It doesn’t happen too often, but I must admit that I was wrong.
(Just to be clear, the admitting it part is what doesn’t happen often. I’m wrong all the time, but I usually just shut up and hope my wife doesn’t notice.)
But when I said in past articles that President Obama’s use of executive orders made Congress irrelevant, it hadn’t actually occurred to me that a group of representatives might actually find a whole new raison d’etre in helping Obama destroy Congress.
As Rep. Paul Ryan said recently, “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress.”
But a group of Democrats (natch) calling themselves the Congressional Full Employment Caucus is talking about actually drafting a host of executive orders for Obama to sign.
Normally, a proposal by a congress member would go through Congress, following all the procedures that have been established for hundreds of years. But this caucus has actually taken Obama’s usurpation of unconstitutional power to heart and wants to join him in destroying the laws of the land.
Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told a gathering of Democrats last week, “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work. I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength. … In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders, draft them of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.”
After all, why follow the law just because you’re in Congress?
Don’t you people realize that Democrats represent the real America, and it’s you crazy conservatives who are out of touch? (Sorry, I was translating Lee’s statements from Flim-Flam into English.)
The Full Employment Caucus so far includes Lee, John Conyers, Frederica Wilson, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, José Serrano and Mike Quigley.
The caucus members haven’t yet made public any of their big plans for “full employment,” and frankly, I’m afraid to ask. I think I’m smelling farming collectives steel cookware factories in the near future.
Logically, I expected the president to have supporters on his march toward the first American throne, but the blatant enthusiasm for stomping on the Constitution is stunning, even when it comes from some of Congress’ most notoriously anti-American members.
What’s next? Maybe Democrats in a bout of honesty will compose an executive order, to be signed by the president, making Obama imperator and proclaiming a triumph through Washington’s streets, followed by the sacrifice of Obama’s enemies in the arena.
Obama hasn’t quite crossed the Rubicon just yet, but he’s got his feet wet and he’s eyeing the opposite shore.