“The law is both a shield and a sword, and it is the foundation upon which this republic stands… attempts to undermine the law via executive fiat, regardless of motivation, are detrimental to the foundation of a democracy.”
With those words, Rep. Trey Gowdy laid before Congress, and the American people, how much is really at stake should they accede to President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) schemes.
Even FDR’s 1937 attempt at packing the Supreme Court pales in comparison to the damage possible by an unfettered Executive branch, headed by a de facto monarch. Gowdy spoke of the dire consequences in store for failure to halt the most audacious presidential power grab in 78 years.
“If this president’s unilateral extra constitutional acts are not stopped, future presidents, you may rest assured, will expand that power of the executive branch, thereby threatening the constitutional equilibrium,” cautioned Gowdy.
Gowdy closed by directing his sternest warnings toward those who support Obama’s usurpation of lawmaking power reserved to Congress, as reported by Pete Kasperowicz of The Blaze:
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday warned Democrats and others that their support for President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will only undermine the rule of law, potentially in ways they’ll regret years from now.
“You may benefit from the president’s failure to enforce the law today,” Gowdy said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Obama’s action.
“But I’ll make you this promise,” he warned. “There will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law. There will come a day when you long for the law to be the foundation of this republic.”
“So you be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever,” he concluded.
Republicans have been fighting all week to defund Obama’s action, which Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) called “one of the biggest constitutional power grabs ever by a president.”
Goodlatte, Gowdy and other Republicans have said that the administration has the right to make immigration enforcement priorities. But they say it has no right to affirmatively reward illegal immigrants deemed to be lower priorities with legal protection and U.S. work permits, as Obama has proposed to do with up to 5 million illegal immigrants.
Goodlatte said at the hearing that a legal memo the administration drew up to explore its options admitted that Obama cannot “effectively rewrite the laws to match its policy preferences,” and that Obama ignored the legal advice he sought.
“The memo in fact is an indictment of President Obama’s actions,” he said.
Republicans have tried to defund Obama’s action in legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security. But on Tuesday, Senate Republicans indicated they would split the two issues, a move that’s likely to be opposed by many conservatives who wanted that defunding language on a must-pass spending bill.
There may be some for whom the idea of an imperial presidency is still attractive. For them, Rep. Gowdy had this suggestion:
“If you enjoy a single person making law, you should investigate living in another country.”
I will gladly help them pack.
Dennis P. O’Neil