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Tom’s Sunday Sermon for Nov. 23, 2014

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“Obama is Not a Monarch” — by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the law.

Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the president threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally.

To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American people. The Democrats suffered historic losses in the midterm elections largely over the prospect of the president’s executive amnesty.

President Obama was correct: His policies were on the ballot across the nation in 2014. The elections were a referendum on amnesty, and the voters soundly rejected it. There was no ambiguity.

Undeterred, President Obama is going forward. It is lawless. It is unconstitutional. He is defiant and angry at the American people. He is acting as a Monarch.

Thankfully, the framers of our Constitution, wary of the dangers of monarchy, gave the Congress tools to rein in abuses of power. They believed if the president wants to change the law, he cannot act alone; he must work w Congress.

He may not get everything he wants, but the Constitution requires compromise between the branches.

A monarch however, does not compromise. As Alexander Hamilton explains in Federalist 69, a monarch decrees, dictates, and rules through fiat power, which is what President Obama is attempting.

When the president embraces the tactics of a monarch, it becomes incumbent on Congress to wield the constitutional power it has to stop it.

Congress, representing the voice of the people, should use every tool available to prevent the president from subverting the rule of law.

When the president usurps the legislative power and defies the limits of his authority, it becomes all the more imperative for Congress to act. And Congress should use those powers given to it by the Constitution to counter a lawless executive branch — or it will lose its authority.

The new Senate majority leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee – executive or judicial – outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists.

This is a potent tool given to Congress by the Constitution explicitly to act as a check on executive power. It is a constitutional power of the majority leader alone, and it would serve as a significant deterrent to a lawless president.

Additionally, the new Congress should exercise the power of the purse by passing individual appropriations bills authorizing critical functions of government and attaching riders to strip the authority from the president to grant amnesty.

President Obama will no doubt threaten a shutdown — that seems to be the one card he repeatedly pays — but Congress can authorize funding for agencies of government one at a time. If the President is unwilling to accept funding for, say, the Department of Homeland Security without his being able to unilaterally defy the law, he alone will be responsible for the consequences.

A presidential temper tantrum is not an acceptable means of discourse.

Of course, these confrontations are not desirable, and it is unbecoming for an American president to show such condescension towards the voters.

The American people, however, are not powerless. They have elected a new Congress full of members who have promised in their campaigns to stand up to this lawless President and stop the amnesty. We must honor our commitments.

If the President will not respect the people, Congress must.

News, notes and whatever:

“Father of the Constitution” and 4th US President James Madison in Federalist 45 .. on the proper relationship between states and the federal government — “the powers of the federal government were to be few and defined … most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”

Excellent story of the strategy Republican governor-elect Larry Hogan used for an upset win in liberal Maryland. Thanks to a Sermon recipient for passing along.

Global warming debate? Not in the main-stream media. The LA Times refuses to print letters that disagree w global warming, CNN openly mocks them on air, the NY Times ran a cartoon suggesting climate change skeptics should be stabbed to death, and MSNBC and CBS only interview climate change believers on their programs.

Democratic policies like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was sold w a promise that it would give women “equal pay for equal work,” have done nothing to close the wage gap during Obama’s presidency. The best thing for women’s economic standing – as well as men’s – is A GROWING ECONOMY, and the gap closed significantly more during the 1980’s and early 1990’s under Reagan and the first President Bush than under any modern Democratic president.

Indiana’s new food stamp mandate maintains that, “any able-bodied Indiana adult without children will need to be working at least 20 hours a week, be in job training, or searching for employment in order to qualify.” New York’s Mayor Bill De Blasio recently announced he is scaling back rules that require recipients of the city’s assistance programs to seek work.

Google has given up on green-energy projects. Lewis Page explains why renewable energy is such a total fail … “it’s so ludicrously inefficient and impossibly expensive that if ever we were so foolish as to try rolling it out on a scale beyond its current boutique levels, it would necessitate bankrupting the global economy.”

Republicans are licking their chops to run Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval against 5-term Senator Harry Reid in 2016. Sandoval is hugely popular and crushed his Democrat opponent by 40+ points in the recent election.

Bear Bryant — “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.”

See ya next week.

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