The writer of the Aug. 2 letter, "Caricature of Obama as all-powerful is bogus," was misinformed about the constitutional authority of the president. No President is authorized to make laws or regulations with "executive orders."
Article I, Section I of the Constitution states: "All legislative powers herein granted are vested in a Congress."
The letter writer wrote that presidents "have power to issue executive orders" under Article II, Sections 1 and 3 of the Constitution" without quoting the specific language, which doesn't exist, and that Obama "operates within its [the Constitution's] parameters". Really? He signed into law the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for indefinite detention, torture, or execution of suspected terrorists, including Americans citizens. The Fifth Amendment states that "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law," which includes other rights listed in the Bill of Rights: "a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury" (Sixth Amendment). The Eighth Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment."
The NDAA violates the Geneva Convention international treaty agreement for humanitarian treatment of prisoners of war. Constitutionally authorized treaties are incorporated into our Constitution as part of the "supreme law of the land."
The Declaration of Independence teaches that "all men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."
In the writer's defense of the Environmental Protection Agency, he incorrectly states that the EPA has constitutional "power to issue standards." The EPA was created by President Nixon's executive order. President Theodore Roosevelt issued over a thousand such illegal executive orders. Many thousands have been issued since that have incrementally chipped away at the constitutional restraints and limitations placed on the executive powers of our presidents.
Today, due to the un-elected and unaccountable bureaucrats within the executive branch, our federal government and country are almost totally under the control of the executive branch and its administrative alphabet agencies' usurped authority to issue regulatory laws, many even Congress is unauthorized to enact. James Madison warned: "The accumulation of all power ... legislative, executive, judicial in the same hands may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."