Letter: Obama’s unlawful orders
When we read about and see the crisis on our southern border, it should bring into focus the writings of noted liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger, who outlined the “extreme danger to liberty posed by lawless executive overreach.”
He was writing at the time of Richard Nixon. In our time, his views are echoed by another liberal constitutional scholar at George Washington University, Jonathan Turley.
When President Obama announced to Congress that “he would go it alone” if Congress didn’t act, Turley wrote that Obama was crossing a constitutional line, that “there is no license for going it alone in our system.” In spite of that, the president has done just that.
It is my opinion that since Obama shows no indication that he is willing to follow the law and the Constitution, every reasonable measure should be taken to remove him from power.
Congress should make a clear declaration that government executives and employees are under no obligation to obey unlawful executive orders and in fact will be held to account if they violate the law and constitution.
Whereas Congress holds the purse strings of government, they should defund any government department or agency wherever, whenever possible to insure that those offending can do as little harm as possible to the people.