This week the United States Supreme Court ruled that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority in a 9-0 decision in the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. The ruling found that the President’s 2012 recess appointments for three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were not valid as he exceeded his authority. This is more than merely a slap in the rest to the President. It invalidates hundreds of NLRB decisions made after the illegal appointments, which now must be resolved causing significant litigation expenses and other problems for businesses and greater society.
In typical Obama fashion, when the Congress or Senate does not act, he will exceed his Constitutional powers and act unilaterally. In this case, he made recess appointments without any authority to do so. This is a larger issue than merely an out-of-control president. When the Commander-In-Chief flouts the law it has ripple effects throughout the entire society.
The fact that Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the President is telling. Four of those votes came from liberal members of the Court who are inclined to agree with Obama philosophically. This raises questions concerning the motivation behind Obama’s disregard of the Constitution. Is it a result of lack of knowledge from a supposedly constitutional lawyer or of a man who has no regard for the Constitution/law? Either answer is very troubling.