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The president has consistently shown that he thinks that he is above the Constitution. The Republic is in crisis because of the multiple separation of powers violations by this administration.
Ironically, the many of the actions that he criticized President Bush for he has kept in place and expanded. On national security issues, Obama has increased domestic surveillance in violation of of the Fourth Amendment. He’s also kept the prison at Guantanamo Bay open and increased drone strikes.
On domestic issues, Obama has appointed individuals to the NLRB while the Senate was in session and without Senate approval. He has unilaterally made modifications to Obamacare without the consent of Congress.
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The Obama Administration has fared very poorly in defending its actions federal courts. The NSA’s spying program has already been declared unconstitutional by one federal judge. The highest appellate court under the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit, declared that Obama’s “recess” appointments were unconstitutional.
Now, even liberals are abandoning him over his unconstitutional actions.
One liberal law professor, testifying at a congressional hearing last month, had some strong words for the administration.
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IJ Review reports the exchange:
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked the Georgetown University law professor and regular contributor to MSNBC (not to mention, a strong supporter of Obama in the past):
“Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”
Turley’s response was as blunt as it was astonishing:
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.
This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There are two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers … we have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority.
And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.”
The great concern I have for this body [Congress] is that it is not only being circumvented, but it is also being denied the ability to enforce its inherent powers. … [T]he president is outside the line, but it has to go before a court, and a court has to grant review, and that’s where we have the most serious constitutional crisis I have viewed in my lifetime. And that is, this body is becoming less and less relevant.
The president took an oath to defend the constitution. When he fails to live up to this oath, impeachment is appropriate. The president’s liberal allies are beginning to abandon him. The American people have already abandoned him. The 2014 midterm elections will be critical if we want to take back our government and end the unconstitutional actions of this administration.