“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — Oath of Office of the President of the United States
Ah, our battered, tattered Constitution … a once cherished document that no president since Lincoln has battered and tattered more and in less time than Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, the only man ever elected to that formerly august office under an alias. Why just yesterday, Barry again violated Article III, Section 3 — “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” — by peevishly informing the state of Arizona that
… it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
But the Executive does not have the authority to make such decisions. He has no lawful dispensation to ordain from on high — or in Barry’s case, from on low — which laws or portions thereof he chooses to “faithfully execute”. As Justice Antonin Scalia wondered:
Are the sovereign States at the mercy of the federal Executive’s refusal to enforce the Nation’s immigration laws? A good way of answering that question is to ask: Would the States conceivably have entered into the Union if the Constitution itself contained the Court’s holding?
Imagine a provision–perhaps inserted right after Art. I, ?8, ci. 4, the Naturalization Clause– which included among the enumerated powers of Congress “To establish Limitations upon Immigration that will be exclusive and that will be enforced only to the extent the President deems appropriate.” The delegates to the Grand Convention would have rushed to the exits from Independence Hall … If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign State.
The blithe contempt of Barack Obama and the Democrats for the laws of the land is a primary reason why, according to a recent poll, not many Americans believe any longer that the government is operating with their consent:
One of the central tenets of the Declaration of Independence is that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Only 22% of the nation’s likely voters believe the government today has such consent.
Democrats are evenly divided as to whether or not the government has the consent needed for legitimacy. Only eight percent (8%) Republicans and 21% of unaffiliated voters believe it does.
The disregard of the Democrats for our founding charter is one good reason why presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is currently leading the sitting president 47% to 45% among likely voters, and why Republicans are outpacing the Jackasses by 5 points on the generic Congressional ballot.
Additionally, Barack Obama’s unconstitutional highhandedness has caused him to is be sued by just about every concerned entity in the country: Catholics and Congressmen have turned to the courts; so have the sovereign states and non-sectarian school administrators. Barry Soetoro is a deer in the headlights, and the American people are driving a semi that’s heading straight at him.
- Scalia blasts Obama in Arizona dissent statement (hotair.com)
- US Supreme Court upholds key Arizona immigration clause – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Obama to Court: Drop Dead (The American Spectator)
- King Obama Seeks Revenge as Unanimous Court Upholds Part of Immigration Law (Godfather Politics)
- Larwyn’s Linx: After SCOTUS slap-down, Obama responds by punishing law enforcement (Doug Ross @ Journal)
- The Obama-Holder Justice Department: The Last Refuge for Lawless Leftists (The Daily Caller)
- Rule of law now an election issue (The American Thinker)
- Obama Goes “Soviet” on Arizona (Rush Limbaugh)