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AMAC: The Issue of Executive Power Gets Court’s Attention

obama executive orderLiberal scholar chides the president for ‘burning the constitution’

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 10 – President Obama’s “overreach” when it comes to his administration’s use of Executive Orders will come under scrutiny next week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The case, State of West Virginia v the Environmental Protection Agency, is already causing quite a stir, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“Liberals are coming out in droves to disparage one of their own—fellow liberal Laurence H. Tribe, one of the nation’s top constitutional scholars.  Tribe also happens to a self-described proud professor at Harvard Law School, one of whose students was President Obama, himself.  In a brief he filed in the case, Tribe denounces the president’s use of executive power, likening it to “burning the Constitution.”

Professor Tribe once described President Obama as “one of the most amazing research assistants I’ve ever had.”  But, it appears that the president is no longer “teacher’s pet,” said Weber.

The left is up in arms, many of them calling Tribe a traitor.  But the professor, who is representing the nation’s largest coal producer, Peabody Energy, insists that he’s following his conscience in this matter.  “EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress and the Federal Courts all at once,” he said.

The case is about an Executive Order issued by the EPA, at the behest of the president, that would severely restrict the use of coal for power generation.  “If it is upheld, it’ll result in massive job losses, particularly among the nation’s coal miners.  It will also cause sharp increases in the cost of electricity, impacting vulnerable senior citizens who can ill afford it,” Weber said.

“Perhaps, more important is that the administration’s excessive use of Executive Orders is a testament to the president’s desire to become the nation’s lawmaker-in-chief,” he added.

“Here is one of Mr. Obama’s most prominent cheerleaders, Laurence Tribe, taking him to task for transgressions against the Constitution.  If it was enough to rouse the ire of adherents on the other side of the aisle, it is enough to galvanize those among us who believe in sanctity of the Constitutional.”

This is not the first time that a supporter of the president’s ambitions has ‘jumped ship’ when he overstepped his authority.  Another noted liberal, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, also came under fire when he chided the president, and his surrogates, for his reliance on Executive Orders to avert Congressional opposition.

As Turley put it: “What the Democrats are creating is something very, very dangerous. They’re creating a president who can go at it alone and to go at it alone is something that is a very danger that the framers sought to avoid in our constitution.”

There’s little doubt among the experts that the coal case will wind up on the Supreme Court’s calendar, Weber concluded.  “In the meantime, it is a reminder of the true legacy of this administration—a nation with an ever expanding, intrusive and progressive government establishment.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call.


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5 years ago

Have not 13 of his Executive Orders been deemed to be unconstitutional? It hasn’t done any good. He will continue until he is out of office. One way to bring it to a head is to have those on the receiving end of these illegal orders is for them to refuse to comply.

5 years ago

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Bob M.
5 years ago

I don`t think we will ever know what Obama is,But ask yourself.[1] Is he muslim?I don`t know,but actions speak louder than words.[2] Is he a Marxist?I don`t know,but actions speak louder than words.[3] Does he hate America? I don`t know,but actions speak louder than words.Just go on down the list of all the things you can come up with about this man,and his actions will most likely answer the questions for you.Environrmentalism is another word for communism.Why do you think Earth Day is on Vladimir Lennon`s birthday.If these people knew anything about the environmentThey wouldn`t be planting all those trees… Read more »

5 years ago

I’m surprised that it has taken this long to get some movement concerning his attempt to shut down the coal industry. He told us in one of his “speeches” some years ago, that he would bankrupt anyone in the coal business. He told us in the beginning that he would “fundamentally transform” the United States. Was nobody listening? He’s just fulfilling his promises…

5 years ago

Why doesn’t AMAC organize a “We’re Fed up!” march on Washington?

5 years ago

I have been reading all the comments and I agree with most of them, but again I recall reading in the newspaper a small article that said, Obama refused to take his oath of office when being sworn into the Senate using our Bible, and they had to find a copy of the Koran for him. Now I say that proves he is a muslim! Plus I have heard that every Wednesday he has all his muslim cronies to the WH for their muslim prayers. (I refuse to capitalize muslim anymore. I can’t respect it at all.) He is letting… Read more »

5 years ago

The Democrat Party is often described as Liberal, but of course it is exactly the opposite. Liberalism describes a political philosophy that champions individual freedom and opposes government interference in the private affairs (including economic affairs) of individuals. Tea party principles . The Democrat Party and its current leftist embrace of progressive-socialist-communist-fascist ideology uniformly supports such interference. Traditional Democrats are defecting because of it. Look at their latest losses in Congress. Hellary is not a shoe- in by any means. She has a giant career of corruption and un- trustworthiness on her resume.

