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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 24, 2013/ 15 Sivan 5773

Obama and the Law

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you Google "George W. Bush shredding the constitution," you will get many millions of hits. The New York Times railed, "Ever since 9/11, we have watched Republican lawmakers help Mr. Bush shred the Constitution in the name of fighting terrorism."

President Bush attempted to listen in on the international calls of suspected terrorists, he used waterboarding on exactly three terrorists, and he put detainees in Guantanamo.

Mr. Obama — greeted rapturously in 2008 as the "constitutional law professor" who would restore respect for our founding document — has demonstrated a contempt for law unseen since Nixon.

Nixon was devious, insecure and paranoid. Everyone knows that those are unfortunate traits. Ever since Nixon, we've been encouraged to be wary of leaders who are suspicious or guarded.

Obama is brimming with excessive self-regard, intellectual vanity and supreme self-righteousness. No one has ever warned Americans to regard these as dangerous traits, but they may be more worrisome than Nixon's cynicism. Arguably, more damage has been done to the world by zealots than by misanthropes.

One of the president's defenders, the New Republic's Noam Scheiber, was asked recently whether the multiple scandals engulfing the administration would have "legs." He didn't think so. The scandals lack a common "narrative," he explained.

In fact, the common thread couldn't be clearer: the Obama administration is unwilling to let something as trivial as the constitution interfere with its plans for our improvement.

The IRS scandal is hydra-headed. It features the leaking of private tax return information to Pro Publica, lying to Congress, as well as allegations that particular individuals were targeted for audits in retaliation for political activity. The chief outrage, however, is the fact (acknowledged by the IRS) that the tax-collecting agency was attempting to hinder the political activities of groups who disapprove of the current administration — a naked attack on the First Amendment.

It's true that were it not for the pernicious regime of campaign finance law in this country, the IRS would not have the discretion to interfere with American's most crucial freedoms. But that power was placed in their hands and one might have thought that under the leadership of our first "constitutional law professor" president, it might have been safe. Instead, it was flagrantly abused. Could it be that the president's supreme confidence that he was fighting venal "special interests" in the wake of the Citizens United case provided a rationalization?

The dragnet investigation of the AP in search of a leaker and the criminalization of reporting in the case of James Rosen are further evidence of the Obama effect. All presidents hate leaks, but not even Nixon attempted such a bald interference with the rights of the press. Nixon did break into the files of a leaker's psychiatrist, but he didn't characterize a reporter seeking information as a "co-conspirator," as Obama has done to James Rosen. Obama is certain that his motives are unassailable, thus, the normal protections granted to reporters are dispensable.

Perhaps Obama deserves the benefit of the doubt on matters of national security. He might deserve it if he hadn't tolerated brazen leaking of national security information in the Stuxnet and bin Laden cases, when the leaks flattered him.

Other protections of the First Amendment have also been tossed aside. Obamacare mows down the "free exercise" of religion by requiring that employers who object to abortifacients and contraceptives on religious grounds must provide them anyway. He's fighting the "war on women." The constitution must yield.

Obama has asserted the broadest possible discretion for himself and executive agencies. In the GM and Chrysler bailouts, he dictated that union claims would trump those of other creditors, bypassing the law. In the case of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he decreed the fine for BP, bypassing the courts, and unlawfully imposed a moratorium on all drilling. A court rebuked him — vainly.

Speaking of courts, a federal Appeals Court has decreed that Obama's "recess" appointments to the NLRB and the CFPB when the Senate was not in recess were unconstitutional usurpations. It was for the "middle class" so it's OK.

Obama's decision to waive the work requirements of the welfare reform law, to grant waivers from Obamacare to certain favored corporations and unions, to grant amnesty to a whole class of illegal aliens, to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository and much more reveal a president unmoored to law, tradition, or the constitution.

To paraphrase Dan Pfeiffer, the constitution is "irrelevant" when you know you're right.

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