It is clear Obama is trying to rule the country from the executive branch only. As Turley pointed out, "Congress is becoming marginalized" by "hundreds of thousands of regulations that are promulgated without direct congressional action and outside the system created by the framers."
Spelling out the problem further, Turley said, "a fourth branch has emerged in our tripartite system ... The vast majority of 'laws' ... are not passed by Congress." This "has accelerated at an alarming rate" and caused "a massive gravitational shift."
The heart of Obamacare, which Obama's appointees kept reminding us we must obey because it is "the law of the land," was a set of minimum requirements for insurance plans. When millions of nonconforming plans were canceled, Obama unilaterally created one exemption or change after another without any statutory authority, and changed the dates for compliance by employers that had been legislated by Congress.
Congress refused to pass the Dream Act, but Obama ordered the same provisions by regulation. Congress refused to pass the cap-and-trade plan, so Obama just created the new national regulations of greenhouse gases that he wanted.
Obama ordered all U.S. attorneys to stop prosecuting nonviolent drug crime defendants, which negated sentencing provisions set by Congress. Obama changed the meaning of the Wire Act, which had prohibited internet gambling.
The Constitution makes it the prime duty of the president to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," but Obama refused to faithfully execute the Defense of Marriage Act, which had been overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton. Obama instructed Attorney General Eric Holder not to defend DOMA in court, and then Holder told all the state attorneys general not to defend the marriage laws in their own states.
Thank you, Professor Turley for your courage and forthrightness in explaining to the House Judiciary Committee how Obama "has knowingly and repeatedly violated the Constitution."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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