Defiant Obama plans to use his power on immigration and Keystone XL

By Allen West

Could it be that the United States of America is on the verge of a constitutional crisis? As reported by Politico, “President Barack Obama on Friday defended his plans to use executive power to bypass Congress, signaling that he’s determined to move on issues like immigration and climate change, especially when lawmakers have failed to act. “They have the ability to fix the system. What they don’t have is the ability to do is expect me to stand by with a broken system in perpetuity,” Obama said on immigration reform at a joint news conference here with Myanmar dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “It’s way overdue. We’ve been talking about it for 10 years now and it’s been consistently stalled.”

So why didn’t President Barack Hussein Obama take up the issue of immigration reform in his first term — especially the first two years when he held a supermajority in House and Senate? After all, he did push through Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

Obama stated, “I gave the House over a year to at least give a vote on the Senate bill. They failed to do so,” the president said. “I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if Congress failed to act, I would use all lawful authority that I possess … That’s going to happen. And that’s going to happen before the end of the year.”

It seems to me Obama is under the misconception that the legislative branch works for him. He fails to realize the U.S. House of Representatives is the “People’s House” and is elected by its constituents — not appointed by the president. As well, we have a Constitutional system of governance for this Republic based on the premise of coequal branches of government. It appears that Obama doesn’t grasp the concept …read more

 

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