July 02, 2014

The Obama Doctrine

We have had many great doctrines established by American Presidents throughout the nation's history.

The Monroe Doctrine declared that the Americas were off-limits to further European colonization.

The Truman Doctrine established American willingness to aid free peoples seeking to prevent hostile takeovers by totalitarian forces like Communism.

The Clinton Doctrine established the principle that the United States will act proactively to stop genocide.

And now we have the Obama Doctrine. But this one is different from the others. Instead of seeking to protect foreign peoples from the imposition of oppression by outside forces or protect the defenseless from crimes against humanity, this one relates to our nation's internal affairs -- and instead of preserving free and democratic institutions, it is about undermining and destroying them.

In the past week alone, President Obama has twice been rebuked by the Supreme Court for having run afoul of the Constitution (a 9-0 decision) or federal law (5-4). Unchastened, he brazenly picked the very day that the second decision was announced to reassert the Obama Doctrine — namely, that if Congress refuses to pass a political loser that Obama is championing, Obama will take the law into his own hands.

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The way one can tell that Obama is backing a political loser is this: If he weren’t — if the citizenry’s congressional representatives were obstinately refusing to do their will — the president would be confident that voters would rectify this situation in November and would return his own party to power (as was the case before he stubbornly pushed Obamacare). But no one expects voters to do this, and many if not most observers expect voters to install a Republican Senate through the upcoming election as well. Thus, Obama will act alone, in defiance of public will and — more importantly — of the constitutional separation of powers.

Or put differently, Obama has a pen and a phone by which he will override the voice and the vote of the American people who elected lawmakers to stop his policies -- the Constitution be damned.

Copyright 2014 - Bob Gorrell/Creators Syndicate

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He may have a pen and a phone; however, the Supreme Court has a gavel. Nonetheless, the way he refused to defend DOMA and has rearranged the Border Patrol priorities, I am surprised that he hasn't done more than gripe about the Supreme Court rulings.

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