Last week, President Joe Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency, and in the coming weeks, I’m going to use the power I have as president to turn these words into formal, official government actions for the appropriate proclamations, executive orders and regulatory power that the president possesses.”
But Glenn Beck says the only state of emergency that needs to be declared right now is what’s going on with our out-of-control federal government and president.
“When you have a president saying he is going to issue an emergency order and declare a national emergency on climate, of all things, you’re about to lose your republic,” Glenn said on the radio program.
“No matter what party the president is from, when they say any version of ‘since Congress won’t act, I will,’ that should have alarm bells going off,” he continued. “When they say, ‘If Congress will not act, I will,’ that is a direct violation of the president’s oath of office.”
Glenn argued that most Americans don’t realize how weak the office of the president is supposed to be, and it even seems like many on both sides of the political aisle prefer a president who can practically wave a magic wand and change everything.
He went on to explain how the president got so much power (hint: it started with Woodrow Wilson) and why it’s clearly dangerous and unconstitutional.
“The Founders put Congress front and center in the Constitution, not the president, and here’s why: They had major kingophobia,” Glenn said. “They knew that men would try to gather more and more power and consolidate that power, and that was everything they were trying to get away from. So what did they do? Well, they were very cautious when they put together the office of the president, the executive branch. After the Preamble, the very first line of (Article I) says, ‘All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.’ So all legislative power is granted to Congress … no legislative power is granted to the president. Now, I know you know this, but I’m not sure about the rest of America: The president cannot make laws.”
Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain why that presidential limitation is extremely important. Can’t watch? Download the podcast here.
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