Constitutional Crisis?

“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” – United States Constitution, Article I, Section 1

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” – Presidential Oath, United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1

“The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”  – United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” – United States Constitution, Article II, Section 4

This past week, President Obama violated his Oath of Office and the Constitution by essentially bypassing the Constitution of the United States with his Executive Order concerning illegal immigration.  Only Congress can create laws concerning the legality of immigration by people of foreign birth, the penalties of violating such laws, and procedures for legal immigration.  The President, through his Administration, is charged with upholding said laws, not to change, selectively ignore, or violate.

I will not speculate on what Congress’s response will be to this naked power grab by the President.  The leadership and quality of people that we have in Congress leave much to be desired.  The lack of spines in that legislative body would leave a chiropractor broke.

Regardless, I must say that the Members of Congress and the President do not have respect for the Constitution of the United States nor for the People of the United States.  If they did, we would not have legislation like the Affordable (!?!) Patient Protection Act (aka Obamacare) nor scandals such as warrantless NSA spying, the IRS targeting specific groups, or even the Executive Action of last week.  All of these are violations of the various Oaths of the members of Congress and the Administration as well as various codes & statutes, and no one has been held accountable in a meaningful way for these violations!

This last reminded me of something I wrote last year at both Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place:

I see the President in his actions and speeches toward his political opposition, and his demeanor toward anyone who opposes him does not befit the Office of the President.  His attitude is “I won, you lost, so do as I command” to not only Conservatives, but his own party and the American People.  The sheer arrogance is on display for anyone with half a brain and paying attention to his speeches of no compromise to his will.

And this is exactly what we have in our government at the highest levels:  Naked arrogance toward the American People.  Our government is a large, bureaucratic, insatiable beast that has incredible power which has become increasingly politicized and whose purpose is not to serve the American People, but to serve itself and the politically connected.

With this latest action by President Emperor Obama, the People of the United States are waking up to the fact that the Liberal/Progressive agenda personified by President Emperor Obama is at odds with the desires & wishes of the People of the United States and the Constitution of the United States.  There were massive outcries against ObamaCare before it’s passage by Congress, and the same for the latest Executive Order concerning illegal immigration reform.  The People were not heard, the politicians did what they wanted, and The People are not pleased.

The recourse that We The People now have is to pressure the newly elected Congress to restore the balance of power as stated by the Constitution, and for the Courts to direct the enforcement of the laws of the United States by the Administration.

We The People have no other choice.

Now What?

This past week, the Republicans gained control over various government positions in numbers greater than before World War 2.  But let’s make no mistake…

…This was more about venting our displeasure against the Democrat’s heavy-handed, failing Leftist-policies and an increasingly incompetent government than it was about the Republican platform – although, I will have to say that running against ObamaCare was a powerful component for the Republican win.

By no means are We The People giving the Republicans carte blanch to do what they want.  We’re going to hold them to their implied promise to reverse the damaging effects of that Democratic/Liberal POS legislation as well as to save this country from the effects of an incompetent, narcissistic President and his Administration.

Watching GOP

The President has stated that he will use his power of the Executive Order to “resolve” the illegal immigration crisis (or as the PC among us would state – undocumented worker).  Article II Section 2 of the Constitution states that the President “…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment,” although I believe that the intent was to provide individual pardons rather than a wholesale wiping of the slate to a group of people that have violated the laws of this country.

Judge Andrew Napolitano stated that if the President follows through on his threat, “he will be violating the law, he will be breaking his oath, and he will be putting a tremendous pressure on the social system.”

I will state that if the President does go down this path in opposition to The People, the Republicans, and members of his own party, the backlash will be severe.  What I believe will happen is that the unemployment situation will increase, the number of people on Welfare will increase, the strain on the social system will increase to the breaking point, and as a result, the Democrats will lose more seats in government.  This is despite the obvious Democratic leanings of the immigrants – sooner or later, they will understand that they have been used.

