Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
The president has taken upon himself so much authority never envisioned by the Constitution that perhaps it is time for a renewed Bill of Rights to set things straight with this guy.
Something like this resolution:
Whereas, the president, by the assistance of divers evil counselors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavor to subvert and extirpate the laws and liberties of this nation;
By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Congress;
By committing and prosecuting divers worthy conservative groups for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed power under the income tax laws;
By levying money for and to the use of the executive by pretense of prerogative for other time and in other manner than the same was granted by Congress;
By prosecutions by the IRS for matters and causes cognizable only in Congress, and by divers other arbitrary and illegal courses;
And whereas of late years partial corrupt and unqualified persons have been returned and served in high office;
And excessive fines have been imposed on financial institutions and businesses;
All which are utterly and directly contrary to the known laws and statutes and freedom of this nation;
Therefore, the people of this nation do (as their ancestors in like case have usually done) set out to assert their ancient rights and liberties and declare:
That the pretended power of suspending the laws or the execution of laws by presidential authority without consent of Congress is illegal;
That the pretended power of dispensing with laws or the execution of laws by presidential authority, as it hath been assumed and exercised of late, is illegal;
That levying money for or to the use of the executive by pretense of prerogative, without grant of Congress, for longer time, or in other manner than the same is or shall be granted, is illegal;
That it is the right of the people to petition the government, and all commitments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal, such as IRS scrutiny;
That the people may have arms and ammunition for their defense suitable to their conditions;
That the freedom of speech and debates ought not to be impeached or questioned;
That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction, such as asset forfeiture, are illegal and void;
And that for redress of all grievances, and for the amending, strengthening and preserving of the laws, Congress holds the power, not the president.
What? You say it has been done already? In 1689? After the Glorious Revolution?
File this under: The more things change, the more they stay the same.