With His Pen and Phone, Obama’s Becoming A Dictator

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The Constitution of the United States was drafted and ratified as the foundational legal codex of the country in part because it would prevent tyranny in America. It had a series of checks and balances between the three branches of government that were designed to disallow any one branch, or any one person, from amassing so much power that they could run the country, and us, as a tyrant. We are witnessing firsthand the unraveling of those assurances.

Over the past several weeks, the President of the United States has declared that he has “a pen and a phone” and intends to use them to implement his agenda. He has made it clear that he deems this necessary since he has an uncooperative Congress that, unlike his first two years in office, refuses to subserviently rubber stamp everything he wants.

It’s clear from the context of his statements that his intent is to use the power of the presidency to sign Executive Orders and use his phone to force his agenda on the nation. By so doing, he is blatantly circumventing the very precautions embedded in our founding legal codex that were designed to prevent despotic rule in our country.

This perception is one shared by Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized constitutional law expert, professor at the George Washington University Law School, and a self-avowed liberal.

Turley appeared before the House Judiciary Committee two months ago, where Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte asked the following question: “Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of acts of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”

Professor Turley responded, “The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in a single branch.

At issue in the hearing was whether the president had the authority to unilaterally change the implementation dates of a lawfully passed Act of Congress, the Affordable Care Act. Turley’s response was an undiluted and unqualified “No.”

This was not the first time the president has exercised unconstitutional powers of the presidency. Three years ago, he declared his administration would not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. Even though Congress failed to pass his proposed Cap and Trade bill, he has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to actively enforce provisions of that bill that were never made law. He unilaterally proscribed expansion of offshore drilling without legislatively authorized power to do so. He has granted loans to other nations to drill for oil, without authorization from Congress. He has, without congressional authority, implemented portions of the Dream Act, an illegal immigration bill, which never passed Congress. He has ordered the Federal Communications Commission to adopt regulations giving the government control over the internet, and provide him with a “kill switch” to turn it off.

Just to clarify the role of the president, according to our own laws and Constitution: he is to “faithfully execute the laws.” He has no power to create laws or unilaterally change laws. That is the role of Congress. Nor can he reverse legally passed laws. If he had those powers, we would no longer be a lawful nation committed to the rule of law, but would be an autocracy, ruled by the capricious and ideological whims of one man. This is precisely what Obama is doing, according to Professor Turley.

We clearly have a president who doesn’t respect the Constitution enough to abide by it. He clearly has no respect for the rule of law since he feels it within his power to single-handedly create new code and force it on the nation.

Even the Executive Order (EO) has not the power to legally do what the president is doing. There are three things the EO can be used for: operational management of the executive branch, operational management of the federal agencies or officials, and implementing statutory or constitutional presidential responsibilities. Executive Orders cannot be used to either create new law, or to annul or reverse existing law. After all, his primary function, according to the Constitution and his oath of office, is to “faithfully execute the office” in enforcement and execution of the laws legally passed by the legislative branch.

We have a lawless president who is not doing what he’s required by law to do, and is exceeding his authority by assuming legislative power to create law. What more evidence do we need to impeach and remove from office, a president who is making himself an American dictator? And where is Congress’ spine to reclaim their power that he has misappropriated from them?


Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration.  He can be reached at rlarsenen@cableone.net.


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  1. It's been clear since 2008 that we would have a dangerous dictator on our hands, but now in his 2nd term Obama will be ever more brazen and lawless. And he is. With a neutered Congress that allows the Dictator to keep shredding the Constitution, my question is: what to do about it? We have never before had a radical, narcissistic, America hating, Constitution hating Marxist like Obama sitting in the Oval Office. Answer: our military needs to frog march Obama out of the White House and throw him into a cell for treason. If the good people of Egypt can oust a lying Dictator like ours, then why can't WE the People?

  2. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    Patience, impeachment hearings will begin for this non American in October to prevent screams of racism. There is enough information to burry him and everyone associated with him, as well as every non Constitutional thing they have done! This is why the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land! Obtyrant lies and wasted hundreds of millions of dollars living like a king! obama swore on the Bible that he would support and defend the Constitution. But he has caused a less perfect union, established injustice, has destroyed domestic tranquility, removed money and support for the common defense of this nation, made the general welfare of the nation worse, and made our liberty less secure now and into the future. Then again, maybe there are two Obamas. There is the one who is like Sergeant Shultz, who knows nothing and would rather enjoy the perks of the Presidency; and there is the one we aren’t allowed to know about. Obama is just an arrogant, incompetent putz who has no clue about how honest government really works (of the people, by the people, and for the people) and NOT (of the Obama, by the Obama, and for the Obama). This Narcissist Socialist Islamic Extremist Muslim member of al Qaeda man child spoiled brat should have his entire family and his democrap cabinet PAY OR they ALL should be tortured by water-boarding until they confess to what this Obdicktator wanted to do. Then take them ALL out to public stocks and bilboes and stone them till death. Then hang their heads from the Washington monument so that no other democrap dare spit on this country’s Constitution ever again! American’s now think of him as a little man mostly because they can not trust him after the lies upon lies, along with never taking accountability, his credibility is worthless. I feel sorry that Obama is incapable of leading our great nation. I feel sorry for my country, once the greatest nation in the world, duped by the big rhetoric of an inordinately small man.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      MLC I really don't see impeachment coming since this is the first mogrel president half black half white.Tomany weak congress people.

    • ALL the 'presidents' of these private mafia corporations posing as the government of this nation are cloned – for the protection of the one true individual – since their actions stir up such controversy that it is deemed best for their protection. Like the Bushes and Clintons and others, BO is cloned. It is easy to tell the true BO from one of the phony BO's that is routinely used to deliver the speeches and attend public events. Look for the longer face and the square jaw, the ears that are closer to the head and somewhat smaller and the gray hair – that is the predominant clone. The more 'time' 'We the People' allow for these monsters to do their things, the less likelihood that we will be able to recover our TRUE REPUBLIC. The people need to take a stand – research Iceland for one.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    This man is another Hitler and republicans can't stop him by 2016 he'll find a way for a third term. Theb entitlement crowd will back him.Hitlary will have to pay a hitman if she wants a shot.

  4. HOW to you impeach the president of a private foreign corporation? Do you people not know that this is NOT the TRUE government of this nation, but a rogue private corporation – just like the private corporation operating as The Federal Reserve – and you cannot 'impeach' the president of either any more than you can impeach the president of Halliburton, Coca Cola or CNN. The ONLY way to resolve this issue with the rogue and unlawful actions of this make believe 'government' IS TO ARREST THEM, TRY THEM AND CARRY OUT THE SENTENCING – PERIOD. Do your research! Learn the TRUTH. Don't waste your time on impeachment. Where did the' impeachment' of Bush or Clinton get us? No where! WHY! They were presidents of a private mafia corporation – THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION, set up out of Puerto Rico! WAKE UP FOLKS!!! GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS!

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