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Obama's Supreme Court challenge questionable
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: President Barack Obama thinks that he is the supreme leader of the United States. If you studied your history — or lived it — you know of other “supreme leaders” that have arisen in other countries from time to time. That didn’t turn out so good.
How dare the president try to intimidate the Supreme Court?
“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,” Obama said.
The president accused the conservative members of the Supreme Court of being involved in “judicial activism” if they vote to overturn the law. I think that was the reason he appointed Elena Kagan as a justice. Didn’t he learn anything in law school? I’m sure that Harvard taught the separation of powers principle.
Did Obama commit perjury when he took an oath to uphold the Constitution? How did he go from an oath to such arrogance that he thinks that he can just ignore the constitutional provisions? He slowly has undermined the Constitution since he took office and now he wants control over the Supreme Court.
A couple of weeks ago, Obama said that striking down his signature health-care legislation would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” and would demonstrate a lack of “judicial restraint” by the Supreme Court. He also pointed out that the nine Supreme Court justices are unelected, suggesting that it would therefore be undemocratic for them to overturn his health-care plan.
“I understand that we must presume laws are constitutional,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said to U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli on the second day of oral arguments. “But, even so, when you are changing the relation of the individual to the government in this, what we can stipulate is, I think a unique way, do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution?” 
Kennedy made it clear that the government is over-stepping its authority, which is limited by the tenants of the Constitution.
So why did the president criticize the Supreme Court before the court announced its decision in June? I believe that someone leaked that the vote taken by the justices just after the hearings went against Obamacare. Therefore, the president had notice that his crowning achievement was going down in flames.
The repercussion of Obama’s tirade is far-reaching. His attack on the Supreme Court appeared to backfire when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order instructing the Justice Department to state whether the administration believes courts lack the authority to strike down mandates they determine are unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit order for the Justice Department to clarify its position on judicial authority came during a separate challenge to Obamacare brought by physician-owned hospitals.
In a Newsmax.TV interview, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney called Obama’s characterization of the role of the independent judiciary “a purposeful distortion.”
“Well, the whole idea of the Constitution and the courts that apply the Constitution is to have the capacity to ensure that Congress and the president do not pass legislation that violates the Constitution,” he said.
The goal of a “supreme leader” is to garner as much power as possible so he can control the government and people. The Constitution was written to limit government and the president, and appoint the judiciary as the guardian of our rights, which the president is trying to override.

Calderone is a conservative who lives in Midway. He is a professional salesperson and has written articles for trade publications in various fields.

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