Yet again, ‘prime minister’ Obama thinks he’s above the Constitution. He sincerely believes he knows better than everyone else how to run the country – and indeed the world. In his latest move, he’s signaling that he will personally lift sanctions on Iran. He knows there’s no way Congress would endorse that so he’s planning to go it alone like he did with his Executive Orders (EO) like the DACA program (not deporting DREAM-ers), the employer mandate within the ACA (Obamacare), Fast and Furious, dropping prosecution of the Black Panthers voter intimidation case, and his EO that says federal contracts will not be awarded to companies who disagree with the LGBT agenda.
As he once famously observed, he’s happy to use his “pen and phone” to get things done.
NEW YORK TIMES: No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.
But Mr. Obama cannot permanently terminate those sanctions. Only Congress can take that step. And even if Democrats held on to the Senate next month, Mr. Obama’s advisers have concluded they would probably lose such a vote.
“We wouldn’t seek congressional legislation in any comprehensive agreement for years,” one senior official said.
The Take Care Clause of the Constitution in Article II commands each president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” So long as he issues orders specifically directing his subordinates on how to administer or enforce some aspect of federal law, he’s fulfilling his constitutional duty. But two things executive orders cannot do: They cannot make law, and they cannot stop laws from being carried out. This is where Obama is taking what may be unprecedented steps in violation of the Constitution. Now he’s taking his overreach into the international arena. Be afraid.