David Barton was asked by a caller to his radio show whether he thought Obama would declare martial law to stay in office beyond 2016. He said he didn’t think that was likely, but the mere fact that right wingers worry about it proves that Obama is “lawless” and is capable of doing that. Oh, and George W. Bush didn’t violate the Constitution.
“It’s interesting that this is the question that is asked by people when they find their presidents to be lawless,” Barton declared. “If you have a president who is not lawless, you don’t ask the question. You know that Ronald Reagan is not going to do a third term; he followed the Constitution. You know that George Bush, you may not like all that he did but he stayed with the Constitution in a very public way … Nobody debated that he was going to change the Constitution for himself, for his own benefit. The fact that you have this question indicates something of the nature of the presidents with whom you’re dealing … Asking the question is the character of the leader who is in office at the time.”