While testifying before a House panel Tuesday, Michael Cannon, director of the Cato Institute's Health Policy Studies, said Barack Obama's behavior -- specifically, his failure to adhere to the law -- could spark an armed revolt against the government, Mediaite reported.
“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restraints that the constitution places on the government,” he said. “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,” he added. “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,” Cannon said, “to try to impose obligations upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
After the 2010 midterm elections, the liberal Center for American Progress advised Obama to use all of his executive power -- including his authority as commander-in-chief of the military -- to unilaterally push his agenda while bypassing Congress.
The result has been an unchecked executive branch issuing mandates through regulations and executive orders, sometimes ignoring established law.
In his written testimony, Cannon said that since signing the ACA into law, Obama has "failed to execute that law faithfully."
Obama, he said, "has unilaterally taken taxpayer dollars made available by the PPACA and diverted them from their congressionally authorized purposes toward purposes for which no Congress has ever appropriated funds."
He has unilaterally and repeatedly rewritten the statute to dispense taxpayer dollars that no federal law authorizes him to spend and that the PPACA expressly forbids him to spend.
He has unilaterally issued blanket waivers to requirements that the PPACA does not authorize him to waive.
Cannon also said Obama has unilaterally rewritten the law to allow health insurance products that Obamacare expressly forbids.
"He has encouraged consumers, insurers, and state officials to violate a federal law he enacted," Cannon wrote.
Worse yet, Cannon said Obama took these steps "for the purpose of forestalling democratic action by the people’s elected representatives in Congress."
"Today," he added, "with respect to health care, the law of the land is whatever one man says it is – or whatever this divided Congress will let that one man get away with saying."
That one man is Barack Obama.
Cannon said this disregard for the law is not confined to presidents of just one political party.
He also praised Obama for what he called "the gains in equality and freedom our nation has secured for women, for African-Americans, for gays, and for lesbians."
But he issued a stern warning that things will only get worse over time.
"It is cause for even greater alarm, because it guarantees that presidents from both parties will replicate and even surpass the abuses of their predecessors as payback for past injustices. The result is that democracy and freedom will suffer no matter who occupies the Oval Office," he said.
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