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Is Obama Really THAT Stupid?

Alleged “constitutional scholar” President Obama (FYI, he was never a constitutional law professor, but rather a visiting lecturer — BIG difference there) has made some rather stupid remarks pertaining to the Supreme Court’s review of his health care reform law.

“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

Seriously?  That is not unprecedented and happens all the time.  It has been going on for over 200 years.  Congress overreaches and the Court strikes it down.  Plus, where does he get the idea the law was passed by a “strong majority”?  First, no Republican voted for it.  Second, it passed by the skin of its teeth in the Senate and was only finally passed using the parliamentary procedure of reconciliation.  Third, the court exists to reign in the “tyranny of the majority.”  Finally, if you are to consider his argument that it should be constitutional because it is popular, which is essentially what this boils down to, then one must also take into account the fact that Democrats who supported the legislation lost in numbers not seen in 80 years in the House.

Then he proceeded with this gem:

And I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”

Again, the Supreme Court is unelected and designed as such by the Founding Fathers so as to insulate it from the changing whims of the electorate.  Furthermore, his dolt of a Solicitor General in his bumbling remarks before the Court defending the law suggested that the Court essentially rewrite the law if they found parts of it to be constitutional — the very definition of judicial activism.  Striking down a law on constitutional grounds is not activism.  Furthermore, questions and comments during oral arguments by justices seemed to indicate they would practice restraint by completely invalidating the law and allowing Congress to do its job by rewriting any parts of it the Court found to be constitutional so that they could work as Congress intends, not as the Court thinks it should operate.

Obama was close when he was talking about aspects of this case being uncommon or unprecedented, but by pointing his finger at the Court, three fingers on his hand were pointing back directly at him:

“It’s not that common for presidents to get into direct verbal confrontations with the Supreme Court,” said Georgetown University law professor Louis Michael Seidman.

So, is Obama really that stupid? Apparently, yes. Yes he is.

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10 Responses to “Is Obama Really THAT Stupid?”

  1. Lovettsville Lady

    Did Obama think he could intimidate the court? This may well backfire on Obama. There are some strong personalities on the Court who just might believe that their role is to keep the President and Congress in check. Our President can be such a self centered idiot. I look forward to the day when he behaves like a President and not a petulant teenager.

  2. Ken Reynolds

    Isnt that the same kind of message our right-wing brethern have been spewing for decades? Also, Sgt., as much as you may dislike Obama, you know he isnt going to beat Romney? We’re beginning to see just how deep Romney is……………always making such dumb remarks and gestures. And i cant wait to see who he picks for VP. I thought McDonnell would be a strong asset until he became Governor Ultrasound!!! We shall see…………

    • Riley

      Ken, don’t forget that it was McDonnell who got the ultrasound bill changed from using an invasive wand device to the external one — the so-called “jelly on the belly” one. If anyone thinks that hurts him, they need to look at the facts a little deeper.

  3. sgtcajones

    I believe the ultrasound bill only called for “an ultrasound” not “an invasive ultrasound”.

    The left made it sound like the type of ultrasound was mandated, but that is really up to the doctor and the patient. In fact my understanding is that an ultrasound is a necessity before an abortion to determine how far along the pregnancy is, so the bill was not even mandating an ultrasound.

    My point is if the truth is told (which the left never does) the bill mearly called for the patient to view the ultrasound that was already being done. It did not mandate an invasive procedure.

    The truth will set you free…

  4. Virginia Virtucon

    [...] for a law to be overturned by the judiciary. (More on this subject from VV in Riley’s post here). This same trope has been making the rounds again in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court [...]

  5. NateDogg614

    Yes, Obama apparently is that stupid. Too bad, as we were supposed to believe he’s the smartest guy in the room.

  6. Matthew

    Obama is the dumbest person in any room he is in, I use to think he was smart, but his actions prove otherwise, who does he think he is?
    A dictator? I know he wants to be one, forget about personal freedoms, and the right to your own opinion and lest we forget, his enourmous ego…

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