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The Enterprise Blog, December 16, 2009
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We the People vs. Totalitarian Bureaucracy
By Newt Gingrich

On the eve of President Obama’s speech in Copenhagen, we remind him of a very simple and powerful message: In America, we have a Constitution. It begins, “We the People…”

And the expression “We the People” means that the American people cannot allow our president to single-handedly bind America to an international agreement on climate change without the approval of the Senate. Read more in my newsletter today.

Moreover, the president cannot simply allow the Environmental Protection Agency to arbitrarily commit America to reduce greenhouse emissions just because the Senate rejected President Obama’s job-killing cap-and-trade legislation. Already, the president has been pressured by extreme groups to directly defy the authority of Congress and act unilaterally in his efforts—see the report, “Yes He Can: President Obama’s Power to Make an International Climate Commitment Without Waiting for Congress” by the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute.

Instead, President Obama should be resolved and patient in working with Congress to pass legislation that follows the will of the American people. In my newsletter today, on the 236th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, I offer the full text of an ad that will appear in the daily newspaper of the Copenhagen conference tomorrow. This should be a rallying cry to the American people. Our message is that no imperial presidency, no totalitarian bureaucracy, and no global international elite can or will usurp the power of We the People.

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