Skip to comments.Obama's contempt for the Constitution
Posted on 02/12/2012 4:36:44 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
... Despite his oath of office, in a blatant effort to win the female vote and pander to the pro-choice movement, the president and his administration has mandated that all Catholic churches, schools, universities and hospitals must provide health insurance for their female employees that cover abortion and contraceptive services.
This was not a political miscalculation and it is not women's health my friends, it is a president and an administration that has determined he can tell any religion what beliefs it can and cannot hold. This is precisely the kind of authoritarian edict that prompted our Founding Fathers to adopt the First Amendment which our president now refuses to defend.
The president's recent effort to mitigate anger among true Americans is a mere ruse. He says the burden will be placed on insurance companies to approach women employed by Catholic institutions and ask whether they want the free abortion and contraception services. Free? How many billions are spent on abortion and contraception annually? So, who pays for this free insurance coverage? The Catholic Church. Now he thinks we are stupid while rubbing salt in an open, festering sore.
Had enough yet? What will be the next personal liberty, guaranteed to you by the Bill of Rights, that you will have to give up in the name of Change?
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There is a cost, to everything.
“it is a president and an administration that has determined he can tell any religion what beliefs it can and cannot hold”
This goes MUCH further than the religious aspect. Thus far, he has dismanteled the Constitution piece by piece with no consequences. This is about pushing the envelope a bit further. Again, who will stand up for our country? Congress and the SCOTUS seem to have no interest in upholding our values.
Citizens of our great country had better take a good hard look at the things Obama wants to change in our country, and doing away with our Constitution is one of them. This man is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and I pray that it is not too late for our nation.
Constitution...schmonstitution! We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution. Just who the heck did those founding fathers think they were?
It is most interesting that he chose mandatory birth control coverage as a base for his government run health care. There are free to low cost clinics (Planned Parenthood, county and state funded clinics) all over the country providing exams and birth control choices to to women at little to no cost. Of all things that might impact reporductive choices, cost isn’t it. But this gives him a grip to mandating health care according to his vision.
With his disregard for the constitution we had better be alert for him to cancel the next election if it appears he would lose.
You are exactly right.
Who is standing up for America.
The Supremes and Congress appear to go along with anything this Muslim wants.
Medical insurance coverage of contraception. What business of a US president is this?
Not Mitt Romney!
Sarah Palin stood up at the convention. Her speech was great. Wish she were running for President. Sadly, me thinks we’re in the minority in more ways than one.
My first thought after seeing this thread title - where the hell has Boehner been?? They could be talking impeachment over ane number of policies. Cowards. He needs replacing.
It will be up to the people to demand he step down for breaking his oath of office.
The only drawback to term limits is that in a second term, a President who has no reason to curry favor with voters can attempt to impose unpopular measures with political impunity. As we all know, it would truly be a disaster for this particular White House occupant to get a second term.
Is it just me, or is our current President not acting as if this IS his last term?
I began to feel this way when he decided to take the 10 day Hawaii vacation at a time when no political advisor would have approved.
The Ossowatomie speech represented a complete “coming out of the closet” on his socialism, something he had been careful to hide to that point.
His State of the Union speech can be summed up as “re-elect me, and you’ll get more of the same”. Not particularly shrewd, given the polling he must see on a daily basis.
In nixing the Keystone Pipeline, Obama had to know that he was not gaining enviro-nut votes in the same quantity that he would lose union and independents over his stance on the issue.
Now we watch as he alienates the Catholic Church, a voting bloc he carried in 2008, and absolutely must carry in 2012 to have a prayer (pun intended) for a second term.
Is it not possible that those who claimed our President was a “puppet”, controlled by some powerful, nefarious interests, are right? Is it so hard to believe, given what we don’t know about the current occupant of our White House, that they know something on him that gives them the power to tell him to take a hike?
Our President is acting as if he has a very small window to both enjoy the trappings of the Presidency, and impose his will.
Let’s remember that LBJ’s “I shall not seek...” speech occurred on March 31, 1968, a mere seven months prior to that year’s election. There’s still time for a replacement candidate for the party.
We now know Obama’s gone rogue. His Vice President and Chief of Staff were both against squaring off against the Catholic Church. Are his “handlers” now pulling the strings, to get what they want now, instead of waiting for what must look like to them a defeat in November?
Or, if the conspiracists are wrong, and he has no “handlers”, he most certainly is acting as if he feels he won’t be re-elected, and he’s trying to impose as much of his agenda as he can before he leaves office.
He has handlers, I would bet my last dollar on it, there is no way imaginable that he has gotten to where he is by his own efforts. He couldn’t earn enough money to put food in his own mouth without handlers. Go to youtube and spend an hour searching and listening to him, he is very far from the brilliant mind that the left tries to pretend he is.
