We all know that if Obama is talking he’s lying, but he’s gotten caught again. President Pen, as I like to call him, has continually threatened to use his “pen and phone” to get millions of illegal aliens legal status. It’s not just wrong and unfair to those who actually follow our laws, but it’s unconstitutional. You see, Obama can’t write law. That’s not his Constitutional function. He knows it too. How do I know? He said it himself, several time, in fact. Seems, though, his chosen footwear on this issue is a flip flop.
So when did he do that? Well let’s look, shall we?
Univision Town Hall in 2011: Obama stated:
There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.
Um, yeah, that’s kind of the point.
Speech in 2011 to La Raza:
I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.
That’s kind of the point of separation of powers.
Roundtable with Latino reporters in September 2011: “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” he said. “We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce.” “[E]verything we can administratively” is Obamacode for “I’ll throw those executive orders out to the world and then Congress will just have to fund them. Yeah, looking like that’s not going to happen, Skippy.
Telemundo interview, 2013: The interview had just touched on DREAMers and he added at the end,
“But if we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option. I do get a little worried that advocates of immigration reform start losing heart and immediately think ‘Well– yeah, somehow there’s an out here, if Congress doesn’t act. We’ll just have the president sign something and that’ll take care of it and we won’t have to worry about it.'”
Well, President Pen, that’s been your threat now for about a year. So of course they think that’s what you will do!
Answer to a heckler at a speech, 2013: “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so,” he said.
“But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. So the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws, and what I’m proposing is the harder path which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.”
Instead you yell, stomp around like a two year old and threaten to do just that.
Now that he’s been backing off, you know, since he knows he won’t have ANY house of Congress, the press is saying he is flip flopping. Well, yes and no. Given his statements above, no, but given he lies like a dog on a rug, yes. One side of his face is saying “I have a pen” and he “hears” the “2/3rds” of the people who supposedly didn’t vote (you know, despite record voter turnout for a midterm election).
He acted in a manner prior to the election that showed his willingness to violate the Constitution and write law giving amnesty by ordering that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services find vendors who can produce up to 34 million blank work permits and green cards over the next five years. Actions speaking loudly!
However, his words say another thing. Sunday he stated, Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress. And getting a comprehensive deal of the sort that is in the Senate legislation, for example, does extend beyond my legal authorities.
“There are certain things I cannot do,” he added. “There are certain limits to what falls within the realm of prosecutorial discretion in terms of how we apply existing immigration laws.”
So, will he be President Pen/Stompy-foot or will he follow the Constitution. Actions ALWAYS speak more loudly than words, and since we know how well he follows his words…oh wait, he doesn’t. At least Congress seems to be on a path to stop him. The consensus seems to be that they finally understand this power they have called the power of the purse… and they aren’t afraid to use it to stop him in his tracks.
We shall see…