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President Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations of 2013 | The Daily Sheeple

President Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations of 2013

Ilya Shapiro
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December 27th, 2013 via TheDailySheeple

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One of Barack Obama’s chief accomplishments has been to return the Constitution to a central place in our public discourse.

Unfortunately, the president fomented this upswing in civic interest not by talking up the constitutional aspects of his policy agenda, but by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document. And he’s been most frustrated with the separation of powers, which doesn’t allow him to “fundamentally transform” the country without congressional acquiescence.

But that hasn’t stopped him. In its first term, the Administration launched a “We Can’t Wait” initiative, with senior aide Dan Pfeiffer explaining that “when Congress won’t act, this president will.” And earlier this year, President Obama said in announcing his new economic plans that “I will not allow gridlock, or inaction, or willful indifference to get in our way.”

And so, as we reach the end of another year of political strife that’s fundamentally based on clashing views on the role of government in society, I thought I’d update a list I made two years ago and hereby present President Obama’s top 10 constitutional violations of 2013.

1. Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps. The Labor Department announced in February that it was delaying for a year the part of the healthcare law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible — insurers and employers need time to comply with rapidly changing regulations — but changing the law requires actual legislation.

2. Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate. The administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it did cite statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of certain reporting requirements, not of the mandate itself.

3. Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements. The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurance companies started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements. President Obama called a press conference last month to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans in 2014 — despite Obamacare’s explicit language to the contrary. He then refused to consider a House-passed bill that would’ve made this action legal.

4. Exemption of Congress from Obamacare. A little-known part of Obamacare requires Congressmen and their staff to get insurance through the new healthcare exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. In the quiet of August, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous congressional benefits.

5. Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation. Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State” — and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule ignoring that plain text and allowed subsidies (and commensurate fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.”

6. Political profiling by the IRS. After seeing a rise in the number of applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”; subjects such as government spending, debt, or taxes; and activities such as criticizing the government, educating about the Constitution, or challenging Obamacare. The targeting continued through May of this year.

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Contrast Barack Obama’s Quotes About Islam With His Quotes About Christianity

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“You are about to read some of the most shocking quotes that Barack Obama has  ever uttered in public.  A few of these have been widely circulated, but most  of  them are very obscure.  Even though he claims to be a Christian, throughout  his  political career Obama has repeatedly attacked traditional Biblical  Christianity  and he has a very long  history of anti-Christian actions.  In public speeches he has repeatedly  cast doubt on the Bible, he has repeatedly stated that he does not believe that  Jesus is necessary for salvation, and he has consistently said that he believes  that all “people of faith” believe in the same God.  At the same time, Obama  has  always referred to Muhammed as “the Prophet”, he has always expressed great  love  and respect for Islam, and he has even removed  all references to Islam from terror training materials used by federal  government agencies.  So what in the world does “the leader of the free world”   actually believe?  Read the quotes below and decide for yourself…

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam

#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”

#2 “The  sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so  much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

#6 “Islam has always been part of America

#7 “we will encourage more Americans to study in  Muslim communities”

#8 “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s  role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human  beings.”

#9 “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead,  they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance  and  the dignity of all human beings.”

#10 “I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”

#11 “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an  important part of promoting peace.”

#12 “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it  was first revealed”

#13 “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the  forefront of innovation and education.”

#14 “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the  possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

#15 “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for  great diversity and racial equality”

#16 “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and  we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one  another.’”

#17 “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White  House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

#18 “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and  factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim  innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped  unlock the secrets of our universe.”

#19 “That experience guides my conviction that  partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what  it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the  United  States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they  appear.”

#20 “I also know that Islam has always been a part  of America’s story.”

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity

#1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian  nation.”

#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?  Should we go with  Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an  abomination?  Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your  child  if he strays from the faith?”

#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural  edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in  Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more  culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of  Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage  nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious  leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they  should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of  Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil  union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital  visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are  of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that  considers  an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than  the Sermon on  the Mount.”

#7 Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of  alignment with my values.”

#8 “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died  for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep  coming to church, would they.”

#9 “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow  Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion,  including  Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and  prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people  haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to  hell.”

#10 “I find it hard to believe that my God would  consign four-fifths of the world to hell.  I can’t imagine that my God would  allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian  faith to somehow burn for all eternity.  That’s just not part of my religious  makeup.”

