Obama Rex

(Courtesy of Legal Insurrection)

Justice Michael McConnell:

President Obama’s decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected by this provision, but it raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

To make sure that American presidents could not resurrect a similar prerogative, the Framers of the Constitution made the faithful enforcement of the law a constitutional duty.


The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act contains no provision allowing the president to suspend, delay or repeal it. Section 1513(d) states in no uncertain terms that “The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.” Imagine the outcry if Mitt Romney had been elected president and simply refused to enforce the whole of ObamaCare.

This is not the first time Mr. Obama has suspended the operation of statutes by executive decree, but it is the most barefaced. In June of last year, for example, the administration stopped initiating deportation proceedings against some 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, lived here at least five years, and met a variety of other criteria. This was after Congress refused to enact the Dream Act, which would have allowed these individuals to stay in accordance with these conditions. Earlier in 2012, the president effectively replaced congressional requirements governing state compliance under the No Child Left Behind Act with new ones crafted by his administration.


Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president’s unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects. As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress “would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.”

Ironically, the latest law that Obama refuses to enforce has his name on it so he can’t exactly say he feels it is bad policy. On the other hand he feels obligated to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized choom.

I have been saying for years now that when Obamacare starts to take effect people will hate it. The one possible redeeming quality of PPACA is that it is so bad Congress will have to fix it or repeal it, thus opening the door to genuine health care reform.

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51 Responses to Obama Rex

  1. votermom says:

    If this were any other POTUS, would this be an impeachable offense?

    • Internal Exile says:

      No presidential offense is impeachable now since the Reptilian Party made a sick joke of the process back in the ’90s, wasting oodles and gobs of our tax money in trying to run Big Dawg out of office for lying about unauthorized nookie.

      • angienc says:

        You’re wrong as usual. Why don’t you concern troll somewhere else.

        • Internal Exile says:

          “You’re wrong as usual.”

          Can you prove that, or is this simply a matter of our different perceptions of the same events?

          • angienc says:

            You being a concern troll who is always wrong is a FACT.
            Anyone who “perceives” that differently doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

        • Internal Exile says:

          Sorry, my karma just ran over your dogma. 😛

    • Lulu says:

      Yes. Enforcing or not enforcing law on a whim is tyranny. He is a tin pot despot.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Banging out a blog with my fist this morning, I did.



  3. HELENK says:


    forcing Christians to eat pork.

    interesting take on the new left against the Christian religion

    • wmcb says:

      Yes. I can’t tell you how often I hear people say that forcing the Church to provide contraception is okay, because “it’s a stupid rule”.

      So? Lots of religious rules are stupid rules IMO. Not eating bacon is stupid. Orthodox requirements for beards and funny hats is stupid. The Amish not using zippers is stupid. The only time we have ever denied religious freedom in this country is if it seriously threatens another’s life. Until now.

    • Internal Exile says:

      One wonders what our Panopticon operators have found on the leaders of other countries, to the point that even Russia and China fear to cross Caesar Samuel (fka Uncle Sam). 😮

      • DandyTiger says:

        Agree. I was amazed how fast France and others rolled over. They were so easy and cheep it was startling.

        • Internal Exile says:

          Startling indeed. I wouldn’t have thought any human beings could scare Vladimir Putin or the butchers of Tiananmen Square into submission.

  4. swanspirit says:

    I cannot express to you how fucking deeply and completely and with loathing and contempt ; i resent , that this cartoonist has chosen to represent Obamacare as some monster nurse . Especially when nurses will bear the brunt of the burden of trying to implement this bureaucratic monstrosity .

    • Internal Exile says:

      Nurses are mostly female, and misogyny is bipartisan. 😦

      I used to think misogyny was mostly conservative and/or Reptilian until the pseudo-liberal Dinocrats (I believe the term of art on this blog is “Vile Progs”) displayed it often and grotesquely in 2008. 👿

      • swanspirit says:

        I posted this comment at the cartoonists blog , nurses are such easy targets … as IF we had any power over this “health ” care Frankenstein

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Sadly yes. 😦

    • votermom says:

      I don’t like it either.

  5. Internal Exile says:

    Hanlon’s Razor: One should never assume malice where stupidity will provide an adequate explanation.

    Nevertheless, I shall don a freshly-folded, outrageously stylish chapeau de Reynolds Wrap:

    Maybe the prosecution in the Zimmermann trial has orders to bungle the case against Zimmermann, because the Powers That Be want an acquittal, so they can have some genuine riots, in order to live-test their anti-insurrection measures? 👿

    • myiq2xu says:

      That would mean that there really WAS a case against GZ.

      • Internal Exile says:

        If TPTB wanted to convict him, I suspect they could find a way to do it whether he’s actually guilty or not.

