From The New American:
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told a meeting of the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus January 29 that the chief job of Congress in the coming months should be to draft executive orders for President Obama to sign instead of Congress passing laws themselves, as required by the U.S. Constitution and its separation of powers doctrine.
From Ms. Jackson Lee:
…we will give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength. In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the President to stand with us on full employment.
The New American’s assessment:
Congresswoman Lee’s “number one agenda” should instead be following her oath to “support and defend” the U.S. Constitution, which does not allow the president to legislate by executive order. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution reads: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” If “all” legislative power rests in Congress, then it stands to reason that none remains for the President.
Shockingly, Lee’s suggestion that the role of the legislature should be that of an advisor toward presidential legislating-by-executive-decree mirrors exactly the legislative plan outlined by Adolf Hitler in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. In that book, Hitler wrote that the executive branch would be in control of the legislative and executive functions of government while the legislative branch should be relegated to a mere advisory role in which the executive would make the laws.
There’s quite a bit more to The New American article and it’s well worth reading.
As for my two cents, it was bad enough knowing that the president was planning on ruling through executive orders. However, discovering that a dingbat like Ms. Jackson Lee is writing them makes it infinitely worse. Ms. “I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen” is a horrible person. See my post from last July. She’s a rude, potty-mouthed racist with financial ties to Enron. Is this what we have to look forward to as our Constitutional Republic dies? Are we to be ruled by the most obtuse of those who sell their souls to become successful in D.C. politics?