Rand Paul may have suspended his 2016 Presidential campaign, but he hasn’t stopped getting into the thick of things and stirring things up.
Yesterday, he published an article on breitbart.com calling out Congress on their lack of oversight of the Executive Brand and their willingness to give their power to the President. (hat tip to here for the story) Senator Paul writes,
“Many conservatives readily see the President’s overreach in economic regulation but fail to grasp Presidential overreach when it comes to war. Our founders gave the power to declare war to the Legislature not the President. Yet, this President has had our country involved in two undeclared, unconditional wars in Libya and Syria.
“Congress has done nothing.
“Yet Congress’ abdication of its constitutional authority and duty to declare war did not begin with a President run amok. It began with Congress partially transferring its power via legislation.
“The same can be said about the power to enact sanctions.
“During the debate over the Iranian Agreement to end sanctions, many Congressional voices lamented that these sanctions were enacted by Congress and should not be unilaterally ended by the President without Congressional approval.
“As many observers noted, Congress has only itself to blame.”
Senator Paul hits the nail on the head: while abuse of executive orders and Executive Branch overreach are a problem that the Executive Branch needs to show some restraint about, Congress shares a huge part of the blame for this whole problem because they have given the President legislative powers and they do not even seem to have tried to curb the dictatorial tendencies of an Executive Branch that can legislate.
It’s the devolution of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire all over again.
And we need to remember that the Founding Fathers separated the three branches of government because they knew that an Executive Branch that can legislate and also be the decider of right and wrong, Constitutional or unConstitutional is an Executive Branch that is a dictator whether explicitly called that.
It’s time that we had a Congress with some guts. No more centrists. No more middle of the road people. We need a majority in both houses of Congress that isn’t afraid to be unpopular with the media so that they can drag the Executive Branch kicking and screaming back into compliance with the Constitution.
The question is: how do we get that majority in Congress?
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