Mark J. Fitzgibbons
October 26, 2011
President Obama’s proclamation on Monday that he “can’t wait” for congressional action to help underwater homeowners raises two questions.
If he already had the legal authority to take action, then why did he wait?
Some may frame the second question this way: does Obama’s plan exceed his constitutional authority? Perhaps the better way to ask the second question is whether the Obama plan is unlawful.
Either way, I can’t wait for Congress to conduct some oversight hearings before the plan kicks in. This isn’t just a figurative slap in the face to both Congress and the rule of law; this is a kick in the groin.
Ignoring the Constitution is so liberating for Mr. Obama that he intends to do it on a “regular basis.” The subtitle to Emily Miller’s piece at The Washington Times following the announcement of Obama’s “can’t wait” plan is “President unveils lawless scheme to bypass Congress with executive orders.”
The term “lawless” is sometimes used in common parlance the same way we use “unlawful,” but its real meaning is “not subject to, or controlled by, the law.”
If we were to deem the president’s actions as not subject to, nor controlled by, the law, then we are partly to blame. If we fail to even recognize government lawbreaking when and where it occurs, we get what we deserve.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 3:04 am