Which President is worse at violating the Constitution, Nixon or Obama?


George Will’s answer can be read here.  (My take is here.)

President Obama has called the various scandals being investigated by Congress “phony.”

Are they? Is the death of four Americans due the failure of the administration to act either before or during the Benghazi attack a real scandal? Is the IRS targeting conservative groups to delay their participation in the 2012 election a scandal? How about the IRS spending millions of dollars on conferences and junkets for IRS staff and managers? Is it important that the Justice Department illegally “trolled” data from telecommunications companies, accessing information on millions of Americans without cause or warrant? What about secretly investigating journalists who are critical of the administration’s policies? Is it a scandal that President Obama ordered two Americans, suspected of being terrorists but never charged nor tried, killed overseas? How about refusing to enforce current laws that the President disagrees with or selectively enforcing only those parts that he thinks proper?

Make up your mind for yourself. You can read through the details of these various scandals here: https://poliwogg.wordpress.com/tag/scandals/. It’s a lot to read through, I know. Sadly, this administration’s disrespect for the law is far reaching.

Decrying these scandals as “phony” is as genuine a defense as Nixon’s or Clinton’s claims of innocence. The President of the United States swears to uphold the Constitution and laws of this nation. President Obama (and Nixon and Clinton) broke that oath.

Does this make anyone else nervous? A “man of the people” is elected president to end an unpopular war and turn the economy around.  Instead, he spends a lot of his time growing government regulations and sweet talking our enemies.  The war drags on, and the economy stays in the dumps.


He takes any criticism very personally, blaming his opponents and calling them names.  He uses the IRS to investigate and intimidate “enemies”.  He monitors news agencies.  When he is caught lying to the public, he denies knowledge of his administration’s cover up.  When pressed, he stonewalls and claims executive privilege.  Sound familiar?

Well, when the President does it that means that it is not illegal.

RICHARD NIXON, interview with David Frost, May 19, 1977

The U-T San Diego ranks President Obama alongside other statuary leaders.  (It ain’t pretty.)

For more comparisons, see my earlier posts here and here.

President Obama has claimed executive privilege in response to Congressional investigations into the “Fast and Furious” scandal.    Judge Andrew P. Napolitano explains how the 1974 Supreme Court case, US v Nixon, defines the limits of executive privilege.

It is hard to see how a Justice Department (ATF) investigation into gun trafficking relates to national security or diplomatic issues at the presidential level.  Is Obama’s claim of Executive Privilege warranted?  What do you think?