Expert Testifies to Congress that When Presidents ‘Ignore the Laws,’ So Will the Public

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Noah Rothman

During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave.

Expert Testifies to Congress that When Presidents ‘Ignore the Laws,’ So Will the Public

On Tuesday, Michael Cannon, Cato Institute’s Director of Health Policy Studies, testified before a congressional committee about the dangers of the president’s legal behavior.

“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,” Cannon 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 continued. “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 concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”

Watch the clip below via C-SPAN 2:

3 Responses

  1. John Cook says:

    This guy is pretty brave – he’s actually “Speaking Truth to Power”. I hope someone doesn’t push him under a train…

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    Nothing like following the example. I guess I should become a cocaine abusing crack head homosexual like Barry?

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  3. 5 War Veteran says:

    Nothing like following the example. I guess I should become a cocaine abusing crack head homosexual like Barry?

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