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.

Respect

Something my father taught me was that to get respect, you must show respect by being courteous and respectful to the other person.  However, it seems that in today’s world, the only way that people think that respect is earned is by being tough and imposing their will upon the other person.

And we wonder why people are depressed, pissed-off, and otherwise disrespectful to other people or groups.

I look at the actions of the political parties (yes, both of them) over this past week, and I am ashamed of the non-representational Representatives and Senators that compose our Congress.  In the case of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, ObamaCare, a Democrat-controlled Congress and President rammed through this POS legislation regardless of the points raised by Citizens and their political opponents.  This legislation cut deals and exceptions for the politically connected, and as time progressed, more and more exceptions were granted to special interests including Congress itself.  Efforts to repeal what is rapidly becoming an unworkable program are met with almost fanatical resistance despite the facts presented against the program and rapidly increasing resistance by the voters.

Neither party is particularly respectful to each other with name calling and trash-talk.  Civility is out the door right along with any respect for each other.  And in the meantime, the respect for the American voter / taxpayer is completely absent. 

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.

Above all else, the Members of Congress and the President do not have respect for is the Constitution of the United States.  If the Congress and President were honorable people, they would respect the Constitution and the People of the United States, and not pass laws like ObamaCare, establishing secret courts to review NSA wiretapping, directing the IRS to persecute political opponents, attempting to restrict the Bill of Rights, and so on.  No, we do not have a majority of honorable people in our highest elected offices.

But this isn’t the only place I see a lack of respect for differing opinions.  For instance, I occasionally watch some of the news and commentary programs, and I can almost always pick out the person with the Liberal viewpoint.  It usually goes like this –

The Liberal person spouts their viewpoint, while the Conservative person sits back and lets the Liberal make their statement.  The Conservative starts making their points, and almost without fail, the Liberal person will interrupt the Conservative person two or three sentences into the Conservative person’s statements.

This isn’t respect – this is one person trying to shout down the other.  I also see the same tactic employed by the “enlightened Liberal” stating that they want to hear all sides of the argument, only to ridicule and shout down any views that oppose their own.  And one wonders why the sides become so polarized to the point of absolute stupidity.  For instance, from the Examiner:

On September 13, Associate Professor David Guth, of U of K’s Wiliam Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, edified the Twitterverse (in a tweet that has since been removed) with this bit of wisdom:

#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.”

Oh, yeah–almost forgot to mention that the deaths of NRA members’ children are not enough for him–he also wants the grieving parents to suffer eternity in Hell’s lake of fire (and no–that’s not new, either). According to Campus Reform, when offered the opportunity to step back from the brink and retract his obscene fantasy, he instead stuck to . . . whatever it is gun prohibitionists stick to when normal, decent people are said to “stick to their guns”

But some of the pro-gun people haven’t exactly been respectful either.  For instance, Starbucks has been neutral concerning the carrying of guns in their stores, citing if it’s legal to open or conceal carry in the state or locality of their store’s location, it was OK by them.  After several knuckleheads decided to carry rifles and shotguns into the stores, the CEO of Starbucks kindly asked the gun-owners to leave the guns out of the stores.  This type of “in your face” attitude is disrespectful of people who, quite frankly, would become alarmed to walk into a place of business & see a long-gun or shotgun.

(For the record, it doesn’t bother me at all to see a person with a properly holstered firearm in a place of business.  What I do have a problem with is someone carrying a rifle or a shotgun around in their hands in a store.  That, to me, is a threat, and I would get my family and myself out of there ASAP).

The media also does not have respect for the American People as they have multiple agendas to promote – socialized medicine via the ACA and gun control among them.  Thus, they ignore facts or even make them up to promote their viewpoint. 

We are rapidly becoming a polarized, uncivilized society, rude, and disrespectful.  And that is one of the many reasons I do not trust my government, the media, or my fellow man.

(For a dissertation on my trust issues, please visit my post titled “Trust”)

Respect the Office

Read this on the reader opinion page of today’s Oakland Press.

President Bush deserves respect

It amazes me the hatred expressed in the media for our president.

Here is a man trying to win a war despite the best efforts of treasonous Democrats to betray our country at every turn.

He has stood strong in the war on terror whether liberals like it or not. The ungrateful rabble should hit their knees every day and thank God he is our president.

The idea of Obama in office, a man who defines himself as a hyphenated American, sends shivers up my spine and the thought of that spoiled, angry woman as your first lady baffles the minds of all patriots.

The fact that country’s ills fall squarely on the Democrats’ shoulders and is conveniently overlooked by their cronies in the news networks is proof that neither can be trusted with our future.

George Bush’s two mistakes were believing he could find a true patriot on the Democrat side to actually help America win the war and spending money. I hope people remember and give the Democrats the same cooperation that they gave us.

We shall see how history judges the outgoing and incoming President.