Executive Disorder and the Breakdown of Federalism

Ten days ago, Americans voted Democrats out of Congress in the midterm elections. In what was rightly called a repudiation of Obama’s policies, the voting electorate made it clear they weren’t fans of the Democrat agenda. But apparently this hasn’t done anything to change Obama or his policies. At all.

Obama has made it abundantly clear that he will continue to accomplish his will through executive order with or without the support of Congress:

. . . Obama has angered Republicans who accuse him of essentially defying the message sent by the electorate. All of the talk by the White House in recent days of working together with the new Congress seems belied by a president who has wasted little time advancing some of the same policies that were renounced just a week ago, Republicans said.

“The president is completely ignoring the will of the American voters, who turned out on Election Day and overwhelmingly elected people who wanted to change the direction of the country,” Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, said in an interview.

Here’s a sad fact: Obama might actually be even more radically dedicated to his agenda after losing control of Congress. Because now, Obama’s political maneuvers and rule by executive order will have no impact on other Democrats vying for re-election. In a sense, losing control of Congress was Obama’s liberation from future political retribution. He has nothing left to lose.

Have you noted that “checks and balances” have been basically thrown out the window? The judicial system is running roughshod over legislators when it can, Obama is ruling by executive order, and Congress (the most democratically-structured institution of the whole bunch) is creating laws by the bushel and who knows what they are actually accomplishing.

The Constitutional system of the Founding Fathers is broken. When every branch of government is operating beyond its original bounds with no potential for retribution, how is the voting public supposed to communicate its will?