How Obama’s ‘Pen and Phone Strategy’ Breaks the Constitution

How Obama’s ‘Pen and Phone Strategy’ Breaks the Constitution

2014 is going to be a ‘YEAR OF ACTION’, a year of…executive action? Hey, what happened to the rest of our government? Obama’s “pen and phone strategy” isn’t going over well with those who are paying attention. There’s a reason why our government was founded on a system of checks and balances. Bypassing Congress to do as he pleases is not a part of that process.

‘Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.’

As many in the audience began clapping, Obama interrupted them. “Wait, wait, wait,” he said. “Before everybody starts clapping, that’s not how it works. We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no short-cut to politics, and there’s no short-cut to democracy.” (Washington Post)

“There’s no short-cut to democracy,” is what he said in November, but he’s certainly saying something else now. Yes, President, you have a pen, a phone, and a Constitution, House Speaker Boehner reminded Obama.

“I think there’s a certain amount of arrogance to the president saying, ‘Hey, I’m in charge here. I’m going to do what I want. I’ve got a pen, I’ve got a phone,'” Paul said [last] Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

Paul continues saying that there’s a danger to a president that believes in majority rule that says ”I’m the majority, I can do whatever I want and that there are no rules that restrain me.”

“I think that even on his side, even on the Democrats’ side, there’s a certain feeling that it’s a bit arrogant and a bit of a bully that comes over and says ‘I don’t care about Congress,’” Paul told ‘On the Record’. “I wish there were more on the other side then we could have a bipartisan uprising that says Congress is going to take its power back. We’re going to take our power. We’ve given too much up to the President. … If this were a Republican President, I’d be saying the exact same thing. Congress needs to assert its authority.”

Now while our presidents have been issuing executive orders since the founding of our country:

“These orders must be specifically linked to his executive authority and must not contradict a statute passed by Congress,” wrote Ron Christie on The Daily Beast. “…There is a difference between the president offering up his legislative wish list to the Congress, which he will do in his State of the Union address on January 28, versus taking unilateral action that Mr. Obama judges to be necessary and expedient. Perhaps the president thinks we don’t pay attention to his words and deeds—how else can one explain Obama’s seemingly contradicting himself on the limits of his executive power just months ago?”

Richard Thompson, chief of the Thomas More Law Center said, “some of Obama’s orders appear to be flagrantly unconstitutional, but because it’s a presidential order, it is followed unless some individual or group challenges it and wins. …There may be material that is unconstitutional, but the issue is what are you going to do about it?” (WND)

So when the President steps outside the legal boundaries of his role, who is suppose to step up? Congress.

Paul has spoken before about restoring the power to declare wars to Congress, but it might have to go further than that.

So is Obama’s “pen and phone strategy” a not-so-subtle-threat to get Congress moving or just an upfront way of saying ‘I’m the President, I can do whatever the hell I want’? You tell us. Bring the discussion to our Facebook or below, but most importantly, share this article with other people, and let people know what they may be missing.

 

(Photo courtesy of rowdyman, via Flickr Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

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