Why progressive Obama believes he's correct
By Frank Salvato
The furor surrounding President Barack Obama's recent comments about the authority of the United States Supreme Court to overturn enacted legislation brought consternation from many a constitutional scholar as well as at least three federal appeals court judges from the Fifth Circuit, who demanded a clarification from Attorney General Eric Holder. To his credit, Mr. Holder responded to that demand with a two-and-one-half page letter stating that "the power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," although he did throw in a dash of arrogant positioning in adding that the power to do so should only be exercised in "appropriate cases," and that legislation passed by Congress should be "presumptively constitutional." Arrogance aside – audacity aside – Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder are but two of the Progressive ideologues in the current administration who truly and honestly believe they are correct in their understanding of the US Constitution.
Mr. Obama allowed for his true beliefs about the pecking order under the US Constitution to come forth last Monday when he said:
He added, the following day, that the court had traditionally shown "deference" to Congress and that "the burden is on those who would overturn a law like this."
While many see Mr. Obama's comments as arrogant, or even empirical, the truth is that he and those of his ideology – the Progressive ideology – truly believe in this line of thinking. Granted, Mr. Obama did deliver his comments in a most conceited manner, something I believe he does by second nature, as do all in his inner circle, but he believes in his words nevertheless. And the reason he believes he is correct is because he understands the US Constitution through Progressive eyes.
For the record – and this is indisputable – Mr. Obama was never officially a "professor" who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He is identified by the university as a "senior lecturer." And although he did take the lectern for a few classes each year – even as he was serving in the Illinois State Legislature – so, too, do graduate student teachers' assistants. That said, he did take the lectern to teach about the US Constitution and the philosophy used to create the US Constitution...as he understood it.
As noted by DiscoverTheNetworks.org, David Horowitz's impeccably thorough guide to the political Left:
This understood, it becomes clearer as to why Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder believe as they do about the issue of constitutionality and the authority of the US Supreme Court. It also becomes clearer as to why Mr. Obama didn't see anything wrong with saying that, should the Justices rule the individual mandate included in the Patient Protection & Affordability Care Act unconstitutional, that it would be doing so as an "activist court." Mr. Obama – and Mr. Holder, as well as all of the Obama-ites – sees the court as being activist in that scenario because it was ruling against a governmental intervention that took on what today's Progressives see as a significant societal and economic ill.
In fact, if you examine each instance of what an overwhelming majority of Americans see as egregious encroachments into the private sector; onto our personal liberties, by the federal government under the Obama Administration, you will find that in each instance one of the paramount catalysts, aside from the Chicago politician's need to position himself for re-election by paying back his political benefactors, is the Progressive tenet of big government – centralized federal government – interceding to affect a government-based solution to a societal and/or economic ill. Whether you consider the many pieces of legislation passed and implemented (i.e., the stimulus bill, the mortgage relief bills, Obamacare, etc.), or the brazenly anti-business regulatory efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Labor Relations Board, or the unilateral (and unconstitutional) declaration of recess appointments by Mr. Obama, even as Congress was in session, in each instance Mr. Obama and his Progressive brethren believe that they are acting constitutionally; believing so because of the way they were taught about the philosophies used to create the total of the Charters of Freedom.
Today, Progressives – individuals who believe the Constitution in malleable to their belief system and their immediate priorities – hold critical positions in our federal government, as well as in the many State Houses. It is for this singular reason – although there are many, many others – that we should all take great pains to insist that our children be constitutionally literate; that they learn the philosophies used by our Founders and Framers in their creation of our Founding Documents and not the radical philosophies of Alinsky, Marx, Guevara, Wilson and Obama.
Of course, to ensure this requires those who heed the call to engage the educational process in the activity of curricular oversight. It also requires the support – ideologically and financially – of the true grassroots educational organizations that cry out for action. Today, so far, Conservatives have failed in both of these critical areas. Today, Progressives are winning. In fact, we are just one presidential term away from the completion of the "fundamental transformation of the United States of America."
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.org a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative focusing on Constitutional Literacy and the threats of Islamic jihadism and Progressive neo-Marxism. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's Listening Post and on Russia Today. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and was featured in the documentary, "Ezekiel and the MidEast 'Piece' Process: Israel's Neighbor States." He is the author of the series Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam, an educational pamphlet series. Mr. Salvato is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting and ABC Satellite Networks, catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. and is heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the IRN-USA Radio Network. Mr. Salvato has been interviewed on Radio Belgrade One. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, Accuracy in Media, Human Events, and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org, BigGovernment.comand Examiner.com and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at email@example.com.