Troy has been wanting to debate the content of my paintings and my assertions regarding Socialism for a long time. I have agreed to discuss it with him on my Blog. It's difficult to simply throw out one sentence antidotes to heavy questions, therefore I have done my best to explain my positions. I don't expect us to convert each other, but it makes for a good mind bender.
Okay Jon, where are the details? What Obama policies are unconstitutional? Which policies are hurting the country? And why? I've done some investigating on your website and can't find the details. I've asked these questions here and received no answers.
Here is my response:
I believe that Obama has committed many unconstitutional acts since becoming President. He is certainly not the first president to do this, but we will focus our attention here on President Obama.
On my website, under “What Has Obama Done” (1) I have only listed a few of his unconstitutional acts as president. I will attempt here to explain myself further:
Before Marbury v. Madison in 1803, the Supreme Court could not mandate law and could only take a position on whether laws and actions were deemed constitutional. Now, unless a lawsuit is brought to the court and they feel it is worthy of their time, the court rarely makes judgments on the unconstitutional acts of Congress or the President. (2) To assume anything is constitutional just because the high court has not ruled against it is naïve.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court took the case of 28 states that have filed lawsuits against Obamacare for its individual mandate. This is unprecedented in the history of our country. They are proving that the mandate is not a tax and it is in fact a “penalty” for not complying. (3)This is the most egregious of his acts as president. Forcing our citizens to purchase a product with penalty of noncompliance is a blatant disregard for the Constitution. Not only was Obamacare not approved by the majority of Americans and pushed through the Senate, it was also not given enough time to properly read what was in it before passing. (4) It has created an environment of fear, which has prevented many businesses from hiring additional employees and many have concluded that it has extended the recession. (5) Also, there is plenty of evidence that it will reduce the quality and accessibility of healthcare (15) in the long run and lead to a trillion dollars in additional national debt. It is Obama’s greatest “achievement” toward leading us down the road to Socialism. To suspect that a new bureaucracy within the US government will be efficiently managed is a fantasy. Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and numerous government programs are the continuous example of poorly managed federal government. (6)
Also, the evidence is mounting that Obama was in fact born in Kenya. In my original list I did not include this because the evidence was circumstantial at best. But things have changed. (7) If this is resolutely confirmed, it will be one of the greatest lies ever perpetrated upon the American people. Whether it is considered important or not, it is a direct prerequisite of our Constitution, that he be a naturally born citizen. People have tried to ridicule this notion since day one, but Obama has done nothing to resolve this until last year when he released the long form of his BC. Since then, it has been proven to be a forgery and there has been additional evidence, which has shown there is reason to doubt its authenticity. (8)
We also have the appointment of various “Czars”, which have great power in his administration without any congressional oversight. That is brow raising in itself, but many of his chosen appointees have Communist sympathies and radical ideologies. (9)
Obama attacked Libya without consulting Congress to declare war. We were not being attacked by Libya and it was an unprovoked act of aggression. (10)
Buying GM was out of bounds. When government decides who the winners and losers are without regards to a company’s bondholders you have crossed the line. If GM has been allowed to go through bankruptcy court it would have been bought up by other car companies, rehired many of the workers and come out a better company. (11)
Signing the NDAA. I was concerned when Romney stated he would have signed it as well. All though it was necessary to pass a military budget, the disregard for the Fourth Amendment is stunning. Where is the Supreme Court on this one? (12)
Everything about big government spending is unconstitutional because in goes outside the bounds of limited government. (13) I could go on, but for sake of time I’ll stop here. (14)
After you respond, I will move to the next topic: The pros or cons of Socialism.