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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).

  1. D.M. Zuniga, P.E.

    As I’ve said before in this venue, Lincoln was the most monstrous, un-American emperor ever to serve in the U.S. presidency; he and his administration violated the Constitution with frequency and severity not seen before or since. Second place goes to Tom ‘Woodrow’ Wilson, during whose terms a cancerous troika was unleashed: the FED counterfeiting concession, the IRS scam, and stripping the sovereign States of their power in Congress via the 17th Amendment. Then for good measure, Wilson led us into an entirely bogus European war and also paved the way for today’s United Nations debacle. Quite a disaster, that #2.

    The third most imperial U.S. president was FDR, who finished the job that Wilson began: transforming all ten points of Marx’s Communist Manifesto, into U.S. government policy.

    Thus let’s keep things in perspective, Joe. I posted right here a few days ago the hundreds of illegal federal departments, agencies, and bureaus put in motion mostly by Congress, not by presidents. So in the first place, after Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR there was not much left for any latter-day King George to do, to completely enslave us. If there was, the U.S. Congress has done it!

    Having said that, you’ve hit on the most chilling aspect of a second Obama term. Unfettered by worries of re-election, the closet Marxist would come out of the closet in full. The thought is unnerving; one can only imagine his next USSC appointments, in light of the last ones. God perish the thought, we say; yet, this may be God’s very judgment on this nation if We The People remain as inert as we’ve been, in the abdication of a century.

    As hard as it is to imagine a second Obama term, I think Mitt Romney will prove only slightly less disastrous, and his record proves it. The fellow has never stood up to Progressivism; on the contrary, he has embraced it in the past. Willard Romney is Bob Dole redux; a frightening prospect in his own right.

    [This is beside the fact that electing a Mormon (an online search on the origins of Mormonism wll prove that it’s demonstrably an un-Christian, anti-biblical cult) sends a message to God that we’d marry Satan himself if he’ll only bring “jobs, jobs, jobs!”.]

    I hope and pray for a Ron Paul-driven miracle at the GOP convention; not that Dr. Paul could win the nomination, but that the force of the strict constitutionalists’ arguments will turn events and national debate 180 degrees from the vapid pragmatism that the GOP has become. Yet I realize that the very urgency of this discussion belies the fact that besides the aforementioned destruction of our way of life, a president can do very little to ‘save’ America.

    We The People have work to do. AmericaAgain! is an efficient, timely, perpetual mechanism to reverse the 150-year-long ratchet of socialism and restore rule of law. If We The People do our duty, no American emperor — be it a Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, or Obama — can ever again rise to take us captive, for we will have cut off the mechanism whereby powerful men have taken Washington D.C. captive for over 150 years.

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