Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:00

Congresswoman: Drafting Executive Orders “Number One Agenda”

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told a meeting of the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus January 29 that the chief job of Congress in the coming months should be to draft executive orders for President Obama to sign instead of Congress passing laws themselves, as required by the U.S. Constitution and its separation of powers doctrine.

Rep. Lee stated

We have a dream that is attainable, Mr. Conyers.... People need work, and we're not doing right by them to creating work. I believe this caucus will put us on the right path. And we will 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.

Congresswoman Lee's “number one agenda” should instead be following her oath to “support and defend” the U.S. Constitution, which does not allow the president to legislate by executive order. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution reads: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” If “all” legislative power rests in Congress, then it stands to reason that none remains for the President. The president has no authority for “creating work” outside of any law passed by Congress. Shockingly, Lee's suggestion that the role of the legislature should be that of an advisor toward presidential legislating-by-executive-decree mirrors exactly the legislative plan outlined by Adolf Hitler in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. In that book, Hitler wrote that the executive branch would be in control of the legislative and executive functions of government while the legislative branch should be relegated to a mere advisory role in which the executive would make the laws:

[O]ne will not be able to do without those corporations which today we call parliaments. Their councilors will then actually give counsel, but responsibility can and must be borne always only by one man and thus he alone can and must have the authority and right of command.

Hitler's view was that there should be an executive with total power and control, without interference from an elected legislature. The Nazi Party, Hitler wrote, “rejects a principle of a decision by the majority, by which the leader is degraded to the position of the executive of the will and the opinion of the others. The movement, in small things as well as big things, represents the principle of a Germanic democracy: choice of the leader, but absolute authority of the latter.”

Father of the Constitution James Madison explained in The Federalist, No. 47, that the American Republic was founded upon the opposite principle of separation of powers: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” In that Federalist paper, Madison quotes enlightenment-era theorist Charles Montesquieu, who wrote in his book The Spirit of the Laws: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty.”

The Madison/Montesquieu model flatly contradicts Hitler's model in Mein Kampf, which stated that “He who wants to be the leader bears, with the highest, unrestricted authority, also the ultimate and the most serious responsibility.” Obviously, these two paths of governance lead to widely divergent results with respect to human rights and liberty.

Presidential candidate Obama pledged in 2008 not to use executive orders and “signing statements” as a means of doing an “end run around Congress.” Then-Senator Obama condemned the idea that a president “can make laws as he goes along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We're not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”

But President Obama has taken a different path. He has increasingly adopted Hitler's model of governance while rejecting the Madisonian model he once championed on the campaign trail as senator. In his January 28 State of the Union address this year, Obama repeatedly claimed the authority to legislate through executive order when Congress refuses to do so. On Congress' refusal to raise the national minimum wage, Obama announced:

And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too. In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

In the same address, Obama also pledged to “slash bureaucracy” and to create by executive fiat a retirement vehicle he called “MyRA.”

Obama failed to cite any congressionally authorized statute for legal authority to issue any of the above mandates. Of course, Congress should be furious that the president is usurping their exclusive legislative role — and some members of Congress are furious. But Obama's policy of legislation-by-executive-order has now found a champion in the person of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Photo of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: AP Images

7 comments

  • Comment Link john redmond Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:57 posted by john redmond

    this congresswoman should be removed as she used inappropiate racial comments in the chambers over the Trayvonne martin incident and at Romney during the Presidential campaign and she is just as unconstitutional as Obama and why have neither been arrested for treason against the Republic is beyond me.
    Her seat was probably paid for by the bank gangsters just as Obama's seat was paid for

  • Comment Link Nora Thursday, 06 February 2014 23:10 posted by Nora

    This woman's behavior is exactly the reason this country is off it's rails.

    We need to send every member of congress to jail for treason and take their assets as a punitive measure, since they've all gotten wealthy while we get poorer and poorer, and lose our jobs, homes and liberties.

    The fact is nothing the Potus has supposedly ordered by whim is law, all of it is null and void--without force. Congress is a much bigger part of the real problem and has been since the early beginning, because the very model of their being in Washington and under lobbying influence, rather than in their districts where the common man can converse with them is a huge flaw. They cave in rather than stand on principle.

    It was the members of congress who over the course of six decades rewrote all common law into Universal Commercial Code, which facilitated the international bankers turning us into corporate fictions instead of sentient souls. They are traitors who get paid to disregard our rights, and run the game for corporations.

