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Political Editors / Sep. 6, 2017

Obama Rages Against the Constitutional Machine

Trump rights the executive ship by ending the unconstitutional DACA program, and Obama is hysterical.

President Donald Trump acted Tuesday to rescind Barack Obama’s controversial and unconstitutional 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Trump emphasized, “I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act. We will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion — but through the lawful democratic process — while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve.”

Unlike former presidents who have had enough personal humility and respect for this nation, its history and the office to refrain from directly criticizing their successors, Obama sees himself as being above such decorum. Following Trump’s DACA announcement, Obama took to Facebook, raging that Trump’s decision is “cruel” and a violation of “basic decency.” Worse, he scolded the president with his favorite moralizing cudgel, “It’s about who we are as a people.” Which prompts the question: Is Obama’s view of America one of a nation where law and order are merely subjective suggestions that lack any real meaning or limiting power? A country without laws is no country at all.

Obama also explained his own decision, saying, “I asked Congress to send me such a bill. The bill never came. And … my administration acted.” That’s not how our constitutional system works. You’d think a “constitutional law professor” would know better. He did once upon a time, and then political gain came knocking. As our Louis DeBroux notes, “Obama had previously admitted numerous times that such action was not within his constitutional authority, yet when Congress, including many Democrats, failed to pass the DREAM Act, Obama spat on the Constitution and implemented DACA anyway.”

In 2013, he taunted, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”

Well, Trump did.

No, Mr. Obama, it is not Trump who lacks “basic decency” on this issue, it is you. It is you who lack a basic respect for the Rule of Law and the borders that define this great nation, which were designed to protect American citizens first and foremost. It was you, Obama, who thumbed your nose at American citizens and our laws in order to promote your own globalist social agenda. And now you’re upset that Trump wants to restore constitutional order to how laws are made. How pathetically cynical.

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