I know it sounds shocking… except that President Obama has been vowing action or taking action like this virtually every day of his second term. The new understanding of the U.S. Federal Government is that, when Congress doesn’t do what the President wants, then it is only right for the President to do it himself on the basis of his own (usurped) authority.
Thus, Fox News, reports,
President Obama vowed Monday to bypass Congress and pursue unilateral changes to the country’s immigration system, defying House Republicans who say his executive actions are part of the problem.
The president, speaking in the Rose Garden, said he is forced to go it alone because the House has failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul. He said Speaker John Boehner informed him last week the House will not vote on an immigration bill this year.
“America cannot wait forever for them to act,” Obama said. He said he’s launching a new effort to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress.”
The president’s announcement is sure to infuriate congressional Republicans. Obama is pushing for new executive actions in defiance of Boehner’s vow last week to pursue a lawsuit against the president over alleged executive overreach. Even before Monday’s announcement, Boehner and his colleagues alleged that the president has gone too far in making changes without Congress to immigration policy, the Affordable Care Act, environmental regulations and other issues.
This new push would go further still.
The most basic point to remember is this: Congress did act. When Congress decided not to vote on “comprehensives immigration reform” they decided that current laws should stay in place. Simply by refusing to enforce them, even apart from his executive orders, President Barack Obama is betraying the office of the Presidency.
The second thing to remember of course, is that Americans can easily “wait forever for them to act” because only a tiny minority of them even care about immigration at all. Claiming that, “America cannot wait forever,” for Congress to act is a preposterous lie. They don’t care! Obama’s claim that he is responding to the will of the people is a total pretense.