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President Obama’s View of “The Law” Explains a Lot

I recently finished reading/listening to a book on Ronald Reagan’s presidency on my daily DC commute.  I decided, and maybe against my better judgment, to allow President Obama to serenade me with his melodic rendition of his book the Audacity of Hope.

Unsurprisingly, it paints quite the contrast with the book I just finished reading/listening to on Reagan.

But in the midst of growing scandals whether it is IRS targeting, HHS abortion-pill mandate, Benghazi, spying on journalists, or skirting human rights obligations to fund Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, President Obama and his Administration have shown a propensity to bend the rules, to avoid constitutional scrutiny.

With the backdrop of this current litany of constitutional scandals in mind, the President’s own guiding philosophy, in his own words, on the rule of law is remarkably telling.

He wrote that “the law” is no more than “words on paper” which are “opaque” and “malleable.”  And the Constitution is not a “blueprint” that must be followed, but “rules” or “guidelines” that can be bent or broken when the situation necessitates it.

So it should be no shock, no great scandal that this President has implemented these views.  He uses our laws and Constitution when they are convenient, and when they are not, he bends them, molds them to fit his purposes.

 

Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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