It’s become a familiar refrain — if Congress doesn’t do what he wants, the president will act on his own. And he’s not shy about it. During Saturday’s weekly address, Barack Obama once again told Americans that he will act unilaterally, bypassing Congress if lawmakers do not legislate the way he wants.
“Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class,” he said. “This year alone, they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance.”
But not to fear, as Obama has adopted a legislative approach of his own, The Blaze said: “My way or the highway.” In short, the president is becoming something of a one-man government, doing what he pleases when he pleases.
“This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top, and rigged against the middle class,” the president said. “And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own.”
On Friday, the White House Twitter account gave a preview of Obama’s statement, quoting the president in a tweet: “We can’t afford to wait for Congress…and that’s why I’m going ahead without them when I can.”
The message was met with sharp criticism, with most reminding the president of something called the Constitution.
“I’m pretty sure this defeats the purpose of checks and balances,” one person said.
“Which is, of course, unconstitutional, but, yeah whatever,” another person added.
“‘Constitutional scholar’ unanimously knocked down twelve times by SCOTUS doesn’t know how the Constitution works,” tweeted “Shane Styles.”
Recently, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced his intent to sue Obama over his executive actions, saying the president has overstepped his authority.
“The Constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws; in my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” Boehner said. “And when there’s conflicts like this between the legislative branch and the administrative branch it’s, in my view, our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve.”
“If the current president can selectively enforce, change or create laws as he chooses with impunity, without the involvement of the legislative branch, his successors will be able to do the same,” Boehner said in a memo issued Wednesday. “This shifts the balance of power decisively and dangerously in favor of the presidency, giving the president king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators.”
Predictably, the so-called “mainstream media” rushed to Obama’s defense. Newsweek, for example, dismissed Boehner’s concerns, using the excuse that Obama has issued fewer executive orders than other presidents, ignoring the nature of Obama’s executive actions which do not always involve the use of executive orders.
Recently, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Obama’s “recess” appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional as they were not made while the Senate was in recess.
Even if Boehner is successful in his lawsuit, there is no reason to believe Obama will obey a court order. As we reported in 2011, the administration was found in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order lifting a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
In February, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Congress has only one clear Constitutional option — impeachment. The only roadblock, he added, is the lack of courage exhibited by members of Congress. While the House has the power, and quite probably the votes, to impeach, a Senate ruled by Harry Reid and occupied by squishy Republicans will never vote to remove him from office.
Moreover, Judge Napolitano said, there is a “sort of a cult around him in the Democratic Party that he’s ‘our guy’ and he can do whatever he wants.”
Video of Obama’s comments can be seen above.