Tue, 30 August 2016
Obama is now claiming his has the authority to sign the multinational Pairs Climate Agreement without the approval. You might be asking yourself where the president get's his authority to enter the U.S. into an agreement that obligates its citizens financially without congresses approval. Well, it just requires you use a little nuance.
According to the White House, the Paris agreement isn't a "treaty" which would require the approval of 2/3rds of Congress. Instead, it's an "executive agreement" for which there is a clear legal precedent.
What the President is doing is criminal. It is a violation of the constitution and a clear effort on the part of the president to act as a dictator. There was a time when Congress (the representatives of the people and an equal branch of government) cared about their oaths and would stand against this kind of power grab. Those days have long past. Our Congress more closely resembles the Senate of Rome where senators gain and maintain power by handing out favors and who will eventually turn all power over to their modern day Ceasar.
Our current situation reminds me of the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times." Let's hope it's not as bad as it seems, but let's prepare as though it is.