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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Executive order tyranny -- By Andrew P. Napolitano, The Washington Times

Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times (Illustration by Linas Garsys, The Washington Times)


Obama would govern by pen, phone and whim 

Can the president legally bypass Congress and rule the government by decree?

The answer to the question above is no. You wouldn't know that, though, by listening to President Obama. During the past three weeks, the president has made it clear how he plans to run the executive branch of the federal government in the next three years: with a pen and a phone.

In a menacing statement at a Cabinet meeting last month, as well as during his recent State of the Union address and in a pre-Super Bowl interview with my Fox News colleague, Bill O'Reilly, the president has referred to his pen and his phone as a way of suggesting that he will use his power to issue executive orders, promulgate regulations and use his influence with his appointees in the government's administrative agencies to continue the march to fundamentally transform the relationship between the federal government and individuals to his egalitarian vision when he is unable to accomplish that with legislation from Congress.

He has carried out that threat already. In June 2012, facing a presidential election campaign that he feared he might lose and wishing to keep socially conservative Hispanics from voting for Mitt Romney, the president directed the Department of Health and Human Services — the same folks who failed miserably at rolling out Obamacare — to establish standards of behavior for millions of illegal immigrants, which, if followed to the government's satisfaction, would get them off of government deportation lists.

To be sure, deportation can be ruinous, particularly to a family with children who were brought here as infants and have become fully Americanized. However, the conditions for deportation, and for avoiding deportation, can only be established by Congress, not by the president or his appointees.

When he lays down a list of conditions that permit persons in America to avoid complying with federal law, he is not enforcing the law — he is rewriting it. Only Congress can lawfully establish the circumstances under which those who are candidates for deportation may legally avoid it.

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