Judge Andrew Napolitano… to…Speaker of the House Boehner

I have long admired the judge that appears on FOX news. He is matter of fact, and he knows the Constitution. He doesn’t pretend to know it, and wipe his ass with it as Obama does.  As Obama and his cronies proceed to take our country apart one stone at a time, and violate the authority of his office one Executive Order at a time, someone else besides me was watching. I use “ME”, but it applies to millions of Americans like me, who know that this President long ago over-stepped the bounds of the office of President. And, as a Constitutional Scholar, he has delivered an open letter to Congressman Boehner that I thought was worthy of putting up for the world to see… This man is truly a great man in his own right. His talent, and non-bias on every issue I’ve ever heard him speak on, contribute to his character and credibility. Is he, in addition, advising the Speaker to consider Impeachment? After reading it, what’s your take? There is only one branch that has that power, and that’s Congress, and he’s telling Boehner that he can and must stop him, because that’s what the people said to do. This is amazing…! I will admit to an absolute rush of pride when I read this. Eloquent. Perfectly said. And, what Ive been saying–only he said it better. Thank you, Judge Napolitano. I hope he’s listening, because he is trying very hard, and this President has rolled over the Congress. Please, Congressman Boehner, STOP HIM.

Judge Andrew Napolitano extends his thoughtsto Speaker of the House, John Boehner, in an open letter concerning the looming debt ceiling deadline and the struggle for sanity on Capitol Hill. 

Dear Mr. Speaker,

When the Founders at the Constitution Conventional in 1787 created the House of Representatives, it was fashioned to act as the voice of the people within the institutional checks and balances of the Federal Government.  That’s why the entire House faces reelection every 2 years.  That’s why Constitutionally, you don’t have to even be a member of Congress to serve as speaker. And that’s why the Constitution allows for thousands of members of the House for our current population.  It is the people’s house, and the people spoke last November.  They cried out against a government completely out of control.  After President Bush grew the U.S. debt by $7 trillion dollars in 8 years in office, and President Obama added $4 Trillion in just 2 years in office, the people cried out against big-government policies that are sabotaging the economy and taking over our lives.  And because they cried out, you are no longer just John Boehner from Ohio.  You are now the second in line to succeed to the presidency.  You are the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Speaker, the House of Representatives has just 8 working days left before the August 2nd debt ceiling deadline, and by wide margins in whatever way the question is asked, Americans do not want to see the debt ceiling raised.  They’re sick and tired of paying interest on borrowed money; money borrowed in their name.  The Federal Government borrows so much money from so many sources, Mr. Speaker, that no-one knows for sure just how much it owes to its lenders.  It already appears that it has exceeded the legal limit set by the congress at $14.294 trillion, and they actually at this moment in time are closer to $14.5 trillion.  The White House is putting intense pressure on you and on Congress to raise that limit.  The President’s apologists have even suggested invoking the 14th amendment to bypass the will of Congress and borrow money without legal authority.  Given the way the White House has run roughshod over your House in the matter of the “not-war” in Libya that our military is still “not” engaged in, the word of the President’s lawyers that there is no presidential power in the 14th amendment to borrow money on his own can hardly be trusted.  This is a president who does not regard the Constitution as a limit on the exercise of governmental power.  But the President can only get away with violating the Constitution, Mr. Speaker, if you let him do so.

If you stand up for the will of the people, you will restrain him.  This is the moment of truth for the Congress, Mr. Speaker.  The scare-mongers and the chicken-littles in DC will tell you that the sky will come tumbling down if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, even though your colleagues, Senator Pat Toomey and Rep. Tom McClintock, have introduced legislation that would prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt obligations.

I have two words for you, Mr. Speaker.  Stop it.  That’s right, just stop it.  For too long our government has spent beyond its means and in our names, sinking us and generations as yet unborn into deeper and deeper debt.  And you, Mr. Speaker, can stop it.  The President stands with the big-business, big-banks, big-government complex, and against the American people.  He’s even prepared to defy the laws of economics.  But the American people are not ignorant as he thinks they are, and you know that.

Mr. Speaker, you have the opportunity to do something that no standard bearer of small government has ever been able to do in our modern era; get the government to live within its means.  You can do it by standing firm with your colleagues in the Congress who are leading the call for change.  You can stop it.  You can force the Federal Government to make the difficult decisions to bring itself within its means and begin to loosen the chains of debt that have been foisted on our country by a centuries worth of progressive big-government architects.  End it this summer, Mr. Speaker.  Stop it.  Tell the President, “not a penny more.”  Stand up for the American people, bring government within its means, and begin the restoration of our republic.

If you do this Mr. Speaker, if you restrain the federal beast, you will become one of history’s great champions and heroes of freedom.  If you don’t, we’ll all go through this again the next time a president wants to spend beyond the government’s means and chain us all down to more debt.

Mr. Speaker, don’t let us down.

-Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Watch video of Judge Napolitano’s verbal delivery here.


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