By Jerry Newcombe
We have transitioned away from the traditional three branches of government – the legislative, the executive, and the judicial – to a new form under President Obama
Gary Bauer, President Reagan’s senior policy advisor, told me in a recent interview for the Truths That Transform television program: “For the last seven years we’ve had an administration in Washington that believes the three branches of government are the president, his pen, and his telephone.”
President Obama said famously, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
What he means by that is that if he does not like the actions of Congress, if they don’t approve of his agenda, then he will pass by legislative fiat his own agenda.
Many critics of the president today feel he has crossed the line of abusing power. For example:
The Congress considered and declined passing the Dream Act. The president doesn’t agree and effectively passes it anyway through executive order. Now we have unbelievable border chaos. While Congress has rejected cap-and-trade and all other measures to fight global warming because they would have no significant impact on global temperature but would cost hundreds of billions of dollars and countless jobs, the Obama administration is using EPA regulation (the “Clean Power Plan”) to force states to do it anyway. Recently, Obama declared that all schools in the country should allow for an open bathroom policy in order to accommodate transgenders – with the implicit threat that they’ll lose federal funding if they fail to do so.
This last push was not some act of Congress that he signed. It was by executive fiat.
Obama also decreed recently that hospitals, including religious ones, should conduct reconstructive transgender surgery – or face the loss of federal money. Here again, the president is acting as if he rules over a monarchy or a banana republic, not a constitutional republic.
If there’s one doctrine the founding fathers of America seemed to agree upon, it is one revealed in the Bible and proven by all history – that man is a sinner. Therefore, power was to be separated into three distinct branches of government. As James Madison, a key architect of the Constitution, once put it, “All men having power ought to be distrusted.”
Madison argued in Federalist #47: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
John Adams talked about how those with political power tend to be like “ravenous beasts of prey.” As Lord Acton would note many decades later, Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
George Washington, an amazing man by all accounts, was given the opportunity to become the king of America.
His disillusioned, underpaid men met with their Commander-in-Chief in 1782, months after England surrendered at Yorktown, and a couple…