PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Former federal prosecutor and National Review and Commentary Contributor Andrew McCarthy is the author of the new book, “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.”
McCarthy has received numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award. He’s also served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
McCarthy explains that the founders of the Constitution never envisioned a land led by men, but more a country controlled by separate bodies who defend their purpose and do not take more control than they are given. But they did anticipate the concentration of power in a chief executive, a president, who could make fast decisions on behalf of the country.
Yet, he adds, that there is no greater threat to our liberty than the concentration of power filtered into one official. McCarthy says he believes we need to effectively stop a rogue executive who has begun to abuse his powers. That’s why Congress has two options for executive excess; the power of the purse and the power of impeachment.
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“If you try by executive order to implement something that Congress has not enacted legislatively, and that the president doesn’t have any power to enact, that’s a profound constitutional violation,” said McCarthy. “If Congress refuses to enact the so-called ‘Dream Act’ legislatively, the president doesn’t have the power to do that by executive order, even though this president is trying to do that.”
McCarthy says he believes focus needs to be on the president’s willful violation of his constitutional oath to execute all laws. McCarthy adds that the president is essentially daring the other branches of government to try and stop him.
Executive orders are allowed to occur and the president is in charge of the executive branch of government, but McCarthy believes the content of the order is the real problem. The founders knew they couldn’t rely on the goodwill of people, that’s why they created the three branches to work together to ultimately make a decision.
McCarthy says that if something is not done to stop the amount of power the president is gaining, we will all become subject to presidential law.