The president, apparently, is finally about to act upon all the complaints - both his, and those of his most radical constituencies - that the Constitution is in the way of the "reform" this nation truly needs.
And he's on his way to doing it. By claiming possession of an apparently never-before-seen version of the document that allows Barack Obama to do whatever he pleases, regardless of what the law dictates.
Upon signing the 2012 spending bill, he vowed to spend money upon measures that are specifically delineated within the bill to receive no funding in the fiscal year. In other words, he promised to break the very rules that he signed into law. Because he claims the Constitution says he can. They are pet liberal projects, of course:
The Obama administration won't be bound by a gun control ban in the $1 trillion spending bill for 2012, the president said Friday.
The funding provision for the federal health agency says that "none of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control." The language aims to ban taxpayer dollars from supporting gun safety research.
"I have advised the 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," Obama said in a statement as he signed the bill into law.
The right to own a gun is enshrined in the Constitution, and next to freedom of speech, religious worship, and assembly, it is the one likely exercised most by ordinary Americans. And now it has been signed into law that no monies will be spent to usurp this right. But Obama's version of our sacred parchment seems to be missing the Second Amendment, and - no surprise - says his responsibility his to fund what measures he sees fit, regardless of Congressional approval. Separation of powers, apparently, in something else left out of Obama's new version of the Constitution...
And of course, the President will continue to employ his now-illegal "czars". And he will force the taxpayers to foot the bill for their exorbitant salaries. Even though he just signed a law that expressly forbade the practice. Because the new and improved Constitution....oh, you know the drill already:
The president's signing statement also says he could end up ignoring a provision that bars taxpayer funds for paying for the "salaries and expenses" of so-called White House czars, including the director of the White House Office of Health Reform. The office was abolished earlier this year.
That provision "could prevent me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibilities, by denying me the assistance of senior advisers and by obstructing my supervision of executive branch officials in the execution of their statutory responsibilities," Obama said.
Funny, I don't recall the constitution saying anywhere that the president could have as many cronies as he wanted on the federal payroll, specifically placed to implement polices defunded by Congress. Must be that whole separation of powers thing that Obama has been complaining about since he took office - even when he had an entirely Democratic House.
I guess he finally found a version that suits his need for unrivaled and unchecked power enshrined within a chief executive. Exactly what the Founders wanted, of course.
There's been no doubt for a while now that Barack Obama is a man with a poor grasp of economics, a coward's feel of foreign affairs, and the overall intelligence and craftiness of a small-time grifter. And now he's gone insane, claiming the existence of a phantom constitution that puts him above all law,. and is acting upon it.
How many battles did the Third Reich win with Hitler's phantom armies? Tally them up, look at the end result, and assume America, under Barack Obama's phantom Constitution, will meet with the same end...