The Imperial Obama Presidency: No More Checks and Balances

An Excellent Spirit is, like most Americans, a believer in the wisdom of America’s Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. That is why we have increasingly been critical of the President when he and his administration ride roughshod over constitutional restraints and govern as if the constitution does not exist when it suits them. For a review of our posts, go here

The chief feature of our Constitution is what is known as Separation of Powers or checks and balances. The US Constitution Online site has this: “The American constitutional system includes a notion known as the Separation of Powers. In this system, several branches of government are created and power is shared between them. At the same time, the powers of one branch can be challenged by another branch. This is what the system of checks and balances is all about. There are three branches in the United States government as established by the Constitution. First, the Legislative branch makes the law. Second, the Executive branch executes the law. Last, the Judicial branch interprets the law. Each branch has an effect on the other. 

The Heritage Foundation’s “Ask Heritage” has this story entitled “How is Obama Blatantly Disregarding the Law?” The story asks some questions that Americans will get a chance to answer on November 6th. “The Obama Administration hasn’t needed Congress to enact new regulations on the Internet, businesses, energy production, and religious institutions. It has used its power to give struggling labor unions a new edge. It has granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. This blatant disregard for the law—and unilateral creation of new laws—is documented in a detailed new report from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Based on investigations in committees of the House of Representatives, the report lays out more than 40 examples of the Administration’s going around Congress to make its own “laws,” ignoring existing laws, circumventing the regulatory process, making its own “law” by waiving existing laws, creating “super agencies,” and setting up federal programs that were not authorized by Congress.” To read the whole thing, click on the story, above.

Heritage continues, “Matthew Spalding, Vice President for American Studies and Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation, wrote about the imperial presidency in June: We can now see before us a persistent pattern of disregard for the powers of the legislative branch in favor of administrative decision-making without—and often in spite of—congressional action. This violates the spirit—and potentially the letter—of the Constitution’s separation of the legislative and executive powers of Congress and the President. It wasn’t long after Spalding wrote these words that The Wall Street Journal expressed a similar concern: “When Congress won’t do what he wants, he ignores it and acts anyway.” That same month, Obama’s Health and Human Services Department gutted the work requirements out of welfare reform.

An Excellent Spirit has also looked at House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) comprehensive report. We linked to it above. Entitled “The Imperial Presidency”, this report, while lengthy, should be read by all Americans before you vote! Cantor has done “us” a great service by listing a detailed account of the four years of Presidential damage to our Constitution. Without giving details, the report tackles subjects like “Ignoring Advise & Consent”, “Recess” Appointments, Creating “Laws” Outside of the Congressional Process, Ignoring the Plain Letter of the Law & Failing to Faithfully Execute the Law, Government By Waiver, Creating New “Super” Agencies and others. We link to it again here.

America has a huge decision to make on November 6th. An Excellent Spirit knows that most Americans do not have the time to research and know all the ramifications of the decision we will be making. That is why we exist. An Excellent Spirit will continue to bring Americans what they must see and know before “we” vote. It is only by knowing the truth that America will remain free! God bless America! On November 6th, let “us” take America back! To God!