During our last meeting at Norton's, a discussion of Executive Orders was brought to the floor. Although executives orders have been issued by President for many generations, none have been so brazen nor directly in conflict with the US Constitution as those being threatened by our current administration. The President does not have the power to legislate, "only the power to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." The President holds the power to sign or to veto, and there ends his capacity for legislative input." A very recent article in the American Thinker addresses recent White House actions that "overstep" the powers granted to the Executive Branch.
You may ask, what is the significance and why should I care about the dangers that Executive Orders pose to our country? Very simply, the founding fathers were very careful to insert strategic checks and balances between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches when they authored the US Constitution. This was to ensure a defined separation of powers and provide a defense against one branch accumulating too much power over the others. Incremental and seemingly "innocent" actions by any of the three branches to gain an "upper-hand" endangers the delicate balance of our governing system. This insightful article, King and Parliament, American-Style addresses this issue and cites specific examples of how the current administration is "stealthily" attempting to violate the US Constitution.
I encourage you to read this article and write letters to your US Senator and US House Representative decrying this violation of the us Constitution. Frankly, most of them are clueless about the Constitution and rarely consider current legislation and legislative behavior in light of our Constitution. It now falls upon the citizens to educate our elected officials and demand adherence to the document that has preserved our "God given" freedoms for 233 years. We must also ask those running for office specific question relating to the US Constitution in an effort to ascertain the depth of their knowledge and commitment to this guiding document.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE MODERN PRESIDENCY: LEGISLATING FROM THE OVAL OFFICE, by Adam L. Warber. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006 175pp. Hardcover. $49.95. ISBN: 1-58826-401-7
Executive Orders - The Federal Register - Hoover to Obama