This letter is in response to Charles McClaughlin, who doubted Thomas Sowell’s assertion that “Barack Obama has repeatedly circumvented the laws, including the Constitution of the United States, in ways and on a scale that pushes this nation in the direction of arbitrary one-man rule,” because Sowell gave no examples.
Here are only a few:
1. Launching an illegal war in Libya. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to declare war. Under the War Powers Act, Obama had 60 days to get congressional approval after U.S. bombs started dropping in Tripoli, but he didn’t bother.
2. Undermining the Nation’s armed forces. Article II, Section 2 names the president commander in chief. Instead of asserting American power, Obama projects weakness, thus emboldening our enemies. The murder of four Americans in Benghazi and the attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Yemen are the bitter fruit of that reality. Obama has done nothing to bring any justice to these acts of violence against the U.S. See the online video “Dishonorable Disclosures” for further specifics.
3. Stonewalling Fast and Furious. Article I, Section 3 states that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The Justice Department’s subdivision of ATF “walked” more than 2,000 firearms to drug gangs in Mexico. After providing the gangs with the firearms, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, along with at least 100 Mexicans, by Mexican drug gangs.
4. Allowing the FCC to grab the Internet. The Telecommunications Act gives the FCC authority over wire and broadcasting, but not broadband. Congress and a federal appeals court rejected the FCC’s claims of authority, yet the FCC released “net neutrality” rules in December 2010. This violates the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. The FCC has no more authority over the Internet than it does over the musings of Joe Biden.
Mr. McLaughlin, is this enough to convince you? If not, many more examples can be found in the online article “Obama Constitutional Violations” by Robert Knight.