Regardless, the Republican have stated that such an action by the President would have consequences, legal consequences, and possible funding consequences.  After all, Congress has power of the purse, not the Administration.  And this will get ugly, very ugly.

Let’s make no mistake, the United States is a Constitutional Republic.  The President is not a king, he is instead a servant of the People.  The idea of having the government accountable to the People is one of the precepts that this country was founded upon.  Consider the following from John Gaultier (sorry, no link):

HERE IS A LESSON ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REPUBLIC & DEMOCRACY:(Democrats would love a democracy!)

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLE DIFFERENCES. WE ARE A REPUBLIC. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS UNDERSTOOD THAT DEMOCARCIES ARE SHORT LIVED!

America is almost always described as a democracy in school textbooks, educational programs, and news outlets of every ideological stripe. Likewise, when talking of America, politicians from both sides of the aisle frequently mention “our democracy,” by which they mean American democracy. President George W. Bush did it while reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did it during her Democratic National Convention speech in August 2008, and President Barack Obama did it in a pre-inaugural speech on January 19, 2009.

Yet America is a republic, not a democracy. Our Founding Fathers instituted a form of government guided by the rule of law rather than the desires of a majority of voters. They understood that a democracy is always in flux and given to “mob rule,” while a republic is fixed and stable, resting on “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Because of the uncertainty of democracy, Benjamin Rush — a signer of the Declaration of Independence — wrote: “A simple democracy is one of the greatest of evils.”

The “evils” Rush saw in democracy are evident when we compare the basis for rights in a democracy with the basis for rights in a republic. In a democracy, rights ultimately flow from the majority, and every right — from keeping and bearing arms to possessing private property — is recallable if the party in the majority so decides. In the constitutional republic that our Founders intended America to be, rights are seen as coming from God and because of this, are unassailable by government (regardless of which party is in the majority). In the Declaration of Independence these unassailable rights were described as “unalienable” and were clearly presented as rights over which the government has no say.

While many of the references to America as a democracy are harmless, being made out of ignorance by people who are just repeating what they were told in grade school or on the evening news, some of the references betray a desire to change the very fabric of the nation. In other words, a great many of the references to democracy in America represent a clear intent to move America further away from the rule of law and closer to the rule of the majority.

Historically, the Democratic Party has been home to revolutionaries who refer to America as a democracy in order to move the country toward a point where majority rules, a point where the Constitution no longer stands in the way of their agenda. These revolutionaries, such as the people who filled the ranks of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during the 1960s and who comprise groups like Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) and Democracy For America (DFA) today, gather knowledge on how to use democracy to undercut the rule of law from the writings of men like Vladimir Lenin.

In pushing for the Bolshevik Revolution of the early 20th century, Lenin used democracy to weaken the Russian government and to simultaneously stir up class warfare to irreversible levels. He pleaded first for democracy, then a broadened democracy, and finally a democracy that favored the downtrodden. Relying heavily on the tactic of shaming one’s opponents into submission, Lenin praised the universal aspects of democracy only to criticize them as insufficient once they were achieved: “It is sheer mockery of the working and exploited people to speak of pure democracy, of democracy in general, of equality, freedom and universal rights when the workers and all working people are ill-fed, ill-clad, ruined and worn out.”

In Lenin’s words and historical example we see that those who use democracy to achieve their ends are necessarily insatiable in their push for change and their appetite for power. (Sound familiar?) They are would-be tyrants who pit one group of citizens against another, and essentially destroy the country in order to remake it.

Such men prove that democracy is transitory — it is a tool that allows revolutionaries and despots to transform nations according to their own wishes. And because it is transitory, it is temporal. This is clear if we consider that former democratic countries like Cuba, China, North Korea, and North Vietnam are no longer democratic (or are democratic in name only).

That our Founding Fathers were well aware of the temporality of democracy was evident in the words of America’s second president, John Adams, who said: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Our Founders saw the dangers that democracy posed for our great experiment in freedom and risked “[their] Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] sacred Honor” to create a republic instead. It is to honor them and preserve our own liberty that we don’t just pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, but also to “the republic for which it stands.”

