Obama, Mafia Politics And The Supreme Court

According to a report released by the University of Illinois /Chicago, Chicago is Number 1 in public corruption while the State of Illinois is ranked Number 3 so far as corrupt states go.

So, it should come as no surprise that the Godfather President of the United States – who cut his political teeth in the Windy City – would channel his inner gangster when he attempted to intimidate the Supreme Court as they prepare their decision regarding Obamacare’s constitutionality.

“Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary event by overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress,” Obama told reporters today while speaking with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

I’m confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld.” Obama concluded.

I guess that means that Obama would never use the Presidential veto, since any legislation that would come to his desk would have passed a “democratically elected Congress,” right?

And since when is a 219-212 House majority “strong”? But even that is a mute point. The question before the court is not whether the law is popular or good policy. The question is whether Congress had the constitutional authority to enact it.

But I digress. . .

Obama isn’t ignorant about the Constitution. After all, it was during his run for office in 2008 that he admitted in an interview that his socialist agenda would face hurdles due to the “negative liberties found in that pesky document.

A Tuesday opinion essay in the Wall Street Journal points out that Obama “is a former president of the Harvard Law Review and famously taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.” The essay concludes that since the president should know better, his remarks “suggest he is joining others on the left in warning the justices that they will pay a political price if they dare to overturn even part of the law.”

Earlier today, we received news that perhaps Obama’s strong-arm tactics have backfired.

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the Department of Justice to write and submit a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon on Thursday explaining whether the administration acknowledges that the courts have the right to overturn federal laws. The Fifth Circuit was hearing a separate case, brought by physician-owned  hospitals, against the health care law’s “individual mandate” provision.

When it comes to Supreme Court, Obama has no problem with using mafia politics.


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