Obama Fails at Protecting the Bill of Rights – Grading the President on 5 of the Amendments


English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently wrote a tweet stating “President Obama, there are only 45 words in the 1st amendment, please take sixty seconds to review it.”  It was obviously written a little tongue-in-cheek, targeting Obama for his recent attacks on the free press.  After that, I decided that people might be interested in his grades so far on protecting our Bill of Rights:

1st Amendment – F      Free Speech

Obama has not only had reporters investigated, but he has threatened to charge a respected Fox News reporter as a co-conspirator.  On top of that, he has had the IRS target Tea Party groups in order to limit their speech during an election.

2nd Amendment – F     Gun Rights

Not much evidence is needed here, Obama’s $500 million proposal to limit 2nd Amendment rights says it all.

4th Amendment – D     Search & Seizure

We don’t know if Obama had a warrant, but e-mails are typically found to have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  Obama likely used the ECPA and several NSLs to get around the 4th Amendment, therefore we are giving him a “D” for creatively undermining our rights in a way that he wouldn’t be found guilty.

5th Amendment – A     Right to Remain Silent

Lois Lerner invoked the 5th Amendment when Congress tried to question her on the IRS Scandal…guess she has something to hide.  At least Obama is respecting one of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights!

6th Amendment – F     Civil Right For Anyone Accused of a Crime

Obama’s team has killed 4 U.S. Citizens with attack drones.  I would not have a problem with that if they were in the middle of a hostile action, or if they had been convicted of a crime and sentenced to death, or if they were involved in a capture mission that went wrong…but none of these were the case.  The killing of American Citizens without a trial is the act of terrorists, not Presidents.

 

The bottom line is that the more we learn about the AP Scandal, the Fox News Scandal, the IRS Scandal, the Benghazi Scandal, etc etc etc….the more it should become apparent that Obama is not protecting the rights that Thomas Jefferson described as “is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference”.

 

 

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About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on May 23, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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