Obama betrays freedom


Justin Hawkins, Opinion Editor

For an introduction to this column click here.

I accuse the President of the United States of expanding the political power of the Executive office.

One example of this was when he attacked Libya without a declaration of war from Congress. This is really nothing new, since Presidents have been doing this under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 as justification. However, during the 2008 election, he remarked that, “The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” So by his own account, he is breaching the Constitution, which violates the President’s Oath of Office.

Obama once rightly condemned President Bush for breaches of civil liberties contained in the PATRIOT Act. However, once elected, he seemed to forget that not only did he immediately try to have the law repealed, but also renewed the Act. This seems strange, since the Act was said to be for fighting against terrorism, and, in the 2012 election, Obama ran partially on the idea that terrorism had been pretty much defeated.

Obama has clearly violated the Constitution by altering an act already passed into law, as exemplified in the case of the Affordable Care Act. He personally changed the law in a significant way at least ten times, according to a National Review Article by Grace-Marie Turner & Tyler Hartsfield.

I accuse Obama of abusing his office for merriment and diversion, and by spending ludicrous amounts of government money on himself and his family. According to a Fox News article in 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama took a little excursion to Spain, using taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The trip cost over $470,000 and occurred when the economy was just starting to recover. According to the an article in the Daily Caller by Alex Pappas, the US taxpayer spends a grand total of around 1.4 billion dollars on the Obama family each year.

I accuse Obama of implementing socialist ideals by picking winners and losers in business ventures, such as in the infamous case of Solyndra. According to a Washington Post article by Joe Stephens and Carol D. Leoning, the company was given over 500 million dollars by the Obama White House just before going bankrupt.

I accuse Obama of breaching human rights and national sovereignty by authorizing drone strikes in neutral nations such as Pakistan and Yemen. According to an International Business Times article by Ludovica Iaccino, the European Parliament has recently condemned the U.S. for their illegal drone strikes saying, “drone strikes by a State on a territory of another State without the consent of the latter constitute a violation of international law and of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of that country.”

President Obama has breached the Constitution, his Oath of Office, international law, and human rights. Is this the man that we want to represent the “free world?” Clearly we have much work to do before we can truly be called the “free world.”

Justin Hawkins is an Opinion Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.