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I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never – ever – turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake.”     

-President Barack H. Obama, May 21, 2009

I often question how a man who spoke those words not five years ago could become the despot he is today.

Conservatives and constitutionalists have dubbed him a tyrannical president, an arrogant, smug politician who acts without consequence or accountability. History warned us of a president who would rule with nothing more than his “pen and phone.” President Barack Obama, himself, warned of a president who led according to that philosophy.

So what happened? Why does even the quiet mention of one word—“Obama”— skyrocket our blood pressure?

Contrary to what Democrats will claim, it’s not because of his race, though I should remind you Obama is only half black and was raised by his Caucasian mother and maternal grandparents. It’s not because we resent a politician with an Ivy League education, or that we’re holding a grudge against his falsely championed “hope and change” slogan.

It’s something much simpler– his explicit affront to the U.S. Constitution and laws established by the greatest country in the world, or at least, what WAS the greatest country in the world.

In Federalist 46, James Madison warned, “The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

Madison’s passage has become the primary justification for opposing Obama’s leadership strategy of ruling by “pen and phone.”

But Obama supporters will argue he hasn’t abused his executive authority any more than his predecessors. They’ll cite his 168 executive orders issued so far, compared to Bill Clinton’s 364 orders, or George W. Bush’s 291. But what Obama’s loyalists don’t mention is the incessant controversy surrounding them.

Throughout Obama’s presidency, the historic and proper purpose of the executive order has been widely debated. The Framers imagined a president should retain the authority to issue written directives and proclamations, as opposed to strictly oral directives. Thus, the “executive order” was born.

Former presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton infamously abused these executive orders to establish new laws too contested to garner congressional approval. Now the current president is harnessing the executive beast and abusing his power to impeachable levels.

Obama unilaterally raised a federal minimum wage, imposed costly preparations for impacts of climate change and dissembled and rebuilt the 21,000-page law that is the Affordable Care Act. He’s challenged our values of religion and a free press, and crippled our freedom to defend ourselves against foreign and domestic enemies. He’s utilized his administration to target citizens based on political ideology, cover up a premeditated terrorist attack on an American diplomatic building, and downgraded America’s image from the globe’s sole authority and watchdog to a powerless parcel of indebted land.

Why do we oppose Obama? Because in five years he’s decimated the country and culture we’ve grown to vivaciously revere.

A president is as much a figurehead for the American people as he is a leader of a political party. This president is neither. He belabors shared hardship rather than championing American opportunity and stifles the centuries-old American spirit.

For the next two years, we must seize our country back. We must hold Obama and his dangerous administration accountable for their offenses to the Constitution and the American people. And in 2016, we must exchange this despot for a true “president”— an elected head of a republican state.

Will we be able to hold President Obama accountable?

Written by: Jordan Hunter via AMERICAN OVERLOOK




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