It is plainly evident that President Barack Obama doesn’t respect the Constitution of the United States. He’s content to sidestep Congress in order to illegally appoint people to Cabinet positions, change existing laws on his latest whim, and completely ignore laws with which he doesn’t agree.
Why is he setting so many dangerous precedents? Even if you favor his policies, it should concern all of us that he’s being so brazen in overstepping his Constitutional authority to implement them.
One of my top twenty movies of all time is Enemy of the State, a 1998 film starring Gene Hackman and Will Smith. If you haven’t seen it, Smith plays a normal guy (married, good job, etc.) who unwittingly gets mixed up in an NSA-ordered murder of a politician. The rest is about what happens to Smith’s life when the NSA decides it needs to rip that life to shreds.
This man, almost overnight, loses his job, his wife, access to his bank account, and is hotly pursued by law enforcement. Through satellites, cameras, and tons of cool tech, he’s tracked everywhere: nowhere seems to be safe. The film’s title is accurate: he literally is made into an Enemy of the State. If it weren’t for Gene Hackman’s character, Smith would have been jailed, or dead, or both.
Back in 1998 this was still relatively fantastical, taken seriously only by the professionally paranoid. We couldn’t have that sort of thing happen in the cradle of freedom and liberty.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
Ignore that this is connected to terrorism for a moment. Pretend this is about organized crime. Let’s look at this issue in this new light and see if it still reads the same to you:
EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of organized crime or “an associated organization” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in…
I’m embarrassed; I completely missed this exchange last week. In my defense, it wasn’t on a single network station, or in any major paper that I could find.
I just can’t understand why, though. It showed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being given another chance to prove to those stupid Republicans just exactly how wonderful Obamacare is, and why it’s so obviously constitutional.
Wow, ….that was painful.
OK, let’s assume that it never occurred to Secretary Sebelius that she should prepare for her show-n-tell with Congress. Didn’t someone mention toher that she should be better prepared? Have some notes written down? The legal precedents, maybe? The arguments for and against? Something? It’s not like she hasn’t been outspoken previously on the topic: she even penned a recent opinion piece on Politico.com. There she stated, unequivocally,
“When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act later this month, it will not be the first to consider its constitutionality.
Congress carefully weighed its authority in writing the law. And a majority of lower-court judges who have ruled on it, including some of the leading conservatives on the bench, have agreed that it’s constitutional.
We have every reason to believe the Supreme Court will take the same view.”
Makes me think she maaaaaaay not have written that article totally by herself….
By the way:
Seeing as Sebelius is the current HHS Secretary, as well as the former Governor of Kansas, would it be too much to ask for her to have some inklingthat, even though the ACLU likes to throw it around constantly, the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution? You know, that thing that she swore to uphold? ThatConstitution?
This is not the first time Sebelius has been eviscerated by Congress, on this very topic, no less. She had an exchange a couple of months back where the lies of Obamacare were once again laid bare, and all she could do was ….confess.
Do me a favor, please.
Think back 2-3 years ago. Folks such as Tom Coburn, Michele Bachmann and Paul Ryan were each on TV seemingly every night, arguing against Obamacare.
They were all repeatedly told by the talking heads that they were nuttier-than-a-squirrel’s-pantry for even suggestingthere were any shenanigans with the numbers for Obamacare. Obmacare was wonderful and was here to save us all.