So much for a system where the federal government’s powers are separated into three branches which check and balance each other, you know, as stipulated by our nation’s Constitution.
The latest official White House press release, “President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform,” vows that Obama “is going to continue to use his pen and his phone to fix the immigration system.”
The President, citing that House Republicans have “proven again and again that they’re unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party in order to do what’s best for the country,” announced yesterday, “I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own…without congress.”
The official White House press release went on:
Republicans have indicated that they intend to block a vote at least for the remainder of this year.
“Their argument seems to be that because the system’s broken, we shouldn’t make an effort to fix it. It makes no sense. It’s not on the level. It’s just politics. Plain and simple.” — President Obama, 6/30/2014
Other Republicans are mad at the President because he has used his executive actions too broadly. The President quickly countered that argument:
This also makes no sense. I don’t prefer taking administrative action. I’d rather see permanent fixes to the issue we face. Certainly that’s true on immigration. I’ve made that clear multiple times. I would love nothing more than bipartisan legislation to pass the House, the Senate, land on my desk so I can sign it. That’s true about immigration, that’s true about the minimum wage, it’s true about equal pay. There are a whole bunch of things where I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something.
President Obama reiterated that “the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”
So where Congress fails to act, the President is going to continue to use his pen and his phone to fix the immigration system and keep our borders secure. [emphasis added]
Never mind the simple fact that, just because Congress won’t do what the president wants, doesn’t mean he automatically gets gets to go around them and usurp the process. That’s the whole point of our Constitution in the first place. Shouldn’t that go without saying, especially to a man who supposedly taught courses in constitutional law?
To ignore the authority of Congress and do whatever he wants is what makes Obama a dictator, not a president.
Sadly, for a long time now, the majority of our White House’s official press releases have been less like actual press releases and more like a bratty little kids sports team openly whining about how the other side just won’t ever let them win.
For a bunch of grown adults supposedly running our country, it’s pretty pathetic.
In the meantime, the system of checks and balances this nation’s government was based upon has officially gone out the window.
Watch the entire press conference from the White House Rose Garden (if you can stomach it) below: