Levin: America’s Constitutional System Is Hanging by a Thread

Joe Setyon | June 24, 2016 | 2:30pm EDT
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Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (AP Photo)

On his show Thursday, nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Obama’s immigration plan, saying that “our constitutional system is hanging by a thread.”

“What today means is separation of powers is hanging by a thread,” Mark Levin said. “That our constitutional system is hanging by a thread, and the greatest fear that the Framers had: this concentrated power in a centralized government, is here.”

In this monologue, Levin was talking about President Obama’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision, where he said that his administration will not prioritize millions of illegal immigrants for deportation. 

See below for a transcript of Levin’s comments:

Mark Levin: “Go ahead.”

President Obama: “Our founders conceived of this country as a refuge for the world.”

Mark Levin: “No they didn’t. They didn’t conceive of the … who said it’s a refuge for the … who said that? They conceived of the nation. So they conceived the nation so it would be a refuge for the world. Who says? They conceived a Republic, where the people would have a say!

“Go ahead.”

President Obama: “More than two centuries, welcoming wave after wave of immigrants has kept us youthful.”

Mark Levin: “No, no, no, no, no. It didn’t work that way. It wasn’t just wave of wave of people who wanted to come in. Now, if you’ve listened to this program you know the history.

“We had waves at some point, and we also had long periods, like the 1930s to 1970s, where there weren’t waves, where there were periods of assimilation. But at all times prior to 1965, prior to the Great Society – which wasn’t so great – at all times the number one principle, the priority, was what’s in the best interest of the nation and the American people.

“We didn’t have this obsession of waves and waves of immigrants coming to the country, changing the culture, changing the demographics, doing this, doing that. That wasn’t the drive behind immigration. Can anybody name a single Founder of this country who said otherwise?

“And why is Obama citing them anyway? Some of them were slaveholders. I thought he hated them.

”Go ahead.”

President Obama: “And dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character, and it has made us stronger.”

Mark Levin: “Some have made us stronger. Some have made us weaker. Doofus.

“Cut 2 go.”

President Obama: “I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed today, but it is important to understand what today means.”

Mark Levin: “I’m disappointed. What today means is separation of powers is hanging by a thread. That is, our constitutional system is hanging by a thread, and the greatest fear that the Framers had: this concentrated power in a centralized government is here. You’re staring at it.

"Cut 3, go.”

President Obama: “We prioritize criminals. We prioritize gangbangers. We prioritize folks who have just come in.”

Mark Levin: “Oh he’s talking about immigrants. I thought he was talking about the illegal immigrants who he releases into society, that they prioritize criminals, gangbangers and so forth. Ask any local police department about MS-13 problems. Ask them! Ask them!

“He acts like everybody comes in hear picking lettuce and cleaning our homes. That’s not the way it works.

“Cut 4, go.”

President Obama: “Millions of people who have come forward, and worked to get right with the law under this policy – they’ve been living here for years too, in some cases even decades. So leaving the broken system … .”

Mark Levin: “Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah. So they have been defying the law for decades? And notice how he doesn’t differentiate, people who come here and violate their visa status, and others. Are all those people who come here on student visas, and teaching visas and entertainment visas and business visas – are they all picking lettuce? Are they picking lettuce, Mr. Producer?

“How about all those Syrian refugees he wants to bring in? Are they going to be picking carrots? What are they going to be doing? How do they know they love America?

“Is that part of the test when they come into this country: ‘Do you love America?’

“Go ahead.”

President Obama: “That’s not a solution. In fact, that’s the real amnesty: pretending we can deport 11 million people, or build a wall without spending tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money is abetting, what, really, just factually incorrect.”

Mark Levin: “(Mocking) Factually incorrect. You know, ladies and gentlemen, there is a law on the books – I believe it was passed in 2006 – where Congress said that they were going to build a wall and double fences and do all kinds of stuff with another 700 miles of that southern border, and they won’t do it.

“Here’s my question: If Barack Obama won’t follow the law, if the bureaucracy won’t follow the law, if Congress won’t follow the Constitution and it keeps surrendering its powers, if the Supreme Court won’t follow the law and the Constitution, why should the rest of us?

“If they don’t follow the law, why the hell should we?”

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