In order to become President, Barack Obama had to swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. But three years later, I am disgusted with the disregard that the President continues to show to our Constitution. Has he forgotten about the separation of executive, judicial and legislative branches found in our founding document? Our founders gave us a system of checks and balances so that one person could never seize more power than was provided in the Constitution.
President Obama's actions demonstrate that he thinks he's above the law. When he doesn't get his way, he creates new policies to his liking.
Under Obamacare, an even playing field doesn't exist for businesses. And President Obama must have recognized that, because he ordered his Health and Human Services Secretary to provide waivers from the healthcare overhaul. Unions, universities and restaurants in Nancy Pelosi's district received waivers so that they didn't have to comply with the law.
Then we have the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Passed in 1996, DOMA is a federal law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. But earlier this spring, the administration said it will no longer defend the constitutionally of DOMA. So even though this law is on the books -- passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton -- President Obama just thinks we should ignore it.
Last week Obama threw the Constitution out the window again. Even through Congress disagreed, the President was happy to circumvent the Constitution in order to protect younger illegal immigrants from deportation and hand them work permits. He stands resolute in this position despite the fact that, a year prior, the President said this about immigration: "Some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own." He continued, "That's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written."
Today, President Obama invoked executive privilege so Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn't have to turn over documents on Fast and Furious. That is not what executive privilege was intended for!
Where will the madness end? When will the President stop blatantly disregarding the Constitution?
Sadly, I don't think this President cares that he is ignoring the laws of our land. Nor, does he plan to curb his agenda. In fact, I expect things to only grow worse under this President. Thanks to an open mic in March, President Obama was caught telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" in his second term.
The future of our country depends on making sure that the executive head of our nation knows he is subject to our laws and that he is under the Constitution.
Mr. President, I urge you, stop your autocratic reign; drop everything you are doing and read the Constitution. You will be well-served to remember the document that you swore to preserve, protect and defend.