The president is up in arms because the Supreme Court might find that all or parts of his signature “accomplishment” of ObamaCare is unconstitutional. As reported by Fox News:
The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an “unelected group of people” could overturn a law approved by Congress.
“I’m 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,” Obama said.
This is the guy who is described as a “constitutional law professor?”
Civics 101: Article III of the Constitution states
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States… (emphasis added)
In simple English, the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court includes any law enacted by Congress and signed by the president.
Checks and balances, sir. That ObamaCare was passed by a “strong majority” is not relevant. Congress has done some unconstitutional things in the past. And that’s the only issue: is the bill as passed and signed into law constitutional?
But it’s fun to talk about this bastard bill’s pedigree. Besides being a strictly partisan bill, the health care monstrosity was rammed through using bribes (e.g. the Cornhusker Kickback) and was passed in the dark. If memory serves, it still barely passed the House by seven votes. All Democrats. No Republicans. Not exactly a “strong majority,” I’d say.
Further, it’s not likely that many if any members actually read it. Who can forget Nancy with the smiling face grinning out “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it…”
What Obama is doing is reprehensible. He’s putting his political future ahead of the Constitution, attempting to turn the people against the Supreme Court. There’s a reason justices are appointed for life, and are not subject to the whims of political furor. As a reminder to all who may have flunked constitutional law if taught by professor Obama, the Judiciary is a co-equal branch of government. Not subservient to the Executive or Legislative Branches.
Sorry, Obama, you were elected our president, a temp job at best. Not our king. The Supreme Court exists exactly as a counterweight to anyone who appears to think as you do.