Allen West: “The resurrection of an imperial presidency”

posted at 4:01 pm on June 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The GOP is somewhat less-than-pleased with President Obama’s Friday announcement that he plans to take the United States’ deportation policy into his own hands and issue young illegal immigrants work permits allowing them to stay in the country legally, and several Congresspeople had some fightin’ words for the president on the House floor on Monday afternoon.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) quoted the president from a year ago, when he said the administration can’t ignore laws on the books — advice that Poe said Obama ignored last week. …

“He doesn’t like the constitutional process for lawmaking because it just gets in his way, so he acts like an emperor instead of a president,” Poe added. “It’s time for the former constitutional professor to read the Constitution.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said he is “deeply alarmed that America’s president so blatantly undermines the rule of law.”

“In America, we elect presidents, not caesars,” Brooks said. “The only way to change America’s immigration law is as our Constitution demands, through Congress not by imperial decree.”

Ouch — tell us how you really feel! But when it comes to calling people out for wildly presumptuous oversteps of authority and political pandering, there are few who do it better than Rep. Allen West (R-Florida). He pretty much sums it up:

“What country did we wake up in on Friday?,” West asked. “It just causes people to ask, where are we? You know, the last time we had this was with King George III, and we didn’t like it too much. And I think that you’re seeing the resurrection of an imperial presidency, and the arrogance thereof. To think that you can come out and basically tell the American people that this is what we’re going to do … and don’t question me.” …

“America is not about ruling by verbal edict or just whims; the president has been elected to enforce the laws of this country. And he doesn’t get to pick which laws he likes or dislikes. And I find it very perplexing and ironic that when he had control of the House and Senate, this did not seem like a very important issue.”

Real talk — and it feels so good.


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Conservatism always sounds so good when it comes out with passion, and West has that passion in bulk quantities.

MadisonConservative on June 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

^^THIS!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

If Obama is re-elected (God forbid), and puts his hand on the Bible again while he recites the oath of office, will his hand spontaneously combust?

AZCoyote on June 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Prolly not, but I would consider it an abomination.

44Magnum on June 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Allen West for VP!!!!

golembythehudson on June 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Allen West for VP!!!!

golembythehudson on June 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Keep him in Congress-but there’s no way that I’d want him as veep.
Romney/Jindal please!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Romney/Jindal please!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on June 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Another Constitutional crisis courtesy of Barack Kardashian Obama…

Khun Joe on June 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Romney/West 2012 — because it’s too late for West/Romney.

The Rogue Tomato on June 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Absolutely! Then if only Romney would do us the favor of dropping dead maybe we can save this country.

Browncoatone on June 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Absolutely! Then if only Romney would do us the favor of dropping dead maybe we can save this country.

Browncoatone on June 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Resigning would be a perfectly valid alternative.

CapnObvious on June 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

<blockquoteAbsolutely! Then if only Romney would do us the favor of dropping dead maybe we can save this country.

Browncoatone on June 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Who do you propose take his place? Ron Paul the nutcase?

Sporty1946 on June 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Real talk — and it feels so good.

No, it doesn’t.

It’s the same f@#$ing thing we’ve been saying as Obama’s been doing the same f@#$ing thing for a couple of years now.

And all of this “feel so good” TALK didn’t stop Obama from what he did on Friday, and it won’t f@#$ing stop him from doing again and again and again and again with whatever the hell he feels like at the moment.

I’m sick to f@#$ing death of it, and our politicians are not stopping it; what choices are they leaving us with?

Midas on June 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

This is conservatism in 2012.

segasagez on June 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Pretty sure you wouldn’t know conservatism if it bit you on the ass.

Midas on June 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

If Obama is re-elected (God forbid), and puts his hand on the Bible again while he recites the oath of office, will his hand spontaneously combust?

AZCoyote on June 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

If the Almighty didn’t strike the smirking chiump down the first time, I don’t figure he’ll do it the second. I’m of the mind that He is simply going to let America get what she wants…

MelonCollie on June 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Congressman Allen West VP
John Bolton SECRETARY OF STATE
Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy
General Petreaus Secretary of Defense
Pam Bondi Attorney General
Michele Bachmann Secretary of the Treasury
Bobby Jindal Secretary of the Interior
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Department of Homeland Security

frizzbee on June 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Romney doesn’t have the balls to pick Allen West for VP. He’ll pick that milquetoast “conservative” Marco Rubio who wants the DREAM act, ignoring the country’s desperate employment situation for it’s own citizens. Marco, we elected you to serve US, not the illegals.

SilentWatcher on June 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM

…but when the colonies complained, the king said “I don’t care!”

shooter561 on June 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

ALLEN WEST FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Colatteral Damage on June 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

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