Eliminating the Tyranny of Executive Orders Michael Farris December 16, 2013 Michael Farris The most important provision in the Constitution is found in Article I, Section 1: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” This means that all federal laws are supposed to be made by Congress. Unfortunately, we have devolved into an executive state where the President and his agents (the administrative and regulatory agencies) have the power to make laws. Even the kings of England had no such power for many years prior to the founding of the American republic. We have to dig deeply into the archives of American and British history to find relevant examples of an executive leader making laws that all must obey. Washington, D.C., will never curb the power of the White House or the executive branch because they all take advantage of and benefit from the status quo. For example, executive orders and administrative agencies give Congressmen plausible deniability whenever those agencies make silly, dangerous, or burdensome rules. “I didn’t vote for such rules,” they say. “I will send a stern letter of protest.” Protest as they may, they love the fact that they don’t have to take responsibility for making the law one way or the other. A Convention of States could propose an amendment that strips the President and the executive branch of the power to make laws that control us. If they want to make rules for the internal operations of the government—so be it. But if they want us to obey their laws, they need to pass them in the manner the Constitution mandates.