President Obama has very little use for representative democracy. The radical community organizer-turned-senator-turned-president has made it clear that if the legislative branch does not move quickly to approve his agenda, he is more than willing to stoop to despotism as a means of securing his priorities.
A similar system of government exists in Cuba. While it is often noted that the Castro brothers are dictators, the truth is that Cuba does maintain a legislative body; they’re just expected to rubberstamp any and all agendas set forth by Fidel and later Raul Castro. If the legislative body does not do the bidding of the Castros, the assembly is just simply overruled.
Just like in America, apparently.
President Obama has already issued executive orders to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and has also issued dozens of executive orders to curtail Second Amendment rights for all Americans. Now, according to emerging reports, the Obama Administration is likely to issue a new whopping edict:
Obama is likely to shut-down the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest stated earlier this month,
“At this point, I would not take anything off the table in terms of the president doing everything that he can to achieve this critically important national security objective.”
Of course, labeling it a “national security objective” is actually a bit of unintended irony as closing the facility will greatly imperil national security by either relocating terrorists to the mainland of the United States or, perhaps more likely, releasing them to resume their nefarious deeds.
Congress has made it clear time and time again that they did not want the facility closed. However, with the months winding down until Obama leaves office, it’s more likely that America’s first dictator will lose patience with Congress and act unilaterally in clear violation of existing federal law and the doctrine of separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution.
The latest congressional provision to keep the facility open came earlier this month when Congress overwhelmingly approved the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA outlines $607 billion to be used by the Pentagon and includes several provisions that prohibit the shuttering of the facility and bringing terrorists to the United States mainland.
Obama will likely sign the bill which means that acting unilaterally- or, to put it another way, unconstitutionally- may be his only option to close the facility that harbors 112 terrorists.
Already, Republican lawmakers are eying possible means to keep Obama in check.
[T]he Pentagon has dispatched a small team in three states to survey existing military detention sites as possible alternatives to Guantanamo. GOP senators from Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina have vowed to use every legislative tool available to them to blunt the White House. They believe that moving terrorists into the U.S. amounts to putting a big, red bulls-eye on the facilities and the surrounding communities for other extremists to target.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) has placed a hold on Obama’s nominee to be the next Army secretary, a hint of how lawmakers could potentially jam up the administration. Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has also spoken out against a possible go-it-alone approach.
“He can’t. He [Obama] doesn’t have the authority to do it,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect before the last GOP presidential debate.
The “language is very clear that he can’t transfer the prisoners,” Ryan added, noting the 2016 NDAA text was similar to the kind Democrats put in the bill when they ran Congress.
“The law is the law; it’s just that clear,” he said.
We either have a nation of laws or we do not. That it is even a question of whether Obama will or will not defy the Constitution and federal law is a startling and sobering illustration of how trampled our Constitution has become.
What happened to the liberals who decried Bush’s abuses? Such usurpations by President George W. Bush, while despicable, pale in comparison to the treasonous trespasses inflicted upon Americans by Barack Obama and yet the left remains eerily silent.
With 14 months to go in Obama’s term, one must wonder what kind of country will be inherited by his successor.