Congress and the States Still Matter, Mr. President
Last week President Obama and his administration demonstrated that they clearly have little regard for Congress, the states’ authority, or the American people, from whom the former two derive their power.
First, let’s look at how the Obama administration is treating marriage.
Ryan T. Anderson notes:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services put out press releases today announcing they’ll be recognizing same-sex marriage even in states that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Anderson explains that the decisions of the Obama administration degrade the States’ rights:
The Obama Administration’s actions today go beyond the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in that decision clearly states that marriage law is the purview of the states: “[T]he definition and regulation of marriage has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States.” The Obama Administration has chosen not to respect state policy on this and is further eroding the meaning of marriage.
Unfortunately, that’s not where the power trip ended. The President has bypassed Congress before to pass amnesty without their approval, and now he has done so again:
Last week, the Obama Administration issued the latest in a line of policy directives granting amnesty by default. This latest directive instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child—regardless of the child’s immigration status—or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
Sadly, we have a man occupying the White House who cares more about getting his way on his terms than about preserving some essential aspects of our system of government — federalism, democratic self-government, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.