Obama’s arrogance knows no limits.
Our Founding Fathers devised a system wherein governmental power is separated into three branches. The main purpose of the separation of powers is to have the three branches check and balance each other, so that the people’s liberties are safe-guarded by having government not be monolithic and thus, tyrannical.
Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government — the main law-making body. The executive branch — comprised of the presidency and bureaucracies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security — is tasked with administering and carrying out (execute) laws and policies. Congress can pass whatever laws it deems fit, but if the executive branch does not implement those laws, the latter effectively are moot.
And that’s exactly what the creature who’s variously called Barry Soetoro, Stephen Dunham, and Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., is doing.
Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, writes in The Daily Caller, Jan. 5, 2012:
“Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.
Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012 designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its $30.7 billion taxpayer funds to ‘advocate or promote gun control.’ However, upon signing the bill into law, President Obama issued a caveat of his own:
I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.
In other words: ‘Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.’
Of course, the Constitution doesn’t actually give the president this power, but Obama won’t allow a little thing like the U.S. Constitution get in his way. And in the present case, Congress is right to try to prevent him from using a federal health agency, not to mention our tax dollars, as a weapon in his ongoing war against the Second Amendment. As The Washington Times reports, NIH has wasted over $5 million since 2002 producing deceptive studies aimed at furthering gun control — including one study that tried ‘to prove that a home without firearms was essential to a child’s safety and well-being.’
Even more importantly, Congress knows that there is no scheme too radical, or dangerous, for the Obama administration when it comes to using federal agencies to push its anti-gun agenda.
Last month, email exchanges surfaced between employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) that show the administration helped illegally transfer guns to violent Mexican drug cartels in order to manufacture a case for gun registration. Now gun dealers in four Southwest border states must abide by a new gun registration requirement, courtesy of BATFE, that forces them to register the sales of any law-abiding American who purchases more than one semi-automatic rifle within five business days.
Congress never passed any law like this. Rather, Obama’s BATFE orchestrated the deadly ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking scandal to give cause for its unconstitutional gun-control edict.”
The Left complained about the “Imperial Presidency” beginning in the Nixon administration and, most recently, about George W. Bush. Now that the president is a Democrat, we no longer hear about the Imperial Presidency. For them, political party and ideology trump the Constitution. That is otherwise called tribalism.