Tyranny by executive order

Congress is being unfairly mischaracterized as being “partisan” because of its refusal to rubber-stamp the presidential wish list. The facts clearly demonstrate that the president’s agenda lacks both popular support and, more importantly, constitutional authorization.

The president’s limited role is clearly enumerated in the Constitution. His authority is delegated to him only conditionally based on his solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” and to “take care that the laws of the US are faithfully executed.” The president has done neither.

Foremost, the president has neither mandate nor authority to “fundamentally transform the US.” He is sworn to “preserve, protect, and defend” it.

He has no authority to pick and choose the laws (or parts thereof) he will enforce: Not regarding arms sales (Fast & Furious), Immigration (delayed enforcement), voter rights (Philly New Black Panther Poll Intimidation), bankruptcy (GM & Chrysler), healthcare insurance (exemptions only for his supporters) or regulatory administration (EPA, IRS, NSA).

He had no authority to circumvent Congress in: Deploying military resources to the Central African Republic, Uganda, South Sudan, Congo, Libya, Egypt, Syria, etc.; making cabinet level appointments when Congress is not in recess; mandating that individuals purchase health care insurance; or in suborning the Constitution — specifically the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments by advocating policies in direct opposition to the protections provided by them.

These are egregious usurpations of authorities not only never delegated to the president, but specifically denied to the president by the Constitution. These are not “partisan” issues, but direct, unmitigated assaults on the fundamental structure of government and balance of powers defined by our Constitution. These are violations that every state and federal legislative, executive and judicial officer, every member of the military, and every police officer is sworn to protect against.

As we listen to the president threaten to circumvent Congress to implement his personal agenda by executive order, know that he does so in explicit violation of constitutional limitations of his authority and that doing so is tyranny that cannot be tolerated in our Constitutional Republic.

Frank D. Banta

Newnan



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