Above the law?
Editor, Record Express,
Article II Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution establishes the oath of office to be taken by the President:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
I took this oath when entering the Military and it meant everything to me and it still does. Article VI, Section 3 of the state Constitution establishes the oath of office for all the Commonwealth’s public officers:
“I do solemnly swear (or Affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”
The Obamacare health bill was passed by Congress and became law, all 2600 pages and was to become effective on Oct. 1, 2013. Congress did not give the president authority to change any part of this law, it is the law, whether you like it or not. He has given over 2,000 exceptions in this law. He has delayed implementation for most businesses. He gave one company over $600 million dollars in a no bid contract and fired them because of poor performance and gave another company $80 million dollars to fix the mess. He has given orders not to deport certain illegal immigrants and the law says they must be deported. In other words he only will enforce the laws he agrees with, which is contrary to the Constitution and oath he took.
Pennsylvania, as of this point, has a law to prevent gay marriages; right or wrong, it is the law and our Attorney General refuses to enforce this law because she does not agree with it. If the Attorney General is not going to enforce the Commonwealth’s laws, she should be removed from office for dereliction of duty.
Article I, Section I, gives Congress the power to make laws:
“All legislative Power herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
This branch make the laws and the President has the authority to enforce them through the Judicial Branch, U.S. Attorney General’s office. We do not have a dictator form of government and the Constitution is being violated continually and Congress isn’t doing anything about it. President Nixon was impeached for lying under oath, maybe we want to compare that with this President and his actions.
Howard L. Snoke