Kevin Fobbs
Obama's presidential constitutional over-reach is crucial lesson from history
By Kevin Fobbs
June 24, 2012

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the unsound Obamacare, President Obama will not be the first president in modern times to be handed an absolute power grab attempt back to him like day old hash by the court. All one has to do is go back to the early 20th century when another democrat president felt that he had an imperial hold upon how the Constitution and the law should apply, much like the 1995 sci-fi movie character Judge Dredd in the movie "Judge Dredd" The character arrogantly claimed "I am the Law!"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to usher in a host of overreaching laws to tackle the great depression. These laws appeared more like socialism remedies from the USSR, than actual American democracy's embrace of private sector stimulus solutions.

In fact, then President Roosevelt was called on the proverbial carpet by powerful Ohio U.S. Senator Simeon D. Fess (R-Ohio). Ohioans are known for honest plain-speaking and Senator Fess claimed that Roosevelt was the nation's leading socialist. Senator Fess stated on August 7th 1934, in the Chicago Daily Tribune, that Ohioans and Americans should, "remove any doubt of his policy of state socialism, which necessitates increased activities of the government in either ownership or operation of industry, or both."

Roosevelt, like President Obama had no problem in extending his reach to manipulate and subvert the constitutional limitations of his office. In fact, Obama has likened himself to his idol on many an occasion and he must now prepare himself for a highly probable defeat on constitutional grounds of his Obamacare legislation by the U.S. Supreme court as Roosevelt did in six of eight of his New Deal Laws.

In fact between 1935 and 1936 the U.S. Supreme Court nullified Roosevelt's unconstitutional over-reach attempts in the six cases on the basis of his administration's and then congress's attempt to apply the Interstate Commerce Clause in a manner incompatible with the Constitution.

Sound familiar?

By reigning in this illegal constitutional power grab by a U.S. president, the U.S. Supreme Court forced the Roosevelt administration to strike many of its socialist leaning tactics so that the nation would not be heading down the same pathway as many socialist and fascist-like countries were of that time.

President Obama will most like have a similar rude awakening for his highly constitutionally flawed healthcare law with its misinterpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause. For a former U.S. Constitutional law professor, this should be more than unsettling for his overt display of entitlement to pronounce how the U.S. Constitution applies or in laws that he refuses to enforce.

Ohioans soundly rejected Obamacare in November of 2011 by a resounding 2-1 measure. Ohioans did not want an unconstitutional mandate applied to their healthcare and as a result the state's constitution was amended, with this addition: "no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system."

Now it is the Supreme Court's turn to follow Ohio and reject the law. When the U.S. Supreme verdict on Obamacare is handed down, perhaps President Obama should hunker down in the study next to the Oval Office and view the movie "Judge Dredd" He will learn much like the character Judge Dredd, that he like President Roosevelt before him, "Is not the law."

Let me know what you think:

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.


For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


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