It’s Not What He Did, But How He Did It

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Most of you are opposed to what Barack Obama did, but if you step back for a minute you will see it is not what he did, but how he did it.

What Obama did is unpopular with a majority of Americans, but he is right that what he did has bipartisan approval in Congress. Nonetheless, the House of Representatives chose not to act in the same what Senate Democrats refused to let the Keystone XL Pipeline out of debate for a vote on passage. The Constitution allows both Houses of Congress to set their own rules and the House followed its rules.

So it is not what Barack Obama did, but how he did it. He had no power to do it. Congress, under Article 1, sets the rules for immigration and naturalization. Those rules require certain things happen. Barack Obama, as President under Article 2 of the Constitution, is required to faithfully execute the law. He is, in effect, telling several million people that it does not matter that they ignored the parameters the Congress set.

He cannot do that.

Barack Obama swore an oath that he “will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

He has violated that oath. He has exceeded the authority of the Presidential powers in the Constitution.

That, therefore, requires Congress to act to restrain him and put him back within the proper boundaries. They have two options at their disposal. They could impeach him, which won’t happen. They do not have the votes and it would be a nuclear option when one is not needed.

The other option is the power of the purse. They can restrain him. But instead, Congress has decided it will fund the government, including the Executive Branch, and then come back in January and try to undo the funding they’re going to do after Thanksgiving. They are, in effect, going to fund Barack Obama’s overreach, then do a publicity stunt of a vote claiming they’re going to try to undo it.

Congress too is sworn to protect and defend the Constitution. According to Article 6 of the Constitution, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both …read more    

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