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February 14, 2014

Reasons for Distrust

Joe Charlebois

In recent negotiations with the White House on immigration reform, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., OH) stated: “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws…and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”


The president has provided little evidence in his role as chief executive to dismiss Speaker Boehner's claims. The executive branch at the direction of President Barack Obama has once again altered the Affordable Care Act legislation through executive orders, thereby amending the law through fiat. He has blatantly disregarded one of his primary duties as the chief executive when he fails to uphold "the faithful execution" of laws.


During the State of the Union address, the president reiterated that he will "wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do."


He has been using his pen, podium and teleprompter to disregard the laws of the United States of America since he took office. He has either directed the Justice Department to not enforce laws currently on the books, write his own laws such as the "Dream Act," as well as continually altering the Affordable Care Act to protect his vanishing base of support through the remainder of his presidency.


The blind obedience by party loyalists to the president's imperialistic actions – as they did at the recent State of the Union address – is antithetical to the structure of our government. What country's legislators enthusiastically cheer on the executive's call for a power grab? Evidently ours. As the president has issued his oft repeated cry of bypassing Congress, he gains supporters who have more in common with dictatorial states than one framed in the concept of true separation of powers.


Nearly all Americans have grown up in the age of an all powerful federal government. It wasn't always this way. There was a time before most of us where born when the individual was responsible for his or her own success or failure. There was freedom to make it happen and freedom to lose it all, but either way there was a pride knowing that you would rise or fall on your own accord. For years now we have lived in a nation of federal government handouts; a federal government implementing onerous regulations and a federal government of mandates. This nation used to be the "United States of America are," what is has become is the "United States of America is."


If we allow this, or any future president, to further the concentration of power into the hands of the federal government and even further into the hands of one man or woman, we cease to exist even in the guise of a representative republic.


The federal government was never meant to be a top-down centralized government, but rather one that was built on local communities that supported a state government, with the operation in Washington to support us in defense, and trade.


Whatever you want to label a nation with an executive that can use the force of office to make law, change law through executive orders and avoid the consequences of such action due to the weakness of both the legislative and judiciary branches, it is not what our Framers designed and one that should not be trusted.


President Obama and the supporters, who disagree with Speaker of the House John Boehner's assessment, are only too happy to see the completion of the fundamental transformation of our nation.


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