By Duncan Smith
A now-viral video clip (thanks to conservative talker and author Mark Levin) features then-candidate Joe Biden telling Democratic operative and pretend journalist George Stephanopoulos last fall that he’s no dictator.
After the host asked Biden if he will quickly raise job-killing taxes, Biden responded in October: “Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, ‘Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.’ Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.'
Right. As Levin notes:
The Biden monarchy is an example of statism, not Americanism. It promotes sweeping anti-energy and race-equity plans without even passing a single law, without having a debate, or having a single deliberative hearing. Like a king, Biden took Obama's pen and turned it into Mussolini's pen by signing close to 40 executive orders without even attempting to go through Congress to pass any legislation.
Without a doubt, Biden has signed more executive actions faster than any president before him and it’s not even close.
But now, a half-dozen state attorneys general are warning Biden he’d better find some way to limit what his handlers are making him sign or his administration will have several fights on their hands.
A coalition of state attorneys general on Wednesday sent a letter to President Joe Biden reminding him that any potentially unconstitutional executive actions or federal overreach will not go unchallenged.
The letter, signed by six attorneys general (AGs), puts the Biden administration on notice that any actions that might exceed their statutory authority, are inconsistent with constitutional tenets, or place civil liberties at risk could trigger legal action by the states.
'We stand ready to meet with your administration to discuss more how the issues below affect our States; litigation is never first option, and we would like to help your team in its important job on behalf of all Americans, consistent with the Constitution and the rule of law,' West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey, who is leading the group, wrote in the letter addressed to the White House (pdf).
'Yet if you sign unconstitutional laws passed by Congress, it will be our responsibility and duty to challenge those laws in court. If cabinet officials, executive officers, and agencies go beyond the bounds of their statutory authority, fail to follow legally required procedures, or fall short of the bedrock Administrative Procedure Act obligation of reasoned decision making, it will likewise be our responsibility to take action.'
The Administrative Procedure Act, or APA, is a federal law that governs the process for agency rulemaking and has been frequently invoked to challenge executive branch rules and regulations.
Morrisey is joined by AGs from Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Texas.
Like it or not, fighting back through the courts will be the only way, short of rebellion and/or secession, to push back against this insanely left-wing regime.
Trump’s picks for the federal bench look even better now, don’t they?
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