What or who exactly will stop President Obama in his second term if he ignores the Constitution?
What if he just decides to stop enforcing laws, as he decided to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts? Or if he interprets them in such as way as to not enforce them, as he did when he granted states a way out of the work requirements under the Welfare Reform Act? Or if he writes his own law, as he did when Congress failed to pass the Dream Act.
Does Congress call out the armed forces? Well, Congress can’t call out the armed forces.
Does the Supreme Court send its Praetorian Guard marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to force Obama to act in a Constitutional manner?
No, only the president has a Praetorian Guard. The Supreme Court has clerks.
The White House actually has in place – public, for all to see – an entire initiative devoted to circumventing Congress. It’s the “We Can’t Wait” agenda, which amounts to Obamaites in the West Wing and the agencies scurrying to find loopholes that, in the opinion of the White House, allow the administration to do things Congress would normally do.
In its impatience for “progress,” the White House forgets that, evil as it thinks the Republican House of Representatives is, it was elected by the people. Overwhelmingly.
This is the beginning of the logical conclusion that leftists around the world have reached at various points in history: That their agenda is so important – and so self-evidently, ineluctably correct – that legal niceties must logically be put aside so the people can experience their magnificent beneficence.
Writing today in National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru does a superb job bringing together the various ways in which Obama has dismissed the Constitution as an inconvenience to be ignored.
“The rule of law is on the ballot,” warns the headline. Take a look, but have a shot of bourbon first.