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Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: May Be or May Not Be - But is it reveresible?

Submitted by Straight Story (United States), Jun 20, 2008 at 16:30

Even if......and let me say here how absurd an if I believe it to be.....Obama was a closet muslim, you are wrong about what he might be able to do. The most basic review of the U.S. Constitutional system will yield the following information: It is Congress and not the President who is charged with making laws: the President has war powers, but no power to make law. The president is simply an enforcer of those laws passed by Congress (and either signed by the President or vetoed but supported by a sufficent majority of Congress). The courts ensure that all laws are followed according to our constitution, and as passed by Congress. And Congress can IMPEACH presidents who fail to act in accordance with their charge.

Thus, the President can't actually change the laws of our country! He can't change our immigration policies - a power granted by the Constitution itself to Congress. And our system of checks and balances, including the power of impeachment, is designed specifically to ensure no president can rule in a manner which undermines that system. Unless you believe our whole federal government has become pro-terrorist, I suspect these types of policies would not be well recieved or enacted.

Pick up a high school level government book -- the value of your opinions will be greatly improved.


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