It cannot honestly be said that Obama believed he had authority to do that. He had explicitly admitted he did not. So let's not dance around any alleged ambiguities in the Constitution or anything else concerning his executive authority to act in that situation. His own admission, just a month before, as to his inability to act is a smoking gun on this issue, on his character and on his attitude toward the law and the American people.
Now he's getting ready to do it again -- and even more egregiously. He has pretended he is concerned with the border invasion from Central America, which his policies invited. He has promised, repeatedly, that he will take action to enforce the border and to expedite the deportation of these people.
As an excuse for refusing to enforce it, he has blamed Republicans for not agreeing to his "comprehensive immigration reform" bill, which, as always with his initiatives, is deceitfully misnamed. Republicans oppose that legislation because they believe that it would amount to amnesty and that it would not secure the border -- the worst of both worlds.
Know this: Obama fully understands that he also has no authority to issue the executive order on immigration he is now planning. His order would allow millions of people who came here illegally to remain in the country.
Is there any restraint on his authority that he recognizes? What if he decides to just release criminals from prison? What would stop him should he sympathize with their plight, given his perennial angst against the system?
The Post reports that many Democrats up for election are worried that such an action by Obama would destroy their chances. It says Republican leaders are also concerned, fearing that an overreaction to Obama's lawlessness could backfire on Republicans and help Democrats.
Well, I don't know how all this is going to play out politically, but I do know that neither Obama nor the lion's share of Democratic candidates pretending to oppose his unilateral action care one whit about the constitutional restraints on Obama's authority. They'll pretend to care only to save their skins in their elections.
This is what it's come to in this country. We have a president and most of the leaders and elected officials of his party subscribing to an end-justifies-the-means approach to governance and exhibiting a willingness to put their partisan interests and their ideological agenda ahead of the rule of law and the national interests.
Despite fears of some establishment Republicans, I choose to believe that if Obama makes good on his threat, there will be electoral hell for Democrats to pay in November -- not Republicans. Just watch and see.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel," will be released Sept. 8. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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