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Obama: "I Have An Obligation As President To Do What I Can Without" Congress

But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. (Applause.) I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve. (Applause.) Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans. We’re not going to let that happen. (Applause.)

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Comment by Ed Price
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Yet, we see from history, that generally, it is the tyrants, the ruthless, the conquers, the treacherous, the liars, the wicked, who wind up being the ones who rule. And when you look at what happens to them when they become rulers - see our last dozen presidents - their hair turns white, and they don't always live happy lives. But the wise people of the general population survive.

Comment by James Eldridge
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"No man has yet produced any revelation from heaven in his favor, any divine communication to govern his fellow men. Nature throws us all into the world equal and alike.... Ambition is one of the more ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable.... There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral character of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved...." John Adams

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