John Degges
5 years ago

I cannot help but compare what Mr. Obama would like to do with what Adolf Hitler did in Germany–proclaim that “this” is a problem that needs to be solved and that his way is the only way to solve it. Before he was done, he had stripped the Reichstag of its authority to govern and arrogated to himself all authority to make laws and to govern, using toadies to enforce his will.

5 years ago

I have read all of your comments and I think all of you are right in your thoughts and feelings, but those are exactly just that, “your thoughts and feelings.” I sure hope all the other AMAC members…over 1million plus…will read your comments and will get the word out to their friends, families and neighbors to make them see exactly what has happened to our country since Obama became president, and perhaps more people will begin to see the “light”, and the best way we as Americans can fight back, is to VOTE in the next election. Not just vote… Read more »

Shirley Lemke
5 years ago

Revelation 21: 8 “. But the cowardly,unbelieving, abominable,murderers,sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and All Liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” This is prophesy and it shall come to pass. Who qualifies.?

5 years ago

It’s only taken 6 1/2 years for People to wake up to a president that wants to become USA’S first dictator?? Where are the lily livers in Congress going to wake up to that he does NOT need them !! Or are the AFRAID they will get the same treatment that Sen Menendez id s getting shafted by their leader !?

Patriotic 88 year Old
5 years ago

Obama loves the Muslim call to prayer, learned to hate England and America. He selected
anti American Mentors like George Ayres and “Rev.” Wright , Had a phony birth
certificate generated that is full of obvious lies, Uses a social security number
of a dead man in a state he never lived in. Belittles our military and
Christianity as well as Judaism . Loves Islam hates America !

5 years ago


Arizona Don
5 years ago

So progressive democrats are coming out against obama’s executive orders? To little to late they voted for the ___________ you fill in the blank. (I know what it would call him but I would be banned). If he is not intent on destroying this once great nation he is accomplishing it by accident because of ignorance. However, I think it is intentional. No one is that dumb. These progressive people elected, someone with a possible phony birth certificate, phony draft card, stolen social security number, that once actually belonged to someone, else and sealed college school records, and even an… Read more »

5 years ago

I find it difficult for ANYONE, no matter what their political beliefs are, can support Obama. Even if they are deaf they can see what he is doing to this nation. A child could hear the lies he tells. He contradicts himself all the time and if it isn’t through his words it is through his actions. You tell me why we need all these Muslims moving into America ~ for only one reason and that is to help him make this a Muslim nation. They he doesn’t like America then why in Heaven’s name doesn’t he just leave and… Read more »

5 years ago

Thankfully, even his “own” are seeing the light. This is a dangerous, lawless president, who operates more like a rebellious 13 year-old, than a grown man. Now he’s kissing up to Cuba and once again human rights abuses take a back seat to Obama’s megalomaniac ambitions. This has got to stop. Hopefully, as the old song says, “We won’t Get Fooled Again!” (The Who, June 1971) And that is a very generic “We;” I did not vote for the guy :)

George Reagan
5 years ago

BHOs and his minions “legacy” is intended for them to be the commie dictators and administrators of the new USSA after the economy fails and their military takes over and creates another USSR. They are the puppets in the ring of old Georgie Soros and other EU commies, the Worldly elite Puppet Masters. It’s obvious that the “constitutional scholar” only studied the Constitution in order to be able to destroy its meaning. Barry was mentored by Bill Ayers and his family. After all, what part of “community organizer” do we not understand. It all stated with the utopian philosophers of… Read more »

5 years ago

Professor Tribe is one of the few liberals who have “seen the light”. It’s too bad he didn’t see the deep rooted, sinister beliefs of Obama when he was a student . If all the socialist radicals that attend Ivy League law schools were thwarted before they got a law degree we would save billions in wasted programs, foreign aid or war and general fraud upon the less intelligent American taxpayer. It is interesting to watch how the “gang” of the left turns on its own if he tries to show a TRUTH or right a wrong if it requires… Read more »

Douglass Renfrow
5 years ago

Five of the Supreme Court justices are socialists or socialist leaning so I think this all just a dog and pony show before they do what Obama wants. Obama IS a muslim and wears the mask of a christian to fool the public. Last year he began importing 100,000 muslims a year into the US, that’s 300,000 by the time he leaves office, IF he leaves office. How nice for the enemy to be invited. In case you all don’t know it WWlll has already begun with the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The purpose of the Islam leadership and… Read more »

Wayne Peterkin
5 years ago

Tribe is not the only liberal law professor criticizing Obama’s overreach. Jonathan Turley is another who has not only lodged the same criticism but done so on television and in front of Congress.Any honest person must recognize the threat to the Constitution that Obama and his actions pose. Today he has been pushing an international treaty of sorts with Iran, a monumental “deal” that can threaten world stability, one of our allies, and ourselves if poorly negotiated and Obama wants to bypass Senate ratification. This president is a menace and a tyrant wannabee.

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