White House Boasts of Obama Power Grabs as Congress Funds Them

By:  Alex Newman
03/12/2014
       
White House Boasts of Obama Power Grabs as Congress Funds Them

As lawmakers complained about Obama's usurpation of congressional power, the White House was releasing a video again boasting of the president’s rule by decree.

As Americans recoiled in horror while U.S. lawmakers sheepishly complained and supposedly worked to rein in the Obama administration’s increasingly outrageous usurpation of Congress’ constitutional legislative authority, the White House was releasing a video again boasting of the president’s ongoing unconstitutional plots to bypass the legislature and rule by decree. Even some of the staunchest Obama apparatchiks have expressed alarm over the growing lawlessness and the accelerating destruction of the separation of powers. Lawmakers, though, despite being openly mocked, are essentially doing nothing to stop it.

Under heavy pressure, members of Congress have responded to the lawless “executive action” abuses with harsh words and multiple bills — all of which will almost certainly be vetoed by Obama should they make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate. Despite the rhetoric and complaining, however, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has refused to use the one constitutional and pragmatic tool at its disposal to stop the usurpation: Cutting off all funding for it. Instead, perhaps under the impression that voters do not know any better, Republicans continue to fund Obama’s anti-constitutional antics.

Faced with a Congress that will no longer fully cooperate with his radical agenda — at least not openly, where constituents might find out — Obama has increasingly turned to imposing his will on America by fiat and decree. Indeed, in recent years, the administration has bypassed Congress on everything from gun control, education, and war to “global warming” and immigration. Rather than proceed quietly, however, this year, Obama is brazenly trumpeting his plans to keep behaving more like a Third World dictator than a U.S. President sworn to uphold the Constitution and faithfully execute the laws.     

On January 14, for example, Obama announced that he was “not just going to be waiting for a legislation [sic]” to impose his unconstitutional agenda to “fundamentally transform” America. Instead, in remarks about making 2014 a “year of action,” Obama declared that his administration would expand its rule-by-decree machinations through the use of even more anti-constitutional “executive orders” and “executive actions.” “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward,” he claimed.

The “pen and phone” remark prompted an immediate, nationwide outcry. Obama responded by doubling down, dispatching legions of aides, spokespersons, and minions to emphasize that the president was deadly serious about imposing his will on America without Congress. “If Congress doesn’t act, the president will,” White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer threatened in late January. White House spokesman Jay Carney made similar threats during a separate TV interview, saying Obama planned “to bypass Congress where necessary.”

Then, Obama stood before Congress and the American people during his State of the Union speech and once again threatened to trample the Constitution and ignore lawmakers — mocking them to their face. Outlining a vision for what essentially amounts to dictatorial fascism, properly defined, Obama boldly told Congress that he would use “executive actions” to impose his will regardless of what they thought. In a bizarre twist, lawmakers — presumably mostly Democrats — stood up and clapped after the president threatened to make them virtually irrelevant if they did not promptly submit to his extreme and unconstitutional demands.

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