“So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.” —Padmé, Star Wars: Episode III
Someone, preferably the voters in 2012, needs to make clear to Barack Obama (or Barry Soetoro or Harrison J. Bounel or whoever the hell he is) that he’s the President of the United States, not Emperor of the provinces. Legislation, duly passed by the representatives of the American people and signed into law by he and his predecessors are not hints or suggestions to which he can choose to adhere or ignore at his pleasure—as he apparently intends to do in regards to his 101 unconfirmed Dalmatians…uh, czars:
One of the presidential pet peeves is that Capitol Hill put the kibosh on his czars. Those high-level White House appointments aren’t confirmed by the Senate but are central to implementing Mr. Obama’s liberal agenda. Lawmakers specifically blocked funding for salaries and offices for four of his nine czars: health care (who coordinates Obamacare), automobile industry (“car czar”), urban affairs and climate change.
The president protested that defunding those positions “could prevent me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibilities, by denying me the assistance of senior advisers and by obstructing my supervision of executive branch officials.” Thus, he’s going to interpret the law as he sees fit.
The cabal known collectively as the ‘czars’ have, of course, less to do with ‘assisting’ the President than they do with avoiding Congressional oversight as they enact ever more restrictive regulatory decrees in pursuit of Obama’s autocratic vision of socialist utopia.
…Also at issue is a restriction on funding United Nations peacekeeping missions that put U.S. armed forces under the command or operational control of foreign nationals. Mr. Obama said he’s only going to apply those provisions he deems constitutional. The same flexibility with the law apparently will be enjoyed in relation to 14 separate provisions that limit foreign aid to certain governments. Obama blows off Congress
Which part of the Constitution of the United States, Mr. President, authorizes the Commander-In-Chief—you, unfortunately—to relinquish at your pleasure command of American military forces to anyone?
Imperious activities in violation of the law must be confronted. If Congress and the courts are unwilling to do so, then the voters must. The augurs of the ancients have been replaced by battalions of opinion-sampling pollsters, but the advice they offer to would-be tyrants is similar: Beware the ides of November.