The top ten Obama constitutional violations of 2013

posted at 5:31 pm on December 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s not my list, it’s Ilya Shapiro’s, but it’s a better use of your time than 95 percent of year-end media crapola.

I’ve been so focused lately on the White House changing ObamaCare’s rules via royal proclamation that I’d forgotten this one:

8. Recess appointments. Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess appointments. (Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, provides that authority remains with the Treasury Secretary until a director is “confirmed by the Senate.”) In January, the D.C. Circuit held the NLRB appointments to be unconstitutional, which ruling White House spokesman Jay Carney said only applied to “one court, one case, one company.”

That was an unusual rebuke. Rarely does O get called on his unconstitutionalities by a federal court, and it’ll be rarer still over the next three years as he packs district and appellate courts with friendly benches via the newly filibuster-less Senate. Which reminds me — there’s a major omission from Shapiro’s list, albeit for understandable reasons: As of 10 days ago, the NSA phone surveillance program is unconstitutional in D.C. That’s just one district, and the leading Supreme Court precedent on the issue remains in the feds’ favor, but it’s hard to shake the sense after the last six months that SCOTUS will cast a more exacting eye on the program once it inevitably lands before them. In the meantime, though, how about this for number 11?

I’ll add an honorable mention too: Obama almost launched non-emergency military action against Syria in August without asking for congressional approval first. That would have been a clear violation of the War Powers Resolution, although virtually no one in Congress beside Rand Paul would have made a stink about it. Hard to complain about O bombing Assad when you’ve already looked the other way at him launching military operations in Libya.

Here’s law prof Jonathan Turley, who testified before Congress earlier this month, arguing that Obama’s now at war with the rule of law. ObamaCare’s not the only important legacy that he’ll leave. And this one’s unlikely to turn out any better than the other.


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Both elections, numbers 1 and 2.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Of 2013? Jeebus Crist, Bishop, learn to read.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

In a rational and just world, Obama would currently be residing in a federal lockup rather than vacationing in Hawaii.

justltl on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

That was an unusual rebuke. Rarely does O get called on his unconstitutionalities by a federal court, and it’ll be rarer still over the next three years as he packs district and appellate courts with friendly benches via the newly filibuster-less Senate.

What goes around comes around and Karma is a Bitch, just sayin……

Johnnyreb on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Nothing substantive about the NSA snooping and the lies by Clapper and Alexander.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I’m still waiting for someone to use the phrase “high crimes”.

Rich H on December 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The top ten Obama constitutional violations of 2013

Yep … just from 2013 … and only the TOP ten. As I’ve been saying, Barky has committed 70+ clearly impeachable – and PROSECUTABLE – acts since he first slimed into office (his crimes even started before he got into an office he isn’t even eligible for). The Articles of Impeachment are well into their 4th volume, already … though pretty much everyone in the GOP is too scared to even mention any of this seriously. There has never been anything even remotely like this in American history, though the American Socialist Superstate was founded on the notion of tyrannical rule from a retard in the Oval Office.

BTW, as to the un-Constitutional and criminal recess appointments, the idiot traitors in the GOP let Barky slide on that one and even made a great “deal” (yes, another one) to allow the same douchebag America-haters to be nominated and confirmed for positions that they were illegally shoved into. Remember that? Yep … great stuff, there.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The top ten Obama constitutional violations of 2013

That we know about.

Both elections, numbers 1 and 2.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Of 2013? Jeebus Crist, Bishop, learn to read.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Well he did take the oath of office in 2013 – so election 2 should count.

kcewa on December 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I’d send a copy of this to THE WEEPER boehner – IF I had any hope whatsoever that this wimp would do his constitutional job and proceed to IMPEACH OBOZO.

TeaPartyNation on December 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

In a rational and just world, Obama would currently be residing in a federal lockup rather than vacationing in Hawaii.

justltl on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

In a rational and just world we would have a media that would report honestly on this administration instead of constantly carrying its water. But then again in an honest and just world Obama would have never been elected an Illinois senator let alone president of the United States.

NotCoach on December 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

In a rational and just world, Obama would currently be residing in a federal lockup rather than vacationing in Hawaii.

justltl on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

If he keeps overreaching, it could happen.

