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“I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.”

“There’s a limit to the discretion that I can show because I am obliged to execute the law. That’s what the Executive Branch means. I can’t just make the laws up by myself.”

On 22 different occasions, Barack Obama actually appeared to grasp the fundamental precepts of the United States Constitution, namely that the Founders deliberately and carefully crafted a system of checks and balances that would prevent any single branch of government from overstepping its scope of power.

Lawmakers in Congress make laws.

Judges… judge.

And the executive? Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution is clear: “… he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed…” [Note to Hillary Clinton – that will apply to a female president, as well.]

So, when Obama announced in 2014 that he “had to act because Congress won’t,” putting into place two programs, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to protect illegal aliens from deportation, the president set his inconsistent statements on a collision course that could only end up in the Supreme Court.

And today in its ruling, the Court sided with Obama’s previous 22 statements that he did not have the power to change law, leaving intact a lower court’s ruling that the president broke immigration laws by claiming the power to grant “deferred action” to nearly half of the illegal immigrants in the country.

Obama almost immediately went to the microphone and defiantly declared that the opinion of the highest court in the land will have no impact whatsoever on his policy of protecting illegals from deportation.

The president blamed the 4-4 tie vote of the Court on the Republican-led Senate’s refusal to confirm his nominee, Merrick Garland, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who without question would have sided with “the Obama” who knows he is bound by the Constitution, rather than the four justices who – stunningly, agree with “the Obama” who believes he is a law unto himself.

Even though the amnesty is dead Obama is still defiant of the law. He maintains he still posses the power to decide who is deported and the millions that have been allowed to stay from his amnesty aren't likely to be kicked out anyways.

“They will remain low priorities for enforcement,” Obama said.

Sources: NYT, Washington Times


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