You know, for being a supposed “constitutional scholar / teacher / professor / lawyer / whatever-the-hell-else-he-claimed”, Our Glorious President does not have a damned clue about what his job entails, or what limitations are imposed on it by the Constitution:
"In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress," Pfeiffer said.
"President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all," Pfeiffer said.
And lest you think this is just the off-the-reservation, exhorting-the-crowd campaign-donation-begging (… oh wait) from one solitary White House paper-pusher, this is becoming a theme:
Obama has pledged to act, saying, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.”
"The president sees this as a year of action, to work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary," White House press secretary Jay Carney told ABC News Sunday.
Allow me to speak plainly, Barry; you have neither the power nor the authority to “bypass Congress”. Period. If Congress has to be involved in a process – say passing a piece of legislation – you cannot simply… will… them out of the chain of events. Unfortunately, the American people chose to elect you President, but note that word: “President”, not “Dictator”. It would be tremendously helpful if you knew the difference and stuck to the job description of the former, not the latter.
Here, let me help you out: go here, and scroll down to “Article II”.
In similar news, we get this all-too-memorable news report:
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole wrote in a memo sent Thursday to federal prosecutors that it will not be a priority to block landmark marijuana-legalization laws in the two states. The federal government also will not make it a priority to close down recreational marijuana stores, so long as the stores abide by state regulations, according to the memo.
In other words, the second-in-command of the federal agency responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States government just arbitrarily and single-handedly stated that it would not enforce the laws of the United States government. In a just world, the Attorney General would have fired this man about five minutes later, issued a formal retraction, and done his damned job or resigned, but given that Eric Holder is still occupying that particular position, this is obviously not a just world.
I will, however, disagree with Dr. Milton Wolf:
Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.
Selective enforcement is not the first sign of tyranny; it is just one of many symptoms of creeping tyranny. I stand by what I said last year; given that Our Glorious President has not been rightly slapped down by Congress for overstepping his powers, given that the deputy Attorney General was not fired, and given that we have a disturbing history of re-electing the same morons in Congress over and over and over again who enable this gos-se, we are getting exactly the government we want.
And when the President, deputy Attorney General, and, by extension, the Attorney General have all stated that they are going to ignore existing federal laws, how can you be surprised at news articles like this: Connecticut recently registered 50,000 “assault weapons” and 40,000 “large capacity magazines”. Ignore, for a second, the complete and utter stupidity of the arbitrarily-defined concept of “assault weapons”, ignore that the magazines being banned are, in fact and truth, normal-capacity magazines in the overwhelming number of cases, and ignore that registration of firearms never ends well for their owners; instead, just pay attention to the numbers. By all definitions I am aware of (including Connecticut’s), an “assault weapon” involves a removable magazine. Do the morons in Hartford really believe that 10,000 “assault weapon” owners somehow do not have magazines for their firearms? And that the remaining 40,000 “assault weapon” owners only have one, single, solitary magazine for them? And this is all without considering the “large capacity magazines” that are made for handguns…
Are Connecticut politicians that stupid? Well, they are politicians, I suppose.
Apparently the last speculative accounting of “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” in the state of Connecticut numbered them in the “tens of millions” and somewhere around 400,000, respectively. To describe what is going on in the now-atrociously-mis-nicknamed “Constitution State” as “massive” civil disobedience would be something of a massive understatement.
So what is the politicians’ solution to their employers informing them exactly what those employers think of the politicians’ idiotic laws? Why, the state is going to offer an “amnesty” period for people to continue registering their firearms. *headdesk* While there may be one or two folks who got their paperwork in an hour late at the post office, I can guarantee you that the overwhelming majority of people who did not register then are not going to register now.
We have a President – a representative sworn to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” – saying, unequivocally, that he will ignore that document whenever he finds its restrictions inconvenient. We have the deputy Attorney General – a man charged with upholding federal laws – telling his subordinates that they should instead ignore those federal laws. And those are just the most-recent, big-ticket examples.
Is it any great wonder that, with examples like those, the American people have decided that now is as good a time as any to start disobeying unjust laws? Here is to hoping that more people find their own way to freedom.
… *sigh* There is a reason… actually, a lot reasons why I do not read news sites or newspapers or even watch the news on TV. These three stories are simply things I stumbled across as my parents told me about news they had read recently and while I caught up on my comics reading. And, no, I will not be watching Our Glorious President pontificate tomorrow on how allowing him to transition his Presidency to a Dictatorship-in-Everything-But-Name is better for everyone and especially him. While that is in fact one of the very few things a President is supposed to do, quite frankly I have more important things to do… like getting my Torchlight 2 Outlander up to level 50.
(“Disobey” graphic borrowed from Jack Daws.)