As I always suspected, Obama will announce by executive order a plan to “regularize” undocumented (i.e., illegal) aliens after the November election. That’s an admission that it’s an unpopular issue, at least where Democratic Senate seats are in play. It’s also an admission that Democratic voters in those states aren’t smart enough to figure out what’s coming around the bend. And of course, the Democratic candidates in question will swear that they personally, honest-to-God, don’t want an amnesty, so this is also an admission that the Democratic voters in those states aren’t smart enough to know that the candidates in question are lying.
But in the end, what does it matter? Obama will do it whomever takes control of the Senate. And if the Republicans do take the Senate, what then? The House and Senate will pass legislation and send it over to the White House. Where it will die.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Congress is really important. I mean, how else could we have a State of the Union Address? And we’re not yet at the point where President Hillary is going to be sworn in in the Rose Garden or Fedex Field.
That’s why I am more and more convinced that the only kind of Article V Constitutional Convention that matters is one that clips the president’s wings.
What I’d like to see, in short, is the Constitution as the Framers expected it would look like, up to September 3, 1787. For this, only two changes are needed. Let the president be chosen by the House of Representatives. And on impeachment, let the Senate be empowered by majority vote to remove the president for mal-administration (we just don’t like the guy).
Is this fanciful? Perhaps so. But it’s much less fanciful than any of the other proposals that are out there. Just when, do you think, would we get three-quarters of the states to agree to a balanced budget amendment? King Lear knew: “Never, never, never, never.”
By contrast, my proposal has this going for it. It’s a move to a more parliamentary form of government, and that’s something the Left has wanted.