When then candidate Barack Obama stated “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” and Michelle Obama stated, “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation,” I became very concerned.  All the speeches and statements that these two have made from the campaign trail onward have revealed their intentions to destroy the laws and traditions of this country.  Unfortunately, it’s taken over five years for even the most cynical, Kool-Aide drinking Democratic political hack to realize that this Administration has gone way too far.  And the elections have shown that.

We have seen over the past few years the erosions of our Rights as stated in the Bill of Rights.  The Liberals seek to stifle our speech, disarm us, divide us along racial and economic lines, promote a religion that seeks to destroy us as a people and a nation, invade our privacy, intimidate us, and to otherwise brainwash us into submission to the government powers that be.  In the process, they are destroying this country and for all it stands for by turning everything upside-down.

Last Tuesday was a start, but only a start, in returning this country back to the successful nation of people that it was.  To do so requires that we hold all of our elected leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, accountable.

Politician Apocalypse

Let’s forget about the Zombies for a while – We’ve made it through another Halloween season.  A much more sinister threat comes from the people we hire through election to run the government that determines what laws, rules, and regulations that we all must live by (with a few exceptions).

We have seen for the past six years what happens when We The People choose poorly:

  • Higher energy prices, which translates to higher prices for goods and services.
  • A sluggish economy with high unemployment and people permanently leaving the workforce.
  • A shrinking Middle Class.
  • Multiple scandals at the highest government levels.
  • A government that believes that it should rule the People, and not the other way around.
  • A government that does not observe the rule of law or established procedures & decorum within the legislative bodies.
  • A government enacting legislation contrary to the Constitution and the will of the People.
  • Politicians making statements so odious that spark outrage even among their supposed supporters.
  • Politicians ignoring laws to support political agendas, which have resulted in deaths of American citizens and citizens of other countries.
  • And the list goes on…

The Liberal/Progressive political agenda has, in my opinion, ripped the heart out of this country.  The hope and change promised has morphed into no hope and unwanted change.  The policies of this Administration and its supporters has promoted their agendas over the well-being of this country and it’s citizens.  The fallout of this callous disregard for this country and its people are listed above and in many other places.

This Tuesday is Election Day.  This is the one day that We The People can send a message to the established politicians that we will not take it anymore by electing qualified people to our government that observe the laws of this country and respect the electorate. 

We must choose wisely, and that means looking at each and every candidate on the ballot, review their qualifications and/or record, and asking oneself this question – Would I want this person to be my boss or supervisor?  You would be surprised at how quick you could dismiss some of these people just by asking yourself that question.

To borrow a line from “Apollo 13,”

Failure is not an option.

Political Quarantine?

Politicians are like hammers looking for nails to pound.  The difference is that politicians will pry up otherwise perfectly good boards only to pound them back down as loud as they can to show that they can do something. – Tom Roland

The current crisis is now Ebola.  Don’t get me wrong – Ebola is a nasty disease with a frightenly high mortality rate especially in underdeveloped countries.  However, the tactics that our government is taking to prevent this disease from affecting the American people is absolutely wrong.

History has shown that the only way to prevent the spread of disease is to quarantine the area in which the epidemic is prevalent.  Aid is then rendered to that area to help the afflicted and end the epidemic.

However, history is being ignored on a grand scale by this Administration and its sycophants.  The reasons are as bizarre as the people uttering their nonsense.

First out of the box is the inane Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee who stated:

“I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines of entire countries. We don’t have an epidemic, and for that reason I don’t think that calling for a quarantine of countries answers the question. We have to turn internally and look at our own selves and make sure our health infrastructure is where it needs to be.”

The way to prevent a disease from spreading while working to stop it at its source is to stop the migration of infected people.  Our health infrastructure can be strengthened, but let’s work on keeping the the epidemic from ever occurring in this country in the first place.

