Obama thinks that the Constitution does not apply to him. When he is not bypassing Congress to change laws he doesn’t like, he simply ignores them. Just within the past week, he has been called out by Rep. Justin Amash, Sen. Mike Lee, at least two judges, and thirty other congressmen.
Joining the mix is liberal law professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University. Turley is an MSNBC regular and strongly supports Obama (or at least he used to). Now he is not mincing words about Obama’s power-hungry rampage. According to Forbes, he “observed that the president isn’t taking that ‘Laws being faithfully executed’ oath very seriously, particularly with regard to his signature Affordable Care Act.”
Professor Turley railed against Obama’s disregard for the law, saying that he is “the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.” You can see it for yourself below.
From IJ Review:
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked the Georgetown University law professor and regular contributor to MSNBC (not to mention, a strong supporter of Obama in the past):
“Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”
Turley’s response was as blunt as it was astonishing:
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.
This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There are two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers … we have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority.
And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.
During this meeting, Professor Turley also said:
The great concern I have for this body [Congress] is that it is not only being circumvented, but it is also being denied the ability to enforce its inherent powers. … [T]he president is outside the line, but it has to go before a court, and a court has to grant review, and that’s where we have the most serious constitutional crisis I have viewed in my lifetime. And that is, this body is becoming less and less relevant.
Turley is absolutely correct here. The concentration of power — a monarchy — is exactly what the Founders of this country escaped and intended to avoid in the future. Congress needs to do their job and hold him accountable — while we still have a Congress.
We have to send a clear message to him and all future presidents: There is a consequence to usurping the Constitution for your personal political agenda and it is called impeachment. If you put your hand on the Bible and swear to the entire country that you will be committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting our liberties, and then proceed to continuously violate that oath by ignoring the Constitution and undermining the American people, you will be thrown out of office.
The president’s critics are finally extending beyond the conservative, Tea Party, libertarian, and independent realms. Obama’s blatant disregard for the separation of powers is so much more than politics; it undermines the entire foundation of freedom itself. And it must be stopped.
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