Our system of government is utterly broken. Our president operates as a king and our elected lawmakers frequently refuse to use the power of the legislative body to rein-in the executive branch that threatens our fundamental liberties continually.
Though most Republicans have offered stern condemnation regarding Obama’s use of executive orders, one congressman, however, is refusing to stop at mere words and has proposed censuring the president for his blatant attack on the Second Amendment and his attack on the Constitution’s separation of powers.
On Thursday, Mississippi Republican Rep. Steve Palazzo introduced a resolution to censure the president, a move that is rarely used. Several attempts were made to censure President Clinton during his Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Senate formally censured Andrew Jackson in 1834 (Old Hickory had worked to dismantle the Bank of the United States).
“That the House of Representatives does hereby censure and condemn Barack Obama for having willfully disregarded the legislative powers of the duly elected Congress provided by the Constitution of the United States through his executive actions to deprive American citizens of their constitutionally-mandated right to bear arms under the Second Amendment,” the resolution states.
The move is unlikely to gain traction as the House is controlled by moderate factions of the GOP, including the notoriously-weak Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
Time and time again, the Republican-controlled House and Senate refuse to actually utilize the power of the legislative body to control the unruly president who operates in a manner completely detached from constitutional principles or basic ethics.
Though Palazzo’s efforts will likely go unrewarded, it is satisfying to see someone in the House work to attempt to bring the executive back in line with the Constitution.
As for Obama’s executive orders to curtail the Second Amendment, the legislative branch will have little recourse until the appropriations process in 2017. Republicans have already pledged to cut-off funding for the Department of Justice to eradicate the unconstitutional executive edicts, but with 2017 so far away and the House’s track record, it seems that unless the House is helmed by a true conservative with a modicum of backbone, the likely outcome will be yet-another “showdown” where Republicans talk a great deal about principles, but fold like hot laundry (unless we cans place a conservative into the White House).