Talk about brazen!
Obama is about to unilaterally grant amnesty to over five million illegal and undocumented immigrants, without any Congressional consent, through his extraordinary and potentially illegal use of “Presidential” executive order- notwithstanding that Obama’s popularity with the American people is at an all time low.
Accordingly, the House Republicans, as of this date, picked up a net total of twelve Congressmen and if they win the remaining five seats being contested in run-off elections, the House Republicans will have attained the largest Republican majority in the House since 1928.
In the Senate, Republicans gained majority control of the Senate, picking up eight Senators for a total of fifty-three Senators ( and a possible fifty-fourth seat with the likely defeat of Democratic Landrieu in the upcoming Louisiana Senate run-off.)
Obama is so out of touch and unpopular with his own party, that certain Democratic Congressional candidates, in the last election, did not even want to be seen with or campaign with him, due to his perceived unpopularity.
Where I come from—Canada—when the people speak, through their votes in an election, we conservatives listen. Because we Canadian conservatives, as American Republicans, believe that the people are always right.
According to reliable reports, Obama is planning to issue executive orders which will in effect grant amnesty to five million illegal and undocumented immigrants. And permit them to stay and work in the United States.
Obama will argue that he has received a legal opinion from his own appointed Attorney General, Eric Holder, which will suggest that Obama has the legal and executive authority and discretion as President to order that these five million illegal immigrants not be deported and in addition, that work permits be provided to these same persons.
Ironically, for many years, Obama himself has been arguing the exact opposite- that to do what has been suggested by pro immigrant activists- is illegal.
In March 2011, Obama argued that he could not as President prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants. He stated to the effect, that the nation’s laws were clear enough, “that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
In February 2013, in response to an activist asking Obama if he could do more to keep illegal immigrant families from being torn apart due to deportation, Obama replied, ” the problem is, that I am the President of the United States. I am not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
In November 2013, when pressed by activists to stop the deportations, Obama argued that only Congress had the authority to do what they wanted. He then stated, “the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend that I can do something by violating our laws.”
So what has substantially changed, between then and now, to cause Obama to do a complete 180 degree turn?
Well, nothing fundamentally, except as a result of the recent midterm election, Obama and his party have been crushed and the Republicans now control both Houses for the remainder of Obama’s term. And that the American people have sent a clear message to Obama that he must deal openly and honestly in a co-operative and bipartisan fashion with the Republicans, who now control Congress.
But, for Obama, once an outsider, always an outsider. I suspect that Obama believes that he is now liberated to go his own arrogant way, oblivious to constitutional checks and balances. I sense that Obama does not give a frack about the greater American people or even his own Democratic party. I sense that Obama, in his final act, has morphed into his own version of the Sun King, where American politics should just revolve around himself.
And he will do what he wants to do, regardless of the consequences.
By ignoring the majority will of Congress—by the stroke of his pen—Obama will figuratively and publicly behead the elected Congress, a co-equal branch of the American government.
With this one incredibly selfish and provocative and apparently illegal act, Obama is in effect declaring jihad on the American Constitution.
He is brazenly challenging the Republican Congress to come after him and fight him in the courts as to whether as President, he has the legal authority to issue these executive immigration orders.
In the process, Obama will do great damage to the American body politic. He is pitting millions of angry and vulnerable illegal immigrants and their supporters against the majority of very angry American people who hate and fear the abuse of presidential authority over the wishes of a majority of America’s federally elected representatives.
Obama’s proposed executive action is the act of a desperate and now dangerously out of control president, apparently unfettered by the American Constitution, that at one time, Obama swore to uphold.