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Robert Cleveland
Senior Conservative Editor

We have a president who has and will put our nation's freedoms at risk.



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Robert Cleveland
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[Comments] In a recent interview on NBC's "Today," President Obama kicked his campaign strategy up a notch. Over the course of his presidency, he has made a habit out of blaming President Bush, and later on, blaming Congressional Republicans, for all of the nation's problems--regardless of whether or not they were actually to blame. In fact, the president's campaign strategy can pretty much be summed up with one statement: "It's not my fault!"

But the further President Obama gets into his presidency, the further his blame games go. In his "Today" interview, he not only blamed Congress but also blamed the Constitution for his failures. In his own words:

What's frustrated people is that I've not been able to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes. But what we have been able to do is move in the right direction.

Of course, President Obama's definition of "the right direction" stands in stark contrast to the reality our nation has to deal with on a daily basis, but at this late point in the first term of his presidency, the question must be asked: When the President of the United States of America takes his Oath of Office, swearing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and then blames that same Constitution for his failure to "bring about the change that [he] would like," does he still truly qualify to be president?

This is the question that all Americans should ask themselves this November. It's not bad enough that our president has pledged to bring "fundamental change" to the freest nation on the planet. But now we have a president who has taken a stance directly opposed to the freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution. When President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would require all employers to provide contraceptive care to employees regardless of the religious foundation of the employer, it should have been grounds for impeachment--the directive, which was part of President Obama's continuing debacle known as the "Affordable Care Act," was in direct violation of the First Amendment.

Liberals love to throw around their interpretation of the First Amendment: their sacred "wall of separation" between church and state. The historical evidence showing that the wall was not as complete as they lead themselves to believe is of no consequence to them: any infringement of religion into public view or thought is scorned and fought.

But what liberals tend to forget is that the Constitution doesn't just prohibit the government from making an "establishment of religion," it also restricts the government from "prohibiting the free exercise thereof." By attempting to require religious organizations to provide contraception, regardless of their religious beliefs, the Obama administration was standing in direct opposition to the First Amendment. In the same Affordable Care Act, by requiring individual citizens to purchase health insurance and companies to provide said insurance, the Administration stands in direct opposition to the Tenth Amendment--one of those things that then-Speaker Pelosi left out when she said we needed to pass the Affordable Care Act so we could "find out what is in it."

There is ample evidence (and the evidence continues to mount) that the Obama Administration's role in the Fast and Furious and Operation Gunrunner scandals was a ploy for the Administration to take a position that directly contravenes the Second Amendment.

In his so-called "compromise" on the contraception ban, the Obama administration has said that, instead of requiring employers to provide contraception to their employees, they will require all insurance companies to provide contraceptive care at no charge. Besides further raising the costs of health insurance to Americans, this provision, as improvised by HHS as part of the Affordable Care Act, is only an indirect violation of the First Amendment. President Obama has made it abundantly clear: He went too far with the initial requirement, so his "compromise" position is to hold up the same requirement in another way.

I am not a Catholic, though I know several people who are. Personally, I don't care whether anyone makes the decision whether or not to use contraception...but I will always defend the right of religious people to practice their religion, as long as that practice doesn't violate someone else's right to life, liberty, or property.

The fact that the Obama administration has, on multiple occasions, taken positions that stand in direct opposition to the Constitution stands as stark and complete evidence that President Obama is not qualified to serve a second term in office. According to the president, he gets better with age, but it seems that, as time goes on, President Obama continues to take positions that only place him in further opposition to both the Constitution and his Oath of Office.

When the President stands in opposition to our freedoms, it is time to say goodbye. Whether through impeachment or by denying him reelection, it is time to get rid of President Obama, and elect a president who will stand up for our freedoms, rather than working to contravene them at every opportunity.

Besides repeatedly taking positions that directly contravene the Constitution, President Obama has signed a bill authorizing the detention of Americans accused of terrorist activities, and allowing the use of the US military to enforce that directive. He has refused to push passage of a budget. His previous budget garnered zero support from Congress, even from his own party, and his most recently submitted budget does nothing to even begin to reduce our nation's budget shortfalls.

In President Obama, we have a president who has and will put our nation's freedoms at risk. His party, the Democrats, have repeatedly shown a willingness to do the same. America has been a beacon of freedom for the world for just over two hundred years. If we want this nation of ours to continue to stand for freedom, it is abundantly clear which person and which party we should not choose.


Robert Cleveland

Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)