I didn’t say Republicans embodied conservatism. I said they represent conservatism in the U.S. Whether they hold up to your idea of conservatism isn’t relevant to the discussion. If they don’t, convince your fellow conservatives to stop voting for them.
I didn’t overlook over your linking Republicans and conservatism. I was indicating that it was a wrong assertion. The Parties are not philosophies, but private organizations for the end of attracting voters towards particular candidates. Conservatism often is at odds with Republicans and tries to steer them towards The Constitution. Same thing with the communists (anyone remember Bernie “feel the Bern” Sanders?) – they try to steer the Democrats, as the Democrat Party now is mostly socialist anyway.
(on the election of Democrat candidate Barack Hussein Obama)
BTW, just so you know, “fellow conservatives” do vote their conscience, as well as for the lesser of two evils. Ever hear of the Tea Party? The Republican establishment rail against them, even in this election cycle.
There’s nothing in the Constitution that explicitly permits or denies executive orders … so you better hop in your time machine and let the Framers know they’re doing it wrong.
Your wish is my command, Sahib! Alas … these are not the orders you are looking for:
Freedom Outost: The President’s Enumerated Powers - Rulemaking by Executive Agencies & Executive Orders
The powers of the President are “carefully limited” and precisely defined by our Constitution. In Federalist Paper No. 71 (last para), Alexander Hamilton asks,
"… what would be … feared from an elective magistrate of four years’ duration, with the confined authorities of a President of the United States?" … [[ref #2 - In Federalist No. 75 (3rd para), Hamilton]]
The answer to Hamilton’s question is this: There would be nothing to fear if Presidents obeyed the Constitution. But they don’t obey it because the dolts in Congress don’t make them obey it!
Well, then! Here is the complete list of the President’s enumerated powers:
Art. I, Sec. 7, cls. 2 & 3, grants to the President the power to approve or veto Bills and Resolutions passed by Congress.
Art. I, Sec. 9, next to last clause, grants to the executive Branch – the Treasury Department – the power to write checks pursuant to Appropriations made by law – i.e., by Congress.
Art. II, Sec. 1, cl.1, vests “executive Power” [see below] in the President.
Art. II, Sec. 1, last clause, sets forth the President’s Oath of Office – to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
Art. II, Sec. 2, cl.1:
- makes the President Commander in Chief of the armed forces when they have been called by Congress into the actual service of the United States. 3
- authorizes the President to require the principal Officers in the executive Departments to provide written Opinions upon the Duties of their Offices.
- grants the President power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for offenses against the United States, 4 but he can not stop impeachments of any federal judge or federal officer.
Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2 grants to the President the power:
- to make Treaties – with the advice and consent of the Senate. 5
- to nominate Ambassadors, other public ministers and Consuls, federal judges, and various other officers – with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 3 grants to the President the power to make recess appointments, which expire at the end of Congress’ next session.
Art. II, Sec. 3:
- Imposes the duty on the President to periodically advise Congress on the State of the Union, and authorizes the President to recommend to Congress such measures as he deems wise.
- Authorizes the President, on extraordinary Occasions, to convene one or both houses of Congress [e.g., when he asks Congress to declare War]; and if both houses can not agree on when to adjourn, he is authorized to adjourn them to such time as he deems proper.
- Imposes the duty upon the President to receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers.
- Imposes the duty upon the President to take care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and
- Imposes the duty upon the President to Commission all the Officers of the United States.
That’s it! Anything else the President does is unlawful and a usurpation of powers not granted.
Executive Orders are not granted! Only a dog would dare desecrate the genie of The Constitution.
A thousand pardons, Sahib! Wrong genie.
The videos you link to make it difficult to take your argument seriously.
The messenger or the message?
… I don’t think the Framers could know how complex modern society would become …
Already taken care of, Sahib! Amendments, Sahib! Amendments.