#11 “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very  strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter,  the  aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

#12 “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some  evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced  Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

#13 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke  God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is  accessible to people of all faiths.”

#14 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that  controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

#15 “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns  in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced  them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush  Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these  communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising  then  they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who  aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way  to  explain their frustrations.”

#16 “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf  alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”

#17 “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she  dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto  shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

#18 “we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own  path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our  own”

#19 “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of  Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the  Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it  to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and  Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully  together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when  Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.   (Applause.)”

#20 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief  that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a  people.”

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In 1770 John Adams had upheld the English system of law by defending Captain Preston, who had been in command of the British Troops during the Boston Massacre.  He and his legal team had built a strong case around Captain Preston’s and the soldiers’ natural right of self-defense in English law.  The witnesses for the defense of the British officer were very different from the stories on the street, in the newspaper, or from the prosecution that had 94 depositions from people claiming to have witnessed the “murdering” of the citizens, viciously and without cause.

John Adams won the case based on the dying words of Patrick Carr to his doctor, John Jeffries. Jeffries testified that Carr told him he was: “”a native of Ireland, that he had frequently seen mobs, and soldiers called upon to quell them…he had seen soldiers often fire on the people in Ireland, but had never seen them bear half so much before they fired in his life” as the British soldiers had in Boston.  Carr believed Preston and his soldiers acted in self-defense.
John Adams said, “We talk much of liberty and property, but if we cut up the law of self-defense, we cut away the foundation of both.” 
In summation he said, “Facts are stubborn things.  And whatever may be our wishes, our inclination or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. Nor is the law less stable than the fact.  The law, in all vicissitudes of government, fluctuations of the passions or flights of enthusiasm, will preserve a steady, undeviating course; it will not bend to the uncertain wishes, imaginations and wanton tempers of men. The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral character of the people.  As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved””[1]

When news of the Boston Tea Party reached London in early 1774, members of Parliament were enraged and determined to coerce the Americans into submission and promptly passed four “laws” which, had they applied to a foreign nation, would have been considered acts of war.  Those four acts were known as the “Coercive Acts” and the first of them closed the port of harbor “until restitution was made to the Dutch East India Company for the tea.”

Other bills included the Massachusetts Government Act that limited town meetings in the colony to one a year; the Administration of Justice Act that set up a Royal Appointment Council, appointed by the King, to take the place of the Massachusetts councils elected by the people of the colony.  The fourth bill was the Quartering Act that was passed to force the people within town limits in Massachusetts to house the British soldiers, instead of them being housed in garrisons.  There would be no popular meetings or freedom of the press allowed.  The colonists were to be ruled with unelected, crown appointed rulers that had dictatorial powers and an army, housed within the homes of Massachusetts citizens, to enforce the dictator chosen thousands of miles away by a king who had never set foot in the colonies.

By then a small group of elected leaders in the various colonies had begun communication with one another through a Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry that had been formed by a small group of Virginians under Thomas Jefferson.  When that committee learned what had happened in Massachusetts, the Virginia House of Burgess put aside all other business and discussed the Crown’s treatment of Massachusetts and then passed a resolution setting apart the first day of June for a day of “fasting and prayer.”

The purpose of those prayers would be to “ask for divine intervention to avert the heavy calamity threatening destruction of our rights and all the evils of civil war; and to give the people one heart and one mind in firmly opposing every injury to American liberties.”

The day after the Virginia Resolution was passed, Lord Dunmore, Virginia’s Royal Governor, dissolved the elected House of Burgess.  That action prompted other colonies to follow Virginia and Massachusetts’ lead and for George Washington to write to his friend, George William Fairfax:

“Members convened themselves at the Raleigh Tavern and created an association to take some vigorous and effectual measures to obtain that justice which is denied to our Petitions and Remonstrances and Prayers; in short the Ministry may rely on it that Americans will never be taxed without their own consent and despotic measures in respect to Boston will not be tolerated.”

Washington did not approve of the destruction of the tea, but on the other hand he also was “not prepared to be sacrificed by piece meal with a cruel and blood thirsty enemy upon our backs, the Indians, between whom and our frontier inhabitants many skirmishes have happened and with whom a general war is inevitable whilst those from whom we have a right to see protection are endeavoring by every piece of art and despotism to fix the shackles of slavery upon us.”


[1] John Adams by David McCullough 2001 – pg. 70

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