It is one thing for many of the more conservative oriented web sites and groups to call for the impeachment of Mr. Obama. It is quite another when a widely read establishment type of magazine such as Forbes allows an editorial calling for the same thing.
I agree wholeheartedly that the current occupant of the White House picks and chooses which laws/ parts of laws he intends to enforce or to ignore. That does not fall within the prerogative of the executive branch which is charged with faithfully executing the laws of the land. After all, that is why the Founders established an EXECUTIVE BRANCH of the government separate from the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. The latter MAKES THE LAWS; the former ENFORCES the LAWS.
I find it most disconcerting that more members of Congress are not appalled by this lawlessness and are not jealously attempting to guard their Constitutionally-given power. The Congress is a CO-EQUAL BRANCH of the US government. It needs to start acting like it is.
Sadly, too many are more loyal to their political party rather than to that Constitution that they all took AN OATH TO DEFEND.
Keep in mind that any impeachment process basically works this way - the House of Representatives brings the charges. If voted on and agreed to by a majority, the "trial" then goes to the Senate where the actual guilt or innocence of the President is determined. Sadly for the nation, even if the House were to bring charges, party loyalty would trump Constitutional fealty and the case would die in the Senate graveyard.
Perhaps even more disconcerting for the nation is that so much of the electorate today is too dumbed-down to even understand the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances that our Founders, in their wisdom, bequeathed to us as our legacy of liberty.
Obama's Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic
By M. Northrop Buechner
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, he has changed it five times. Most notably, he suspended the employer mandate last summer. This is widely known, but almost no one seems to have grasped its significance.
The Constitution authorizes the President to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional. This means that he does not accept some of the limitations that the Constitution places on his actions. We cannot know at this point what limitations, if any, he does accept.
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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