The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry; inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries; hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress); gun control measures; seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC; declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling; calling a treaty with Iran an “agreement” to avoid the constitutional mandate of Senatorial ratification; disregarding immigration law and then using executive fiat to create new amnesty-style laws; providing waivers so that the friends of the Democrats can be exempt from various laws; rewriting the Service Contract Act of 1965; or unilateral military decisions after accusing Bush of not having the constitutional authority to do so. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has argued that the worst is yet to come. “These are not lawful actions. These are the power-hungry actions of a president who refuses to work with Congress.”
In March of 2008, Barack Obama said, “I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.” Yet, as expected by most conservatives who have a finger on the pulse of politics, President Barack Obama has consolidated more power than George Bush pulled into the executive branch, and the overreach of the federal government into State issues has expanded in kind.
According to Obama, the greatest threat to our “democracy,” and the world (note, the founders created this nation as a republic, not a democracy), is Climate Change. What he means is man-made global warming, human influence on the rising and falling global temperature that has been rising and falling long before human beings even figured out how to use fire, much less drive large automobiles. Through the hoax of man-made Climate Change, the tendrils of societal control are also feeling their way into our lives. President Barack Obama is in the process of imposing steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, calling for unprecedented carbon dioxide limits. The EPA has already instituted Cap and Trade, after Congress shot it down, and now Obama is poised to finalize his next set of limits on energy.
“Climate change is not a problem for another generation,” Obama said. “Not anymore.”
The entire list of power grabs by this administration are beyond constitutional authority. No place in the United States Constitution is the President of the United States granted the authority to act legislatively without Congress (a Congress Obama calls “broken” when they don’t jump to rubber stamp his demands), and there is no place in the Constitution that grants the authority to the federal government, itself, over any of these issues I’ve mentioned. Internal issues belong to the States. It is up to each State, if they desire to do so, to handle the issues that occur within their State boundaries. The federal government was established to handle things like common defense, and trade with other nations; and even then, the federal government is supposed to get the okay of the people through Congressional approval and ratification (prior to the progressive era 17th Amendment the States had say in all of this, too).
Obama’s energy power grab not only imposes limits that the federal government has no business demanding, but goes so far as to demand that the States fall in line, or else, by submitting plans by 2018, and to fully comply by 2022. The plan is aimed at killing the coal industry, and making it too expensive for consumers to use any energy other than that which comes from a failing and unproven renewable energy industry.
It is not the job of the federal government to clamp down on any private industry, or dictate to the States what they can or can’t do regarding that industry within State lines. Some States have indicated they plan to fight the President on his energy mandate, with some Republican governors declaring they simply won’t comply. The liberal left says the States will lose that battle, because from their statist view of things, the Environmental Protection Agency can force its own plan on States that fail to submit implementation plans, based on the language of Obama’s law.
Comply, or be forced to comply by a tyrannical federal government.
Congress says they plan legislation to stop Obama’s regulation, as if President Obama even cares what Congress says, or does.
The Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, which represents energy companies, says 20 to 30 States are poised to join with the energy industry in suing Obama over his executive rule on energy.
In other words, they plan to sue the federal government through a federal court system with federal judges paid by federal money. . . you know, like the States did regarding Obamacare. Yeah. And how do you think that’ll turn out?
Until States are willing to nullify these unconstitutional laws through a consolidated effort, in other words refusing to implement these tyrannical demands, the dictator will continue to dictate. The problem is, State legislatures and governors don’t seem to think they have the power or the authority to stand up against tyranny. Usually, like good little subjects, they just fall in line, and do as many States are doing now regarding the Obama energy mandates, obediently submitting their implementation plans.
The people through their States are the authors of the United States Constitution, and the States hold original authority on all issues. As per the 10th Amendment, if the power is not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the States, the issue is reserved as a State issue. . . and nowhere in the Constitution is environmental issues granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the States.
Obama understands this. He knows there are no constitutional authorities granted regarding anything he is doing. He could care less. He doesn’t view the Constitution as being the law of the land, but as being an obstacle to his statist endeavors.