House Speaker John Boehner is accusing President Barack Obama of ignoring the Constitution, calling it “utterly beneath the dignity of the office.”
In an op-ed on CNN.com, Boehner noted that after he announced plans to bring a lawsuit against Obama for overstepping his executive authority, the president responded, “So sue me.”
“What’s disappointing is the President’s flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend,” Boehner wrote in the piece on Sunday. “It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.”
On June 25, Boehner announced plans to move forward with a lawsuit against the president, charging him with misusing executive powers by sidestepping Congress on immigration and other policies. Boehner also sent a memo that accused Obama of asserting “king-like authority” to Republicans that afternoon.
“As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for doing something,” Obama said in response to the lawsuit on July 1. The president added, “So sue me.”
In his response op-ed, Boehner accused the president of failing to faithfully execute the laws of the country and to uphold his oath to “protect and defend the Constitution.”
“Over the last five years, starting — not coincidentally — when his political party lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the President has consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution, and in doing so eroded the power of the legislative branch,” he wrote.
Boehner claims that the president must be held accountable for not faithfully executing laws on issues such as health care, energy regulations, foreign policy and education. “The legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America’s constitutional balance of powers — before it is too late,” Boehner wrote.
Meanwhile, conservative commentator Erick Erickson published his own op-ed on Monday, slamming Boehner for resorting to a “political stunt” lawsuit instead of more forcefully standing up to the president.
“I realize John Boehner and the House Republicans may lack the testicular fortitude to fight President Obama,” he wrote, “but I would kindly ask that he save the taxpayers further money on a political stunt solely designed to incite Republican voters.”
“John Boehner’s lawsuit is nothing more than political theater and a further Republican waste of taxpayer dollars,” Erickson added.
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