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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Obama Grabs Power; Congress Sleeps

Only two weeks after Franklin D. Roosevelt became President in 1933, he signed an executive order banning the possession of gold. But his staff quickly reminded him that only Congress is authorized to pass criminal laws. FDR realized his error and made a beeline to get Congress to act.

Our current president, Barack Obama, has not been so respectful. In a scathing commentary in the Washington Times, former Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized Obama for grabbing power from Congress AND Congress for failing to react. Obama has modified his Obamacare law 29 times, adjusting deadlines, revising the meaning of terms, and changing the list of those to whom the law applies. Obama bombed Libya even though Congress did not declare war. Under the supposed authority of secret laws he wrote himself, Obama used drones to kill Americans. Agencies under Obama admit freely that they spy on other branches of government whenever they please, as well as spying on the American people.

Judge Napolitano argues that if Ronald Reagan had bypassed Congress to lower taxes, there would have been a huge outrage. Or what if Clinton had increased taxes without action by Congress? The Constitution is clear: "ALL legislative powers" are delegated to Congress. So why has Congress been silent as Obama grabs Congress’s power? Some Senators and Representatives have spoken up, but the majority leaders in the House and Senate refuse to consider legislation. That is not acceptable.

The Constitution is crystal clear; for the safety of the nation, power should be divided among the three branches of government. A president who tries to be king, lawmaker and judge is a president who must be confronted. Edmond Burke was right: "the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

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