Thursday, January 5, 2012

President Obama's Constitution

"I Have An Obligation As President To Do What I Can Without" Congress.  So says President Obama fresh off his latest vacation, this time to sunny Hawaii.

Hopefully, he will be releasing a copy of the new Constitution, which gives him authority to make law.

Noman's copy of the old one says in Article 1, Section 1: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives" (emphasis added).

Article 2, Section 1 says that the executive takes the following oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Additionally, Article 1, Section 9 dictates that "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States."  

Put together, this presumably means something like the following.  Law is made under Congress's aegis, not the President's.  Things that the President can do without Congress are limited under the Constitution.  They are things like using the bully pulpit; they are not things like yoking the nation to one's esoteric idea of the right thing to do without Congressional approval.  The further the President strays from matters directly relating to his role as Commander in Chief, the truer this is.

Most importantly, there is no king in America.  And, any President that acts like one is a menace and quite possibly a traitor.  Article 2, Section 4 provides the remedy for that: Disqualification and impeachment.

Noman would urge the President to come back to earth, stop firing up his yahoos with incendiary rhetoric, and learn to compromise.  He can't have everything he wants, even if he's able to deftly package sound bites that tickle the ears of the 50% that lives off the sweat of the other 50%.

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