Well, it is time for yet another Executive Action Un-Constitutional Power Grab by President Barack “Seriously – I Am A Constitutional Scholar – NOT” Obama. That would be Obama’s Gun Control action he is taken to skirt the Legislative Branch of the Government, the very one that said NO to exactly what Obama intends to do today.
Specifically, this is what Obama has in mind, as The Hill reports:
[…] Obama on Tuesday will issue executive actions intended to curb gun violence by expanding background checks on people buying firearms online or at gun shows.
The effort, which comes a week before the president’s final State of the Union address, underlines the Democratic Party’s decision to champion an issue it believes will be a winner in November.
“In years past, Democrats have been a little shy about this issue, but I’ve noticed a fairly significant change in tone and tenor in the last couple of months,” said Jim Manley, a former adviser to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.). “This kind of action is going to be aggressively supported by most, if not all, Democrats.”
The NRA and Republicans argue Obama is overstepping his authority with the new actions, however.
“This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a Monday statement.
GOP candidates for the White House vowed to undo Obama’s actions. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Here’s the thing. Even if you think what Obama wants to do is the right thing in terms of gun violence, though none of these would have prevented ANY of the mass shootings we have had in this country during his tenure, he is subverting the Constitution. Moreover, he is putting the Executive Branch above the legislative Branch. They are CO-EQUAL branches of government, and the Congress has already made their decision on this. That it wasn’t what Obama and the Democrats may have wanted does not mean he gets to do an end-run around Congress. That is NOT how our system works.
Though one good bit of news is that Obama’s State of the Union Address next week is his LAST one. Thank heavens.
The end-run around Congress seems to be the legacy Obama is leaving. David Harsanyi of the Federalist has a great post on this very issue today. He makes the following point in The Federalist:
[…] Perhaps no post-World War II president (and maybe none before) has justified his executive overreach by openly contending he was working around the law-making branch of government because it has refused to do what he desired. Whether a court finds his actions constitutional or not, it’s an argument that stands, at the very least, against the spirit American governance. Today, many liberals call this “leadership.”
The most likely result of his new gun push will be that hundreds of thousands of Americans who understandably fear the mission creep of government will end up buying a whole bunch of guns (Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. stocks rose against the dipping market on Monday). The flow of donations to Second Amendment advocacy groups will almost certainly rise, and gun violence — which has fallen considerably over the past 20 years of gun ownership expansion — will not be addressed.
But more consequentially — and this may be the most destructive legacy of the Obama presidency — is the mainstreaming of the idea that if Congress “fails to act” it’s okay for the president to figure out a way to make law himself. Hillary’s already applauded Obama’s actions because, as she put it, “Congress won’t act; we have to do something.” This idea is repeated perpetually by the Left, in effect arguing that we live in direct democracy run by the president (until a Republican is in office, of course). On immigration, on global warming, on Iran, on whatever crusade liberals are on, the president has a moral obligation to act if Congress doesn’t do what he wants.
Perhaps Obama’s most destructive legacy is the mainstreaming of the idea that if Congress ‘fails to act’ it’s okay for the president to make law himself.
To believe this, you’d have to accept two things: 1) That Congress has a responsibility to pass laws on the issues that the president desires or else they would be abdicating their responsibility, and 2) That Congress has not already acted. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That is exactly what I have been saying for some time now. Obama is making it commonplace, even acceptable, certainly to Democrats, to completely subvert the will of the people through their elected Representatives. He has done this time and again, and on this issue, he is going after the Second Amendment. It is appalling that so many are okay with Obama acting outside the Constitution of the United States, yet that is where we are now.
Meanwhile, as all of this is going on and capturing the news, you may not know that Gen. David Petraeus is set to testify before the Benghazi Committee in private this week. As the campaign goes into full gear, we have this hearing, and the “13 Hours” movie coming out on January 15th, which reflect directly upon the Obama and Clinton legacies. Sharyl Attkisson has more:
[…] Not long after Petraeus butted heads with other Obama officials over Benghazi, his alleged affair with a journalist and biographer suddenly surfaced. The FBI had long been aware of the relationship and had investigated it — but set it aside — months prior. Only after the Benghazi attacks, as Petraeus’s loyalty to the administration falls into question, does the affair become revealed and everything turns sour for the spy chief and he resigns. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Gee, shocking. Not. What Attkisson highlighted in her book, Stonewalled, was the disagreement between Gen. Petraeus and the BS excuses about Benghazi (that was me paraphrasing Attkisson). You can read the pertinent part HERE.
Petraeus is not the only one appearing before the Committee this week. Charlene Lamb, the one who debunked the Democrats’ claim Benghazi was all the result of Republican budget cuts, will also be testifying.
Should be interesting to see what comes out from these hearings. Obama’s putting himself all over the news with his (illegal) Executive Action is no doubt timely, not just for his SOTU Address, but for what the Committee will learn about Benghazi.
Never mind what is going on between our ally, Saudi Arabia, and Obama’s latest foreign policy fiasco, Iran. Some legacy Obama is leaving, huh?
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