September 20, 2011

President Obama and the Constitution

From a column by Robert McNight in the Washington Times:

The Constitution of the United States, whose adoption we celebrate every Sept. 17, clearly lists the powers of each branch of the national government. Let’s take a look at what Barack Obama, like any president, is empowered to do and see if it squares with his actions. In Article II, Section 1, he is sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Section 2 names the president as commander in chief of the armed forces, grants him the power to make treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate and to appoint ambassadors, federal judges, Cabinet officials and other federal officers. Section 3 says the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

In his two years and nine months in office, President Obama has compiled a spectacular record of noncompliance with the Constitution. Here are just some of the ways his administration has failed to execute the laws while using raw, unauthorized power:

A few “snips”:

The 15th Amendment: Under Mr. Obama, the Justice Department has effectively become a race-based enforcement unit. After New Black Panther Party members were caught on tape intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008, the Justice Department declined to defend the convictions and thus sent the message that baton-wielding thuggishness on Election Day is no big deal. Former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams, who laid out the case before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, described the administration’s dismissal of charges as “lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law.”


Illegal Immigration: The Obama administration has ignored the illegal actions of “sanctuary cities” and sued the state of Arizona in July 2010 for enforcing federal law. Then, last month, the administration announced a new policy that, in effect, ends enforcement of illegal immigration, providing the illegal alien meets the requirements of the Dream Act, a bill Congress failed to pass. So, Mr. Obama is ignoring current federal law while creating rules based on a law that never passed.


The Fifth Amendment: The Constitution guarantees that no one is deprived of his or her property without “due process of law” or “just compensation.” The National Labor Relations Board’s absurd order to the Boeing Co. not to open a newly built $750-million Dreamliner facility in right-to-work South Carolina, because unions in Boeing’s home state of Washington object, violates that guarantee. Even liberal New York Times columnist Joseph Nocera commented, “Seriously, when has a government agency ever tried to dictate where a company makes its products? I can’t ever remember it happening.”


The entire column.

I guess this means that all those liberals who defend and even praise Obama and would vote for his reelection don’t have much use for the Constitution, either. :-(

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4 Responses to “President Obama and the Constitution”

  1. The Gray Monk Says:

    Since when did left wingers or liberals ever have any use for a Constitution or a Bill of Rights, unless it served their purpose? Frankly I am not at all surprised by any of these revelations, they confirm what I expected to happen when this President was elected to the collective rejoicing of left wingers, socialists and the terminally PC.

  2. Mrs Wolf Says:

    Gray Monk

    Since when did left wingers or liberals ever have any use for a Constitution or a Bill of Rights, unless it served their purpose?

    I believe the correct answer is “never”, even those in government here who have taken oaths they obviously didn’t and don’t take seriously.

    Unfortunately, there are enough of their fellow lefties and enough gullible moderates registered to vote that these left wingers in Americans’ clothing are able to get into office. With a propaganda smoke screen by the “progressive” media protecting them, they even get reelected. :-(

  3. The Gray Monk Says:

    The prize, Madam, is yours! Your answer is correct …

    Beats me why anyone is still surprised by these revelations. But then I am the Cardinal Archbishop of the Church of Latter Day Cynics!

  4. Mrs Wolf Says:

    Gray Monk


    The more I read the politics reporting that arrives in Seth’s in-box every day, the more cynical I become as well!