Back­door amnesty is par for the pres­i­dent’s course

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

As dis­turb­ing as was Pres­i­dent Obama’s law­less usurpa­tion of con­sti­tu­tional au­thor­ity in cir­cum­vent­ing the DREAM Act to grant back­door amnesty, this type of over­reach is noth­ing new for him.

He has fre­quently com­plained about how democ­racy and the Con­sti­tu­tion are “messy” and do not per­mit him to ex­er­cise the au­thor­ity of a Chi­nese pres­i­dent. But he nev­er­the­less warned us that he would be push­ing for­ward with his agenda through ex­ec­u­tive or­ders and ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tions “on a wide range of fronts.”

But he has out­done him­self this time, even go­ing beyond lim­i­ta­tions he freely rec­og­nized not long ago, when he com­plained that he didn’t have the au­thor­ity to im­pose his im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy wish list.

Per­haps re­cent polling num­bers show­ing him trail­ing Mitt Rom­ney have in­creased his des­per­a­tion.

His frontal as­saults on the Con­sti­tu­tion are so brazen now it’s hard not to con­clude that he was willing to take a cal­cu­lated risk that his ex­cesses would of­fend fewer rule of law stick­lers than they would at­tract His­panic vot­ers.

A few peo­ple emailed and tweeted me and said they bet I was dis­ap­pointed my new book, “The Great De­stroyer,” had al­ready gone to print so that I couldn’t in­clude this lat­est ex­am­ple of Obama’s de­struc­tive be­hav­ior.

To the con­trary, I told my well-wish­ers, I had in fact in­cluded this back­door amnesty stunt in the in­tro­duc­tion to the book (pages 6-7), say­ing Obama had al­ready been con­sid­er­ing it. I told you the book was timely — and com­pre­hen­sive.

Let me give you some other ex­am­ples of Obama’s re­cur­ring pat­tern of ex­ec­u­tive en­croach­ment on the leg­isla­tive branch, which, taken together, will demon­stra­tive why many of us are so con­cerned with th­ese as­saults on the Con­sti­tu­tion, as well as Obama’s de­struc­tive swath against our na­tion’s fi­nan­cial health, our na­tional security, our val­ues, our econ­omy, our oil and a host of other things.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ceived Congress and the pub­lic in re­port­ing that the Com­pre­hen­sive Re­view Work­ing Group sur­vey re­vealed that our mil­i­tary rank and file sup­ported the re­peal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” be­fore the ser­vice mem­bers had even been ques­tioned.

It took steps to shut down the Yucca Moun­tain nu­clear stor­age fa­cil­ity, in which Congress had al­ready in­vested $12 bil­lion, with­out se­cur­ing an al­ter­na­tive site — the de­ci­sion be­ing based solely on pol­icy rea­sons, not sci­ence.

While Obama pre­tended to be against — he later “evolved” — same-sex mar­riage, his ad­min­is­tra­tion uni­lat­er­ally de­nounced the De­fense of Mar­riage Act and said it would not de­fend it in court.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion granted waivers to cer­tain states from the No Child Left Be­hind Act’s math pro­fi­ciency re­quire­ments, on the con­di­tion that th­ese states im­pose its ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies. Out­ra­geous.

It sub­mit­ted a re­port to the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil that sounded like a lib­eral pol­icy screed, in which it strongly crit­i­cized Amer­ica’s “dis­crim­i­na­tory” record against the LGBT com­mu­nity and mi­nori­ties.

It even of­fered up for re­view and cri­tique Ari­zona’s im­mi­gra­tion law, an ef­fort to al­low an in­ter­na­tional body con­sist­ing of many no­to­ri­ous hu­man rightsabus­ing and Amer­ica-hat­ing na­tions to pass judg­ment on our sovereign state.

Ari­zona Gov. Jan Brewer was rightly in­censed.

Obama uni­lat­er­ally crammed down a re­struc­tur­ing of the au­tomak­ers, in which he forced se­cured cred­i­tors to re­ceive far less and en­abled his un­se­cured union cred­i­tor friends to re­ceive far more than the law pro­vided.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­pro­por­tion­ately al­lowed mi­nor­ityand fe­male-owned deal­er­ships to re­tain their busi­nesses.

And, as ev­ery­one now re­al­izes, the Jus­tice Depart­ment dis­missed an al­ready won case against New Black Pan­ther Party mem­bers for voter in­tim­i­da­tion, which DOJ in­sid­ers in­formed us was based on an un­writ­ten pol­icy for­bid­ding the pur­suit of such cases in­volv­ing black per­pe­tra­tors against white vic­tims.

Though only 12 per­cent of em­ploy­ees are union mem­bers, the ad­min­is­tra­tion granted the ma­jor­ity of its 1,231 Oba­macare waivers to plans run by la­bor unions.

Then-De­fense Sec­re­tary Robert Gates was fu­ri­ous that the ad­min­is­tra­tion, in its shame­less PR orgy fol­low­ing the Osama bin Laden raid, had leaked vi­tal na­tional security in­for­ma­tion that could put our troops at risk.

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice has re­peat­edly re­fused to re­lease the ma­jor­ity of “Fast and Fu­ri­ous” doc­u­ments to con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors, in fla­grant con­tempt of Congress.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion pres­sured Solyn­dra to de­lay lay­offs un­til af­ter the Novem­ber 2010 elec­tions so as to avoid po­lit­i­cal da­m­age.

That move ended up cost­ing tax­pay­ers an ad­di­tional $40 mil­lion.

When a fed­eral judge lifted the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s off­shore drilling ban, the ad­min­is­tra­tion just slightly rewrote it and reim­ple­mented the ban, in de­fi­ance of the court.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials also doc­tored a re­port from ex­perts to de­ceit­fully down­play the eco­nomic da­m­age that would re­sult from the drilling mo­ra­to­rium and over­state the en­vi­ron­men­tal risk that would re­sult from lift­ing the ban.

I’m just get­ting warmed up, but it suf­fices to say that it’s past time for Demo­cratic law­mak­ers to join with Repub­li­cans in de­fend­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion and our lib­er­ties against this rogue pres­i­dent.

David Lim­baugh is a writer, au­thor and at­tor­ney. His lat­est book, “The Great De­stroyer”, is avail­able now.

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