April 4, 2012

Obama Threatens Court, Constitution

In questions of power, then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama made stunning statements about the Supreme Court concerning the upcoming decision regarding Obamacare and its constitutionality.

His words:
 “Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.

“And I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”

These statements are outrageous.

First of all, Obamacare wasn’t passed by a strong majority – it passed by only seven votes (219 to 212) and that was through coercion, intimidation and outright bribery of members of Congress. Remember the cornhusker kickback and the Louisiana purchase?

Second, the Supreme Court overturning a law is not unprecedented nor an extraordinary step. Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution provides judicial power to decide whether a law is unconstitutional. Further, precedent was set with the Marbury v. Madison case of 1803, authorizing the federal judiciary to review laws enacted by Congress and the president and to invalidate those that violate the Constitution.

Third, Mr. President, the Supreme Court making a decision on whether your Obamacare is unconstitutional is not judicial activism. Judicial activism is making laws from the bench. The Supreme Court is reviewing your awful law to determine once and for all its constitutionality. And that is well within their duties.

The President should know this. After all, he went to Harvard Law School, was editor of the Law Review and even taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago.

And people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, right? Mr. Obama, what about your unelected czars and government bureaucrats who have been so busy during your administration writing rules and issuing edicts?

Bravo to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith ordering the Department of Justice to provide three single-spaced pages by noon Thursday, April 5, discussing whether or not the president believes the courts have the right to rule acts of Congress unconstitutional. Finally, someone is standing up to one of the many misrepresentations of truth and disregard for the Constitution by this President, who duly swore to uphold it. He’s circumvented Congress, trampled on the Constitution and has totally disregarded the equal power of the three branches of government.

Obama is acting more like America’s first dictator. What he has said this week is outrageous and should alarm every American. He deserves no one’s vote in November.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.
~ George Washington