Obama’s Abuses of Power Rival King George’s

A long train of usurpations of Congress’s Constitutional authority

Remember the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson detailed a list of abuses of power by King George, with language like this:

“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. …

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. …

“He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Matthew Spalding—my former boss who knows the Constitution inside and out—has detailed a list of President Obama’s violations of Congress’s Constitutional rights and prerogatives and it sounds eerily similar to the allegations against King George.

Call President Obama an “imperial president,” Dr. Spalding notes many abuses: from the Environmental Protection Agency issuing regulations contrary to Congress’s rejection of cap-and-trade to the National Labor Relations Board creating a “rule” that has the same effect as a bill that Congress refused to pass into law.

Most recently, the president has ordered immigration officials to ignore the nation’s immigration laws. By edict he has basically made into law what Congress has refused to pass.

If it’s this bad when the president still has to worry about reelection, imagine an unfettered second term Obama—unconstrained by the prospect of reelection and certainly not bound by any Constitutional limitations.

Read Matthew Spalding on the “Imperial Presidency” (1.5 pages).


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