Cumberland Times-News


February 16, 2014

Don’t tolerate presidential abuse of power

An open letter to Sens. Cardin and Mikulski and Rep. Delaney:

I should not have had to write this letter to you because you, and the rest of Congress, should have acted on your own.

I am referring to the unilateral actions of President Obama when he changes laws that have been passed by Congress and have been signed into law by him, and also his refusal to enforce some provisions of some of them.

He does not have the authority to pick and chose what laws he will or will not faithfully execute.

He is not a dictator or a king. He is the president who needs to abide by the Constitution of the United States of America.

I am 76 years old and in all of my life I have never witnessed this kind of abuse of power by a president.

Concerning the duties of the president, the Constitution specifically states in Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5, “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”

Wikipedia states “This clause in the Constitution imposes a duty on the President to take due care while executing laws and is called the Take Care Clause, also known as the Faithful Execution Clause or Faithfully Executed Clause. This clause is meant to ensure that a law is faithfully executed by the President, even if he disagrees with the purpose of that law.”

Both Congress and the President take oaths of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America

Concerning the duties of Congress, the Constitution specifically states in Article 1, Section 1, “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.”

Wikipedia states, “Section 1 is a vesting clause, granting all the federal government’s legislative authority to Congress. Similar vesting clauses are found in Articles II and III, which grant “the executive power” to the President and “the judicial power” to the federal judiciary.

In legal proceedings, the working definition of “herein” connotes specificity and exclusivity. The Vesting Clauses thus establishes the principle of separation of powers by specifically giving to each branch of the federal government only those powers it can exercise and no others.

This means that no branch may exercise powers that properly belong to another (e.g., since the legislative power is only vested in Congress, the executive and judiciary may not enact laws)

You, the Congress, are derelict in your duty by letting the president usurp your duties. You are supposed to be representing the people who elected you but you are not even upholding your constitutional oath.

If you think otherwise then how do you account for the exceptionally low approval ratings of both Congress (9 percent) and the president?

It is past time for Congress to be held accountable by the people.

A large majority (75 percent) of the people are in favor of term limits for Congress, but you keep ignoring the people that you are supposed to be representing.

Please don’t use the excuse that the people keep voting the incumbents back in because we all know what advantages an incumbent has including name recognition, money raising, and PAC support. Just do the right thing.

Our forefathers never envisioned lifetime politicians or I am sure that they would have included term limits in our Constitution

We limit terms for the president and we need to do the same for Congress.

Vernon Grapes



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