President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nations immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas following that announcement to rally support for his initiative on Friday.
Tomorrow night Im going to be announcing here from the White House some steps I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system, Obama said in a video posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.
Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long, Obama said. So what Im going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.
Translation: "Give me what I want or I'll take it -- Constitution be damned!"
Sadly, the Dictator-in-Chief isn't listening to anyone who recognizes that his proposals are a violation of the US Constitution and antithetical to entire American political tradition. He won't even listen to this former law school faculty member who once edited the law review at an Ivy League institution.
Given those claims, I'd like to know when Obama believes he got the authority to issue this executive order and how he got it. After all, as recently as last year he was saying he did not have the authority to do what he is doing.
Michael Austin of National Review notes that this action is part and parcel of a "slow, irreversible slide towards ever-more destruction of laws and customs" -- something that is truly dangerous for America, as it was for the Roman Republic some 2100 years ago. He further notes:
That, then, leads to the obligatory Rome reference. No, we are not Rome and Barack Obama is not Julius Caesar. But he is, perhaps analogous to Sulla, whose crossing of hitherto sacrosanct lines and blatant disregard for timeless norms set the Republic on a dangerous path into chaos. What Sulla represented was the idea that anything was now conceivable, even though he justified his actions as responses to those taken by his political opponent Marius. Yet what he did could well be called the tipping point, and only inertia in the Republics system kept it going for another nearly half-century. As Julius Caesar crept towards the Rubicon, all of Rome could see it coming; all knew that two irresistible forces (Caesar and Pompey) were about to collide, yet the norms of restraint had been so eaten away, and creative politics so attenuated, that there was no chance of avoiding the explosion.
In other words, for all the talk of Obama as king or emperor, Obama's actions here make him neither. Instead, he is merely the harbinger of the day, a generation or two from now, when some future leader will dispense with the trappings of our constitutional system completely and become a despot. But rest assured that if Obama's actions are allowed to stand unchecked, some future historian will lament the impotence of Congress and the fecklessness of the people in a work likely to be titled titled "The Decline and Fall of the United States". The judgement that will be cast upon our generation will be a harsh one -- for though a majority of Americans oppose Obama's actions, we will have stood by and let them take effect without active resistance by that majority. So We the People must make our voices heard and force our elected officials to stand up against this power grab.