- United States Citizens
- United States of America
It’s 2016; people are all worked up with the Presidential election. And well they should be, more than ever before. Because the President’s span of power has expanded every term closer to that of a dictator or king! Particularly during the past several years under the Obama administration. Time and time again he has expanded his powers further outside the parameters of the Constitution. The executive branch has become a corrupt cartel not letting anything get in their way. President Obama said himself: “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
Well perhaps you are part of the minority that really believes that he is “providing the kind of help America needs.” But now the door is open, and President Obama and the future Presidents will keep on passing laws without the legislative branch. This is completely unconstitutional!
Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 says concerning the President, “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” President Obama swore all this not only in the inauguration but also the next day in a private ceremony because Chief Justice John Roberts switched the order of some of the words in the oath. Twice he has sworn to preserve, protect, and defend, the Constitution; but again and again he has violated It!
This is the same man who said “I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never – ever – turn our back on its
enduring principles for expedience sake. I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values [make that our Constitution] not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Time and again, our values [our Constitution] have been our best national security asset – in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval. Fidelity to our values [our Constitution] is the reason why the United States of America grew from a small string of colonies under the writ of an empire to the strongest nation in the world.” President Obama may believe these things in his heart, but he has treated the Presidential oath as mere ritual and is not taking it seriously. Perhaps this is because he realizes that he is not being kept accountable like previous Presidents were.
In August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon was forced to resign from the Presidential office or face impeachment. The reasons for the articles of impeachment were numerous. Nixon’s formed a covert group called the plumbers to “fix leaks.” He used them to keep tabs on his enemies including politicians, journalists, actors, or anyone else that might leak information that could harm his reelection. So he harassed them with tax audits and legal action. Then came the famous Watergate scandal when he sent five men to break into the Democratic National Committee headquarters. When the men were caught President Nixon immediately ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to stop the FBI from any further investigation. Nixon is known as one of the most corrupt Presidents ever. But compared to our current President he doesn’t seem quite so devious.
President Nixon did spy on a number of his enemies. But President Obama used the National Security Agency to raid massive searches on thousand of private phone calls and emails. This is clearly against the 4th Amendment which gives us the right against unreasonable search and seizure.
While Richard Nixon is given a bad rap for using the CIA to block the FBI from investigation of the Watergate scandal, Barack Obama used the CIA to spy on US Senators who were investigating the CIA’s illegal actions.
One of the articles of impeachment was that President Nixon declared war on Cambodia without Congressional approval. President Obama, however, said regarding Syria, “I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific Congressional authorization.”
Richard Nixon’s missing tapes total 18 and a half minutes. Barack Obama’s CIA officials admit that they disposed of tapes that could be used against them in court during the torture scandal.
We have allowed our current President to get away with many corrupt activities and violations of the Constitution. We have allowed him to be act as a king. We have allowed the Executive branch to open a gate that the next President will open even wider.
The Internal Revenue Service, unconstitutionally created in 1862, has become his gang of thugs to “take out” Barack Obama's enemies. No not terrorists, but Tea Party members, gun shop owners, and religious people. President Obama said discriminately “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion”. The President can’t get angry at people and target them! He must remember that he is a President, not a king.
Alexander Hamilton wrote down some of the major differences between a king and a President. One major difference is that a President does not have authority to appoint officers without Senate approval. A king, however, may appoint officers at will. Presidents have been creating “czars”, basically a word for unapproved officials, for a long time. George W. Bush had 14 and Barack Obama has 45. Each President is expanding his power more. How many czars will the next President have?
He isn’t protecting us very well either. Barack Obama told the border patrol to stand down and even to give de facto green cards to illegal immigrants who were illegally brought into America as children. He does not have the Constitutional authority to break laws!
These are only a few examples of the many ways that the executive branch has violated the Constitution. It isn’t just President Obama. Every President is expanding his authority more than the previous President. We cannot tolerate this any longer! We can only imagine how much power the next President will grant himself. If the Constitution is not enforced it accomplishes nothing. It becomes merely a relic or piece of history. No matter what the President does it must be in accordance with the Constitution! We cannot let our country be ruled in a autocratic style.
The Constitution restricts the President to be a President. If we allow the President to act like a king, then we are handing our country over to tyranny. In the past, we would impeach such a President, like we did with Richard Nixon. We must keep the President accountable to stay within the parameters of the Constitution. If we don’t we will find ourselves under leaders no different than King George the 3rd, Adolf Hitler, or Joseph Stalin.
I ask you to sign my petition, titled “The President Should Comply With The Constitution.” Which calls upon our President to submit to the orders of the Constitution. It is time to hold our President accountable again.
We, the undersigned, call on the President of the United States of America to comply with the orders of the Constitution.
The The President Should Comply With The Constitution petition to United States Citizens was written by Joshua Cooksey and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.