President Obama, even while facing major Federal Court decisions saying that he is acting illegally in certain acts without Congressional consent, continues to use Executive Orders to govern the nation. However, Federal Courts are saying that the President in several of these orders is acting outside of the realm of his authority.One flaggerant example of course, was the release of several major, high security terrorists who were directly involved in the planning and implementation of the 911 attacks. The use of the IRS for political purposes is another example of illegality where the President allegedly had the IRS go after Conservative Tea Party groups and questioned their non-profit status.
All too often the presidents scope of authority is clearly spelled out in both Law and the Constitution. There is good reason for Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Government and the separation thereof. The Executive has narrow authority to act only in time of an attack on the US, and even then while implementing defensive measures, out right declaration of war has to be supported by Congress. It is argued that the President can not just declare law. The Legislative, the US House of Representatives and The US Senate, are composed of elected bodies of the people from each state. The President might send a bill, it is debated in both Houses and then jointly, and a law is passed and returned to the president for signature. He can pass it, meaning sign the Bill into law, Veto the Bill, say No to the Bill, or perform a pocket Veto, effectively not responding to the Bill at all. However, in most cases, the President can not act independently of the process. The Supreme Court interprets the Law. They can say the law is Constitutional or that it is not Constitutional. And on it goes for Students of Government.
Our problem here though is that both the House and Senate refuse to work together. They will not compromise. and as a result the simplest of legislation never makes it to committee in either House. Meanwhile, the House has refused to compromise at all with the President.
End result: Stalemate.
So here we sit. Conservative Republicans refusing to do anything in the form of legislation while this President is in office. Meanwhile, the Senate, Democrat controlled, has made it clear that they will not address any legislation proposed by House Republicans.
So you have the Dem’s Left of the Border. You have Republicans Right of the Boarder, and enter the Tea Party Extreme right, and saying they are ready to act, ready to perform, ready to do whats good for the country, and considering the way things are in both the Congress and the White House have a pretty good chance of creating a real juggernaut because they would effectively be able to block both parties. I might add that the latest polls show them gain ground rapidly.
So, with a President who thinks he has the authority to run an Imperial Presidency, and House that refuses to consider legislation from the president, and a Senate refusing to work with the House, a stalemate exists, and The Tea Party is about to move in and really screw things up, because their idea of reform is wiping out all and any Government Aide, knocking off Social security, Medicaid, Medicare, and any other Social programs, Using radical legislation to resolve the Budget crisis and think that they alone can solve the economic woes of The United States.
So, from Imperial Presidency….We go to an Imperial Congress…….and well, we are right back where we started from. Did I miss something somewhere?
Have a great day…………….