When Presidents Upheld the Law

Rich Tucker
The Foundry

…George Washington “understood himself to be the President of a Republic in which the people, through their elected representatives in Congress, make laws,” Heritage’s David Azerrad writes. As the chief executive, Washington recognized that his constitutional charge to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” was a duty rather than an optional responsibility to exercise at will. Laws, no matter how unpopular, had to be upheld, so long, of course, as they were constitutional…

…“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” Obama announced last month.

It is inconceivable that such words would have ever come out of President Washington’s mouth. The current occupant of the White House may want to take some time today to read up on how our first and greatest President understood his role.



Read the entire article at Heritage.org.



Related:   Mark Steyn, a naturalized citizen, writes:

…The 30th president is as seemly and modest in death as in life, his headstone no different from those of his forebears or his sons – just a plain granite marker with name and dates: in the summer, if memory serves, there’s a small US flag in front, and there’s no snow so that, under the years of birth and death, you can see the small American eagle that is all that distinguishes this man’s gravestone from the earlier Calvin Coolidges in his line.
I do believe it’s the coolest grave of any head of state I’ve ever stood in front of. It moves me far more than the gaudier presidential memorials. “We draw our presidents from the people,” said Coolidge. “I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.” He lived the republican ideal most of our political class merely pays lip service to…



 Update:  Donna Brazile has had a busy, busy, busy Presidents’ Day encouraging Barack Obama’s lawlessness and fending off the persecution of the “hateful tweets” of those who disagree with her. Twitchy has it all here.

As Twitchy readers know, Donna Brazile thinks that President Obama should celebrate Presidents Day by whipping out his Stompy Pen for some executive orders while Congress is in recess. What a way to honor the day! She then doubled down on the chilling tweet…





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