Written by: Taylor Stone
Over the years, President Barack Obama has racked up quite an impressive list of constitutional violations that should have even his staunchest of followers questioning the true motives behind his actions.
The First Amendment guarantees the American people incredibly important freedoms, including the freedom of religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So how, then, was President Obama able to simply ignore this vital part of our freedom by issuing an order to faith-based institutions forcing them to provide insurance that covered abortifacients and contraceptives to their employees?
Article II, section 3 of the Constitution states that the President “shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” That particular article must have been missing from the president’s distorted version of the Constitution as he advised Attorney General Eric Holder to work against the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts. Rather than “faithfully executing” the laws, our president simply refuses to enforce the laws he doesn’t agree with.
Arguably one of the most disturbing violations to add to President Obama’s lengthy list is forcing Americans to buy health insurance, which is in direct violation to article 1, section 8 of the Constitution. Congress has the power to regulate commerce and levy taxes, not to force Americans to partake in commerce. Even though the Supreme Court ruled legislation under the healthcare mandate as a tax, it does not meet the requirements of any of the three types of taxes represented in the Constitution — income, excise or direct.
The state of our freedoms is truly troubling, and our country is in disarray on nearly all fronts — fiscally, militarily, socially and politically. Things have to drastically change, and the American people have to stand up for the freedoms that are explicitly guaranteed to them. If not, the freedoms that we have always known will become extinct.
“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” –Barack Obama, March 2007
Oh contraire, Mr. President.