KATIE ZERR: Small amount of research uncovers flaws in law suit


The rhetoric in Washington D.C., even amidst the ongoing tragedies of the past couple of weeks, should be a wake-up call for all Americans.

Rep. John Boehner, leader of the House Republicans is filing a lawsuit against the President of the United States for overstepping his power and for doing what every president before him has done.

Labeling Obama as the “Imperial President,” Boehner and the House Republicans, who have blocked nearly every form of legislation that has been brought to the floor in their chamber, are now spending our money suing the president for taking actions he believes will help the people of this country.

The Republicans refuse to legislate and they pursue a legal battle to file suit against a president who is trying to at least get something accomplished in Washington. They refuse to do their jobs and now use the court to block the president from doing his. No matter what our view of this president, this latest move by the House Republicans must at least raise concern to the citizens of this nation.

Although there is no constitutional provision or statute that explicitly permits executive orders in the Constitution, the term “executive power” in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 refers to the title of President as the executive.

According to Wikipedia, the online version of McInformation, the executive is instructed therein by the declaration “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5, of the Constitution.

It is very easy to find this information. Do the people responsible for this action really believe in this day and age of information at our fingertips that we are not going to see or understand that they are making grandstand move with mid-term elections around the corner?

Do they think that we are that lazy or that ignorant that we won’t look into this to try and understand what they are doing?

Here it is in a nutshell for those who don’t do any research.

President Barack Obama has enacted 182 executive orders.

The “Imperial President” has issued 109 fewer executive orders than the last Republican President, George W. Bush. Ronald Reagan, the president Republicans hold as the gold standard, issued 381. Theodore Roosevelt enacted 1,081 executive orders, President Dwight Eisenhower had 484; Harry S. Truman, 907; Franklin Roosevelt, issued a whopping 3,522 executive orders. Calvin Coolidge issued 1,203; Woodrow Wilson, 1,803; and Warren B. Harding, 522.

Get the drift? This president is far behind many of his predecessors on this issue.

Yet some House Republicans would like us to believe that Obama has far overstepped his power and we need them to protect us from his imperial power grab.

It ought to be a wake up call to us that these people don’t have enough respect for their constituents to understand we have the ability to think on our own. And if we are too lazy to do that, we can always use our computers.

Their rhetoric, that can be debunked with facts by doing a little bit of computer research, shows that it is Congress that has not done the job for which they were hired.

Their refusal to legislate or even consider legislating is one of the biggest reasons this country has been held back in the past six years.

Yet, they have the unmitigated gall to say this President is not doing his job. They say he is violating the Constitution. They say every problem in this country is of his making and some people are actually agreeing with this move.

That puts a smile on the face of those who really run this Congress through their bank accounts

There is plenty of blame to go around. Those who are bringing this suit have played a large role in what is happening in this country.

There are many of us who are disappointed in this president. We are disappointed in his failure to lead. But we are also smart enough to know the Congress has played a major role in these failures.

It is time for Americans to stand up to this “do nothing” Congress and send a suggestion to their leadership: Hey, Mr. Boehner, why don’t you and your fellow House members start doing your jobs?

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