The PJ Tatler

Obama's Top Ten Constitutional Violations

How many Constitutional violations has Obama committed since assuming office?  Let me count the ways.

But wait, I don’t have to, and neither do you.  In an incisive column posted last night on the Daily Caller, the trenchant Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, has successfully narrowed the crowded field of appalling violations of the Constitution into a succinct list of ten.

Here are the top five, but I urge you to read his entire tally of the atrocious errors of the soi-disant “Constitutional Professor” (in fact, merely a Lecturer, and I cannot for the life of me explain how even that appointment came to be at Mr, Shapiro’s alma mater, the distinguished University of Chicago Law School) now in the Oval Office:

1. The individual mandate

2. Medicaid coercion

3. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (a.k.a. “The Death Panel”)

4. The Chrysler bail-out

5. Dodd-Frank

As Mr. Shapiro wisely writes:

…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.

Be sure to read Mr. Shapiro’s entire post, in which he explains, in extremely clear prose, the violations implicit (or explicit) in each of his Top Ten

Highly recommended reading for all concerned citizens.