What will be President Barack Obama’s legacy after he leaves office?
According to former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, Obama set precedents that will lead to the “establishment of lawlessness in the United States.”
“From stem to stern, this president has said, ‘The law doesn’t apply to me,'” Bachmann said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller. “t’s almost like when a parent raises a child with no rules. The child gets to do what ever they want to do; there is no discipline and no standards. The president has decided that the laws don’t apply to him. It’s as though the Magna Carta never existed.
“He’s brought the American people to think that some how he has been given a magic scepter that allows him to change the law into what ever Barack Obama wants the law to be, which is the opposite of our form of government,” Bachmann continued. “No man is above the law, including the president of the United States.”
Bachmann pointed to Obama’s autocratic modifications of Obamacare as evidence of lawlessness.
“It isn’t a law,” she said. “It’s a press conference, or a press release. So now our president rules by tweet, through social media, through a presidential proclamation. Sometimes it’s not even the president’s voice — sometimes it’s the president’s press secretary Jay Carney who issues what the edict is of the president today.”
Bachmann sharply criticized the rule by decree approach arguing that because of it, businesses and American no longer really know what the law of the land is anymore.
“Do they follow the law on a sheet of paper? Or do they follow what the latest whim is of the President of the United States?” she asked. “We are living in such a lawless time that we don’t even know what the law of the land is any more. Who do we follow? Who do we listen to? If we asked our lawyer, ‘Who should we listen to, the laws on the book? Or the president’s press secretary? Or social media?’ No one knows who to believe anymore… We don’t even know what law is anymore in the United States.”
The large number of unilateral changes made to Obamacare morph the law beyond recognition and make navigating legal obligations almost impossible, Bachmann said.
“From morning till night we don’t know the rules of the game,” she said. “When I woke up yesterday morning, I knew that the rules of Obamacare were going to be something. Well, by 4:45 in the afternoon, the president had changed it yesterday. So we don’t even know from moment to moment how to plan.”
The Constitution offers a remedy to an administration has greatly overstepped its lawful bounds: impeachment.
But impeachment proceedings require not just legal action but political will, Bachmann explained.
“The reality is that impeachment is probably more political than legal,” Bachmann said, explaining that while the articles of impeachment originate in the House, it’s up to the Senate to carry them out, and that the Senate did not have the votes to remove former Democratic President Bill Clinton from office.
For impeachment to succeed, voters must pool their support into a campaign that would indict Obama and strip him of office.
“Has he violated the law?” Bachmann said. “In my opinion, yes, the President of the United States has violated the law, but we must have the support of the American people in order to have impeachment.”