In Egypt, hundreds of thousands of dismayed people are protesting over the power grab of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who is now being described as “Pharaoh Morsi”. He just declared that none of his decrees or actions are subject to review by the courts which means he now has all political power in his hands: Legislative, Judicial and executive. This is no different than the situation here in America where President Obama is growing his level of power by securing the powers of all three branches of our government into his hands as well and we now see a “King Obama” emerging in America. Consider health care, immigration, declaring war and due process rights of Americans subject to execution and imprisonment; the President now writes the law, determines who is guilty of violating them and carries out the punishments or action. In other words, President Obama has just as many dictatorial powers as Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi, but there are no crowds protesting in the streets here against “King Obama”. After all, they just elected him to another four years in office to further grow his power.
Here are the ways in which King Obama has dictatorial powers over our lives:
1. Health Care
Obama care transfers the power of Congress to the hands of the Executive branch for nearly every aspect of health care in America. The power will reside in the Obama appointee, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), which means it resides in Obama’s hands. The HHS secretary will determine what health insurance is, what it must cover and determine if an insurance company meets the government standards of a “qualified health plan”. The HHS secretary will define what medical quality is, what shall not be covered as “inappropriate” and will determine what preventative services will be covered. The Secretary will decide what qualifies as an “Accountable Care Organization”, a group of doctors who are paid bonuses to deny care to patients. She will decide what amount of bonus they will get and will be able to determine if they have complied with the “quality and efficiency measures” or if they must be “decertified”. Her decisions will NOT be subject to any review in court and are essentially final. Congress granted the power to prevent judicial review of executive decisions at least a dozen times in PPACA with language like this:
‘‘Section 3303 (G) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW.—There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the establishment of the methodology under subparagraph (C), including the determination of an episode of care under such methodology.”
This should be the subject for a challenge of PPACA on the constitutional grounds that it denies due process and equal protection of the law.
2. Execution of Americans without Trial. President Obama launched a drone-hellfire missile at American Citizen Anwar Al-Awalki in Yemen. This American citizen had not trial. No evidence was offered. No charges were filed. No witnesses called. The President invented a law he claimed was violated that warranted death. He then carried out his own sentence. This is full exercise of legislative, judicial and Executive powers by one person
3.Indefinite imprisonment of Americans without Trial. Obama signed, endorses and now defends the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows him to detain any person he claims is a terrorist indefinitely without trial. Senator Rand Paul is trying to amend this law this weak to prevent such a complete loss of due process rights protected by our U.S. Constitution, but Obama opposes that. He will decide what laws are broken, when someone should be imprisoned (or killed on the spot), how long they should be detained and then carry out the imprisonment on his own. All three branches of Government in one person.
“Sec. 1021(a) IN GENERAL.—Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.”
Detaining enemies during war seems to make sense. Unfortunately, the term “war” includes the “war on terror” authorized by Congress after 9/11/2001. All the President has to do is falsely claim that a person is working with, or supporting Al Qaeda, and they can be detained or killed in an attempt to arrest them with no due process, warrant or attorney! Why would Obama oppose this amendment for American Citizens? American citizens are born with these rights and only a King would seek to deny them. (Paul’s amendment):
“A citizen of the United States captured or arrested in the United States and detained by the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”
4. Immigration. In June 2012 Obama Secretary for Homeland Security announced they will no longer deport illegal aliens and will grant them work permits. They will do so by simply writing law on their own and are completely bypassing congress. The move will likely not suffer a review in the courts since it is he is asserting he has the discretionary power to decide which laws he chooses to enforce and which violations he chooses to prosecute. In this case the President is deciding not to enforce immigration laws to achieve a political goal of a partial passage of “the Dream act” that failed in Congress but lives on through the power of the Presidency ignoring Congress and the courts.
5.War. President Obama declared war on Libya with no act of Congress and without any authorization under the war powers act of Congress (which itself has been called unconstitutional). He was criticized from both the right and the left. He decides what international laws are broken, what executive action to take and is accountable to no one in his act.
Our founders established a Constitutional Republic with powers of government divided between different branches for good reason. They saw the tyranny of a King who wrote the laws, judged arbitrarily who he felt broke the laws he could change on a whim, passed sentence and then executed his sentence. Thus we have a two chamber Congress. We have a court system. We have an executive branch. That is all disappearing now as Congress delegates its legislative power to the Executive, and the Executive invents new laws it can’t pass through Congress and declares itself judge, jury and executioner. Where are the Occupiers and the American “Liberals” now? Why aren’t they protesting “King Obama” as the Egyptians are now protesting “Pharaoh Morsi”? The answer is: the progressive liberals want a King to force their will on those who believe in freedom since force is the only way they can win.