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President can thwart Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court has already been in the process of redefining constitutional language. The earliest interpretation of the Constitution could hardly accept same-sex marriage as normal, but the court has arbitrarily expanded the term “marriage” to accommodate political pressure.

The president can impact the Constitution by virtue of his office and directly by those he chooses to sit on the court. Consider the issue of marijuana. At a federal level, it is illegal, in the same category as heroin. Going against federal law, a number of states have legalized it and reaped healthy tax benefits. President Obama has made it clear that the DEA will maintain a hands-off attitude, effectively using the office of president to countermand federal law.

The Second Amendment can be effectively nullified by presidential decree of a new “tax” the same way mandatory Obamacare was a tax. By charging a $10,000 tax on every registered gun “to help combat gun violence,” and severe penalties for possessing an unregistered gun, millions of American citizens would be stripped of their Second Amendment rights.

James McKenzie

Spokane Valley

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