Obama: America’s First Dictator?

Who needs a United States Congress or a United States Constitution when you are Barack Obama?  He has now assumed near-dictatorial powers such as trampling on the constitutional and religious freedom rights of the American people; signing into law unconstitutional legislation; making illegal “recess” appointments to his administration; dictating unconstitutional policy through executive action when he cannot get Congress to pass his socialist agenda; and on and on.

Most recently, Obama has tread upon the religious freedom rights guaranteed to the American people by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution by demanding that religious institutions provide “free” abortifacient drugs, etc. to their employees in their health care plans, which Obama maintains ObamaCare gives his administration the right to do.

In countless other ways, Barack Obama is denying the First Amendment and religious rights of the American people.  In early January, even the 4 left-wing justices on the United States Supreme Court were united with the conservative justices in rebuking Obama in their recent 9-0 decision maintaining that religious institutions, churches, Christian colleges/schools, can hire and fire whomever they want.  On January 11, 2012, in the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Opportunity Commission case, the top court ruled that Obama’s government could not define what a minister was.  This should have been a no-brainer even for the obtuse Obama administration.

One of Obama’s unconstitutional laws  --  and it is likely to be struck down in a 5-4 decision by the United States Supreme Court in late June  --   Obama’s signature piece of legislation, ObamaCare, was passed in a corrupt and deceitful way in early 2010.   The Democrat-controlled United States Senate refused to acknowledge regular order according to the rules of the Senate  --   refusing to recognize the Republicans’ use of the time-honored filibuster, for the first time in history  --  and passed ObamaCare, without the vote of a single Republican in the entire United States Congress.

No president in the past has used such tyrannical tactics to pass a major piece of legislation which will cost the American people up to $3 trillion.  All previous major new entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, etc. have been passed with bipartisan majorities, and ObamaCare is the Mother of all Entitlement programs. In 2010, Barack Obama had no need for Republican support and arrogantly did not care if he got even one Republican to vote for the even-now hated ObamaCare law.

ObamaCare’s cost of some $3 trillion will be in addition to the $5 trillion which Obama has already added to the national debt in less than 3 and ½ years in office.  Thankfully, the Supreme Court is likely to rule that ObamaCare cannot be imposed upon the American people because it is not up to the federal government to demand, through unconstitutional mandates, that Americans must buy insurance or indeed, this or that product or service.

Obama, in dictator-like fashion, from day one of his signing ObamaCare into law, began carving -out unlawful exemptions for his capitalist cronies, his union thugs, his billionaire and millionaire campaign donors, and other favored Democrat constituencies.  These are exemptions which millions of small businesses have no hope of receiving from the Obama administration. 

Some are arguing that Barack Obama’s most recent recess appointments have now crossed the line and have entered into the realm of what is considered an impeachable offense.    Like other presidents in the past, Obama has, during his three plus years, made appointments when Congress was in an official recess, of individuals whose nominations he could not get Congress to approve.

To block Obama from making more recess appointments, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives kept the Congress in session during the most recent Christmas congressional recess.  However, Obama installed one of his radical left-wing friends into a position which the Congress had previously denied him.  He also made several other illegal  “recess” appointments.  Article II, section 2 of the United States Constitution says that Obama cannot do this:  “The president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.”  The Senate was not in recess.

Specifically, Obama gave a recess appointment, among other illegal appointments, to Richard Cordray, and named him the head of the new bureaucracy called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which of course, will do every but protect Americans from the mandates and intrusions of Obama’s federal government and his socialized medicine scheme.

When Obama cannot get his agenda passed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives , he issues dictatorial and  unconstitutional executive orders and illegal regulations which undermine American laws and make the Obama White House the law unto itself.  The United States Constitution gives the power to legislate only to the United States Congress.

Obama justifies his lawlessness by saying that “He can’t wait” and “The American people can’t wait” for Congress to act on his agenda.  This is banana republic dictator kind of talk.  When Congress refused to pass his “Son of Stimulus I” bill called “Americans Jobs Act,” he told his audiences that:  “We can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job.  Where they won’t act, I will.”   Obama’s first failed stimulus bill cost the American people nearly $1 trillion (including interest.)

Obama pretends to be an effective leader like Democrat president, Harry S. Truman, and says that, like Truman, he will run against a “Do-Nothing” Congress during this autumn’s presidential campaign.  The problem with that scenario is that the fault lies with his Democrat-controlled Senate and his dictatorial arrogance.  His Senate Democrats, “led” by Harry Reid, have not voted on even one of the 30 some job-creation bills which the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has sent over to the Senate during the past year.  The Democrats controlling the Senate have not even passed a budget in nearly 3 years.

The American people will have to decide this November 6th whether they want to cede to Obama even more dictatorial powers.