Obama's Sue-Me Style of Governance

Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 01:09 PM

By Bradley Blakeman

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The most dangerous president is one who knows no bounds to his constitutional authority.
President Obama and his administration have embarked on a pattern of governance that has little or no regard to co-equal branches of government or limits to executive power.
To date we have seen numerous unilateral amendments of Obamacare by either Executive Order or administrative agency directives. To date, the Obama administration has amended law without congressional debate or vote. The only way to amend a law is by the same process as the law was made in the first instance. Only Congress can make a law and only Congress can amend one.
We have also seen legislative action by Executive Order or direction with gun control, immigration, environmental policies, etc.
The modus operandi of the Obama administration to co-equal branches and the citizenry at large is — if you don’t like it, sue us. And we do.
The only stimulus to the economy that is quantifiable may very well be the boon to trial lawyers who have their hands full bringing suits against the United States for overreach of executive authority.
The president and his staff know full well that by the time suits are filed, discovery is had, and a trial takes place they are not even likely to be in power anymore. Lawsuits can be delayed while challenged policies continue. This allows directives to become entrenched and harder to overturn, even if a court rules against the government.
Thus, the president and his administration are purposely manipulating and subverting the constitutional authority enumerated to the Executive Branch.
The only option available short of impeachment is to take the president up on his challenge. We must fight through the courts to check the administration each and every time they have violated their constitutional authority.
A great example of Obama’s sue-me style of governance is the recent lawsuit brought by 11 attorneys general claiming that the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly amending the law without congressional approval.
Specifically the lawsuit alleges that the president amended the Affordable Care Act when he issued an Executive Order that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health insurance on plans that have been canceled for not meeting the strict legal standards of the Affordable Care Act.
This is how the attorneys general summed up their claims: “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration must stop.”
They went on to state that the president’s action was “flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.”
Congress must act to protect its power by using its oversight obligations and by petitioning the courts for relief from this administration’s constitutional overreach.
In addition, lawsuits by aggrieved parties must be initiated against the administration as well.
Our Founding Fathers I am sure are rolling in their graves at the open and notorious subversion of the Constitution by a president who swore to uphold it.
Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.

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