Barack Obama arrogantly announced the day after the election that he is “vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to handle the nation’s immigration system.” Mr. Obama doesn’t seem concerned that doing that will violate his oath of office. The Constitution does not give him the authority “to act on his own to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in this country.” Prosecutorial discretion is not available to him for that purpose.

Obama’s unwillingness to work with the Republicans doesn’t surprise me since he has not worked with Congress when the Democrats had a majority. The part that surprises me is his “my way or the highway” attitude. He should be reminded of his speeches from 2008 where he promised compromise and working together. The checks and balances of our republican form of government are being treated as non-existent.

Remember when the president said, “elections have consequences” and “we won”? Now that he has lost both houses of Congress, he is saying that he will not abide by the results of the November election. He is showing disrespect to the Americans who work hard and try to play by the rules. His Executive amnesty will hurt the hard working middle class the most. He obviously doesn’t care that it is a violation of his oath of office and not in the best interests of Americans.

We need a legal immigration system and the President’s attitude that he will change the immigration laws without Congress indicates that he has no desire to cooperate in an effort to have a legal immigration system. If the President takes this action, it could result in a Constitutional crisis.

What if the Congress or the Supreme Court decided to appoint his cabinet and fill the judicial vacancies? Congress and the Supreme Court has no more authority to do that than the President has to change the immigration laws or any other laws.

If the President does not make an attempt to work with Congress he will be solely responsible for the resulting damage to the country. Most Republicans would welcome the opportunity to work with the President and the Democrats to resolve some of our nations problems and prevent further damage to our country but it requires the desire and cooperation by the President and the Democrats for that to happen.

The nation desperately needs to resolve as many of the problems as possible that are dividing us. Congress and the President need to work on the economy, energy, health care, and other problems here at home. The multiple problems in the Middle East continue to get worse and require the serious attention of the Obama administration. Time will tell if the President is serious about solving our problems by working with Congress or just more political posturing and blaming others for his failures. With a Republican majority in both the House and Senate there is a real opportunity to pass key legislation that will improve our country.

Senator Reid has blocked the Senate from investigating scandals over the past six years but now the Senate should be able to assist the House to fully investigate these troubling and important issues. If the House and Senate join forces they can finally resolve these scandals and allow our country to heal.

IRS: Investigate a corrupt IRS that unlawfully targeted conservative groups, and finalize the Contempt of Congress against Lois Lerner.

Benghazi: Determine what really happened when militant Islamists murdered four Americans, including our ambassador, in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Operation Fast & Furious: Unearth the truth in the botched U.S. gun-running operation Fast & Furious, which resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and make sure that the guilty parties are punished.

We need a legal immigration policy in this country that promotes legal immigration. 

The improper path by our president will destroy attempts to pass legal immigration. It is my hope that the President will work with Congress to resolve the problems that are plaguing our nation. We are one country and all of us will suffer if he doesn’t.

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