(Enter Stage Right) -- The "decision" by President Obama to defer the implementation of parts of Obamacare until after the 2014 midterm elections and the "decision" by the Supreme Court soon before that to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act both reflect the absurd contortion of the Constitution from a document and a system of governance in which Congress, alone, makes laws (or repeals laws.)
The duty of the president is to faithfully execute the laws passed by Congress, whether he agrees with those laws or not. The limited role that the president has in the process of federal lawmaking is his veto, which is overridden by 2/3 of both houses of Congress. If he does not veto a bill or if his veto is overridden, that limited role is finished.
Early presidents did not even believe that a president had the right to veto congressional bills which he thought bad law but only bills which would be unconstitutional laws. The president cannot introduce a bill in Congress or decline to enforce a law he feels is bad. He is an officer, very much in the sense that a policeman is an officer, when police chiefs decide to selectively enforce laws regarding drugs, gambling and prostitution, then they become instruments of organized crime – and that is only a slight exaggeration in the case of Obama and the new healthcare law.
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