A mixed metaphor perhaps but apt nonetheless.
“An indulgence thus does not forgive the guilt of sin, nor does it release from the eternal punishment which Church doctrine associates with unforgiven mortal sins. The Catholic Church teaches instead that indulgences only relieve the temporal punishment resulting from the effect of sin (the effect of rejecting God the source of good), and that a person is still required to have his grave sins absolved, ordinarily through the sacrament of Confession, to receive salvation. Similarly, an indulgence is not a permit to commit sin, a pardon of future sin, nor a guarantee of salvation for oneself or for another. Ordinarily, forgiveness of mortal sins is obtained through Confession (i.e., penance or reconciliation).”
And this is what the Executive Actions about immigration did. They prevent the deportation of certain individuals but do not change their status as illegal immigrants. The result is a Get Out of Deportation Card for about 3.5 million people who, in President Obama’s personal opinion, ought not face deportation even though they are here illegally.
Under a very fancy sounding “executive action”, President Obama has said that he is going to ignore the law because he wants to and he has the authority to do so. If Congress allows this to go on unchallenged, it will set another precedent that the President may choose which laws he will recognize as binding and which ones he won’t. This is against every principle of democracy and pushes us further towards a Roman-style government headed by a Caesar who is the sole law giver.
The President and the news media are confusing executive order and executive action:
Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. But most executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.
The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress.
President Obama (and others) have defined his Immigration Law actions as Executive Actions but talk about them like they are Executive Orders. So President Obama is trying to satisfy two sets of critics: the ones who say you do not have the power to set policy and the ones who say that the President has the power to act because Congress chooses to do nothing. President Obama is setting a policy that follows the Unitary Executive Theory of government, namely, that once elected, the President holds all power.
This is a good fight for Congress to pick. Limiting the interpretation of a President’s constitutional powers is well worth the drama over the next two years. Presidential powers have been expanding rapidly over the past 20 years. The power of the Executive Branch is so vast that Watergate would be nothing more than a National Security inquiry under existing law.
Pompous and self-serving, this President assumes and presumes that because he was elected President and the President is the most powerful person in the world, that he, President Obama, can be the sole lawgiver in America. It is time to teach all future Presidents a lesson in the power of Congress and the power of the People.
There is enough evidence to show that President Obama is an enemy of the Constitution of the United States of America, the Supreme Law of the land. He should be impeached and I now support those who call for it.