So, as expected, the Lightbringer has announced executive action to allow up to five million illegal aliens to obtain legal temporary residence in the USA. I believe his actions are unconstitutional (based as much on his own reading of the law as anything else, as we'll see in a moment), but fortunately they're not as damaging as they might have been. Dr. Jerry Pournelle has a succinct analysis of them over at Chaos Manor - it's worth reading.
The biggest problem, to me, is that President Obama has deliberately, callously and cold-bloodedly chosen to ride roughshod over the constitution and laws of the United States. His Justice Department has produced a 'justification' for his actions (the link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format), but his own words belie it. No less than 25 times in the past few years, he's made this clear.
He even (in so many words) admitted it during his speech last night:
And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.
Unfortunately for Mr. Obama's rhetoric, Congress has already passed a bill - more than one of them. They currently form the law of the land. Mr. Obama really means that he wants another bill, one that conforms to his actions. I doubt very much whether he'll get it.
I think Mr. Obama's words last night demonstrated very clearly his contempt for the constitution and laws of this country, the legislative and judicial branches of its government, and the voters who - two weeks ago - handed an almighty shellacking to his policies and his party, a gigantic vote of no confidence in anyone's language. Clearly, he doesn't give a damn about any of them, and he's set course for a gigantic confrontation with all of them. As fellow blogger Murphy's Law has pointed out, what he's really saying is:
... it's not like I care what Congress wants or does. I mean, they just represent and speak for peons, and I, Barack Obama, am the leader and sole decider of what will or will not happen in this country.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading.
It's my personal belief that President Obama now represents a clear and present danger to the rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution in these United States. The same applies to all who support his misguided and unconstitutional policy changes announced last night. He, and they, must be stopped. If the new Republican majority in Congress and the Senate fails to do so, they'll have branded themselves not only utterly ineffectual, but complicit in the danger he and his policies pose. Unfortunately, I expect nothing better from them . . . as I've said many times in these pages, I trust neither Republicans nor Democrats to put the interests of this country ahead of their partisan political objectives.
I won't be surprised to see some individuals and groups, who (justifiably) feel abandoned by their government, turn to more direct actions to deter the presence of illegal aliens. Under the circumstances, I can hardly blame them.