How Could Obama Teach Law And Not Know This?
Obama has attempted to foment public and media condemnation of Republicans for, as he claims, not doing what he tells them to do. During the State of the Union speech, he said he “would go it alone” if Congress failed to do what he wanted. As I wrote in “Obama Declares Himself Above The Constitution”: Obama made it clear that he was going to bypass Constitutional and Congressional authority and use Executive Orders to install whatever legislation he personally deemed valid. (Behind The Political Curtain; 1/29/14)
Which brings me to my point. Obama is either an epic fraud, an incomparable moron, or a mendacious liar the likes of which have not been witnessed save for Lucifer himself, and, as referenced above, a darn poor one at that. On March 30, 2007, at a fund raiser, Obama sarcastically said: “I was a Constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president [i.e., George W. Bush] I actually respect the Constitution.”
Once again, the prince of liars is treed by his own pompous arrogance. Which is why the Republicans are demonstrably derelict in their responsibility to defend and uphold the Constitution – as has been the Supreme Court.
As a professor of Constitutional law, Obama would know that our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances called Separation of Powers. There are three branches of government: the legislative which is the Congress, the executive which is the presidency, and the judicial which is the Supreme Court.
This political doctrine was designed and instituted to keep the branches of government separate so as to prevent the very thing Obama is guilty of having done and guilty of threatening to do in an even more public display. Each branch of government is provided certain powers under the Constitution so as to check and balance the other branches.
As a Constitutional law professor, Obama would know that. Separation of Powers is as fundamental to public office as water is to the ocean. The Constitution, in Article 1 Section 1, gives Congress “legislative powers herein granted.” Article 1 Section 8 lists those permissible actions. The president is the Executive Branch. Bemoan as he may, Obama, if we are to believe his claims pursuant to being a Constitutional law professor, would know and understand that it is the literal duty of Congress to keep the Executive Branch in check.
An Executive Branch that is able to write laws and issue judicial edicts would be nothing short of a dictatorship. Legislative power and judicial power would lie with one individual, the president. That is precisely why our Founding Fathers followed the example of separated powers that goes back to the ancient Greeks.
It is an impeachable offense for Obama or any president to draft legislation and then institute it. Writing, passing, and instituting legislation is the exclusive responsibility of Congress. The Supreme Court as the Judicial Branch is not constrained to wait for its opinion to be solicited in the case of unambiguous violations by the Executive Branch. It is the High Court’s singular responsibility to interpret the Constitution and in said capacity it is responsible that the intended propriety of each Branch be upheld.
Our Founding Fathers intended for there to be friction, if you will, between the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch. It is to prevent the very thing that Obama is demanding, and that is to be elevated to potentate status. He envisions himself as a tin dictator, and he is furious that there is a modicum of restraint that binds him.
But herein again is the public misled. Obama complains and the media parrots said complaints claiming that Congress is in some way violating some credo that doesn’t exist. Congress is doing its job by disagreeing and making it difficult for presidents to have the laws passed they want. That is the exact purpose for Separation of Powers.[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]The public, especially the ill-informed, uninformed, or the ideological incurably blind take up the cause arguing that Republicans are not helping Obama and are blocking what he wants to do. What they fail to realize is that is exactly what our Founding Fathers intended. The public has reached a point today in which they are largely ignorant pursuant to the need for governmental restraint. The public misses the paralyzing damage that an uncontrolled Executive Branch can seed, and the pain that seed will cause when it is harvested.
Most people are ignorant of the genius and necessity of the Constitution. Children are not taught to value the constraints of the Constitution that protect us from tyranny. Like a frog in a pot of cold water on a stove with the burner turned on low and the heat slowly increased, the people will not realize they are cooked until it is too late.
There are no Constitutional parameters for the Supreme Court not advising the Executive Branch that it is flagrantly violating the Constitution. There is especially no reason for SCOTUS not to do same when the Executive Branch boasts and threatens to violate the Constitution. Congress has the duty to act, as well.
There is no question that Obama is violating the Constitution just as there is no question that Congress is acting in accordance with self-interest juxtaposed to Constitutional constraints. The question is, what are We the People prepared to do to rein in this political tyranny and Constitutional malfeasance before they render the Constitution of no effect?
I can tell you the one thing we cannot do if we want to preserve and protect Constitutional governance, and that is we cannot continue to reelect the same feckless violators of their oaths to uphold the Constitution of The United States as reward for violating same.[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here