Barely a day goes by anymore when I'm not stunned by the words coming out of President Obama's mouth. Here's his latest, on the Supreme Court's consideration of ObamaCare, which 26 states have contended is unconstitutional.
"Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress, and I'd just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example, and I'm pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step."
Here, Obama would have you believe the Supreme Court overturning unconstitutional laws is "unprecedented" and "extraordinary". What a pantload. The Supreme Court has been overturning unconstitutional legislation throughout American history. According to the previous link, Congress was first overturned in 1803. No fewer than eight FDR programs were struck down by the Court. There is nothing "unprecedented" or "extraordinary" about the Supreme Court striking down unconstitutional laws. In fact, THAT'S THE JOB OF THE SUPREME COURT - to insure laws are constitutional. The Founders designed things that way on purpose. It's know as a Separation Of Powers, and they exist to ensure that the government has checks and balances on itself. The government is supposed to follow the law of the land too, even if Obama would rather not. He clearly considers the Judicial branch an inconvenience, "an unelected group of people" that would "overturn a duly constituted and passed law". Can you believe it ? How dare the Supreme Court interfere with the will of King Obama !!! Off with their heads !!!
Obama says ObamaCare was passed "by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress". In 2010, it passed the House by the "strong majority" of 219-212, with not one Republican voting for it. It passed the Senate by a stronger majority of 60-39, but again, not one Republican voted for it. And in 2011, the House voted to repeal ObamaCare by a margin of 245-189. That effort failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, 47-51. Support for ObamaCare ain't that strong. I don't think Democrats even like it that much, though they are following their leader. Poll after poll shows the American people are against ObamaCare, and have been since it was passed.
King Obama called overturning the ObamaCare mandate an act of "judicial activism", which clearly illustrates that Obama doesn't know what the term "judicial activism" means. He's just engaging in rhetoric. In a recent post, I showed there was no case precedent for the ObamaCare mandate under the Commerce Clause. There was nothing close to justifying the ObamaCare mandate. While everyone acknowledges the federal government's power to regulate commerce, that's not what the ObamaCare mandates does. It regulates the absence of commerce (not having health insurance). By definition, the absence of commerce is not commerce, regardless of how much Democrats wish it to be.
Most amazingly of all, King Obama is a purported expert in constitutional law. He was a senior lecturer on the subject at the University Of Chicago Law School. If his above comments are indicative of what he taught his students, they should ask for their money back.
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