Obama a professor of constitutional law?
posted by Tom Patterson
at 8 April, 8:52 PM 0
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Barack Obama comes up with the mother of all whoppers.
“Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would have been an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress”, he claimed at a White House press conference.
It’s embarrassing. He uttered this inanity right in front of the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada. They must have worked hard to suppress a guffaw or blurt out “what a crock!”
Pretty much all congresses are democratically elected except when voter fraud interferes. Moreover, maybe Obama was out of town the vote was taken, since Obamacare passed by a meager seven votes in a strictly partisan vote.
But the main point is that ever since Marbury vs. Madison, the Supremes have had the authority to overturn acts of Congress on constitutional grounds and have done so hundreds of times. Duh.
He also got his taunting remarks on judicial activism exactly wrong. Yes, conservatives are concerned that some judges rule on the basis of their own opinion of what they believe the law should be. That’s judicial activism.
The term does not refer to jurists who apply the text of the Constitution in determining whether, say, forcing citizens to buy commercial products is one of the federal government’s enumerated powers.
The astonishing thing is that this guy was a professor of constitutional law. What went on in those classes taught by an apparently clueless professor? Inquiring minds want to know.