Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal finally woke up to the real Barack H. Obama after a few years of fawning and boot licking. Although her sudden epiphany that Obama is not as advertised was overdue Noonan, like so many in the press, referred to “The One” as a “Constitutional Law Professor.”
I always take notice to this falsehood and wrote a detailed comment with the facts about Mr. Obama’s tenure at the University of Chicago and the fact that his title was “Senior Lecturer.”
Lecturer or Professor of the Constitution it seems Barack Obama knows little about the Constitution, or at the very least, has little regard for it. Remember how he opening insult the Supreme Court Justices at his first State of the Union Address? Well Obama wasn’t done when this week he wagered war on factions of SCOTUS from the White House Rose Garden.
“I’m 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,” he declared.
Obama made his statements at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Was the classless Obama simply showing off while demonstration once again to the world his disdain for other branches of the US government under the Constitution – the coequal branches of government?
In Marbury v. Madison, 1803, Chief Justice John Marshall set down the doctrine of judicial review and during the last 209 years since, the Supreme Court has invalidated a part or every one of the innumerable laws upon grounds they violated the US Constitution. Those laws had been passed by a “democratically elected” legislature of some sort or other, whether Congress or perhaps in one of the states. With no question most of them had been approved through “strong” majorities.
In fact, most likely stronger majorities compared to the one that passed the Affordable Care Act. Remember that law ended up being dragooned by means of a resistant Senate without having a single Republican vote and scarcely the 60 votes required to break a filibuster. In spite of an enormous Democrat majority in the House, it passed by a mere 219-212.
During the Democrats haste to jam the law down the throats of unsuspecting and unwilling citizens they left out one important clause, a standard “severability” clause which states the rest of the law stands if one part is judged unconstitutional.
Mr. Obama had the audacity to cite the Justices as an “unelected group of people” who will have turned to “judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint” if they strike down Obamacare.
Aren’t Liberal judges to the epitome of “judicial activism?” Ever hear of the 9th Circuit on the left coast who struck down Proposition 8 which was a referendum voted on by the citizens of California? It that’s Constitutional then any vote by the public could face the chopping block of Liberal “judicial activism.”
The paradox in all this is that Obama has presided over an Administration that’s the ultimate example of recklessly abusing power, on occasion within flagrant breach of the Constitution, and it has enabled unelected bureaucrats to create piles of new regulations affecting virtually every part of American life.
Obamacare, is actually a leading illustration of that unrestrained and growing web of Barack Obama’s never-ending demands. The law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (also known as “IPAB”) comes complete with unelected bureaucrats who possess the ability to restrict a seniors’ health treatment alternatives as well as having access to proper care, fundamentally ending Medicare health insurance as you may know it.
Quite simply, the long term future of health care in America isn’t going to be decided by the citizen’s chosen representatives, but by administrative rulemaking passed down through unelected and essentially anonymous agency authorities. How is that for a “democratically elected government”?
Let us not forget what Obama said late last year:
“What I’m not gonna do is wait for Congress. So wherever we have an opportunity and I have the executive authority to go ahead and get some things done, we’re just gonna go ahead and do ’em.”
Irrespective of whether the people’s duly elected representatives have a say in the matter Obama intends to continue his abuse of power by skirting the Constitution and implementing his Marxist ideology on the American people whatever it takes.
In the end, it seems Mr. Obama’s internal community organizer seems to be winning out over the Constitutional law professor. Or would that be “Senior Lecturer” who crosses the line at lecturing the Supreme Court Justices he despises?
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