Executive Orders: A liberal constitutional scholar warns of the concentration of power not only in the hands of one branch of government but in a single man who ignores the Constitution and acts of Congress on a whim.
As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 1787, when a woman asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A republic, madam — if you can keep it.”
The Founders designed a system of checks and balances among three branches of government that was based on the consent of the governed. The power grab that is ObamaCare, nationalizing one-sixth of the economy, is just the latest example of an increasingly imperial presidency that ignores the Constitution, the will of Congress, the laws sworn to be faithfully executed and the will of the people who never wanted it in the first place.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, recently noted to Fox News’ Sean Hannity how President Obama “extended the employer mandate for a year, even though the law says ‘shall commence in each month after December of 2013.’ He extended the individual mandate, stretched that out and now the small-package plans. There’s at least three times that he’s violated the Constitution with ObamaCare.”
When confronted with his lies that under ObamaCare you could keep your plan and doctor if you like them, and millions were losing the coverage they liked, the president held a press conference where he decreed that insurance companies could violate the “law of the land” and reissue policies that did not contain Obama-Care’s 10 essential mandates, if only for a year.
From the comment line:
“But whether we can keep it under this president is becoming increasingly uncertain.”
If anything, that’s an understatement.
Here’s a guy who acts dictatorial–using the IRS for personal vendettas, has an Attorney General who ignores Congress, and goes around saying “We can’t wait” for the very legislative process he supposedly swore to uphold.
With a compliant media continuing to pave his way and smother opposing viewpoints, he would probably even ignore an impeachment.