The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.
Obama Goes all Alinsky on SCOTUS: Channels FDR’s Outrage over Court’s Power
Obama has once again displayed his utter contempt for the US Constitution and his penchant for using veiled threats to convey his message of scorn for SCOTUS. His remarks reveal his radical past and his aversion to the truth. Alinsky was a clear source of inspiration for the young student of militant change.
Mark Levin observed that Obama’s remarks are deeply disturbing. (marklevinshow.com)
“Just when you think President Obama can’t do anything more contemptible, he is now threatening the Supreme Court Justices if they don’t rule in his favor for Obamacare. Using liberal groups and other means, Obama is going to try and smear, attack and also influence the decision. The Democrats only like the democratic process when it works in their favor and when it doesn’t they support authoritarianism rather than constitutionalism.”
Such provocative speech from a US president certainly seems to rival the Marxist antics of Alinsky.
On his syndicated talk show, (marklevinshow.com, April 2, 2012, audio file) Levin compared Obama’s attack on SCOTUS to President Franklin D Roosevelt’s attack on the court during a speech on February 2, 1937 in which he disparaged the Court for not embracing key pieces of his New Deal legislation.
Much like Obama’s signature legislation on health care, Roosevelt resented the power of SCOTUS to challenge the constitutionality of legislation that would put too much power in the hands of the executive branch of government, and threatened to dramatically increase the power of the federal government.
The key concepts of that historic fight are distilled at Spartacus School Net (UK) US Supreme Court.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt came into conflict with the Supreme Court during his period in office. The chief justice, Charles Hughes, had been the Republican Party presidential candidate in 1916. Herbert Hoover appointed Hughes in 1930 and had led the court’s opposition to some of the proposed New Deal legislation. This included the ruling against the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) and ten other New Deal laws.
On 2nd February, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt made a speech attacking the Supreme Court for its actions over New Deal legislation. He pointed out that seven of the nine judges (Charles Hughes, Willis Van Devanter, George Sutherland, Harlan Stone, Owen Roberts, Benjamin Cardozo and Pierce Butler) had been appointed by Republican presidents. Roosevelt had just won re-election by 10,000,000 votes and resented the fact that the justices could veto legislation that clearly had the support of the vast majority of the public.”
Obama ‘s objections with SCOTUS today seem to mirror Roosevelt’s anger over the court of the 1930s.
From The Right Scoop.com “Mark Levin methodically rips apart Obama’s SCOTUS intimidation statement,” contains the audio file dissection of Obama’s message to SCOTUS.
The Republican response to Obama’s speech is reported by Fox News “Obama warns ‘unelected’ Supreme Court against striking down health law”
Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his Supreme Court comments. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, accused the president of misrepresenting the implications of a ruling against the law.
“It must be nice living in a fantasy world where every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist,’” he said in a statement. “Many of us have been arguing for nearly three years that the federal government does not have the power to dictate individuals’ purchasing decisions. After a national debate on the subject, more than two-thirds of Americans agree that the Obamacare insurance mandate is unconstitutional.”
While this latest outburst by the president is a direct attack on SCOTUS, it’s certainly not his first verbal attack. Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com reviews Obama’s 2010 attack of the court during his SOTU address. “OBAMA DECLARES WAR ON SUPREME COURT,”
This is not the first time Obama has threatened the Supreme Court. Back in January 2010, in his State of the Union Address, he dramatically misrepresented the Supreme Court’s stance on campaign finance, and explained, “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.” Justice Alito shook his head and mouthed, “Not true.” That’s because it wasn’t true – but Obama’s interpretation of Constitutional law is lacking at best, deeply dishonest at worst.
Obama’s thirst for absolute power is now being tested! The ObamaCare law is unconstitutional, not only for its individual mandate, but for its blatant power to make unilateral health care decisions at HHS, and its openly hostile stance against the 10th Amendment’s guarantee of sovereign power of the individual states to self-govern, free from the power of the federal government in health care and insurance.
LC related article: “Obama Suddenly Has a Problem with the ‘Unelected’
Submitted by: Joseph Hall
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