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Monday, August 6, 2012

Congress's Personality Problem

Obama exercises powers that properly belong only to Congress. His contempt for the Constitution is only half the story. The other half is Congress's fecklessness in defending its own powers—and thereby the rule of law.

In the early 1600s, members of England's Parliament risked imprisonment and even death to resist the encroachments of a king who sought to place himself above the law. When James II started suspending laws in the 1680s, he faced a revolution. One searches in vain for some sign that the members of Congress understand the life-and-death Does Barack Obama realize that he is a modern-day John C. Calhoun? After all, is the president's cavalier ignoring of the nation's laws any different than the South Carolina senator's "nullification" doctrine?