress makes law.
Should the president, in a fit of pique, or to make various emotional, punitive and bullying responses to not getting his way, decide to use the powers of the Executive Branch to shut down portions of his Branch, doing so is within his authority. We don’t think the People who self-govern this great nation think shutting-down open-air parks like the Mall is a mark of maturity in a leader, but he is, after all, in charge of one Branch of our government Of the People, By the People and For the People.
But he does not make law. Mr Obama, as a former part-time lecturer of Constitutional law, knows this.
The People have spoken – historically – in the recent mid-term elections. By – historically – removing from any lawmaking leadership position the party of the president, the People have spoken loudly regarding the direction of our nation. The People have re-affirmed their desire not to follow the policy direction this Executive would like to follow.
So we won’t.
The president can work with us, he can make recommendations, per the Constitution, of measures he feels are necessary. He can accept the will of the self-governing People who actually run this nation. He can practice the “bipartisanship” called for by the People and the Media. It is up to him.
We – and the Constitution, and the self-governing People of America – expect that he “shall take care that the laws” passed by the lawmakers “be faithfully executed.”
Good night, and may God bless America and the Rule of Law.
Now – will the GOP respond in this way? Of course not. Why not? Two reasons.
- The GOP has never recovered from being the minority party for over forty years. They have not demanded majority status when given it by the voters (ceding half the chairmanships in the Senate when the Senate was split 50-50 (107th Congress, 2001-2003) but the tie-breaking VP was Republican). They have not – ever – forced the minority party to act as the minority party, nor have they forced the majority the People have given them. They continually allow Democrats to set the agenda. (This is part of the reason the GOP is called “The Stupid Party.”)
More importantly, however,
- The GOP does not want to remove the imperial presidency. The GOP does not want to reduce the office of the presidency to its Constitutional role. The GOP does not want to force the presidency back into its Constitutional role of enforcement alone. No, the GOP has no problem with the imperium Obama has created; they just want to rule that imperium themselves. This is why, even with leading Liberal, Obama-voting scholars of Law such as Professor Jonathan Turley, testifying to Congress, “I don’t think there’s much debate” that Obama broke the law, and that the danger Obama presents to our Constitutional system “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 his lawlessness is anathema to the Rule of Law, that he has usurped for himself powers that not even King George III had at the time of the American Revolution, power usurpation that caused the Glorious Revolution in England (1688-9), powers no Western head of government has had since the Magna Carta (1215)… that no attempt whatsoever has been made to impeach Obama for his serial violations of the Constitution, for his lawlessness in office, for his serial lies to We the People for whom he works, for hiding from the people malfeasance by his officers in IRS v. Tea Party, in Benghazi, and in his DHS enabling of illegal gun transfers.
THIS is why no amount of money to the GOP, no numbers of GOP Representatives elected, will change anything. Both parties want to rule. Both parties will fight for money and votes in order to rule. Not to govern – to rule. Neither party has any intention of returning the presidency to its role under the Rule of Law, nor to the – limited – powers granted to it by the States under the Constitution. The lack of impeachment proceedings speaks volumes. Three – and only three – methods exist to return Law and Liberty to Americans:
- Wholesale turnout of both ruling parties, voting-in Libertarian politicians who actually – gasp – put the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the nation first
- Article V convention and adoption of the Liberty Amendments – at a minimum – to bring the federal government back under control and to preserve liberty, to preserve America, for future generations.
- Secession by States whose voters demand the Rule of Law. These States are those who believe in the future enough to populate it, so actually care what happens in the future. All Democrat (Blue) states have negative fertility – they don’t care about the future enough to populate it, so why would they spend and govern to preserve America for that future? (This is why Blue States vote as they do.) The logical way forward for Red States – and Red counties within Blue States, is secession. Many States, among them NY, included the right to secede as part of their ratification vote and papers; denying secession is denying the ratification of the Constitution, as ratification by several States was based on the right to secede.
If you value America, Freedom, Liberty, the Rule of Law… and the future, Obama must be stopped, the presidency must be reined-in, the Ruling parties MUST be thrown out of power, and the Constitution – the Rule of Law – must be upheld. Doing what we’ve always done – voting into power GOP or Dem – will get us what we’ve always gotten: Less Freedom, Fewer Liberties, More Corruption. Doing what we’ve always done and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. We would be insane to elect any establishment Democrat or Republican and actually think anything will change. … are we insane?