Defiant Obama plans to use his power on immigration and Keystone XL

Could it be that the United States of America is on the verge of a constitutional crisis? As reported by Politico, “President Barack Obama on Friday defended his plans to use executive power to bypass Congress, signaling that he’s determined to move on issues like immigration and climate change, especially when lawmakers have failed to act. “They have the ability to fix the system. What they don’t have is the ability to do is expect me to stand by with a broken system in perpetuity,” Obama said on immigration reform at a joint news conference here with Myanmar dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “It’s way overdue. We’ve been talking about it for 10 years now and it’s been consistently stalled.”

So why didn’t President Barack Hussein Obama take up the issue of immigration reform in his first term — especially the first two years when he held a supermajority in House and Senate? After all, he did push through Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

Obama stated, “I gave the House over a year to at least give a vote on the Senate bill. They failed to do so,” the president said. “I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if Congress failed to act, I would use all lawful authority that I possess … That’s going to happen. And that’s going to happen before the end of the year.”

It seems to me Obama is under the misconception that the legislative branch works for him. He fails to realize the U.S. House of Representatives is the “People’s House” and is elected by its constituents — not appointed by the president. As well, we have a Constitutional system of governance for this Republic based on the premise of coequal branches of government. It appears that Obama doesn’t grasp the concept of governing, but instead thinks only of ruling — dictating by edict and proclamation.

In the case of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly and will be taken up in the Senate next week, Obama has already stated he will veto unless Keystone XL meets his climate change criteria.

Obama clearly displayed his dismissal of Keystone XL stating, “I have to constantly push back against the idea that Keystone is either a massive jobs bill for the U.S. or is somehow lowering gas prices. Understand what the project is, it will provide the ability for Canada to pump their oil and send it through their land down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else,” the president said.

Does President Obama believe everything has to be accommodating to his whims and approval — or else? Obama’s stance on immigration reform isn’t a battle between him and the GOP. It’s a battle pitting him against the American people — and there will be ramifications.

Obama is placing his political agenda above that of the American people and our rule of law. This does not end well. First of all, his decision will be a millstone about the neck of the next Democrat nominee for president in 2016. And it will be an anchor about the ankle of every Democrat running for office in 2016. It will cause a rift in support of Hispanics for the Democrats. The Hispanic community is not monolithic and there are those who actually believe in the rule of law and the rights of those who have come here as legal immigrants.

Obama cannot enact policy by his pen and phone — that is simply unconstitutional. And this comes on the heels of the president’s climate change agreement with China that forces restrictions on America with nothing imposed on China. And of course Obama attempted to take some moral high ground — which resembles quick sand — “I have been very clear I have a responsibility as president not just to the current generation but to future generations,” the president declared. “I took seriously the notion that we want all countries to participate in solving a global problem so I engaged with China over a lengthy set of negotiations and by all independent accounts for the first time we got China to make a very serious commitment to constrain its greenhouse gas emissions. Why would anybody be against that? It sounds like the right thing to do to me.”

President Obama doesn’t get to unilaterally decide what is the right thing to do for America — or what is best. Just like the countless amendments to Obamacare issued by Obama by his will – that’s not how our system works, or should work.

Ronald Reagan worked with House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Bill Clinton worked with GOP House and Senate majorities and claims credit for a constitutional conservative legislative agenda that resulted in a balanced budget, budget surplus, and a reduction in the size and scope of government. It was Bill Clinton who pivoted away from “Hillarycare” and stated, “the era of big government is over.” Perhaps Obama should learn that lesson, especially after the 2014 midterm election drubbing.

Obama seems to believe he’s still popular and can implement his will. He has demonstrated his disregard for the American electorate saying he heard the voices of the two-thirds of the American people who did not vote – as if their non-votes count. He seems to believe this is all a big game, a fight, that he truly feels he can win.

I recommend the president review the Constitution and take to heart the enumerated powers of the Congress — and his own, which are comparatively very little. Executive orders are to be used in cases of emergency — not to advance one’s own political ideology and agenda. Presidents — leaders — govern by policy. Dictators rule by the imposition of their will via edicts and manipulating the electorate by politics.

Fortunately, the Obama administration bag of tricks is becoming more transparent and being rejected by more and more Americans.

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Fthenewworldorder
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What is next? I think it is time for We The People to use our Constitutional right to defend America.

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I agree with you, enough is enough. This man has done more illegal things then anyone else, but we let him get away with it, and now he feels he can do anything and get away with it. He should have had someone look into these matters, but no they wont. Makes me so mad.

Earl Lee
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The won’t because they CAN’T!!!

usaok59
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There is no such word as “can’t”. They could, but it would be difficult, not impossible.

Earl Lee
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you don’t get it….they CAN’T do anything because the president is doing what he is ALLOWED to do as president….they know this!!!

usaok59
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What part of illegal don’t you get? He is a PART of the government, not THE government. That’s why we have three branches of government, and not an emperor.

Earl Lee
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Ugh…I swear u people are simple!!!! You have to know that if the man were to do what he isn’t allowed to do REPUBLICANS would jump all over it! The problem is REPUBLICANS has convinced the SIMPLE minded people that they are all over the man but as you can see its ALL talk

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Tread7
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Throw the Bum out of the WH ASAP !

