Andrew P. Napolitano 20 Feb 2014
The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary
for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of
the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks
who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House. And
the folks who can stop this and are doing nothing about it are our elected
representatives in Congress.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It established the three
branches of government, and it delegated “all legislative powers” to Congress.
American law rarely uses the word “all.” Yet the Framers chose that word
precisely to confine law writing to Congress and to prevent a president from
altering federal law by the selective manner of his enforcement of it and
thereby effectively rewriting it…….And while all of this is going on, Congress
largely sits as a potted plant. In the Senate, Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and
Mike Lee have complained long and loud, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
will not permit legislation to address presidential lawlessness to reach the
Senate floor. A few dozen Republicans in the House have complained, but Speaker
John Boehner will not permit the House to address corrective legislation.
Institutionally and officially, Congress is sleeping……..Whoever permits this to
take place lacks fidelity to the Constitution, is unworthy of holding
governmental power in a free society and should be removed from office…….To Read More……