The President Is Still A Community Agitator
“President Obama is a former president of the Harvard Law Review and famously taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. But did he somehow not teach the historic case of Marbury v. Madison?
That’s a fair question after Mr. Obama’s astonishing remarks on Monday at the White House when he ruminated for the first time in public on the Supreme Court’s recent ObamaCare deliberations. “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” he declared.
Presidents are paid to be confident about their own laws, but what’s up with that “unprecedented”? In Marbury in 1803, Chief Justice John Marshall laid down the doctrine of judicial review. In the 209 years since, the Supreme Court has invalidated part or all of countless laws on grounds that they violated the Constitution. All of those laws were passed by a “democratically elected” legislature of some kind, either Congress or in one of the states. And no doubt many of them were passed by “strong” majorities.
As it happens, probably stronger majorities than passed the Affordable Care Act. Readers may recall that the law was dragooned through a reluctant Senate without a single GOP vote and barely the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. Despite a huge Democratic majority in the House, it passed by only 219-212.
One reason the law may be overturned is because it was rushed through Congress without a standard “severability” clause that says that the rest of the law stands if one part is judged unconstitutional. Congress jammed it into law because it became ever more unpopular the more the public looked at it. The law is even less popular today than it was on the day it passed in 2010.
Mr. Obama’s remarks suggest he is joining others on the left in warning the Justices that they will pay a political price if they dare to overturn even part of the law. As he runs for re-election, Mr. Obama’s inner community organizer seems to be winning out over the law professor.”
Opine Needles has made this point numerous times, numerous ways. When the President makes utterances such as the one quoted above, he diminishes himself and the office. He not only looks and sounds like something distinctly non-presidential, but worse, he just doesn’t seem very smart. But we do not want to go down that road, as we remember altogether too well the ridiculously absurd main stream media and leftist mantra that George W Bush was not smart.
So for the purpose of this conversation, let’s grant Mr. Obama his smartness. This then begets the question, “what on earth was he thinking!” The only answer we can concoct is that President Obama cannot shed his roots as a community agitator; he can’t help himself. And every time he agitates, he lessens his credibility as President of the United States.
Al Sharpton and the like can somehow pull off the community agitator thing. We remain clueless as to why, but there you go; MSNBC actually rewards that kind of bullying behavior. It is not behavior Americans or the world should witness emanating from the President of the United States, and God Willing, no one will have to do so after the inauguration on January 20, 2013.
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