By the Full Metal Patriot
So much for the Constitutionally-mandated limitations on the Executive Branch (skip ahead to about 2:05 in the video). Via Real Clear Politics: [emphasis added]
In an interview with KOAA-TV, a local news channel from Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Obama says if Congress is not willing to pass legislation he wants, he will do it himself in order to win another term. Read the transcript below.
Rob Quirk, KOAA-TV: "And one year from today we will know if this a one-term or two-term president. So, I asked the president what will it take from now until then to not only win Colorado again, but reelection as well."
President Obama: "Well, what we're going to have to do is continue to make progress on the economy over the next several months. And where Congress is not willing to act, we're going to go ahead and do it ourselves. But it would be nice if we could get a little bit of help from Capitol Hill."
According to the United States Constitution, the duty of the Executive Branch is to enforce the laws of the United States. He should "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," but he may not create whatever laws he wants just because he isn't getting his way. Congress holds the sole responsibility of making the laws of our nation, and they are empowered to hold the Executive Branch in check when necessary.
There are specific words that describe the kind of power-grab that President Obama is suggesting.
- a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in
a government without hereditary succession.
- a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat.
- any tyrant or oppressor.
- arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
- the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
- a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
~C. S. Lewis
~C. S. Lewis
Cross-posted at Full Metal Patriot