Are there still Democrats who believe in the United States constitution?
Or are there only Democrats who obediently march with Barack Obama as he ignores it?
I am sure that a good many Democrats are appalled by the actions of this President, who tells us “I have a pen and a phone” to communicate that he is the law, and “We can\’t wait” when he really means “I want”.
But when do we hear their voices?
This is not Gaza, or rural Pakistan, or what is left of Libya. No one is going to kill a Democrat in the street for his/her political apostasy. In fact, some people – even some other Democrats – might actually be pleased when their fellow party members hold their heads up high and act out of conviction instead of blind partisanship.
Last week the Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision that President Obama acted unconstitutionally by making three “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), even though the Senate was not in recess. It turned out that this was the 12th such unanimous ruling that President Obama acted unconstitutionally in just the last two years: an average of one every two months.
And remember: the Supreme Court only rules on issues which come before it. I have no doubt at all that, if other actions of Mr. Obama\’s had been heard, the number would be far higher.
You would think that being shot down so many times might chasten the President, maybe cause him to think twice before pretending that he is a King, a Dictator, not the head of one co-equal branch of government but above all others.
Well, it didn\’t. Not this President. Not with his ego.
So yesterday, on the heels of the NLRB ruling, President Obama told us that – this time, regarding immigration – he would engage in:
“anew effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on myown, without congress”
“IfCongress will not do their job, at least we can do ours”.
What this means – as it did all those other times – is that President Obama does not like the way the legislative branch is operating, so he is going to pretend it doesn\’t exist.
And what do his fellow Democrats think about this? Well, here is what Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) had to say:
“Idon\’t know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope thatSpeaker Boehner will speak up today. And if he does not,the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve theproblems of immigration.”
Borrow the power? Can someone pull out their copy of the constitution and show me the part where it talks about a President borrowing power?
What do you figure Senator Durbin would have said if the Republican-majority house of representatives announced it did not like the fact that President Obama did little or nothing to secure our borders, so it decided to “borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration”?
Do you doubt that there would be immediate howls of condemnations. Accusations that the House of Representatives was acting as a vigilante group by scrapping the constitution and taking the law into its own hands?
The only explanation that could even come close to justifying such an action by the President might be that there was a huge groundswell of support for his immigration policies/the people were clamoring for him to implement them, so he was compelled to do so.
But that is not at all the case; in fact, the exact opposite is true: according to Gallup\’s latest poll – released less than two weeks ago – just 31% of the country approves of the way President Obama is handling immigration, compared to 65% disapproving. (UPDATE: an even newer study shows that 59% of the country believes the Obama administration\’s policies are causing the immigration crisis). So the argument that public opinion is solidly on Mr. Obama\’s side does not exist.
And, truth be told, even if those numbers were reversed and a big majority supported the President, that still would not mean he has any right to ignore the constitution and just do as he pleases.
We know that the vast majority of Republicans have lined up against Mr. Obama on immigration. It can be argued that they are doing so on principle…but it also can be seen as political partisanship – i.e. Republicans just lining up against a Democrat President, as they would on almost any issue.
So let me end this blog as I began it. Where are the constitutional Democrats?
Where are the Democrats who respect the constitution of the United States more than they pay homage to, and/or fear political repercussions from, Barack Obama?
You have to be out there. And don\’t doubt that there are a lot of you.
So stop sitting silently by. Stop pretending this constitutional crisis does not exist.
Do the honorable thing and speak out. Demonstrate your allegiance to the constitution – the one you swore to uphold when you took office. Give yourself the right to hold your head up high.
You won\’t regret it.