Next on the list is Wisconsin Democratic Representative Gwen Moore who stated the following in support of her fellow Representative:

“Aside from being impractical, this reactionary strategy will force Ebola patients underground making it nearly impossible to track their movements, hinder the capacity for international healthcare workers to transport and administer critical aid, and erode the continent’s fragile economy,”

The last thing that an Ebola patient wants to do is go “underground” – they want and need hospitalization or they will die.  Moreover, while the concern for the African continents’ economy is touching, Rep. Moore’s concerns should lie more with the American people.  And I hardly call quarantining an area with an epidemic “reactionary” – it’s called self-preservation and protecting the people that you, Rep. Moore, were elected to represent.

Also, one would think that the head of the CDC would support a quarantine, or at least travel restrictions.  And you would be wrong.  CDC Tom Frieden stated his opposition to travel restrictions from countries that are known Ebola “hot zones,” and that “cutting commercial ties would hurt these fledgling democracies.”  The CDC is now concerned over the economic health of an infected country?  I’ll leave you to ponder the rationality of this statement…

I also understand that the President has appointed a person to be in charge of the Ebola crisis (if it can be called that).  That’s the good(?) news – someone who can be responsible (hah!) and be held accountable (double-hah!).  However, the appointee, Ron Klain, does not have a medical background, but is a former White House advisor.  Obviously, the political connection is all that is needed to oversee the response to a health-related crisis.  Almost sounds as credible as having a bunch of politicians determine the health insurance and care for the entire country…oh wait…that did happen…

Last is the insane ranting of the politicos.  First, the NRA is causing the Ebola outbreak in Africa (MSNBC), then the Democrats accusing the Republicans of causing the epidemic.  I’m waiting for someone on the Left to state that it’s the United States fault that Ebola even exists, and that it was created to depopulate Africa so that a US-backed corporation will have access to all the natural resources that Africa has (diamonds, gold, silver, copper, chocolate…) because the tin-hat society certainly has theorized this is the case – why shouldn’t the wacko-wing of the Liberals drink up this pitcher of Kool-Aid?

Obviously, I’m no big fan of this Administration, nor of politicians in general.  Politicians are, for the most part, self-serving and will exploit any crisis to further their personal and political agendas.  In many respects, politicians create more problems than they solve.  Just look at the unintended consequences of ObamaCare, and one doesn’t have to go much further for examples.

From what I have seen of the politicians, and especially of this Administration, is either gross incompetence, or a cold, calculating plan to exert even more control over the citizens of the United States.  Warning – tin-hat zone ahead!

The War on Drugs and later the War on Terror, both through legislation, exerted more control over the people of the United States by passing laws which restricted rights and expanded the authority of the government.  No-knock warrants became common-place, confiscation of property became easier if the person was even accused (not convicted) of a drug-related crime, warrantless wiretaps were granted on suspicion of criminal activities, and so on.  In recent times, we have the NSA storing and possibly listening in on private conversations in violation of the 4th Amendment, but that does not seem to matter to our government.  The apparent abuses just do not seem to stop.

A scenario that I can come up with concerning the Ebola virus is this:  People are allowed to travel from known infected zones and bring the virus with them.  More and more people are exposed and become sick, rapidly overwhelming the health system.  Legislation is rapidly passed giving powers of the government (Federal, State, and Local) to restrict domestic travel and commerce.  Civil rights are suspended as well as the Bill of Rights for the term of the crisis, only the crisis ends but the restrictions do not.  We the People have lost more of our freedom.

So much for the ranting & back to reality…

The course of action that the Administration will not serve the American people, but serves a political agenda.  That agenda does not serve the American people’s interests, nor does it defend this country from a disease with frightening implications.

This latest crisis, manufactured or not, should serve as a warning for those who are considering their voting selections for this mid-term election.  You, the voter, need to forget if there is a D, a R, or an I after the candidate’s name, and cast your vote for the most competent person for the position the candidate is running for. 

I’ll tell you right now, the clowns in the White House are not competent – use them as examples of who not to vote for.