USA Today: Obama Made Horrible Year for Constitution

The Constitution’s horrible year is documented in a mainstream media source.


This is the kind of thing that we have mentioned over and over again on the Political Outcast blog: Barack Obama has been trashing the U.S. Constitution.

What makes this editorial of more value than many other conservative posts on the topic is that it comes from USA Today: “Constitution’s horrible, no good, very bad year.” You can send it to your liberal friends and it will hold more weight with them (maybe).

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s worth considering the Obama administration legacy as we head into 2015.

Certainly, there were scandals. The IRS played hide and seek with documents regarding improper targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups.

The response to the Ebola outbreak was clumsy, and helped induce panic. Our foreign policy is in tatters.

Yet the most long-lasting damage may be the Obama administration’s cavalier attitude towards constitutional separation of powers.

Three areas of the Obama administration going it alone stand out: Immigration, Obamacare and the environment. Immigration is perhaps the most dramatic example.

Legalizing and eventually providing a path to citizenship for the estimated 10-12 million illegal immigrants is a top administration priority. But that priority hit a roadblock in the form of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and soon, Senate. Out of frustration, Obama has taken unilateral action to evade the immigration laws.

It goes on from there. You may not agree with everything he says. I, for one, think the IRS is as much a Constitutional crisis as anything else mentioned in the piece because it demonstrates that the Chief Executive is beyond the reach of any accountability. He can get away with anything.

The author of the piece, William A. Jacobson, is a professor at Cornell Law School. So he should not set off any resistance that a known Tea Party writer would provoke.

The Obama administration’s relentless expansion of executive power through extra-constitutional means only further fuels the public’s distrust of government. If 2014 was a referendum on Obama, 2016 may be a referendum on whether the public wants the federal government, particularly the president, to live within constitutional boundaries.

Will our next president be a king, queen or a constitutionally-limited president? That is the question for 2016.

I want everyone to have a great 2015, but I think that ending question is far more optimistic than it should be. Unless or until a President is charged and punished for violating the Constitution, there is no chance that we will ever get a “constitutionally-limited President.