May 20, 2014 By Todd Cefaratti
What startles me most, perhaps, about the Obama Administration is not the way the president attempts to rule with an iron fist, bridled with the constraints of neither law nor order. Tyrants are nothing new to this world.
No, what startles me the most is the sheer brazenness of their defense of such tactics that remain at-odds with the fundamentals of our Republic.
Our nation, a nation of laws, cannot abide a president- any president- willfully disobeying the laws of the land and the directives of the people. Yet, with each swipe of his much-loved pen and with each scandal that emerges, the response emanating from the White House has been, “So what? We’ll do it again; just watch us!”
Case in point: Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, penned an obnoxious op-ed for The Huffington Post where he not only defended the wanton disregard for legislative authority, but defended it as a measure to protect Americans from the Republicans.
In his nauseating article, “How to Govern When Congress Would Rather Repeal and Re-investigate Than Legislate,” Pfeiffer discussed the need for economic improvement. After five-and-a-half years, it’s still incredible that we are discussing the need for drastic improvements to the economy, but alas, here we are.
“Given this dynamic, President Obama has only one option — use every ounce of his authority to unilaterally improve economic security. He is more than willing to work with congressional Republicans, but he is certainly not going to wait for them.”
That’s certainly kind of President Obama- he’s willing to work with congressional Republicans, but if they don’t hop to attention, he’ll just wave his magic pen and create laws, despite having zero authority to do so.
I’ll write that again- the president has zero authority to create laws. He has zero authority to decide which laws will or will not be enforced. He has a limited veto power to keep bills from becoming laws, but he has zero authority to create laws. As the executive, he has the responsibility of executing the laws passed by Congress. Pretending that the president has “only one option” in this instance is absurd and precisely the kind of logic that stems from a generation bereft of an emphasis on history and government being taught in schools.
“Around the White House we refer to this strategy as ‘the Pen and the Phone’ — the Pen is the use of executive orders, presidential memorandums, and other authorities; the Phone is the 21st century version of Teddy Roosevelt’s Bully Pulpit — using the power of the Oval Office and social media to get businesses, local communities, nonprofits, and ordinary citizens to take steps to improve the country.
President Obama is putting his pen and his phone to work, making measurable progress on the Opportunity Agenda laid out in the State of the Union. Since the start of 2014, he’s taken more than 20 executive actions — from launching high-tech manufacturing hubs to creating retirement programs that makes it easier to save — that will help create jobs, while broadening opportunity for millions of Americans. And there are more on the way. None by itself is a moonshot, but taken together these executive actions represent concrete, meaningful steps to help the middle class and everyone who wants to join it.”
What should scare the dickens out of each and every American is the ease with which the Obama Administration violates the oath of office. Not only is Obama dedicated to destroying our nation of laws, but he’s gleefully touting it as a success for Americans.