Article II, Section III of the Constitution to which every president swears an oath, commands that the president shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
Public order requires government to remain faithful to the law as much as it requires the citizenry to do so; because if the actions of governed officials leads citizens to conclude that those officials are no longer meaningfully bound by the law… then the citizens will rightly conclude that neither are they…
On Tuesday, DEC-3-2013, Michael F. Cannon, the libertarian Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies, testified before a congressional hearing committee about the dangers of the president’s failure to adhere to laws.
Cannon spoke about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written. He went on to testify that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave. He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government.
“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,”
“Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,”
“If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they.”
“That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,”
“to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
The following C-SPAN video is a snippet of Michael Cannon’s testimony before the congressional committee.
Hmmmm… I wonder how many other laws congress and/or the president are not meaningfully bound to or adhering to…?