- President Clinton is guilty of many crimes of office,
but none more blatant, more audacious nor egregious than one he openly
- There's no need for congressional hearings or an independent
counsel or even an investigative news report to prove this one. The Clinton
administration has consistently boasted that it has ignored the Constitution
with regard to this abuse of power, does so today and will continue to
do so right up until the day the president leaves office next year.
- I'm talking about Clinton's brazen use of executive orders,
memoranda, proclamations, regulations and other forms of legislating and
policymaking and statements that these actions are a direct challenge to
Congress, which, under the Constitution, has sole authority to legislate.
- Even more insulting to our system of government is Clinton's
pattern of making such pronouncements right around Independence Day.
- The New York Times published a story last week quoting
administration officials as saying the White House will continue drafting
and carrying out initiatives with or without Congress right up until Clinton's
last day in office.
- Among the action items on Clinton's agenda, according
to the story, are: Placing more federal land off-limits to development,
reorganizing government agencies, tightening pollution rules and "pushing
other measures that would stand little chance of congressional passage."
- "This president will be signing executive orders
right up until the morning of Jan. 20, 2001," said Bruce Reid, the
president's domestic policy adviser. "In our experience, when the
administration takes executive action, it not only leads to results while
the political process is stuck in neutral, but it often spurs Congress
to follow suit."
- Clinton has signed an average of one executive order
or other policy-making declaration a week, or 450 in all in the last seven-plus
years, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
- It was Independence Day in 1998 when Clinton aide Paul
Begala first went public with this illegal Clinton administration political
strategy. Remember that one?
- "Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool."
It was this column that brought that otherwise obscure quotation to prominence
-- at least in the informed world of the Internet community.
- I don't think it's a coincidence that Clinton officials
make this point around the Fourth of July. I think it's intentional. It's
the kind of in-your-face, law-breaking recklessness that illustrates why
Clinton and his gang are would-be tyrants.
- You see, the trouble with the way Clinton uses executive
orders is that they violate the Constitution. It's not even a close call,
because Clinton comes right out and admits he is issuing them to bypass
- "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," says Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
To that, the Clinton administration replies, "Stroke of the pen. Law
of the Land. Kinda cool."
- I don't know about you or Congress, but I don't think
there's anything cool about totalitarianism. Evidently Clinton, Begala,
Reid and company disagree. Imagine how impressed they would be with Hitler
or Mussolini. They must have been really cool dudes, huh?
- The greatest fears of the Founding Fathers was the establishment
of a strong central government and an ambitious, power-hungry political
leader at the center of that government. They had had their fill of kings
and dictators. They believed the best assurance against centralized authority
was a loose association of sovereign states, which maintained most governmental
power at the local level.
- How far we've come from the days of statesmen like James
Madison, who believed "That all power is originally vested in, and
consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and
ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in
the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property,
and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the
people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform
or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to
the purpose of its institution."
- Note that Madison said "the people" -- not
the government -- have a right to change their government.
- Bill Clinton has taken on this mission as his own God-given
responsibility. He is acting like a strongman, an ayatollah, a czar, a
potentate, a fuehrer.
- And Congress sits by and watches.
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