I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of
President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability,
preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
- U.S. Presidential oath
above words represent a promise to the American people by every
incoming U.S. President. It is their oath that in exchange for the faith
of the voters for placing them in office, they in turn will protect the
rights of all by preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution
of the United States.
America has survived as one of the most
successful, longest lasting representative democracies in history
because of the structure of its federal government, dictated from the
pages of the Constitution. An intricate set of checks and balances
between the three branches - the executive, the legislative, and the
In its simplest terms, the legislative branch writes the
laws of the country. The judicial branch interprets the laws of the
U.S., and the executive branch administers the laws of the country. As
has been proved down through the centuries, whenever one branch of
government becomes too powerful, the government itself can fall apart,
ending in systems ranging from dictatorships to anarchy. Under the
federal system, the different branches have pushed and pulled against
each other, trying to gain an upper hand, but for the most part staying
in balance, allowing America to move forward without fear of a
governmental collapse. At times, however, one or two of the branches
have needed to push back against the third to bring it into line with
Right now the country is facing just such a challenge.
the passage of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama or members of
his administration have flaunted executive power over the law. When the
ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, was passed by Congress and then
signed into law by the President, it was set. It contained rules,
regulations, and deadlines, duly voted on by Congress under its
Constitutional responsibility of creating the laws of the country. The
President’s responsibility was to see that the law was faithfully
executed and enforced.
He has not only failed, he has knowingly
altered on his own sections of the law and ignored enforcement of
others. Just this week, he delayed again, another mandate of the law,
pushing back for another year the requirement for some businesses to
comply with providing employees health insurance.
To be clear, we
are not criticizing the delay. The delay may make perfect sense - just
as many of the more than two dozen delays and changes the administration
has pronounced have made sense. Our belief, however, is that no
President has the authority to change laws on their own or pick and
choose which laws to enforce.
And that is exactly what President
Obama and his administration is doing - choosing which laws they want to
enforce. The proof was the in the statement released by the Treasury
Department after the President’s announcement. Treasury officials said
on Monday they would not enforce the rules of the ACA in 2015.
is time Congress fought back. If they choose to let the President create
and change laws from the White House, the country is at risk of seeing
the system of checks and balances collapse. If they choose to roll over
and ignore the problem, one day they will wake up and realize that their
elected positions have become ceremonial.
And it will be American citizens who pay the price for that lack of action.