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    Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations

    One of the biggest political changes that 2011 brought — in large part due to the tea parties and their effect on the 2010 election — is the centrality of the Constitution to our public discourse. Lawmakers and citizens no longer consider simply whether a given bill or policy proposal is a good idea but whether it is constitutional. “Where does the government get the power to do that?” is often critics’ rallying cry.

    That’s a healthy development. For far too long, even in those rare moments when politicians were faced with constitutional concerns, they’ve had the attitude Nancy Pelosi did when asked about the authority for Obamacare’s individual mandate: “Are you serious?” Because, of course, constitutional arguments are the last refuge of the scoundrel who has no good policy arguments to make or political power to levy.

    And so it’s a good thing that Americans are taking their founding document seriously. After all, the Constitution is the font of all federal power. Its carefully crafted structural provisions that we learned about in grade school, such as the separation of powers and checks and balances, are not merely an application of political theory.

    “Federalism is more than an exercise in setting the boundary between different institutions of government for their own integrity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court earlier this year. “By denying any one government complete jurisdiction over all the concerns of public life,” Kennedy continued, “federalism protects the liberty of the individual from arbitrary power.” If the federal government acts outside the scope of its delegated and carefully enumerated powers, then it’s no better than an armed mob.

    The Obama administration and its allies in Congress have perpetrated more than their share of such mob-like actions. While it’s hard to narrow them down, here’s my stab at the government’s top 10 constitutional violations since President Obama took office.

    1. The individual mandate >>>
    2. Medicaid coercion >>>
    3. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (a.k.a. “The Death Panel”) >>>
    4. The Chrysler bailout >>>
    5. Dodd-Frank >>>
    6. The deep-water drilling ban >>>
    7. Political-speech disclosure for federal contractor >>>
    8. Taxing political contributions >>>
    9. Graphic tobacco warnings >>>
    10. Health care waivers >>>

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    This really is just the tip of the iceberg. A top 100 list would be much more appropriate.

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    where is "started two more quasi wars in Pakistan and Libya without a Declaration"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molon Labe View Post
    where is "started two more quasi wars in Pakistan and Libya without a Declaration"?
    That doesn't count because it's a good thing because it's killing turrists
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    That doesn't count because it's a good thing because it's killing turrists
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    That doesn't count because it's a good thing because it's killing turrists
    Except that in Libya, he empowered the terrorists. Regardless, the only people in favor of those wars are progressives like yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Except that in Libya, he empowered the terrorists. Regardless, the only people in favor of those wars are progressives like yourself.
    Isn't that funny how that works. Progressives shouted down both fronts on the GWOT, but haven't said very much about this one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molon Labe View Post
    Isn't that funny how that works. Progressives shouted down both fronts on the GWOT, but haven't said very much about this one
    They even stopped shouting about the other wars. Go figure...
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