No wonder Mr Gowdy got a standing ovation. I believe what he said will make him a target now, why? Because the spoke the truth. I like this guy. As I said before I don’t look left or right or wish red or blue (Even here in Scotland) I am for people, I am for fairness. What Mr Gowdy says here is make some waves of truth and I say well done Sir!
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy has said some amazing things during his time in Congress that has gotten the attention of America. Using his prosecutorial skills, a deep respect and understanding of how law and government works, and a sardonic wit, Gowdy is unafraid to call things as he sees them. One of his more memorable moments came on the House floor as he sought support for his ENFORCE the Law act, a bill that would give Congress standing to sue an overreaching Executive branch that has taken lawlessness to an “unprecedented level”. Unfortunately, President Obama has said he will veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk. However, we should take a moment to reflect and hear Gowdy explain precisely why we even need such a law.
“I want us to talk as colleagues, because our foundational documents gave us, as the House, unique powers and responsibilities. We run every two years because they intended for us to be closest to the people. The President was given different duties and powers. The President was given the duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. So my question is what does that mean to you, that the laws be faithfully executed? We know the President can veto a bill for any reason or no reason. We know the President can refuse to defend the Constitutionality of a statute, even one he has signed into law. We know the President can issue pardons for violations of the very laws that we pass. And we know the President has prosecutorial discretion , as evidenced and used through his US attorneys. That is a lot of power. What are we to do when this President, or any President, decides to selectively enforce a portion of a law and ignore other portions of that law?
What do we do when, regardless of motivation, a President nullifies our vote by failing to faithfully execute the law? How do we explain waivers and exemptions and delays in a bill passed by Congress and affirmed by the US Supreme Court? Why pursue immigration reform when Presidents can turn off the very provisions we pass? In the oath that brand new citizens take, it contains six different references to the law. If it’s good enough for us to ask brand new citizens to affirm their devotion to the law, is it too much to ask that the President do the same?
If a President can change some laws, can he change all laws? Can he change election laws? Can he change discrimination laws? Are there any laws, under your theory, that he actually has to enforce? What is our recourse, what is our remedy? Some would argue that the framers gave us the power of the purse and the power of impeachment, but those are punishments and not remedies. What is the remedy if we want the Executive to enforce our work? This bill simply gives us standing if our votes are nullified. This bill allows us to petition the Judicial branch for an order requiring the Executive branch to faithfully execute the law. We are not held in high public esteem right now. Maybe members of Congress would be respected more if we respected ourselves enough to require that when we pass something it be treated as law.
The House of Representatives does not exist to pass suggestions. We do not exist to pass ideas. We make law, and while you are free to stand and clap when any President comes in to this hallowed chamber and promises to do it, with or without you, I will never stand and clap when any President, no matter whether he’s your party or mine, promises to make us a Constitutional anomaly and an afterthought. We make law!