Obama: I’ll Break the Laws I Sign to Keep Violating the Constitutition

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch


Emily Miller of The Washington Times reports that Obama plans to violate the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill he signed on Friday. Instead, he issued a signing statement that he and Eric Holder’s Justice Department believe the bill is “subject to well-founded constitutional objections.” (Here’s the text of the statement.)

What are they? That Congress has asked to be notified if U.S. troops are placed under foreign command. It does not ban the practice of placing U.S. troops under foreign generals; it simply requires that Congress be notified beforehand. Yet Obama whines the bill he signed “disallows the expenditure of funds ‘for any United Nations peacekeeping mission that will involve United States Armed Forces under the command or operational control of a foreign national,’ unless my military advisers have advised that such an involvement is in the national interest, and unless I have made the same recommendation to the Congress.

Placing U.S. troops under foreign command has been controversial for decades — and had been unthinkable for more than 100 years after the ratification of the Constitution. Then-Congressman Doug Bereuter, R-Nebraska, said on the House floor in 1995, “There is a serious question whether foreign command can ever be constitutional.” Even those on the Right who would allow the possibility do so only under limited circumstances. Liberals in the Justice Department have argued for the president’s unlimited use of the military, under UN command, just as long. Evidently this president views Congressmen asking him for notification when he is violating their war-making powers beyond the pale.

Obama is also livid Congressional Republicans have “once again included provisions that would bar the use of appropriated funds for transfers of Guantanamo detainees into the United States.” Obama threatened to use executive powers to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the mainland last December, before backing down.

The bill — which Obama signed — defunded four of his nine czars. Zero-funding these offices, Obama wrote, “could prevent me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibilities.”

Altogether, these acts, Obama writes, represent “constitutionally impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement.”

Obama had criticized George W. Bush for using signing statements (rightly, in my opinion) but began using them himself shortly into his first year in office. As this author was the first to report, since losing control of Congress, Obama has ruled by executive order, regulation, and federal fiats, side-stepping Congress altogether.

This kind of move shows just how shameless Obama is: He is willing to use a signing statement to ignore provisions of a law he signed in order to preserve his ability to engage in a practice that almost certainly violates the U.S. Constitution. Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator summarizes:

This isn’t just a matter of choosing how to interpret unclear provisions of a law; this is explicitly refusing to abide by clear-as-day provisions in a law he just signed. As I have written repeatedly, this man has dangerously authoritarian tendencies. He is a menace.

Obama is a menace to our freedoms that must be removed from office.

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17 comments to Obama: I’ll Break the Laws I Sign to Keep Violating the Constitutition

  • stevor

    Maybe he needs to take some time to digest (physically) the constitution and if it doesn't choke him (which is preferable), it might keep him in the bathroom for a long time, which would also be good for the country.

  • SUSANM

    HE IS NOT A 'KING'……CONGRESS LETS HIM GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING?

  • Sandoz

    This isn’t just a matter of choosing how to interpret unclear provisions of a law;this is explicitly refusing to abide by clear-as-day provisions in a law he just signed. As I have written repeatedly,this man has dangerously authoritarian tendencies. He is a menace.
    Obama is a menace to our freedoms that must be removed from office.

    I concur. Treason is Treason.

    • Barbara Taylor

      Absolutely, he is a menace! He's the worst thing that this country, sadly let happen to itself! I agree that he should be removed from office – preferably by impeachment – if anyone has the guts to do it.

      • Joshua Warren

        Agreed: He is a menace; but in an ironic kind of way, he may actually turn out to be the "best" thing that has happened to this country in a long time. Think about this: He has been the catalyst for a grassroots political reawakening of conservatives all across the landscape. Unbeknownst to many, we’ve been in a gradual descent into totalitarianism for decades, and with each passing generation, we become less able to combat this threat. In fact, I believe our current generation may be one of the last (if not THE last) with enough Patriots willing to fight (and even die) to preserve our way of life. What Obama did was to increase both the rate of descent as well as the degree of the slope; woke us the hell up! Had we not awakened when we did, our nation would have continued the descent over many more years, but the result would be the same—similar to the idea of boiling a frog to death by placing it in cold water and turning the heat up incrementally over a long time. Therefore, as bad as things seem to be at the present time, I actually thank God that, if we had to have an Obama, let it be now. As Thomas Paine once said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

  • George Bleick

    He is more than a menace – he's a tyrannical, dictatorial egotist!! I'd also address him as a belligerant and sick "sadist." He enjoys bringing horror and misery to "his subjects!!" It's time for him to "get the hell out of the Whitehouse!!!" The "SHEEPLE" OF THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER "WAKE UP!!!!!" This insane, madman is following in the steps of the "Hitler Dynasty." He has his "puppet" Harry Reid in the Senate that is making it possible for the distruction of America as we all know it. It's time for IMPEACHMENT NOW before the 2012 elections. It's time to make the Senators and Congress people get off their asses and do what "WE THE PEOPLE WANT —————–IMPEACHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Jon Enigma

    Constitution, what constitution…. we don't need no stinking constitution (sarcasm).

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  • Onthedot

    What? Failure to obey The Constitution? Time to IMPEACH this PRICK.

  • Topup

    What is the point of this story. The President isn't doing anything the Bush didn't do. All the presidents have made their own rules and executive orders to move the country ahead. Obviously our congress isn't willing to do anything. Besides, if the Republicans can give billions of dollars to foreign and domestic bankers, the President ought to be abel to keep the government running.

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  • confederated3

    Impeachment might be the remedy, but it will not happen because Congress will not allow it…your voice doesn't mean diddly squat anymore. Do you really have any idea how much s##t we're in? Even if it were to happen, prosecuting this bastard and all those around him would be impossible until the ENTIRE CONGRESS is removed and prosecuted also for an entire laundry-list of crimes, including but not limited to misprison of felony. In a sane world, we should have marched in with the U.S. marshals, warrants in hand, during his second State of the Union speech, where we had him cornered, and arrested the son-of-a-bitch.

  • Eric N

    So, why don't we remove him? Who has what it will take to cast the first stone?

  • Joshua Warren

    Constitutionally speaking, Obama s a menace; but in an ironic kind of way, he may actually turn out to be the "best" thing that has happened to this country in a long time. Think about this: He has been the catalyst for a grassroots political reawakening all across the landscape. Unbeknownst to many, we’ve been in a gradual descent into totalitarianism for decades, and with each passing generation, we become less able to combat this threat. In fact, I believe our current generation may be one of the last (if not THE last) with enough Patriots willing to fight (and even die) to preserve our way of life. What Obama did was to increase both the rate of descent as well as the degree of the slope; woke us the hell up! Had we not awakened when we did, our nation would have continued the descent over many more years, but the result would be the same—similar to the idea of boiling a frog to death by placing it in cold water and turning the heat up incrementally over a long time. Therefore, as bad as things seem to be for the US Constitution and our freedoms at the present time, I actually thank God that, if we had to have an Obama, let it be now. As Thomas Paine once said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

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