Of course, there would be many sympathetic stories in the media about how he was being persecuted….

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

ObamaCare’s not the only important legacy that he’ll leave. And this one’s unlikely to turn out any better than the other.

If he keeps knee-capping himself with the regulatory cudgel, it could turn out better than we might expect, which is just about the only silver lining.

David Marcoe on December 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

The top ten Obama constitutional violations of 2013

I’ll believe people actually give a crap about this when it’s coupled with calls for impeachment.

Midas on December 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

And still the gop leadership just whines about Obama and how bad he is.

Do something about it you lousy piles of possum $&:-@!!!!

PappyD61 on December 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Part of fighting back is contesting these in court. Too often I have heard elected Republicans say that by the time these are heard, he will have left office. (Not true in the NLRB case, of course.)

You have to let him know you are willing to do more than just talk. You don’t stay out of the fight by pleading that the sun might go down before you win.

Republicans send the same message to this administration that they decry the administration for sending out to the world. Unwillingness to stand and fight only invites more abuse.

EastofEden on December 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Speaking of the Constitution:

Barack Obama Lectures on Constituonal Law
December 12, 1996
*****************

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13516100/Barack-Obama-Lectures-on-Constituonal-Law

canopfor on December 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

DISGRACE

WisCon on December 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Obama is a piece of work, that’s for sure…

Khun Joe on December 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

And still the gop leadership just whines about Obama and how bad he is.

Do something about it you lousy piles of possum $&:-@!!!!

PappyD61 on December 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

That’s all part of the rigged game.

Boehner / Cantor / Ryan / Issa all support Obama.

Complaining about things has never changed a single thing in the history of the world.

The GOP leadership would rather support Obama and attack what remains of it’s base.

tetriskid on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The house committees investigate and then when they are inches away from the truth they seem to back away. How many times did they investigate and do something with the results. Yeah Obama has broken the law, but if you don’t stop him you make it legal default. The R”s leaders are as much to blame as Obama. Throw them all out and prosecute, yeah I know, nice dream.

jainphx on December 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

And still the gop leadership just whines about Obama and how bad he is.

Do something about it you lousy piles of possum $&:-@!!!!

PappyD61 on December 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

As long as Reid leads the Senate, BO is safe.

While we’re at it, let’s give a shout out to the Nevada GOP for blackjacking Sharron Angle in 2010.

the_souse on December 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

So, there are enough to have a top ten list? Why isn’t this guy being impeached if for nothing else that to expose him to a sleeping public?

HiJack on December 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

That’s all part of the rigged game.
Boehner / Cantor / Ryan / Issa all support Obama.
Complaining about things has never changed a single thing in the history of the world.
The GOP leadership would rather support Obama and attack what remains of it’s base.
tetriskid on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The quote above begs for me ask: “Don’t you people get it?” They are ALL the same once they are elected officials. That’s right – all of them.

A person who can contribute to this blog should be able to figure this out and change their perspective i.e., that is stop whining about the shit they pull. In the military there is a saying/rule: RHIP (rank has its privileges).

Can’t you see that same idea applies to our political class? Are you afraid to admit it? I’m thinking some of you are ex-military and you know there is nothing you can do but buck up and take the shit that flows downhill.

Hey, don’t get me wrong …I’m USMC and we don’t surrender or leave wounded behind, etc. etc.; we adapt and overcome. Eventually bad officers and bad units get their tit in a ringer and end up in Leavenworth or worse.

I saying that when you see the enemy/problem/challenge you attack ALL of it; not go along with those who aren’t quite so bad.

jarhead0311 on December 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Worst president ever. Worse than Carter. Lies more than Clinton.

SparkPlug on December 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

A lot of the reason The One is “getting away” with his antics is his own sheer ineptitude. Simply put, he tries to put his Grand Plan into operation, and it crashes at the runway threshold.

O-Care is the most blatant example, but it shares the characteristics of all his others;

1. Its planning was completely ideological, not based on actual conditions. It was designed on the basis of “fitting the dogma”, not what would work in the real world.

