Does Barack Obama even understand the Constitution?
Washington Post columnist George Will doesn’t think so.
And he thinks he knows why.
The Harvard Law student who would become the president apparently “cut classes the day they got to the separation of powers,” Will told NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Wednesday. “Because he seems to consider it not just as an inconvenience but an indignity.”
Will, who holds a PhD in politics, said Obama and his Democrat minions don’t seem to understand that the Constitution was designed to prevent one branch of government from wielding full power over the others. And that’s why the don’t understand why the fight over Obamacare is still going on.
The way things are set up by James Madison and the other Founders, one power-mad narcissist with a huge popular following of delusional or deluded fans, the support of collaborators in government and a host of rent-seekers from the “business world” — for instance — can’t just start transforming the country willy-nilly.
“Although he got 270 electoral votes and therefore gets to be president, he didn’t get everything,” Will told NPR. “The Madisonian scheme is for the government to be hard to move. It’s supposed to be. People look at Washington and say, ‘Oh gosh this is so difficult.’ It’s supposed to be difficult.”
It also means nothing is permanent. And that makes one of the current arguments by Obamacare supporters – that it’s the law and must be followed – impossible to defend.
“I mean, I hear Democrats say ‘the Affordable Care Act is the law’ as though we’re supposed to genuflect at that sunburst of insight and move on,” Will said. “Well, the Fugitive Slave Act was the law. ‘Separate but Equal’ was the law. A lot of things were the law and then we changed them. And this is part of the bruising, untidy, utterly democratic technique for changing laws.”
And as to the current funding fight over Obamacare that’s put the government in shutdown mode since Oct. 1, Will said it was all part of the Founders’ plan to diffuse power among the three branches of government. But they put the greatest power of all in the hands of the part of the government closest to the people — the House of Representatives.
“This is why Madison, my hero, emphasized where you put the power of the purse,” Will said.
Will isn’t a constitutional lawyer, but he understands the constitution. Does the constitutional-lawyer president?
Check out Will’s radio interview here. It might be the class the president cut.