(CNSNews.com) – Because he did not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and now unilaterally adjusts the Obamacare law as it unfolds, President Barack Obama is sending a signal to liberal federal judges to mirror him and, as a result, the president’s long-term legacy will be “the establishment of lawlessness in the United States,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Bachmann also compared Obama’s actions to those of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi – “whatever he said was law.”
The congresswoman made her remarks during a Jan. 15 “Conversations with Conservatives” meeting at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. In response to a question about federal judges in several recent cases ruling that state bans against homosexual “marriage” were unconstitutional, Bachmann said this was part of a pattern set by the White House and the U.S. attorney general, which liberal federal judges were copying.
“The president and [Attorney General] Eric Holder were very clear when the president came in,” said Rep. Bachmann. “He said that he believes that the DOMA law [Defense of Marriage Act] was unconstitutional and he wouldn’t enforce it. That’s one example of the lawlessness of this president. He’s violating his obligation under the Constitution to faithfully execute the laws of the land.”
She continued, “He announced to the nation he wasn’t going to faithfully execute the laws of the land. And what’s interesting is that, essentially, you have judges citing an unconstitutional act of the president [ignoring DOMA] as the precedent for their lawless decision for activism.”
“So we’ve completely gone askew from what the Founders bled and died and fought for, and that was to have a limited government under a written Constitution, not an unwritten, ever-evolving living letter that becomes whatever anyone wants at any moment, but it actually means something,” she said.
“And isn’t it interesting that Obamacare is being played out exactly the way that the activist courts deal with the Constitution,” said Bachmann. “Because Obamacare is this living law that no one knows what it means – it’s whatever the president says at a press conference or tweet or whatever some bureaucrat says – and that’s how we’re dealing with the law. When you do that, you have illegal constitutional anarchy.”
“My opinion is, the legacy of Barack Obama will be of the establishment of lawlessness in the United States,” said Bachmann. “And that doesn’t portend well for the future of the United States. That’s what we have given the world, is the idea of the fact that we, all men are under the law, no one is above the law.”
“And when a president decides that he’s going to write a law, that sounds a lot like former President [Mohamed] Morsi in Egypt, who all of a sudden declared that whatever his edict was, [it] was not appealable to a court,” she said. “Whatever he said was law. Well, how is that much different from what we’re seeing come out of the White House today? We’re seeing many of the same actions. And now judges are taking their cues from the White House and that’s a very adversarial precedent that’s being set for the future of law and security in the United States.”
Last week, a federal judge ruled that Oklahoma’s ban against gay “marriage” was unconstitutional. In December, a federal judge in Utah ruled the same, declaring Utah’s prohibition of same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.
As CNSNews.com has reported, President Obama has issued numerous waivers and changes to Obamacare to try to get the law to function more smoothly in the marketplace.