Nancy Pelosi at college conference: President Obama has signed many ‘expansions of freedom’ into law
Former Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told an audience of more than 600 college students last week that President Obama has signed many “expansions of freedom” into law since he took office in 2008.
Pelosi, speaking at a youth conference hosted by the George Soros funded Campus Progress, said the President’s work with health care best illustrates his agenda to increase civil liberties for American citizens.
“Central to all is the Affordable Care Act, which we think is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Pelosi. “A healthier life, for liberty, to pursue your happiness.”
The former Speaker also listed new laws pertaining to hate crimes and Don’t Ask Don’t tell as examples of legislation that has expanded American freedoms.
However, others are skeptical of Pelosi’s claim that President Obama has increased civil liberties for Americans.
Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University, authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles times recently arguing that President Obama has been “a disaster for civil liberties.”
“While many are reluctant to admit it, Obama has proved a disaster not just for civil liberties, but the civil liberties cause in the United States,” wrote Turley.
At the conference, Pelosi also argued that America’s founding fathers risked their lives to “create a democracy” where “the voice and the vote and the many determining the outcome of elections.”
Dr. Robert Jeffrey, professor of Government and Constitutional Law at Wofford College, disagrees. He argues that the founders established a republic where the liberties of the few would be protected against the will of the majority.
“Madison made it clear in the 10th Federalist that we were instituting a republic, not a democracy.” Jeffrey told Campus Reform. “In a republic, the rule of the majority is checked by the rule of law – in our republic, that check is the Constitution.”
Campus Progress declined to comment as to whether they endorsed the comments Pelosi made at their conference.
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