Obama was a bad president.
Often such statements are opinion, subjective in nature. But I submit that this assessment of Obama as a bad president is an objective assessment, not an opinion, not subjective in nature. The job of president has certain criteria. Failure to meet those requirements means failure at the job. Obama failed to meet those requirements. Not just any requirement though would suffice to earn him that label. There is one requirement that stands above all others, that of constitutional authority. You see, any job, to be considered done well, must be done within the confines of the rules of that job. A factory worker can produce 100 units a day but he does so by taking short cuts. If he violates safety rules, he’ll get fired. If those violations result in someone getting hurt, he would go to prison.
Obama Abandoned the Constitution.
Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review wrote an article for The Federalist in which he outlines and describes just 10 occasions where Obama overstepped his constitutional authority.
- The Chrysler Bailout
- Obamacare Implementation
- Political Profiling by the IRS
- Recess Appointments
- DACA and DAPA
- Assault on Free Speech and Due Process on College Campuses
- The Clean Power Plan
- The WOTUS Rule
- Net Neutrality
- EPA’s Cap-and-Trade
At each step of the way critics of these actions sounded a clear warning that Obama was jeopardizing the very foundation of the country. His supporters countered that this was hyperbole. Obama, his supporters claimed, was a good man and was only doing what was best for the country. Not willing to argue that point the critics said something along these lines, “yes, we know Obama is wonderful and benevolent, but what about the next president?”
Enter Donald J. Trump.
I think I’m right when I suggest that the reason Democrats are so freaked out about Trump isn’t the things he says or the way he says them so much as the fact that they believe him and they know that they gave him the power to actually live up to his rhetoric. Trump has made it clear that he wants to undo pretty much everything Obama worked for. What Obama worked for was the entire philosophy of the left. The reason so many Republicans wanted to stop him is that they share a great deal of the same ideology with the left.
Intent + Power = Action
I want to do something, I have the power to do it, therefore, I will do it.
That’s a formula as old as humanity. One that the Founding Fathers were well aware of because they were living it under King George III. They created a form of government designed to keep this formula in check. It’s a system that has been under pressure ever since. The federal government has pushed it and pushed it just like the Founding Fathers knew they would. So far, it’s held together. But now, people are afraid that Obama has broken it.
Obama famously said he wanted to “fundamentally transform America”. Since he said that many have tried to make all sorts of excuses and alternate meanings for what he said. In this case fundamental means, “a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based.” That something is the constitution. He said it, he had the power, and then he did it.
The Executive Branch Should be a Weak Branch.
The position of president is meant to be a weak position. Congress are the law makers. The president can check that power with his veto. He has limited executive powers but they were intentionlly designed to be limited.
That’s perhaps the most important lesson anyone can ever learn about the American form of government – it is limited by design. That’s one of the reasons I get so indignant when people complain about “gridlock” in Washington and Congress not getting anything done. Each branch of government is meant to lock up the other with the intent that they not get “anything” done. A do nothing congress, a do nothing president, are things to be rejoiced over, not complained about.
When government gets “nothing” done, that’s when it’s doing its job.
I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition. – Thomas Jefferson
What Jefferson understood was that a distant power, disconnected from the people, was more likely to abuse that power than the government of a state. Imagine the government of Florida trying some of the things the Federal government has done. The people in Florida would never allow it and since a trip to Tallahassee is quick and easy. Protests would be swift with no need for people to be bused in or paid for like the Democrats are known to do. They could strike, shut down the state. They go to church with the lawmakers, to school with their children, use their businesses and run into them at the mall. The states were always meant to self-govern.
Obama was a bad president because he either failed to understand or failed to faithfully execute the office of the president by expanding his own power at the expense of the rest of the country.
The Obama administration has been the most lawless in U.S. history. Here are just a few examples to prove it. And these are doozies.