      • Internal Exile says:

        I have no idea if Zimmermann was justified or not, but I can guess that if he’s acquitted, the police had better be ready to rumble, and the governor had better be prepared to call out the National Guard.

        I’m sure I’m not the only one here who remembers what happened when the cops who beat Rodney King were acquitted.

        • yttik says:

          I don’t think black folks will riot. For one, we’ve got the first black president and it would look really bad if he were in charge and black folks were rioting. You can’t riot against one of your own.

          Wealthy white liberals might riot, because they don’t understand this rule, but they’re kind of a wimpy bunch. I imagine they might throw a few Starbucks cups in the street, maybe try to burn off in their Prius.

        • Mary says:

          Any mention of post-trial riots is totally irrelevant , really.

          And if the fear of riots is what prompted the charges and the ramrodding of those charges regardless of the initial police inquiries occurred for fear of riots later, then you no longer live in America. You live in a politically-controlled 3rd world country.

          Let em riot. The majority of the country will see them for exactly what they are. Choices have consequences.

  6. myiq2xu says:
  7. DandyTiger says:

    What’s to stop Obama from suspending elections in 2016? From rounding up all political opponents? Would anyone care?

    • yttik says:

      Nobody caring is always the biggest danger.

      What’s to stop him? I think his wife, LOL. She feels like she’s in “prison” at the white house. Obama himself is tired of all the hard work. Whatever dictators may be, they aren’t lazy and they aren’t stupid. Dictating is tough. The Obama’s are probably looking forward to the job ending.

      • votermom says:

        Michelle is all that stands between us and Obama-POTUS-for-life?
        Just kill me now.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        To be honest I think he wanted out the last time.But his handlers wanted him to stay. 🙂

        • lildoggy4u says:

          Agreed. He just wanted the accolades, not to mention the money that he’ll retire on for the rest of his life, definitely not the work part. Maybe he’ll write a book or something. One thing I do know – he’ll definitely not be moving back to Chicago.

    • Internal Exile says:

      Obummer is not a dictator, rather, he is the chief lackey of the oligarchy which owns and runs this country. I like to use Teddy Roosevelt’s fine old term “Malefactors Of Great Wealth”–hereafter MOGW–to label this oligarchy.

      The MOGW are not monolithic. They are divided into a faction which deals mostly with the Reptilians (mostly associated with the natural resource extraction industries), a faction which deals mostly with the Dinocrats (mostly associated with the FIRE industries), and a swing faction. The other two factions still hold enough power to prevent the Dino-aligned faction from ordering Obummer to do those things.

      • DandyTiger says:

        You’re leaving out the biggest MOGW of them all. Bigger than Oil. Bigger than anything else. That’s the government itself and its associated multiple heads including government unions. It’s become a monolith that’s self feeding and self perpetuating. Think black hole at this point. It will consume us all.

        • Internal Exile says:

          Or, rather, the partnership, if not fusion, of Big Government and Big Business.

          When BB is the senior partner, as in the USA, it’s called “crony capitalism”.

          When BG is the senior partner…hmmm, I think the word starts with an “F”…some fat Italian dude invented it back in the 1920s… 👿

  8. HELENK says:


    backtrack’s flood of new regulations to cost more thant $130 billion to implement

    it really would be cheaper to impeach him

    • Mary says:

      BDLR is making a fool of himself. Jurors will not appreciate him bullying this witness.

      • Agree.

        You should see the pro-Trayvon faction on Twitter. “Why his eyebrows twitching?” “His eyebrows twitch everytime he lie.” Etc, etc. His eyebrows have been twitching the entire time, mostly likely due to some sort of age-related neurological damage. Quite the science-oriented, sympathetic bunch they got there. Positively humanitarian.

        • Mary says:

          They’re idiots. I work with some people like that. Really.

          The only thing that matters now is the jury. Trayvon faction can tweet all they want, but it don’t make no nevermind. 🙂

          Let em riot. I just don’t give a shit about them anymore.

        • Mary says:

          Angela Corey sitting in front row in front of Trayvon’s parents—sending very, very angry, hateful looks to the witness.

          Suck it up, Angela. The whole nation now knows what you are, now.

    • myiq2xu says:

      A blank test pattern would be more interesting and informative than Ashleigh Banfield. CNN could save a few bucks too.

      • Internal Exile says:

        Also, it would teach the youngsters who have grown up with 24/7 TV what a “test pattern” is. 😀

  9. HELENK says:


    united stasi of America beamed onto US embassy in Germany

    backtrack does seem to be getting what he wants the loss of respect for America from other countries

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    OMG!!! he must be in Shock.Everyone is supposed to worship him dontcha know. 😆

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