    We need to remove them all, and send in only common people who have completed constitution school, no more attorneys should be allowed in. In the future we will have to modify government so that it's immune to financial seduction. That way, power-mad control freaks, evil queens who desire to perpetuate the oligarchical system and bankers can't steal away our republic; we'll be able to keep it and have peace.

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Thursday, 06 February 2014 20:57 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Unless we UNDERSTAND that such usurpation and constitutional violations are the result of a CONSPIRACY, we cannot solve this problem. Please go to http://www.jbs.org/presidents-corner/presidents-corner-february-2011 to find how this CONSPIRACY works, and then tell others.

  • Comment Link Dana Shore Thursday, 06 February 2014 19:21 posted by Dana Shore

    There are people in this once great country that will make certain that people like this scum will not find a rock they can hide under !

  • Comment Link Dino Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:40 posted by Dino

    The Constitution is the Law of the Land they are in major violation of their Sworn Oath to which they are BOUND Article 6 Section 3.....FURTHERMORE The Constitution is clear in that even if OB WANNABE DICTATOR were legit and he is NOT proven and validated by legitimate Law enforcement the Military and other intel sources... HE nor Congress NOR the Senate still even through Executive Orders or Treaties Still does not possess the power or the
    authority to USURP the Constitution the Bill of Rights or our Sovereignty!! THey simply just cannot do it!!

    Article 1 Section 7 Clause 2 As long as a FRAUD USURPS the office of President Congress and the Senate can make and pass no laws nor do they possess the power to Ratify

    These two letters are from Judge Dale....
    http://lucas2012infos.wordpres...

    http://angellucci.wordpress.co...

    DICK ACT of 1902... CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) - Protection Against Tyrannical Government
    http://www.knowthelies.com/?q=...



    Article 1 Section 7 Clause 2 is clear

    Obama CANNOT BE IMPEACHED....YOU CANNOT IMPEACH SOMEONE WHO IS NOT LEGALLY PRESIDENT, but you
    can physically arrest him and all his Criminal Associates/Assistants......

    http://minutemennews.com/2013/...
    Article 1 Section 7 Clause 2

    No laws of Congress are valid
    “Congress can pass no law while a usurper pretends to occupy “the Office of President.”
    The Constitution provides that “[e]very Bill which shall have passed
    the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a
    Law, be presented to the President of the United States” (Article I, Section 7, Clause 2). Not to a usurper posturing
    as “the President of the United States,” but to the true and rightful
    President. If no such true and rightful President occupies the White
    House, no “Bill” will or can, “before it become a Law, be presented to
    [him].” If no “Bill” is so presented, no “Bill” will or can become a
    “Law.” And any purported “Law” that the usurper “approve[s]” and
    “sign[s],” or that Congress passes over the usurper’s “Objections,” will
    be a nullity. Thus, if Obama deceitfully “enters office” as an usurper,
    Congress will be rendered effectively impotent for as long as it
    acquiesces in his pretenses as “President.””
    And

    Obama Could not be Removed Except by Force Asa USURPER posturing as
    “the President,” Congress cannot even impeach Obama because, not being the
    actual President, he cannot be “removed from Office on Impeachment for, and
    Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”
    (see Article II, Section 4). In that case, some other public officials would have to arrest
    him—with physical force, if he would not go along quietly—in order to prevent him
    from continuing his imposture. Obviously, this could possibly lead to
    armed conflicts within the General Government itself, or among the
    States and the people. BUT IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IF WE ARE TO SAVE HER!
    America.

    Bear in mind, that as an imposter Commander–in-Chief of the Armed Forces,
    “he will be entitled to no obedience whatsoever from anyone in those Armed
    forces and Law Enforcment. Indeed, for officers or men to follow any of his
    purported “orders” including law enforcement will constitute a serious breach of military
    discipline—and in extreme circumstances perhaps even “war crimes.”
    In addition, no one in any civilian agency in the Executive Branch of
    the General Government will be required to put into effect any of
    Obama’s purported “proclamations,” “executive orders,” or “directives”
    (Viera, J.).

  • Comment Link John E. Rodgers Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:35 posted by John E. Rodgers

    This woman is a perfect reason as to why we need term limits. In her case it should only be one. Kuddo's to all the complete morons who voted her into office in the first place.

  • Comment Link rprew Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:26 posted by rprew

    Sheila Jackson Lee makes Hank Johnson seem intelligent.

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