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January 6, 2014 - 9:49 am

President Obama has effectively cast the Congress aside as he pursues his agenda to fundamentally transform America. He has rewritten much of his Affordable Care Act, a law passed despite the fact that it has never enjoyed majority support, to move its mandate deadlines around the inconvenience of elections, and to keep moving the goal posts on what constitutes the program’s success. The law as written and signed does not provide the power for these broad changes. At the same time, he is using the regulatory state — chiefly the Environmental Protection Agency — to impose by executive action a far-left economic agenda he could not get through Congress even when Democrats controlled both houses. He has headed off challenges to the EPA’s actions by packing the Washington DC Circuit Court, which is where federal regulations are most often challenged in court, by packing it with his allies. And at the same time, the Obama NSA has ramped up its surveillance of American citizens to unprecedented new levels, while lying directly to Congress about its actions, during a time that President Obama himself claims that the chief terrorist threat, al Qaeda, is “on the run.” If al Qaeda is really on the run, then what’s the purpose of the government’s increase in surveillance?

His IRS became a political weapon during his re-election effort, IRS officials involved lied about it, and despite claiming to be outraged by it he has held no one accountable — because by repeatedly declaring his opponents “terrorists” and the like, he and his administration set the scheme in motion. Obama also joked about unleashing the IRS to audit his opponents in 2009, and lo and behold, the audits have come.

With Congress bypassed and cornered nearly to checkmate, there aren’t many avenues left to challenge the administration. One avenue is the courts, so that is where a pair of Republican senators are taking their cases.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) writes that he is taking the Obama administration to court over its Obamacare exemptions.

On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. By arranging for me and other members of Congress and their staffs to receive benefits intentionally ruled out by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration has exceeded its legal authority.

The president and his congressional supporters have also broken their promise to the American people that ObamaCare was going to be so good that they would participate in it just like everyone else. In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans’ throats in 2010. Unlike millions of their countrymen who have lost coverage and must now purchase insurance through an exchange, members and their staffs will receive an employer contribution to help pay for their new plans.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is launching a class-action lawsuit to halt the NSA’s spying on American citizens.

Paul confirmed to [Fox News Channel's Eric] Bolling that former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be leading his legal team’s efforts against President Obama. “Yeah, Ken Cuccinelli is the former attorney general of Virginia,” Paul answered when Bolling asked if Cuccinelli was going to be on the team. “He was also the first attorney general to file a lawsuit against Obamacare. And he’s joined our legal team. He has constitutional expertise. We’re hoping with his help we can get a hearing in court and so that we can get this class action lawsuit, I think the first of its kind, all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Paul said the goal of the lawsuit is to force the Obama administration to follow the constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment. “We want them to protect the Fourth Amendment,” Paul said. “We want them to protect the right to privacy. We want them to understand that we’re not willing to trade our liberty for security. We think we can have security and we can defend against terrorism but that doesn’t mean every individual American has to give up their privacy. We think we can have both. But we are very upset that this president doesn’t seem to be too concerned with our right to privacy.”

Anyone can join Paul’s lawsuit — which he says impacts every cell phone owner in the United States, since the NSA has been collecting cell phone metadata — here.

These lawsuits are necessary because Barack Obama fundamentally opposes the United States Constitution as written. He wishes for the Constitution to be a social justice charter empowering the federal government to redistribute wealth, and for a Constitution that does not limit the federal government at all. The lawsuits point toward a serious constitutional crisis occurring in this president’s final two years in office.

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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American citizens don't have standing to protect and preserve their Constitution.

Catholics don't have standing to protect and preserve the beliefs of their faith.

Small government proponents don't have standing to protect their rights from harassment and illegal prosecution.

Citizens of border states don't have standing to protect their borders from crashers who suck the economy and strain educational, hospital and law enforcement fundings...of people who are actually here legally and paying taxes for those things.


The American people are not invited to participate in their "self-governance", because they are treated as the enemy.

The suit is not merely for lawlessness...it is for treason.

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Yeah, and the RINOs are standing up and making their voices heard - by attacking conservatives (I'm talking about you Republican (ha ha) Representative Peter King from New York). Can John McCain be far behind??
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American citizens don't have standing to protect and preserve their Constitution.

Catholics don't have standing to protect and preserve the beliefs of their faith.

Small government proponents don't have standing to protect their rights from harassment and illegal prosecution.

Citizens of border states don't have standing to protect their borders from crashers who suck the economy and strain educational, hospital and law enforcement fundings...of people who are actually here legally and paying taxes for those things.


The American people are not invited to participate in their "self-governance", because they are treated as the enemy.

The suit is not merely for lawlessness...it is for treason.

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It's long past the point where someone should do something. But I wonder if the Judiciary has the cojones to take it on? After all, the Supreme Court had a chance to stop some of the the BS with Obamacare, but just wimped out.
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but john roberts isn't on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, so at least we can Hope for Change.

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Whatever happens in WI will be appealed and it will go all the way to SCOTUS. Roberts will most certainly be involved before its over
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