Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Constitution??? What Constitution???

Congress continues to cede its powers to the dictatorship
by Bob Livingston

President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola czar and aside from some GOP caterwauling over the fact that Ron Klain is simply a political hack with no “medical” experience, nothing else was said.

Never mind that, according to the Constitution Article II, Section 2, the president must have the “Advice and Consent of the Senate… [to] appoint… public Ministers and Consuls…” The word “czar” is of Balkan origin etymologically originating from the name “Caesar” and is, therefore, a title of nobility. Never mind that, according to Article I, Section 9, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted in the United States.”

Supposed conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz have called on Obama to formulate a policy for handling the Ebola crisis, particularly in the area of travel restrictions and border security. Never mind that Article I, Section 1 grants all legislative powers to the Congress and Article II, Section 1 only grants the president the power to execute laws passed by Congress. And never mind that it is the job of Congress under Article I, Section 8, to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations” and “to provide for calling forth the Militia to… repel invasions” and to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

Calling a cabinet minister an exotic-sounding name in no way absolves the president of his constitutional requirement to gain the advice and consent of the Senate prior to the appointment. Ceding authority to the president to regulate commerce (travel) and protect the border in no way absolves Congress of its constitutional authority to regulate commerce and protect the border.

The Constitution and the rule of law no longer matter to Congress or the president. They ignore the Constitution without consequence. The result is an increasingly powerful “elected” dictatorship.


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