Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is outraged by President Obama’s attitude toward Congress and the U.S. Constitution.
In an editorial posted on The Daily Caller, Cox details a federal spending bill that included a prohibition against the National Institutes of Health for using any taxpayer dollars to “advocate or promote gun control.” The law was clear in its intent.
However, when Obama signed the bill, he added his own personal caveat: “I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.”
As Cox writes:
In other words: “Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.”
Of course, the Constitution doesn’t actually give the president this power, but Obama won’t allow a little thing like the U.S. Constitution get in his way. And in the present case, Congress is right to try to prevent him from using a federal health agency, not to mention our tax dollars, as a weapon in his ongoing war against the Second Amendment. As The Washington Times reports, NIH has wasted over $5 million since 2002 producing deceptive studies aimed at furthering gun control — including one study that tried “to prove that a home without firearms was essential to a child’s safety and well-being.”
This isn’t the first time Obama has ignored the Constitution or Congress as irritations to his dictatorial rule. Recently, he decided to issue recess appointments to four individuals who couldn’t get through confirmation hearings in the Senate. The Constitution only permits recess appointments when Congress is out of session. Congress was in session when he made the recess appointments. He decided that he could simply ignore the Constitution and do whatever he wished. So far, he’s getting away with it since the Department of Justice AG is Eric Holder – a man who has just as little respect for the Constitution and Congress as President Obama.
If you’ve not already done so, read The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski. It describes Obama’s clear objective to rule America as a Caesar or Fuhrer, not as an elected President who is bound by the Constitution and the rule of law.