From POTUS to KOTUS

Recently, the President of the United States announced that he will not enforce part of the existing Immigration laws in favor of his own interpretation of how it should work, and is implementing it as an Executive Order. This is a significant overstepping of his authority as POTUS. Taking this step is tantamount to saying, “I don’t like that law, so I’m changing it.” It reminds of that scene in the movie “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean”, where he repeals a law by tearing its page out of his law book.
My friends, this is how kings operated back in the 1700s and it was one of the things our Constitution was created to avoid. I am amazed that our Congress (both houses and both parties) and our Judiciary Branch are not jumping up and down in anger and indignation. Have they also forgot what they are supposed to do and how they are a check and balance to the Executive Branch?
Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not commenting on whether the approach to immigration is a good idea or not – Republican Senator Marko Rubio has advanced a similar plan. It’s the method POTUS is using that I am concerned about. This is tantamount to a king making his own laws and setting aside his Parliament. This approach wreaks havoc with the economy, because business has no idea what the king will decide to do next. Who will be rewarded with a tax break and who will be punished with a tax hike? Whose livelihood will be declared illegal? The resultant stability of law is one of the great benefits of having a legislative body instead of a single person making all the rules.
But let’s assume that he has pure and angelic motives (wait – this is a politician I’m talking about, right?). It’s the precedence he is setting that is such a slippery slope.
I don’t care if POTUS is a Republic, Democrat, Socialist, Libertarian, or whatever. He/She is not permitted to make their own laws. That is the first step to taking the US back to colonial days, when we had laws passed by a King and Parliament who gave us no representation to the process of creating laws.
If you are an Obama supporter, think of it this way – If you like the Affordable Care Act and it survives the current Constitutional challenge and then Mitt Romney is elected President, do you want him to have the power to set it aside in five minutes with an Executive Order?
This is insanity, my friends. No matter what party you are aligned with, or even if you have no party alignment, you need to be concerned about this. The stability of our way of life is at stake.
If we allow this sort of thing to stand, no matter who the President is, we have effectively exchanged our President of the United States for our King of the United States.
– Saint Leo

The New Egypt

Lest there be any illusions about this, Egypt will soon be joining the ranks of the radical Islamist states. We shouldn’t forget that Al Qaeda has its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt controls the Suez Canal, which provides the only pathway from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean. The Canal is of great strategic importance to the US and many other western countries. Interestingly enough, Britain and France once seized the Canal and the US applied pressure to give it back.
I heard this morning that the Brotherhood has so far focused on social issues (moving toward a Sharia law society) rather than Egypt’s significant economic problems. Sounds like the approach of a certain western leader to me.
One clear consequence will be the demise of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. I predict fighting in less than a year. On a different note, some Christians will be talking about the book of Revelations and how these events in Egypt look to them.
According to Google, US aid to Egypt since 1979 averages $2B a year, most of which goes to their military. The result, of course, is that they are better equipped than any Mideast country except Israel. We have yet again armed likely adversaries in an attempt to buy friendship.
How long will we continue to give money to an unfriendly regime? Have we learned nothing? We have pursued this policy for way too long (since 1950-ish). Every time the US attempts to influence the outcome of political situations in other cultures, we increase the animosity and “blowback” that future Administrations have to deal with. When I first heard Ron Paul speak against this policy, I thought he was a dreamy idealist. Today, the number of times he has been right are really stacking up.
Saint Leo