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

The 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 judicial.

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 the Constitution.

Right now the country is facing just such a challenge.

Since 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.

It 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.