Does the POTUS have the right, as Pres & CinC, to violate the law & Bill of Rights?

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Does the POTUS have the right, as Pres & CinC, to violate the law & Bill of Rights?

  1. I'm a conservative, and I say yes!

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  2. I'm a conservative, and I say no!

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  3. I'm a liberal, and I say yes!

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  4. I'm a liberal, and I say no!

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  5. I'm an independent/moderate, and I say yes!

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  6. I'm an independent/moderate, and I say no!

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  7. Don't Know/Unsure

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  1. Mustang
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    Stated again a little more clearly than the subject line allows...

    Does the President of the United States have the right, as both President and Commander in Chief to break the law or violate the Constitutional protections afforded to Americans under the Bill of Rights (the 1st 10 Amendments to the US Constitution?
     
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    Perhaps if you explain how he is doing so?
     
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    Sounds like your fishing for a specific application. The Constitution doesn't allow it. That doesn't mean violations can't happen and the President may or may not suffer the consequences.
     
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    Not going to participate in the silly poll. Lets just say this. The only time the President has such Power would be if there was a National Emergency and he declared Marshal Law. The Constitution allows for Temporary suspensions of certain Rights in a national Emergency, through the Declaration of marshal law.
     
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    At its heart, this is a Constitutional question. As such, the specific laws that are (assumed to be) broken by this or any other president are less relevant than whether or not the president has a right to do so as president and commander in chief.
     
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    Sounds like you're participating.
     
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    Correct. Our basic rights are unconditional, not subject to the whims of any dictator.
     
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    While there are only five votes (1 conservative, two liberals, and two independents/moderates), they're all no votes.
     
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    Yet we still have the Patriot Act...
     
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    That depends on who you ask. Obama, like every other president, says yes. Almost everyone else says no.
     

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