Does a “difficult political environment” give a president the right to by-pass the constitution? Barack Obama thinks the answer is ‘Yes’. He has done so many times.
Our so-called ‘national media’ will not ask Barack Obama this question, but George Will is asking. In an Op-ed published August 14, 2013 entitled “Obama’s Unconstitutional Steps Worse Than Nixon’s” Will asks:
Is inconvenience a justification for illegality? Where does the Constitution confer upon presidents the ‘executive authority’ to ignore the separation of powers by revising laws?
Mr. Will asks not only these questions, but skillfully points out that Obama has little regard for the Constitution that he swore to up-hold. Will proves his point by reminding us of what Nixon had to say. He then points out that while the press will not confront Obama, it is obvious that Obama has an attitude similar to Nixon’s when it comes to disregarding the Constitution or rule of law, but even more dangerous. Nixon had limits to what he was willing to do and he did resign.
In a 1977 interview with Richard Nixon, David Frost asked: “Would you say that there are certain situations . . . where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation . . . and do something illegal?”
Nixon: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”
Frost: “By definition.”
Nixon: “Exactly, exactly.”
Nixon’s claim, although constitutionally grotesque, was less so than the claim implicit in Obama’s actions regarding the ACA. (Affordable Care Act) Nixon’s claim was confined to matters of national security or (he said to Frost) “a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude.” Obama’s audacity is more spacious; it encompasses a right to disregard any portion of any law pertaining to any subject at any time when the political “environment” is difficult.
George Will has it right. Obama doesn’t respect or follow our Constitution. Those who believe a “difficult political environment” gives them a right to discard the Constitution are extremely dangerous to liberty and to the free world. Unfortunately, this is who we have in office at this time.
A few examples of Obama bypassing the Constitution:
August 17, 2013: Explaining his decision to unilaterally rewrite the Affordable Care Act, he said: “I didn’t simply choose to” ignore the statutory requirement for beginning in 2014 the employer mandate to provide employees with health care. No, “this was in consultation with businesses.”
October 2011: “I’m here to say to all of you and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas, we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,” Obama said.
July 25, 2012: On July 25th, Administration lawyers filed papers demanding Judge Forrest’s preliminary injunction NOT be made permanent. In the filing, Obama made it clear his Administration would ignore the court and its injunction regardless of what the judge may decide, claiming incorrectly that “…[the] injunction would have ‘nil’ effect, for the government would continue to possess the identical detention authority under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force…”
January 4, 2012: Moreover, the president now considers it a political virtue that he is doing precisely what he criticized George Bush for doing: “make laws as he is going along.” Obama now says: “I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer…
August 16, 3013: Obama wants to go around Congress and use executive power to institute new cell phone tax to pay for broadband in all schools…
Prior to Dec. 2011: Top Ten Violations of Constitution During Obama Administration