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Mar 13 2014

House Passes Act Intended to Rein In Obama’s Imperial Presidency

A key feature of our Constitution is that it protects us from tyranny by setting one branch of the government in opposition to overreach by the others. Unfortunately this approach is only effective if each branch has the spine and the sense of responsibility to resist bullying from other branches. Obama has been governing essentially as a dictator, despite the supposed opposition party having control of the House. Finally we are getting at least token pushback:

The House of Representatives passed the “Enforce the Law Act” Wednesday, a bill designed to push back against the numerous unilateral moves the Obama administration has used to circumvent the law.

Five Democrats joined Republicans in passing the bill by a 233 to 181 vote.

The implications are appalling. Of 186 voting Democrats, only five consider the preservation of our system of government to be more important than party loyalty to Obama — even with Obama’s approval numbers in the toilet. The other 181 should be facing impeachment. They are unfit for office.

H.R. 4138, sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), would authorize the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for not enforcing laws and provide an expedited process through federal district courts. The bill is one of several the House GOP is pushing to combat the “imperial presidency.”

Can you guess how the imperial president is going to respond? That’s right: with a veto. If that weren’t enough, he would simply ignore it.

Republicans say the legislation is necessary in light of the numerous administrative actions taken by President Barack Obama to change and selectively enforce laws, including immigration, marriage, welfare rules, and his signature legislative achievement, Obamacare. The administration has unilaterally altered Obamacare at least 20 times.

Sponsor Trey Gowdy backed up the bill by repeating three quotes from a neophyte back-bencher senator from Illinois before he was abruptly selected by the media to be president:

“These last few years we’ve seen an unacceptable abuse of power having a president whose priority is expanding his own power.”

“No law can give Congress a backbone if it refuses to stand up as a coequal branch the Constitution made it.”

“I taught the Constitution for 10 years, I believe in the Constitution.”

Gowdy asked,

“So my question Mr. Speaker is what’s changed? How does going from being a senator to a president rewrite the constitution? What’s different from when he was a senator?”

One thing that has changed is that there is no longer much opposition to presidential overreach. Kudos to Gowdy for doing his party to rectify the situation.

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The imperial president.

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53 Responses to “House Passes Act Intended to Rein In Obama’s Imperial Presidency”

  1. 762x51 says:

    A nice gesture but we all know that Dirty Harry will not bring it to a vote in the Senate. Tyrannis Incompetus will never sign it anyway. He has already said he will veto it.

    What EVERYONE should take note of is that there are 181 members of the House of Representatives who are OK with a tyrant in the White House. Makes them fair game.

  2. 762x51 says:

    A nice gesture but we all know that Dirty Harry will not bring it to a vote in the Senate. Tyrannis Incompetus will never sign it anyway. He has already said he will veto it.

    What EVERYONE should take note of is that there are 181 members of the House of Representatives who are OK with a tyrant in the White House. Makes them fair game.

  3. Sweep_the_leg_11590 says:

    Yawn…

    Ok. A show of hands from anyone who believes that this is NOT just more bull shite from a GOP that is ALL IN with the traitorous, anti-white, anti-american son of a bitch-in-chief?

    Obongo should have been arrested and/or impeached long ago. They are ALL phonies. This move is nothing more than a side show for those who continue to believe that the GOP is on “our” side.

  4. Sweep_the_leg_11590 says:

    Yawn…

    Ok. A show of hands from anyone who believes that this is NOT just more bull shite from a GOP that is ALL IN with the traitorous, anti-white, anti-american son of a bitch-in-chief?

    Obongo should have been arrested and/or impeached long ago. They are ALL phonies. This move is nothing more than a side show for those who continue to believe that the GOP is on “our” side.

  5. Mr. Mentalo says:

    The GOP as a whole? I agree. But Gowdy seems like a good guy. There are a few in there like Cruz who are standing up, but not many and not enough.

    We either clean house or forget it. Somehow I just don’t see that happening.

  6. Mr. Mentalo says:

    The GOP as a whole? I agree. But Gowdy seems like a good guy. There are a few in there like Cruz who are standing up, but not many and not enough.

    We either clean house or forget it. Somehow I just don’t see that happening.