2. Due to his combination of arrogance and paranoia (rivaling Nixon), all planning was done in secret to keep his “enemies” from finding out what he was doing. In the process, he not only kept his “enemies” n the dark, he did the same to everyone who needed to be in the OODA loop to actually make his plan function. He’s like a squadron leader who posts no flight plan, ducks the mission briefing, takes off half-an-hour before everyone else, doesn’t tell them where he’s going, and a week later screams at them for not “following his lead”.

3. Everything is constantly in flux. Not only does he keep “revising” his plans, he still doesn’t tell anyone what the revisions are; they have to read about it in the newspapers. (See [2] above.)

4. When everything is about to collapse, he holds a press conference, excoriates everyone else for not sharing his superior consciousness… and goes on vacation.

If we’d had a hamster sitting in the Oval Office for the last five years, squeaking occasionally in between naps, I doubt the world would have noticed any substantial difference in the “quality” of our country’s leadership.

When The One finally does leave office, I say we grant him the honor of having not one, but two, official portraits.

The first one would show him approaching the mountaintop, with the Hammer & Sickle on a guidon staff, and his usual Il Duce nose-up-in-the-air look on his face, complete with his MSM halo.

The second one would show him tripping over the staff.

They would be titled “Hope”, and “Change”, naturally.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

It’s not my list, it’s Ilya Shapiro’s,

Yes, A.P., but you wanted it to be your list.

locomotivebreath1901 on December 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

He left off Holder going down to Florida to try and start a race war over Trayvon Martin in a huge breach of law.

HopeHeFails on December 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Got the top ten. What about the next 50? Or is it more?

MH53J on December 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Obama can violate the Constitution 100,000 times, but that won’t ever make up that 2000 election thing for the liberals.

RSbrewer on December 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

It may be an interesting thought experiment to wonder just what Barky would actually have to do to finally provoke a meaningful response from Congress.

Frankly, I’m unable to come up with an answer, short of “dissolve congress”.

bofh on December 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

…why isn’t this thread …to at least 500 by now?

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

…why isn’t this thread …to at least 500 by now?

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Cause we’ve been over it all before, numerous times.
This is just preaching to the choir.

AesopFan on December 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Clinton was almost comical in his lies, Obama seems sinister.

HellCat on December 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

In a rational and just world, Obama would currently be residing in a federal lockup rather than vacationing in Hawaii.

justltl on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Word.

Obama’s Massive Fraud – If he were a CEO in the private sector, he’d be prosecuted for such deception. Andrew McCarthy via NRO

petefrt on December 27, 2013 at 7:16 AM

And Obie’s smug response is: So?

TerryW on December 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM

What goes around comes around and Karma is a Bitch, just sayin……

Johnnyreb on December 26, 2013 at 5:39 P

The Light Bringer is Karma-proof.

Pale Rider on December 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

And still the gop leadership just whines about Obama and how bad he is.

Do something about it you lousy piles of possum $&:-@!!!!

PappyD61 on December 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

That’s all part of the rigged game.

Boehner / Cantor / Ryan / Issa all support Obama.

Complaining about things has never changed a single thing in the history of the world.

The GOP leadership would rather support Obama and attack what remains of it’s base.

tetriskid on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Oh no, they don’t support Obama. But he makes a nice useful foil against which they can run in 2014, then 2016. If you run him out on a rail, then you lose that easy target. They aren’t the same, but the Repubs certainly aren’t aiming at a different goal than the Dems – they both want to be in power.

GWB on December 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

A lot of the reason The One is “getting away” with his antics is his own sheer ineptitude. Simply put, he tries to put his Grand Plan into operation, and it crashes at the runway threshold.

O-Care is the most blatant example, but it shares the characteristics of all his others;

You nailed it, eon. Thank God Obama is an incompetent clod. Can you imagine the damage he’d wreak if he were a capable administrator?

RobertE on December 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Obama’s actions are the slowly boiling water, and the electorate is the frog. I’d toss in the all-too-complicit media in there somewhere, but it would spoil the metaphor…

CaptFlood on December 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

And yet still no one is in jail or going to jail. Why? Eric Holder is the fox guarding the hen house, that’s why.

neyney on December 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I’d toss in the all-too-complicit media in there somewhere, but it would spoil the metaphor…

CaptFlood on December 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

They’re the salt in the water.

GWB on December 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM