Think about it. The president convened a Cabinet meeting to instruct the executive branch to do everything it can think of to subvert the Constitution and contravene the intentions of the Founders by end running Congress like a political tailback on steroids.
Here’s what he said before he threw the press out:
So one of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans — the belief that everybody has got to take responsibility, everybody has got to work hard, but if you do, that you can support a family and meet the kinds of obligations that you have to yourself and your family but also to your communities and to your nation.
All the tools available to us? The president isn’t supposed to have such tools. That’s what the Constitution was all about – checking the power of a potential monarch.
I looked back through the Constitution and reread Article II, which describes the executive branch. Here, in toto, are the president’s significant powers:
- Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it
- The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States
- He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for
- He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
AND THAT’S IT. Otherwise he’s supposed to be twiddling his thumbs.
But not Obama.
In order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans, he said.
What mission? Americans don’t UNITE behind a mission in support of their president. That’s for Bolsheviks. We are a republic designed to safeguard the rights and views of individuals and minorities WHO DON’T WANT TO COME ALONG ON SOMEONE’S MISSION.
Obama’s viewpoint is distinctly opposite to this. It’s majoritarian, saying, I’ve been elected and so I will rule, never mind the inconvenience of the people’s other elected representatives and their views.
The president laid out his approach for the rest of his second term, which will involve ignoring Congress and the Constitution as much as possible:
But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.
I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible and making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.
And I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life — non-profits, businesses, the private sector, universities — to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme: making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it.
He’s got a pen and he’s got a phone. He’s gonna use ‘em. And who’s going to do anything about it? Nobody.
H/T to Mark Levin, who spoke about this on his radio show last night.