Last week, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments in a 26-state lawsuit that accuses President Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority in granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Spearheading the lawsuit is Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who said that it was the duty of the nation’s highest court to check Obama’s expanding powers.
In an interview with The Blaze, Abbott said, “This is an abuse of presidential authority, this tramples on the United States Constitution and if this is allowed, the United States Constitution has been completely rewritten.”
Many experts believe that the abbreviated current makeup of the court will limit the ruling to one of standing, meaning that the constitutionality of Obama’s orders will be decided on another day. For Abbott, who sent an email to his regular supporters to underline the gravity of the case, that may not be good enough.
“The Rule of Law hangs in the balance with this case,” Abbott wrote. “Especially with the loss of constitutionalist Justice Scalia. The Supreme Court will decide whether we follow the Constitution or allow the President to play the role of a King. That’s how important this is. If a president can completely re-write the law with a Supreme Court aiding and abetting his illegal actions, our founding document and principles will be reduced to words on paper.”
Abbott is not only seeking to strengthen the legitimacy of the lawsuit, he’s shining the spotlight on an aspect of Obama’s actions rarely discussed in mainstream coverage. The real problem – the real danger – comes from the precedent these orders set. Even if Obama’s actions had been favorable to conservative interests (stretch your imagination), they would be incompatible with the Constitution. This was not “prosecutorial discretion”; this was a blatant and shocking expansion of the executive branch. If allowed to stand, subsequent presidents will cite this case when Congress stands in their way, and it’s not difficult to imagine President Clinton writing Oval Office laws that make Obama’s orders seem reasonable by comparison.
There will come a day when liberals regret supporting this president’s lawlessness. They’ve gotten so caught up in feel-good DREAMer propaganda that they’ve forgotten a simple truth: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. When it’s Donald Trump haughtily declaring that he has a “pen and a phone,” they may finally understand the folly of their position.