Barack Obama is throwing a temper tantrum with serious constitutional implications

Barack Obama

Organizing for Action, the grassroots group formed out of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, is flaunting the complete disregard the White House and administration have for the Constitution.

The organization, which was caught selling access to administration officials in exchange for donations, tweeted this out yesterday from @BarackObama, President Obama’s official Twitter account:

Talk about an Orwellian message.

The link in the tweet sends you to a page that mentions the lawsuit Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) plans to file against the White House and features video of President Obama telling ABC News that he’s “not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing.” OFA calls it a “mic drop” and asks visitors to the page to “make a donation of $5 or more.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also used the lawsuit as part of its fundraising pitch last week and into the weekend. In fact, Democratic organizations, including OFA and the DCCC, have sent at least 20 fundraising emails since Wednesday that mention Boehner and the lawsuit. The timing, of course, coincides with the June 30 end of the quarter fundraising deadline, making the number of emails more annoying than normal.

Boehner’s lawsuit faces a long and difficult road, but it’s not without merit. The White House has further blurred the lines between the separation of powers clearly delineated in the Constitution. The problem, of course, didn’t begin with President Obama, but it has gotten significantly worse.

President Obama is throwing a temper tantrum that has serious constitutional implications. This infringement on the powers of the legislative branch, which was meant to be the strongest of the three branches of the federal government, creates a slippery slope.

In Federalist No. 51, James Madison explained that the separation of powers would protect Americans against infringement of their rights by the federal government.

“In a single republic, all the power surrendered by the people is submitted to the administration of a single government; and the usurpations are guarded against by a division of the government into distinct and separate departments,” Madison wrote. “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments.”

“Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself,” he added.

While no one should use the term “dictator” lightly, the power that has been consumed by the executive branch in recent decades — and particularly in the last five-plus years — threatens our Republic and the individual liberties protected by the Constitution.

And Organizing for Action and Democratic groups are fundraising off of it.


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