Well, isn't that just dandy! The guy whose administration sends out the IRS to hammer his opponents, has the NSA spying on everyone EXCEPT the goddamn terrorists, wants to replace the populace of the country with Third World peasants to keep wages suppressed and unemployment high, and enforces only the laws he likes or finds convenient, tells everyone to quit being so cynical about government. I guess if we don't he'll send the drones out to kill us.
Incidentally, Althouse has a post entitled
"Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president's unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects."The body of the post consists solely of a quote that reads:
"As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress 'would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.'"The linked article by Michael McConnell explains further:
Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.Basically, Obama's failures to enforce the laws was an essential element of the tyranny which helped foment the Glorious Revolution of my English forefathers.Damned near every day Obama looks more and more the Tyrant.
This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II's use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that "the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal."
From the Wall Street Journal's blurb at the bottom of the page:
Mr. McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is a professor of law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.From Wikipedia I see that Mr. McConnell as "a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, 1985–1996, where he brought Harvard Law graduate Barack Obama on a fellowship after being impressed with a suggestion Obama, then Harvard Law Review president, had made on one of McConnell's articles. "
The sourcing is to a NYT's article, so consider that either well sourced or bilious vomit as you see fit.
UPDATE: Obama is now telling federal workers to spy on each other as a matter of policy.
In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.Thank God we elected the most brilliant man in the history of the Multiverse to run the country. Otherwise this whole era would look like one completely stupid fuck-up after another.
I wonder if I've gotten out ahead of an Althouse post with this one.... [posted at 10:03pm 2013 July 9]