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Published: Sunday, June 22 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Far East USA, SC

Comment preface.

Two wrongs don't make a right
The president has has surpassed his predecessors in overstepping bounds


I agree with the bulk and the premise of what Mr Will has written.

What Mr Will did NOT say is very telling.

How can you have a reasonable article about Obama's excessive overreach without at least admitting that we have excessive congressional obstruction. And this obstruction is mostly purely partisan, as opposed to substantive.

The latter does not justify the former, but it is the main contributing factor.

While the founding fathers would probably express outrage at Obama's tactics, they would most likely have equal rage at how congress is currently operating.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Every time George W. Bush broke the law Republicans/Conservative laughed in the face of America.
Now it is so much different.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Something has to be done. Obama is a menace to our constitution.

Salt Lake City, UT

Our country must restore the rule of law. A president's powers are very clearly spelled out in our Constitution. They must faithfully enforce the law. If they don't like a law the president should ask Congress to amend the law. The list of lawlessness of the current administration is endless.

Ogden, UT

Typical Will bilge, and just as bad and reprehensible as his column where he said that university co-eds derive value from being sexually assaulted. If Will wants to talk about a "lawless" president he should talk about GWBush and all of his signing statements which negated the bills he "signed", and not our current (and real) president who is doing his best to clean up George's mess with absolutely no help and with a lot of trying-to-make-him-fail, from the far right extremists. Will -- again and still -- needs to get a clue and show some integrity in what he writes.

Provo, UT

Will's commentary is so strident and over the top, he loses all credibility.

American Fork, UT

You claim to have been wronged in all kinds of ways, George, but offer no specifics.

La Verkin, UT

Executive Orders can be rescinded by Congress and when they (EOs) violate the rule of law or create law, they should be. Sadly, Congress is derelict in their duty to act on this issue. Lawsuits are preferable to doing nothing and can effectively be brought by one house, but representatives of both major parties in both houses should be willing to stand up and oppose usurpation of power by any president, no matter which party.

salt lake city, utah

So you all say no, no, no, we won't act, we won't agree, we won't do anything. Then when the President says enough is enough the country needs to function and does something you're going to impeach him because he's lawless.

Absolutely despicable. Keep up this partisan craziness and watch the left become emboldened about pursuing war crimes against Bush and Cheney.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The Constitution states: 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.

It doesn't say that "some legislative Powers". It doesn't say that legislative powers be shared with the Executive Branch. It clearly states that ALL legislative powers shall be vested in a Congress.

That is the supreme law of the land. No one can change that law without an amendment to the Constitution. The President is bound by that law. The Court is bound by that law. No President or judge can legislate. Only Congress can legislate.

The duty of the President:"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

A President cannot faithfully execute the Office of President and defend the Constitution when he ignores that Constitution as he legislates from the Oval Office.

Mr. Will is correct.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Who is making the decisions. Who is in control of the money. It's the golden rule. Who controls the Gold has the control.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When will we wake up and recognize that people like George F Will are not on the side of people and are feverishly working their mouths to prevent the American government from becoming a government of the people? When do the efforts of the business promoted smoke amount to any thing more than smoke? When will we recognize that the Tea Party mentality is not the American way.

As one of a tiny minority of leaders elected to our government who would actually represent the people of America, the anti-people group has used every means to discredit the President and cause his failure. Even to the destroying his stature and power in the foreign arena. And then complain about his ineffectiveness.

George Will accuses President Obama of being lawless. If so let him present his evidence in a court of law, and not just in the minds of conservatives.

San Antonia, TX

There is no doubt that we have major problems in Washington. We need term limits on all of these people.

Clearly our President is taking us down a path of nonsense.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

For George Will, a lawless President is any President that isn't a republican.

But when a republican is in charge and trampling the Constitution? Anything goes! He's silent.

E Sam
Provo, UT

More partisan nonsense. When Congress point blank refuses to govern, so
someone has to.
Classic example: when conservatives were clamoring for military intervention in Syria, President Obama said 'fine. Article One Section Eight. Go ahead. Declare war.' Congresses response? Crickets. Gutless silence.
And this 'lawless President' argleblargle is just more partisan noise.

Light and Liberty
St. George/Washington, UT

I can only thank God that the minority voice(will's voice in this case) can still be heard. The division in this country is a great thing, considering what is at stake. Slavery was wrong, even if a state said otherwise (SSM is on a similar track). You may squash men's voices, but God's voice will be heard. The Courts may rule against God, but eventually, and unfortunately the south learned, that His wrath will be felt. Whether a dithering idiot or a voice of reason, both are protected in America. The point of all legislation is action. When a president himself, the one who is sworn to uphold those laws, violates the very laws that are passed, we are living under tyranny! Those who are blind to this simple reality are accomplices. Whether the current President, or George Bush, history is not kind to those who swing their arm up to the state in blind obedience! All those who blindly check either the Republican or Democratic line of reasoning is willfully acknowledging that abuse of power is all well and good! I only have pity for you!

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Question: Do only those laws created by legislation have the authority and meaning of law?

Does the Judicial have the ability to create law by disallowing improper laws created by the legislature?

Does the President in the execution of the office of president of the United States, have the ability to add, subtract and modify the laws created by the legislature?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Would someone tell Red that the president DOES serve limited terms, and that that has been the case for about 60 years now? In the meantime I join with others in noting Mr. Will's consistent partisan outlook on who IS and who is NOT "lawless". If every accusation against Obama were TRUE, he still wouldn't be in the "lawless" class with Nixon or "Iran-Contra" Reagan.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

We are given eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to feel. All of us, who read the paper and track Obama's actions, know that he has extended his authority into areas where we have not authorized him to act. That is common knowledge. No one can claim that his "modification" of Obamacare was not "legislative" in nature. Anyone who does claim that he had the right to modify Obamacare does not understand what the word "legislative" means. No one can deny that he has NOT built the fence that Congress funded nor has he supplied border patrol people to enforce our Southern border. That is a fact that no one can dispute.

There are many other instances that anyone can find showing Obama's contempt for the other branches of government.

Congress represents the people and the States. Congress has no obligation to do the will of the President. In fact, after examining what people think about Obama, the House is doing exactly what the people expect it to do. They are opposing any idea that comes from the White House. They are representing the will of the people. Obama could learn from that.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

When GW Bush is tried for starting wars, lying, torture, spying, and corporate hand outs -- call me Will, and the rest of the GOP lemmings.

otherwise -- I file this under 'politically motivated, biased opinion', without reason.

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