In the America we know, there is a very delineated separation between Congress and the Executive. Congress is the lawmaking body. Should the Executive try or want to take up the power of making laws -the Executive would be engaging in an act of tyranny. In short, our Republic was founded on a strict separation of powers, essential to liberty.
James Madison points out in Federalist 47 that “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
So, if such strong checks and balances were and are necessary to resist the tyranny of men, then why are they not being employed?
Consider the following overreach by our current tyrannical Executive:
— DREAM ACT (acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) In May 2009, Democrats put it forward and before a vote was even held, Obama passes the Dream Act through Executive Order.
— “Cap and Trade” legislation was defeated in Congress, yet President Obama pushes his agenda into law through the EPA, an executive branch agency. [The House Rules Committee unveiled the latest version of the bill, which weighs in at 1,201 pages. It features new items such as $7.5 billion in "green bonds" for a new federal financing agency called the Clean Energy Deployment Administration, extra emission allowances for politically powerful rural electric cooperatives, greater flexibility for states that want to use free allowances for mass transit, and tweaks benefiting a range of companies, including algae-based biofuel producers and major petroleum refiners.]
— “Self-defense is an inalienable right…” However, on July 12, 2011, Obama issues Executive order restricting the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens in the southern border states of Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.
— Obama’s FCC decided last year to assume authority over the internet regulation despite a ruling by a federal appeals court explicitly denying the commission that authority. In contradiction to the court’s ruling FCC voted 3-2 in December to pass the first ever federal regulations on internet traffic.
— In another display of his tyrannic rule, Obama unilaterally decided to declare war on Libya. When Congress disagreed, he simply ignored them, their lawsuit, and the War Powers Act which is just a restatement of the separation of powers that already exists in the Constitution.
— More arbitrary measures, with far reaching, vast implications among our traveling population, from children to senior citizens. On January 28, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) head John Pistole announced that the Screening Partnership Program, which allows airports to privatize their security procedures, would no longer be available. TA’s decision is directly contrary to the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, which statutorily grants this ability for airports to privatize.
— Rather than push Congress to repeal federal laws against Marijuana, the Justice Department decided in 2009 that it would simply stop enforcing the federal laws. Proposals to legalize Marijuana at the federal level consistently fail, but that has not stopped the Obama administration.
— In blatant dismantlement of the marriage institution, as the Administration did not agree with the law, they simply ignored it. The Department of Justice has announced that they would no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.
— Congress removes the card check provision from the Employee Free Choice Act to maintain the rights of the people to choose not to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board moves to reduce the length of time for elections in order to limit employer’s ability to present their own case against unionization, having the effect of overriding Congress and limiting the people’s choice to not unionize.
— Obama Administration suggests that they could ignore Congressional authority and raise the Debt Ceiling unilaterally by reinterpreting the 14th Amendment. All indicates that now Mitch McConnell wishes to surrender the Constitution to the President, rather than protect it from *all* enemies within and without.
And, the list grows by the day, and Americans know that.
ROADMAP TO IMPEACHMENT
Congress must override any and all executive orders with adequate legislation.
Congress must procede to exercise Congressional oversight over those Executive agencies and defund them, as necessary.
With immediate effect Congress must begin the impeachment process.
It is up to Congress to end the current unconstitutional usurpation by the executive branch.
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