Obama: Laws? What Laws?

“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.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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29 Responses to Obama: Laws? What Laws?

  1. muse1876 says:

    Why don’t all Americans decide that we don’t to pay our taxes! Would that be okay? NO! He is NOT allowed to pick and chose what laws HE wants enforced. Would the left like it when Romney would proclaim that he didn’t want to enforce any laws that kept the unions afloat?

    • Bob Mack says:

      MUSE, I wish Americans would decide en masse not to vote for the socialists, i.e. Democrats. The real Dems, if any remain, need to take their party back from the radicals who have hijacked it.

      • muse1876 says:

        The Dems. in your list below should not be re-elected. I am not sure it there are any real Dems. left.
        All they seem to want to do is spend. Our hope, I guess, are Blue Dog Dems. Our govt. is the laughing stock of the world.

  2. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    Carter doesn’t even come close to Obama as being the worst President this country has ever had.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, BOB. Just read this, an illuminating insight into the minds of the totalitarian Dems who purport to represent Americans. Their responses range from the autocratic to the idiotic:

      Dems’ Diverse Defenses Of Obamacare

      Democrats’ defenses of the constitutionality of the Obamacare purchase mandate vary wildly, from invoking non-existent clauses to simply declaring that “nobody” questions their authority.

      Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), for example, cited the nonexistent “good and welfare” clause of the Constitution as the source of Congress’ authority. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) claimed “The Pursuit of Happiness” gives Congress the authority to require people to buy products.

      Other legislators have given a variety of answers. Some could give no answer at all:

      Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.): “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
      Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “Nobody questions” (our authority).
      Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.): “Well, I don’t know if there’s a specific constitutional provision.”
      Sen. Daniel Akaka (D.-Hawaii): “I’m not aware of that–let me put it that way.”
      Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.): “Let me see. I would have to check the specific sections. So, I’ll have to get back to you”
      Sen. Ben Nelson (D.-Neb.): “Well, you know, I don’t know that I’m a constitutional scholar. So, I, I’m not going to be able to answer that question.”
      Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.): “The very first enumerated power.”

  3. AFVET says:

    After the middle finger salute to Arizona, it will be interesting to see how Obama reacts to the Supreme’s decision on health care.
    Congress goes on recess in July.
    How many recess appointments will we see this time ?
    How many executive orders will be signed under the radar.
    We are witnessing a very desperate wanna be dictator.
    A caller to Rush today asked the question that how far out of Obama’s realm of pseudo imperialistic rule is denying the next voting cycle using martial law.
    Rush essentially answered that he wouldn’t put it past him to try if it looks really bad for the regime.

    • muse1876 says:

      First I want to thank you for your service. I hope the whole healthcare is found unconstitutional. Obama isn’t smart enough to be doing all this, he is a puppet.

      We could make him the dictator of the urinal at a federal prison.

  4. Cry and Howl says:

    We’re in very deep do-do. Mainly because we don’t have any people in the Congress that honors their oath of office. Every one of them know full well that Obama is a fraud and has absolutely no authority to do anything as a “president”. Yet they treat him like he’s the real deal because their career means much more to them than causing a “Constitutional crisis” in confronting this freak. Every time I hear that he’s signed an “executive order” I want to puke when I know they all begin with: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America …”

    • muse1876 says:

      I agree with you totally. This is why we need term limits 2 terms you are out and can’t serve even if you more to another state or district, health insurance while in office only and no pension. We would save this country billions. Will it ever happen I doubt it. To many have already become corrupted to the core.

    • AFVET says:

      The congress critters careers are up to us.
      Wake up America.
      Vote !

  5. AFVET says:

    The service to my Country was a pleasure.
    I was barely 18, and matured very quickly.
    If I had it to do over again, I would have stayed in longer.
    Ah….youth !
    As far as Obama goes, a very powerful regime has his back.
    He isn’t afraid of making misstatements or blatantly defying the Constitution.
    What he is afraid of is his popularity among his base, and it is waning.
    There is a reason why Chicago style politics don’t play well in the rest of the country.
    It is because the rest of the country see the deception and corruption for what it is and refuse to indulge in it.
    Never give up on America.

    • Bob Mack says:

      AFVET, I don’t know about it being a pleasure, but I never regretted any of the times I volunteered & if I was 18 or 19, and we had a real Commander-In-Chief, I’d probably do it all over again.