[ Had enough yet? What will be the next personal liberty, guaranteed to you by the Bill of Rights, that you will have to give up in the name of Change? ]
The 2nd Amendment. If Obama gets a second term he’ll go around Congress and enact dictatorial gun control laws.
Exactly. It is the House of Representatives’ duty to impeach .
The crisis now is that no one is willing to pursue checks and balances against the executive branch. Applying logic, one would assume the GOP wants to exercise the same powers if and when they hold the executive branch again. It ain't just the current resident of the White House.
Dr. George Carey wrote an essay which deals with the so-called "living constitution" question. In that essay, reprinted with permission, below, he cites the Founders' own words on that question:
"Until the people have, by some solemn and authoritative act, annulled or changed the established form, it is binding upon them collectively, as well as individually; and no presumption or even knowledge of their sentiments, can warrant their representatives [the executive, judiciary, or legislature]; in a departure from it prior to such an act." - Alexander Hamilton
In the first of the eighty-five "Federalist Papers," Alexander Hamilton emphasized that:
The Framers knew that the passage of time would surely disclose imperfections or inadequacies in the Constitution, but these were to be repaired or remedied by formal amendment, not by legislative action or judicial construction (or reconstruction). Hamilton (in The Federalist No. 78) was emphatic about this:
The Congress, unlike the British Parliament, was not given final authority over the Constitution, which partly explains why the judicial authority was lodged in a separate and independent branch of government. In Britain the supreme judicial authority is exercised by a committee of the House of Lords, which is appropriate in a system of parliamentary supremacy, but, although it was suggested they do so, the Framers refused to follow the British example.
The American system is one of constitutional supremacy, which means that sovereignty resides in the people, not in the King-in-Parliament; and the idea that the Constitution may be changed by an act of the legislature--even an act subsequently authorized by the judiciary--is simply incompatible with the natural right of the people to determine how (and even whether) they shall be governed.
Unlike in Britain where, formally at least, the queen rules by the grace of God (Dei gratia regina), American government rests on the consent of the people; and, according to natural right, the consent must be given formally. In fact, it must be given in a written compact entered into by the people. Here is Madison on the compacts underlying American government:
Neither civil society (or as Madison puts it, "the people in their social state') nor government exists by nature. By nature everyone is sovereign with respect to himself, free to do whatever in his judgment is necessary to preserve his own life - or, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, everyone is endowed by nature with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a happiness that he defines for himself. Civil society is an artificial person (constituted by the first of the compacts), and it is civil society that institutes and empowers government. So it was that they became "the People of the United States" in 1776 and, in 1787-88, WE, THE PEOPLE ordained and established "this Constitution for the United States of America."
In this formal compact THE PEOPLE specified the terms and conditions under which "ourselves and posterity," would be governed: granting some powers and withholding others, and organizing the powers granted with a view to preventing their misuse by the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branches alike. WE THE PEOPLE were authorized by natural right to do this, and were authorized to act on behalf of posterity only insofar as the rights of posterity to change those terms and conditions were respected. This was accomplished in Article V of the Constitution, the amending article, which prescribed the forms to be followed when exercising that power in the future.
The Framers had designed a constitutional structure for a government which would be limited by that structure - by the distribution of power into distinct departments, a system of legislative balances and checks, an independent judiciary, a system of representation, and an enlargement of the orbit "within which such systems are to revolve" And to the judges they assigned the duty, as "faithful guardians of the Constitution," to preserve the integrity of the structure, for it is by the structure (more than by "parchment barriers") that the government is limited. It would he only a slight exaggeration to say that, in the judgment of the Founders, the Constitution would "live" as long as that structure was preserved.
The Enduring American Constitution
Now, almost 200 years later, one can read Hamilton's words in Federalist No. 1 and conclude that, under some conditions, some "societies of men" are capable of "establishing good government," but that most are not. This is not for lack of trying; on the contrary, constitutions are being written all the time - of some 164 countries in the world, all but a small handful (seven by the latest count) have written constitutions - but most of them are not long-lived.
In September 1983, the American Enterprise Institute sponsored an international conference on constitution writing at the Supreme Court of the United States; some twenty-odd countries were represented. With the exception of the Americans, the persons present had themselves played a role - in some cases a major role - in the writing of their countries' constitutions, most of them written since 1970. Only the constitution of the French Fifth Republic predated 1970; and the Nigerian, so ably discussed and defended at the 1983 conference by one of its own Framers, had subsequently been subverted, much as the four previous French republican constitutions had been subverted. It would seem that many peoples are experienced in the writing of constitutions, but only a few of them - conspicuous among these the people of America - have an experience of stable constitutional government. In that sense, we surely have "a living Constitution." That is not, however, the sense in which the term is ordinarily used in the literature of constitutional law as shall be explored herein.
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