Trump’s First 100 Days: Good, But Missing An Important Commitment To Christians, Especially Catholics
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Thanks to President Trump Catholics have had two big victories, but the President’s failure to act during his first 100 days on the larger issue of protecting religious liberty remains a glaring omission in an otherwise positive start to the Trump administration.
Various pundits, some on the Right as well as the Left, warn against “normalizing” Donald Trump? And, perhaps most worrisome, what does it mean that a smattering of judges across the country argue that the president’s executive orders are illegitimate, unconstitutional because (cutting to the chase) they are this president’s orders?
The President’s order is by no means ordinary. Nor is it a symbolic bone thrown to his supporters to convince them that he is keeping an empty campaign promise. It is, rather, a clear signal to the bureaucracies that ultimately answer to him as the head of the executive branch. He knows the policies of some Presidents tend to evaporate, despite having been passed by Congress and signed into law, due to the intransigence of federal bureaucrats. Trump is telling them that this isn’t going to work with him.
Donald Trump’s message is the same kind of reassurance Reagan delivered to entrepreneurs and business builders who look at today’s Clinton-led war on success and job creation and see one of the more depressing chapters of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged playing out in real time.
Clinton said she hopes Congress will pass immigration reform legislation, but if it doesn't, she will follow President Obama's example and use use prosecutorial discretion to shield large groups of people.
Today the Supreme Court hears the challenge to Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens. Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign on the issue if illegal immigration, and being the message carrier for America’s forgotten country class voters on that issue has sustained Trump through a series of blunders that would have destroyed any other candidate. Will the Supreme Court rein-in Obama, or will the people have to have the ultimate say at the ballot box?
This is the third in a series of four articles on Donald Trump's "New York values" by Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
One of the primary reasons I endorsed Ted Cruz is that he is a constitutional conservative who has spent the past several decades defending constitutional liberty. Ted Cruz has a consistent record of defending the individual against the power of the state, and unlike Donald Trump he holds the Constitution in such reverence that he does not make violating it into a cheap applause line in a speech.
When the details and the text of Obama’s gun grab become public don’t blame Obama – blame Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the spineless Capitol Hill Republicans who elected them, passed the Omnibus, and empowered Obama to spend his last year in office attacking constitutional liberty, stripping you of your rights and fundamentally changing America. Click the link to sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republicans, tell Ryan and McConnell "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"
In the next year, Barack Obama will grind down the institutional bureaucracy on approval issues. They will make it harder to obtain approvals and make it more expensive to buy guns. They’ll do it all by skirting congress and they will do it with the nodding approval of the media. That is how they will take your guns away — by making the cost of owning them too onerous for the average, law abiding citizen.
Obama is building a system in which everything depends on executive power. What’s Obama’s historical legacy if everything he does can be undone via executive order? Look at the bind he has put his party in.
A George Soros-funded economic institute has been one of the main advocates for requiring companies to pay more overtime to workers. The Obama directive is seen as another income-redistribution effort.
A written Constitution, free from the phony Elastic Clause and power for a president to issue edicts, is what keeps them free.
Obama becomes the imperial president without Republican resistance.
How did the State of the Union speech declaring Obama's intent to make 2014 a year of unilateral action play with the public? According to a recent poll, not terribly well. Mixed into deep economic pessimism is a majority opinion that Obama is doing too much instead of too little.
Obama is just the extreme version of a widespread belief among many in both parties that an enormous, intrusive federal regulatory and redistributionist regime is necessary for “solving problems” that in fact are best left to individuals and state and local government.
"Obama and his apologists insist that ruling through executive action is the only option because we live in an exceptionally partisan age. Tell that to Ronald Reagan who worked with a Congress led by liberal Democrats, or Bill Clinton, who found ways to work with a Congress that had impeached him," said Jim DeMint.
Obama is still blaming Bush for his NSA woes (among other things). But it's time that Congress step up and do their job of keeping executive powers in check.