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July 29, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Via Hot Air and Byron York, Barack Obama has crossed the constitutional Rubicon. The die is cast. He realizes as much, and is daring Congress to stop him in the pixels of the New York Times.

NYT: People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally — to delay the employer mandate. Did you consult with your lawyer?

MR. OBAMA: Jackie, if you heard me on stage today, what I said was that I will seize any opportunity I can find to work with Congress to strengthen the middle class, improve their prospects, improve their security –

NYT: No, but specifically –

MR. OBAMA: — but where Congress is unwilling to act, I will take whatever administrative steps that I can in order to do right by the American people.

And if Congress thinks that what I’ve done is inappropriate or wrong in some fashion, they’re free to make that case…

He continues, delivering his usual boilerplate about how he’s the only one who cares about the three-letter word called “jobs” and the Republicans are just saying “no” to everything.

Then he hits them on their credentials to criticize.

But ultimately, I’m not concerned about their opinions — very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers.

Nice, coming from a once part-time adjunct professor. One of his fiercest critics, by the way, is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was a state solicitor general and has argued and won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Can President Jumpshot claim as much?

From there, the don of the Juicebox Mafia declares that he will do what he wants, so fuggedabout opposing him.

I am concerned about the folks who I spoke to today who are working really hard, are trying to figure out how they can send their kids to college, are trying to make sure that they can save for their retirement. And if I can take steps on their behalf, then I’m going to do so.

Obama has built up a lengthy history of bypassing Congress and the Constitution and seizing power not granted to him in law. The kinetic action in Libya, 2012′s unilateral revision of immigration law, and now delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare are but three, and they all escalate the stakes incrementally. Where most in Congress aren’t inclined to try limiting a president’s ability to wage war or whatever Libya was, Congress’ role in passing laws has been cracked badly by the immigration change and the mandate delay. He does not have the authority to delay that part of the law. He knows it, Congress knows it. He doesn’t care.

As I’ve written before, Obama has effectively hacked the Constitution. Hackers exploit weaknesses in systems they attack; Obama has found a weakness in the U.S. government system and that weakness’ name is Harry Reid. As long as Reid holds the reins in the Senate, Congress cannot effectively stop Obama because the Senate is in charge of the ultimate penalty, impeachment, and Reid will block every attempt to exercise that option. President Part-Time Professor knows that, and is exploiting it.

The question is, what’s his next move? The 2014 mid-terms threaten to close off the backdoor he’s exploiting, if the GOP sweeps the Democrats out of power in the Senate. He is already getting away with delaying the employer mandate. Republicans want Obamacare repealed entirely and have tried strongarming the Democrats into helping them via the mandate delay, but they’re not biting. Harry Reid is standing pat like a good little monkey, just doing whatever Obama commands.

Does Obama wait until after the mid-terms next year to declare a sweeping amnesty? Does he announce that the 2nd Amendment is no longer in force? How about the First? Or the 22nd? The Agitating Adjunct may rule that the Because I Said So clause trumps all others.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
I wonder... Will Harry Reid and the Queen Bee finally wake up when Obama moves to consolidate his power? How will they react when he suspends much of the Constitution? Will they FINALLY stand up and try and stop him?

The "president" has been taking more control from the other two branches of government, slowly, but surely. They haven't noticed yet... Time is running out for all of us.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
how about severability. he didn't implement, therefore the whole damn thing is dead
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
very few of them, by the way, are lawyers

WHAT? In Congress? "Very few of them are lawyers?"

What a liar. And this comes after his over-the-top total untruths about Keystone as a job creator. Same interview?

We've got three-and-a-half more years of this crap?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think he meant the journalists were not lawyers. That is the way I interpreted it.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I never thought I'd say this, but I miss Robert Byrd. Byrd was a stickler for the rights of the Senate. He wouldn't let Harry Reid turn the Senate into a doormat like this.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ah, that old Democrat Exalted Cyclops of the KKK who with other Southern Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
So you need to enact the Obamacare mandate to kill it?

Who told you this, Nancy Pelosi?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Democrats fail to realize that, if they refuse to recognize the rules when they have the power to do so, so will their opponents when they, as is inevitable, achieve power.

The Republic will devolve into nothing more than government by whatever warlord has the most troops or artillery. And we can thank the Democrat Party.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Has Caesar crossed the Rubicon?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
The problem is, though, we have no Julius Caesar.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
You mean we have no Brutus?
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
If I owned a business I would be very worried about this. What are the penalties for non-compliance with the employer mandate? The law says they must comply, and Obama says they don't have to do it this year. Who is to say that they won't come back later and demand the penalties for non-compliance for that time frame?

For example, lets say that Officer Smith tells you you can go and shoot your wife and its okay with him. He won't arrest you. You do it, and Officer Smith just winks at you and goes on his way. Two months later Officer Jones comes to arrest you for murdering your wife. You protest to Officer Jones that Officer Smith told you it was okay, to which Officer Jones replies" Officer Smith is not the law." And he would be right.

I don't like this one bit.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's a great move. Conservatives want to repeal the turkey, not implement it. So he is daring them to implement it, which leaves them confused and impotent. The One gets to eat his cake and keep it too. No Obamacare before the elections. Republicans are pathetic.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Republicans have a huge block in Reid. Obama also has the left media in his pocket.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
No, they do not have such a block. The Republicans control the House. They can initiate Impeachment proceedings. I am sure they cannot get 2/3 majority of the House to go along with it. No Democrat will vote to indict. Still, you have to do it, just to preserve our form of government, to show that we take this seriously.

Would it backfire? Maybe. Probably. So? It must be done, or we might as well not have Congress, at all.

It's never going to happen, though, because too many Republicans do not actually care about the form of government. They are just playing the game, and they do not want limiting rules. They, too, want to do whatever they can get away with.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
All it takes in the House is a resolution with a simple majority to impeach. It's in the Senate where a 2/3rds vote is needed to convict. Art. 1 Sec. 3 Cl. 6 US Constitution.

Keep in mind Pres. Clinton was impeached by the House, the only other president other than Pres. Andrew Johnson. Neither Johnson nor Clinton were convicted by the Senate.
37 weeks ago
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If this bozo really did care about the middle class - a dubious claim at best - or ANY class of people besides the color class - he'd reign in his EPA in order to keep coal fired generation plants online to help control higher electric rates. If he really cared about that 'three letter word' 'jobs' (hmm - I'm counting 4 there Einstein!) or lower fuel prices he'd get approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline and start approving drilling in the Gulf and elsewhere. If he really thinks Obama Care is such a great deal he and his would be on it - they won't but we will. Too good for the 'ruling class' eh Mr. President? The middle class - whom this president seems to care about will be largely funding the health care of the poor - talk about saddling someone with the debts of others!

And the list goes on - yada yada yada. A bunch of big IF's. All this bozo is looking to do is polish his image. And to do that he's going to 'stick it to the man' - and the 'man' in this case is the middle class. So much for caring - eh Mr. President?
37 weeks ago
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