Last night’s State of the Union was mostly the pablum we’ve come to expect – the kind of stuff that spawns drinking games. Blah blah blah, I, I, I, marxism centralized government end gridlock campaigning against a do-nothing congress.
However, as the speech wore on, it became abundantly obvious that our President is going all in on Executive Branch power.
There were two noteworthy statements that should strike fear in the heart of every American that believes the Declaration of Independence was right to oppose the monarchy.
In the next few weeks, I will sign an executive order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you [Congress] need to fund these projects. Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.
This is noteworthy for two reasons. One, Obama is using the bully pulpit to direct budget allocations, which the Constitution assigns to the House of Representatives. Two, it’s more than a little ironic that he’s directing budgetary decisions at all, since his Democratic Senate leadership has REFUSED to pass a budget at all in OVER 1,000 DAYS.
But this is nothing compared to the second noteworthy statement. This reveals the man behind the curtain – the power hungry, central government obsessed statist who no longer wishes to deal with Constitutional limits on Executive power.
Some of what’s broken has to do with the way Congress does its business these days. A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything— even routine business – passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it. For starters, I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up or down vote within 90 days.
The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it’s inefficient, outdated and remote. That’s why I’ve asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people. [emphasis added]
Federal government, as envisioned by the founders, was DESIGNED to be slow and deliberative, not to change with the wind and the fickle passions of the voters. Obama is outright proposing to remove ALL checks and balances on the Executive Branch, making Congress and direct representation of the people completely irrelevant. He wants the unchecked power to make any appointments without Senate deliberation, and he clearly wants more power to sign Executive Orders to bypass Congress when they tell him no.
It no longer matters what party you belong to – all Americans should reject this naked power grab. Our Founding Fathers created a Constitutional Republic to reject exactly this type of monarchy. A benevolent dictator is, in the end, still a dictator.