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  7. Grumpy says:

    AFVET had a friend in another life time, he and I went in the same day- I liked drinking beer and chasing frauleins. He seemed to like sleeping in the jungle- he did 4 in Nam, 3 Recon and stayed in- retired at 39 or 40 (E8) went right back to work doing the same job as a civilian employee the next day,, Haven’t talked to him in years, but he’d have have been eligible for federal retirement at 55 and by now he’s collecting SS on top of that—

    There’s a large and growing sheriff’s organization calling themselves Constitutional Sheriffs, They aren’t happy with Congressional Stupidity or Obama Over-reach, they love excuses to test the limits of the Federal Government, there’s a bunch of them in Arizona. Good chance one of them will see this as obstruction of justice– wonder if Homeland Security has a bail bondsman on call..

    • Bob Mack says:

      GRUMPY, I’ve told this one before, but after I did a year chasing the frauleins, drinking beer (and weathering numerous Yak attacks — you’ll remember them), I found myself in Cam Ranh Bay’s 22nd Replacement Battalion, sweating my hapless cojones off, and waiting for assignment to God knew where. The first old timer I talked to was a trooper from the 101st Airborne who’d been shot in the foot while lounging peaceably in his hootch at Phan Rang, & was then recovering in the 6th Convalescent Center. He was in the midst of his third tour & he told me he planned on staying until the war was over or he was killed. As a member of the summer of ’67’s “fresh meat” contingent, I was, needless to say, somewhat taken aback. I asked him why the f**k he kept extending when most guys would’ve sold their sisters for a DEROS. He looked at me sadly, and said, “After a while, Southeast Asia just gets in your blood.”

    • AFVET says:

      Grumpy, never got to Nam, never chased the frauleins.
      I did however admire many Filipino girls. 🙂

  8. bunkerville says:

    I figured it was going to be a long for years when Obama got elected, but I never ever could have imagined we were signing on to a dictator. And that is what he is.

  9. I’m thinking Obama knows he is going to lose and he plans to do as much harm to America as he can in the time he has left. I seriously think he hates America.

    • muse1876 says:

      I KNOW Obama hates this country. There is no way a person who loved his country could do the things that he has done. He is a disgraceful person.

      • Bob Mack says:

        Limbaugh quoting a PJ Media article:

        “We have a remarkable president on our hands. He openly defies the defined obligations of his office, then crafts new abilities to strike out at the states that he dislikes, imposing energy famines,” as in drilling on oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the Keystone pipeline ban, energy famines. He abets “lawlessness in the name of his warped worldview. It’s hard at the present time to regard the union of our United States as such. It doesn’t seem very united when Obama’s Washington keeps acting like a hostile occupier.”

    • Bob Mack says:

      From PJ Media:

      First Principles

      […] Now we are engaged in a great Cold Civil War. But the decision American voters will make in November is far more than merely an ideological clash about what the Constitution meant or means. For that supposes that both sides are playing by the same rules, and have a shared interest in the outcome. That presumes that both sides accept the foundational idea of the American experiment, and that the argument is over how best to adhere to it.

      That is false.

      For some, this is a difficult notion to grasp. To them, politics is politics, the same game being played by the same rules that go back a couple of centuries. The idea that one party — and you know which one I mean — is actively working against its own country as it was founded seems unbelievable.

      But that is true.

      Don’t take it from me, take it from Barack Hussein Obama who famously said on the stump in 2008: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

      Many gullible voters took that to mean that the end of the George W. Bush era was at hand, and little more. Ho-hum: politics as usual. But the minute I heard that, I knew exactly what Obama meant. “Fundamental transformation” is the Holy Grail of the modern Left — I do not say “American Left,” since much of its inspiration and sustenance is most definitely not American — and by “fundamental transformation” they mean the utter destruction of the founding principles of limited government, individual self-reliance and personal freedom. In their place, they bring the poisoned gifts of fascism, central planning and rule by a credentialed aristocracy of like-minded fellow travelers.

      And when they say “by any means necessary,” you had better believe they mean it. Election 2012 is not a clash of political parties but an existential struggle for the soul of America. To treat it as anything but that is both willful blindness and arrant foolishness.

  10. AFVET says:

    This congress will not stop Obama.
    They are essentially spineless, and wringing their hands over the next election results.
    Obama is laughing at them behind their backs because he has them on their knees.
    Obama is taunting them, “come and get me if you dare you spineless morons.”

    Right there is the problem folks,…too many spineless morons.
    I am not a spineless moron, are you ?
    Vote the assholes out of office.
    We are the boss, not them.

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