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Can you say Vladimir?

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Last week the House of Representatives passed the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138), a simple measure by Congressman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that would enable members of Congress to sue the Executive Branch in federal court when it disregards or flagrantly violates the U.S. Constitution.

Congressman Gowdy reasonably asked: “If a president can change some laws, can he change all laws?”

We might go on to ask, “If a president can declare entire sections of the Constitution unconstitutional, what is to stop him (or her) from effectively declaring that the entire Constitution is unconstitutional?”

The Separation of Powers enumerated in the Constitution aren’t difficult to understand. In fact, they are so easy to understand that we teach them to 10-year-olds in our nation’s failing public schools.

However, after the House passed Mr. Gowdy’s bill on a bipartisan vote, Barack Obama immediately issued a statement that said: “Congress may not assign such power to itself.”

It would appear that Mr. Obama isn’t reading the same Constitution that our founders signed and ratified.

Experts say we are at an alarming, constitutional-tipping point with the rise of an uber presidency with an unchecked contempt for the separation of powers. Can you say Vladimir?

The Democrat controlled Senate will not bring this bill (H.R. 4138) to a vote unless there is enough bipartisan support to force the issue.

Can we convince our California senators Boxer and Feinstein to rise to that noble point of bipartisan leadership?

Will you take the time to call or email them today and urge them to do so?

 

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