  7. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Yep, makes me weep that 181 people who swore to defend the constitution would vote in this way. Not surprised, though. Most of them (the ones who were around, anyway) voted for Obamacare.

    And you’re right. Reid is Obama’s pocket veto, and will be as long as he remains in control of the Senate. Hey, Nevada, we’re looking at you. Do your damn duty in 2014.

  8. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Yep, makes me weep that 181 people who swore to defend the constitution would vote in this way. Not surprised, though. Most of them (the ones who were around, anyway) voted for Obamacare.

    And you’re right. Reid is Obama’s pocket veto, and will be as long as he remains in control of the Senate. Hey, Nevada, we’re looking at you. Do your damn duty in 2014.

  9. dan says:

    When in the course of human events….. you need to exhaust every possibility of redress before proceeding to the next level to ensure it’s legality.
    Moral outrage,alone, is not enough cause to put his head on a pike….
    however ,we have suffered a long train of abuse sufficient to indict and convict
    the lawless pretender who would be king and enslave and /or destroy us and our posterity.

  10. dan says:

    When in the course of human events….. you need to exhaust every possibility of redress before proceeding to the next level to ensure it’s legality.
    Moral outrage,alone, is not enough cause to put his head on a pike….
    however ,we have suffered a long train of abuse sufficient to indict and convict
    the lawless pretender who would be king and enslave and /or destroy us and our posterity.

  11. Cameraman says:

    Time to Arrest this Fool, and Charge him with Treason and then to the Gallows!!!

  12. Cameraman says:

    Time to Arrest this Fool, and Charge him with Treason and then to the Gallows!!!

  13. MannieP says:

    We are NOT amused.

  14. dan says:

    IS IT TIME TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Gonzalez/servando112.htm

  15. dan says:

    IS IT TIME TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Gonzalez/servando112.htm

  16. Belfast says:

    He TAUGHT the constitution for ten years?
    Where? When?
    Serious question folks.

  17. Belfast says:

    He TAUGHT the constitution for ten years?
    Where? When?
    Serious question folks.

  18. Rotohammer says:

    Gowdy is great. He looks and sounds like a hayseed, so the left “misunderestimate” him at their own peril. He’s one of the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    When Lois Lerner proclaimed her innocence while trying to plead the fifth amendment, Gowdy was one of the first to point out she actually waived her right against self-incrimination.

  19. Rotohammer says:

    Gowdy is great. He looks and sounds like a hayseed, so the left “misunderestimate” him at their own peril. He’s one of the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    When Lois Lerner proclaimed her innocence while trying to plead the fifth amendment, Gowdy was one of the first to point out she actually waived her right against self-incrimination.

  20. pking1 says:

    Can’t you write without your “kiddy cussing”?

  21. pking1 says:

    Can’t you write without your “kiddy cussing”?

  22. TheDude says:

    Interesting slip on the misspelling of “rein in” on the headline. Rather than pulling back on the reins of a horse, we need to put a stop to Obama’s reign as self-appointed sovereign.

  23. TheDude says:

    Interesting slip on the misspelling of “rein in” on the headline. Rather than pulling back on the reins of a horse, we need to put a stop to Obama’s reign as self-appointed sovereign.

  24. John in Chicago says:

    Cue the race card in……..
    5…4…3…2…………….

  25. John In Chicago says:

    Cue the race card in……..
    5…4…3…2…………….

  26. Dave Blount says:

    Thanks for catching the typo. Fixed.

  27. Dave Blount says:

    Thanks for catching the typo. Fixed.

  28. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    If you look at the classes he taught, he never taught the constitution. He taught anti-constitutional law, i.e., how to get around the constitution to advance “social justice.” Nothing he is doing is surprising, except for the fact that so many Americans fell for his line of BS in the first place.

  29. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    If you look at the classes he taught, he never taught the constitution. He taught anti-constitutional law, i.e., how to get around the constitution to advance “social justice.” Nothing he is doing is surprising, except for the fact that so many Americans fell for his line of BS in the first place.

  30. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Unless we have a massive movement among voters this November…

    As a practical matter, either the GOP needs 67 seats in the Senate (assuming no RINOs break ranks when the impeachment vote comes up, which is by no means a safe assumption), or armed revolution that is big and organized enough to be effective (ugly). I’d love to see the former, at least, but I don’t see either one happening in 2014.

