A congressman from Texas says he’s figured out why Barack Obama is issuing arbitrary changes to the Obamacare law, and maybe why he’s stated that as president he can do what he wants, and what is the source for his promise during the recent State of the Union that he’ll pursue his agenda with or without Congress.
Obama doesn’t understand the Constitution.
The Hill is reporting that Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, believes Obama simply doesn’t understand how the three branches – executive, legislative and judicial – work under the United States Constitution.
His comment came in the context of plans in the U.S. House for legislation that would authorize the House to sue the president – for violating the Constitution.
“When asked by Ransom Notes Radio whether people will finally get tired of Obama’s use of executive authority, Brady said: ‘I certainly hope so because enough’s enough. He just doesn’t understand the branches of government or the Constitution,’” the report said.
The plan in the House for a lawsuit was brought by Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., and directly challenges some of the executive orders Obama has issued. On the subject of Obamacare, he’s unilaterally changed the law – after it was adopted by an all-Democrat vote in Congress and he signed it – several dozen times.
He’s also manipulated the way illegal aliens are documented and deported – or not. And he and Attorney General Eric Holder unilaterally decided they would not defend the nation’s law, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, earlier.
Just this week, regarding Obamacare, the White House announced another “delay” in the employer health insurance mandate for companies with 50 to 99 employees, until January 2016.
WND has reported in the past that Obama repeatedly has misquoted the nation’s founding documents, whether intentionally or accidentally.
Obama repeatedly has omitted references to God, such as “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “by their Creator” in the Declaration, when quoting those historic documents.
At one point, where the Declaration states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” President Obama has quoted only that all men “are endowed” with certain rights.
The references got so egregious that members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus wrote to Obama asking him to correct a speech he gave in Indonesia incorrectly replacing the nation’s motto of “In God We Trust” with “E pluribus unum.”
The letter also cited a series of situations in which Obama has failed to include the reference to the “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence.
“For the president of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable,” said the letter. “The president is the primary representative of our nation to the world, and whether mistake or intention, his actions cast aside an integral part of American society.”
It said, “President Reagan once warned that ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’”
Obama had stated, “I believe that the history of both America and Indonesia should give us hope. It is a story written into our national mottos. In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum – out of many, one. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – unity in diversity. We are two nations, which have traveled different paths. Yet our nations show that hundreds of millions who hold different beliefs can be united in freedom under one flag. And we are now building on that shared humanity – through young people who will study in each other’s schools; through the entrepreneurs forging ties that can lead to greater prosperity; and through our embrace of fundamental democratic values and human aspirations.”
The letter also challenged Obama’s repeated omissions.
“Once may be a mistake. But twice is a pattern. These omissions and inaccuracies are a part of a larger pattern we are seeing with the president where he is inaccurately reflecting America and undercutting important parts of our nation’s history,” a member of the caucus said at the time. “Trust in God is embedded in the fabric of society and history in the United States.”
It was martial arts champion, actor and WND columnist Chuck Norris who noted Obama actually has omitted “Creator” seven times in just a few months:
His research lists the following:
- On Oct. 21, 2010, at a rally for Sen. Murray in Seattle, Wash.:“None of us would be here if it weren’t for that extraordinary leap of faith that had been taken. Thirteen colonies deciding to start a revolution based on an idea that had never been tried before – a government of and by and for the people. A government based on the simple proposition that all men are created equal. That we’re endowed with certain inalienable rights.”
- On Oct. 18, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Md.:“It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’”
- On Oct. 17, 2010, at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Fall, Ohio.:“The idea of America has never been easy. The notion of 13 colonies coming together and overthrowing the greatest empire in the world, and then drafting a document that says, we find these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights – that’s hard.”
- On Sept. 22, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York, N.Y.:“And what was sustaining us was that sense that – that North Star, that sense that, you know what, if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class,…”
- On Sept. 15, 2010, at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd annual awards gala in Washington, D.C.:“But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together – what made us all Americans – was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- On Sept. 11, 2010, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va.:“For our cause is just. Our spirit is strong. Our resolve is unwavering. Like generations before us, let us come together today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- On Sept. 10, 2010, at the president’s press conference at the White House:“With respect to the mosque in New York, I think I’ve been pretty clear on my position here, and that is, is that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal; that they have certain inalienable rights – one of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely.”
In a commentary on the subject, Chuck Norris continued, “The truth is, if you want an accurate religious history of America, you’re no longer going to get it from our president, our progressive society or secular schools, at least not without unbiased trained teachers or the induction of a religious curriculum that hasn’t tampered and twisted history.”
The Heritage Foundation has released a list of seven situations in which it appears that Obama is violating the Constitution now.
The organization cites Obamacare’s employer mandate, which has been delayed repeatedly.
Second is Obama’s decision to give Congress and members of the staff special taxpayer-funded subsidies for Obamacare, and the next is how Obama handled his failed promise, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”
Then he also prevented layoff notices from going out from large employees to workers – even though they were required legally – just before the election in 2012. The law requires workers be given 60 days’ notice but Obama told employers not to issue those notices as they would have hit mailboxes just before the 2012 election.
No. 5 is unilaterally gutting the work requirement from welfare reform, and the next is stonewalling an application for storing nuclear wastes at Yucca Mountain.
Lastly was his decision to make “recess” appointments, even though the Senate was not in recess at the time.
The report notes, “In January 2012, President Obama made four ‘recess’ appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming that, since the Senate was conducting only periodic pro forma sessions, it was not available to confirm those appointees. The catch: The Senate wasn’t in recess at the time. Courts have since struck down the appointments, but the illegitimate appointees already moved forward some harmful policies.”