Keeping Constitutional Checks and Balances Within an Out-of-Control Administration
by Blake Farenthold on December 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM
Last week, I appeared on Fox with Sean Hannity to discuss the Obama Administrations failure to faithfully execute the law as required under Article II, Section 3 of our United States Constitution.
Many of you have contacted me about the President not enforcing laws and using his executive power to circumvent the legislative process as laid out in the Constitution.
The separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government was created in the Constitution as a safeguard to secure individual liberty and freedom by ensuring no branch becomes too powerful. However, under President Obama, the Executive Branch and federal agencies continue to carry out actions that circumvent the role of Congress and take away Americans liberty.
The legislative branch is responsible for enacting new laws - but what good does that do when the President won’t sign it or enforce them or decides what parts to enforce against whom?
This week in the Judiciary Committee, we held a hearing on the Obama Administrations failure to follow the "take care" clause of the Constitution, which requires the President to exercise his law-execution power to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The take care clause is established principle of constitutional law, enacted back in the days of Marbury versus Madison in the 1800s. The President is a constitutional law scholar. He should know this. But, instead, hes grabbing as much power as he can and going against the Constitution. And its not right.
Regardless of which party is in power in the White House and in Congress, the founding fathers intended for Congress to have certain powers. President Obama is taking way more than the Constitution allows, and we have got to do what we can to stop him. As one of the witnesses from our hearing this weeks hearing pointed out, this isnt a Republican or a Democrat issue. Its a Constitutional issue. We must do what we can to restore our Founding Fathers’ vision for American government - the future of democracy, what makes our country so great, remains in peril if we dont.
During the questioning round of our Judiciary hearing, I laid out the options we have in Congress under the Constitution to stop the Obama Administration from defying the take care clause - as well as the fact that these options have failed to hold the President accountable. I asked the witness panel, "Is there anything else we can do?"