Kimber
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Clueless Bastard!

GeoInSD
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Obama doesn’t give a s**t about the Constitution or Congress. He won’t stop acting like a dictator until Congress gets the courage and give him a B slap.

Pogo
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Outrage after outrage, and this individual is still spitting in our faces from what he seems to regard as “his throne.” He needs to go by whatever means necessary, the sooner the better.

Alupara
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Obama made his speech in Myanmar? Is that not part of Indonesia and a Muslim country?

Rafael X
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Looks like geography is as challenging as civics around here.

Andy Martin
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The leftard diverts from the point yet once again.

Rafael X
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Lighten up!

Andy Martin
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Get bent.

Alupara
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Lol. Oh well. So I’m not a map reader.

Rafael X
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LOL

Rmic
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It is the country or better put communist tyranny next to Thailand that was formerly called Burma

Paul Sheridan
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It is neither.

Alupara
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Lol. Correct!

Sarg
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Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of your country!!
You can aid it by writing,phoning,or faxing your congress person and let them
know what you expect them to do.
Most of them want to here from you.
If they aren’t doing what you feel is right let them know about it.
If they are doing what you feel is right let them know you approve.
These people work for us so lets demand they do a good job.

Paul in NH
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Getting rid of this BN (barn ni88er) would be the best thing to happen for America in a long time…

Earl Lee
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Odd that you use this term on a so called BLACK MANS blog! But…you are the exact type of person allen (rob these loons blind) west exploits!

Andy Martin
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Obama is half white yet he’s called a black man by race hustlers who wanted sooooooooooooooooo desperately to have a 100% black in the WH.

Earl Lee
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allen (rob these loons blind) west is half white?? Get outta here!

Andy Martin
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Are you okay lefturd? One more time…..’Obama is half white yet he’s called a black man by race hustlers who wanted sooooooooooooooooo desperately to have a 100% black in the WH.’

Philanthropussy
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Why does Obama have to prove anything to you about his color? It’s he says he’s black, than he is. Your argument is a cheap attempt to discredit the man. Do you know how many black people in this great country have white DNA? If they lighter then a Nigerian school child, white DNA was forced a pon them. All that’s plenty of Amer blacks.

batlcrewzer
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Does this mean Teabaggers hate hicks and rednecks too, Earl? (haha)

loran
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We know the old adage: If a lie is told often enough, it will be soon become the truth. So it is with Obama. There is nothing wrong with the immigration laws we have on the books. It’s just not in favor of the Progressives and their agenda, so they must change the strategy and get the nation to believe that there is something wrong with the laws. These leftists are so determined to realize enough voters to stay in power forever that they will do anything to further their cause. Remember, you get what you pay for, so be… Read more »
Rafael X
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Welcome to civics 101. Lesson 1. Obama is still the President.

usaok59
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Right O. President, not king!!

Andy Martin
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Yes! And his arrogance and tantrums will screw the dems in ’16. Good.

Rmic
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As President B.O.s responsibility and functions are defined by law. He is granted the right to be a pontificating dictator or a king. Congress is not required to bow to his every whim. This arrogant contemptible subversive knowingly violates our laws for the express purpose of destroying this constitutional republic which he disdains and remaking it in the a socialist utopian hell hole like the tyranny envisioned by Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx and their ilk. Looks like you need to go back and review civics 101

Rafael X
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I’ve reviewed it and it looks like Republicans have the votes for impeachment if they are not happy. But do they have the stones?

Andy Martin
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Welcome to Civics 101. Lesson 2——–You need 67 votes in the Senate.

Rafael X
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Well you only have two years left to endure the black man in the White-House. Everyone survived (or almost) the sky didn’t fall from the sky. Earth is still round. Suck it up wusses, it’s almost over.

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[[ Suck it up wusses ]]
Your mamma’s my wuss b!+cH

Rmic
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The leadership of the GOP are gutless tools of the corporatists, globalists, and eltists.

Earl Lee
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I find it ODD that you people think OBAMA operates without the knowledge of what he can and cannot do. You people are too simple!

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I love it, the RepubliKKKlans disenfranchise 5 million voters, the pres. calls that bet and raises them another 5 over two years just in time for Hillary. (haha) Speaking of your next president, I think her and Bill are working to NULLIFY that original five! I love the smell of scorched T-bags in the a.m.

Jay Kenney
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On immigration, Obama has the legal authority under the Constitution. XL? Any defense of XL is a canard. Just saw that the Senate failed to pass it. Hope springs eternal! 🙂

Earl Lee
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KEYSTONE goes down in a BLAZE of GLORY!! Funny how sooo many of the SIMPLE MINDED has been DUPED to believe this is a major job creator…NOPE!! It creates temporary jobs and about 40 permanite jobs vs the MILLIONS of jobs that could be created by fixing america’s roads and bridges. Someone or some people will benefit GREATLY from KEYSTONE….BILLIONAIRES!! Never seen so many work so hard to see BILLIONAIRES get more when they get NOTHING!!

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