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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 23, 2012 11:15 a.m.



Tip O’Neil once said that Senators run for re election every six years, the president every four years, and a Congressman, every day. By that, he meant, Congressmen are the politicians most in touch with the people themselves, and the conduct of a Congressmen reflects the most day to day opinion of the people.  A Congressman begins running for re election the first day after the last election. The Congressman is the person who most represents the people, and Congress always represents a national mood. O’Neil also pointed out once that what made Ronald Reagan one of the best presidents of all times was that Reagan fully understood that the job of the president was to exalt style over substance. If you go back and look at O’Neil’s words, he always referred to President Reagan, but he always, in the abstract, referred to “the Executive” or the “Chief Executive” when discussing the job described by the Constitution.  There was nothing wrong with the Chief Executive lobbying Congress or introducing legislation, provided that the President also looked good in a tux and and could party with Margaret Thatcher with style and grace.  One of O’Neil’s greatest gripes about Jimmy Carter was that Jimmy Carter never had any elegance, and O’Neil thought that Carter really wanted to be a congressman but didn’t know it.



It’s clear, as well, that Obama doesn’t know his place either. As a guy who purports to have gone to law school and taught in a law school, one has to believe, in fact, that Obama does know the Constitution, does know his place, and simply chooses to subvert the United States Constitution when he exceeds his powers with what Rick calls “extra constitutional” activities. (like ignoring immigration laws and trying to wrest taxing/spending power from Congress).



Obama clearly has misread the meaning of his re election. The American people fully understand the Constitution. Obama’s re election simply means that the American people think that he had more style than Romney, that Obama was the person best able to meet the constitutional obligations of his job. His re election does not imply that the people want Obama to be a Congressman in Chief, negotiating taxing and spending policy with a disgraced Speaker who lacks the support of his own party. His re election is not a mandate to pander to the people while standing on the bodies of his children for his own extreme anti-gun agenda. His re election was an invitation by the people of this country to put on a tux and party with the diplomats, while signing what Congress sends, or vetoing what Congress sends, while respecting the separation of powers imposed upon him.



Obama would have made a good Congressman. (well, since he has failed at everything else, the best political job might be Congressman. I wouldn’t hire him as a dishwasher)  If he wants to try and make law, he belongs in the body where law is made.  If he wants to make inflammatory speeches and lie to the people, he should do it from a platform where the people have the right to accept or reject his mania and extremism every two years.  If the last three weeks are any indication, Obama, the worst president this country has ever seen, will use his eight years to be twice as bad as Carter’s four year travesty.  Obama might want to take the time that Congress is out of town to read the Constitution, to develop a thorough understanding of the separation of powers, to really understand his job. There is no shortage of books on the subject of presidential power and how to use it. Because it should be clear now that the election has not been viewed as a mandate for change, and the next two years are going to be a lot like the last two.  If Obama wants to make a success of what time he has, or at least if he wants to mitigate the utter disaster that he is about to be, he should stop meddling in the affairs of Congress and start dancing. Otherwise, Congress should stop trying to work with this guy, and start impeaching.



 

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