  31. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Unless we have a massive movement among voters this November…

    As a practical matter, either the GOP needs 67 seats in the Senate (assuming no RINOs break ranks when the impeachment vote comes up, which is by no means a safe assumption), or armed revolution that is big and organized enough to be effective (ugly). I’d love to see the former, at least, but I don’t see either one happening in 2014.

  32. TheDude says:

    Alas, my comment is now made for naught, M’lord…

  33. TheDude says:

    Alas, my comment is now made for naught, M’lord…

  34. TED says:

    “The implications are appalling. Of 186 voting Democrats, only five consider the preservation of our system of government to be more important than party loyalty to Obama” – The 186 have proven they are NOT needed and should be removed.

  35. TED says:

    “The implications are appalling. Of 186 voting Democrats, only five consider the preservation of our system of government to be more important than party loyalty to Obama” – The 186 have proven they are NOT needed and should be removed.

  36. dan says:

    I’m beginning to believe….
    Season of Treason
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LxY_H5V0Kw

    (Dave,is there a way to give You-Tube links without it doing this,sigh)

  37. dan says:

    I’m beginning to believe….
    Season of Treason
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LxY_H5V0Kw

    (Dave,is there a way to give You-Tube links without it doin this,sigh
    ……of coursse ,it’s still worth watching)

  38. dan says:

    …that’s a movie I wouldn’t mind watching again,lol

  39. dan says:

    …that’s a movie I wouldn’t mind watching again,lol

  40. dan says:

    …and I heard it was as a guest lecturer (in his guise as a community organizer)

  41. dan says:

    …and I heard it was as a guest lecturer (in his guise as a community organizer)

  42. bittman says:

    The Obama Administration has already made 31 unilateral changes to Obamacare. We can stop this when we vote in the November election. Some advice from Daniel Hannan who has lived under England’s Socialized medicine all of his life and who has been warning Americans about Obamacare since 2009:

    “If you vote for candidates who think it’s the role of the state to provide health care, don’t complain when your hospitals are as badly run as everything else run by the state.”

  43. bittman says:

    The Obama Administration has already made 31 unilateral changes to Obamacare. We can stop this when we vote in the November election. Some advice from Daniel Hannan who has lived under England’s Socialized medicine all of his life and who has been warning Americans about Obamacare since 2009:

    “If you vote for candidates who think it’s the role of the state to provide health care, don’t complain when your hospitals are as badly run as everything else run by the state.”

  44. Dave Blount says:

    Dan, I’m still new at Disqus, but it looks like the media attachments are either on for everything or off for everything.

  45. Dave Blount says:

    Dan, I’m still new at Disqus, but it looks like the media attachments are either on for everything or off for everything.

  46. JTW says:

    It doesn’t matter. As it would need a 2/3 majority to override an Obama veto, and they’ll never get even close to that, they can vote for whatever they want, Obama can do whatever he wants and they all know it.

    Effectively then, congress no longer exists except as a grooming place for candidates for cabinet level positions, a place for wannabe presidents and government ministers to get noticed by the media and their desired electorates while being paid handsome salaries by those potential voters.

  47. JTW says:

    It doesn’t matter. As it would need a 2/3 majority to override an Obama veto, and they’ll never get even close to that, they can vote for whatever they want, Obama can do whatever he wants and they all know it.

    Effectively then, congress no longer exists except as a grooming place for candidates for cabinet level positions, a place for wannabe presidents and government ministers to get noticed by the media and their desired electorates while being paid handsome salaries by those potential voters.

  48. dan says:

    well, it isn’t THAT bad a thing ,if you’re OK with it….:)

  49. dan says:

    well, it isn’t THAT bad a thing ,if you’re OK with it….:)

  50. EyemNotFree says:

    I saw a roll of toilet paper with the US constitution printed on it. It is used for meditating to Jaysus.

  51. Martin Vorbrodt says:

    This is a joke! The constitution already dictates what president must do, aka faithfully enforce the laws! This bill is nothing but a distraction from the simple fact: Republicans are unwilling to fight back! They will propose this nonsense, it will not pass, and they will say “See, but but we tried! And big bad Obama vetoed it” Booooo! Booooooo!”

    Don’t fall for it people!


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