Thursday, June 16, 2011

When Did We Elect a King?

Or, Who gave Barak the Burger King Crown?

OK, I know I've been kind of preoccupied the last several days, wife in the hospital and all, but when did I miss the declaration of war on Yemen? Or on Libya for that matter? According to the New York Times, we have drones and fighter jets dropping nifty little explosive devices all over the southern part of Yemen, in an effort to bring some Al Qaeda folks to room temperature. Unfortunately the Al Qaeda folks are co-mingling with anti-Yemeni government fighters, blurring the line between the Arab Spring and terrorism. Typical of the Obama administration's foreign policy, it's hard to tell who our friends are and who our enemies are. I sometimes feel like our actual foreign policy is shoot them all and let Allah sort them out! My questions are these; what the hell are we doing, and by whose authority? When questioned about his failure to ask congress for authority to continue the hostilities in Libya, Mr. Obama said he didn't have to because...well because he said so! In just another of a long line of usurpations of power by the current Administration, we are rushing headlong toward the Chicago-style “government by fiat” system we fought a revolution to be free of.

Richard Millhouse Nixon lost his job for far less. Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment reads in part:

Article 2: Abuse of Power.

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, imparting the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposes of these agencies.

And Article 3 reads in part:

Article 3: Contempt of Congress.

In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, contrary to his oath faithfully to execute the office of the President of the United States, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, had failed without lawful cause or excuse, to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, on April 11, 1974, May 15, 1974, May 30, 1974, and June 24, 1974, and willfully disobeyed such subpoenas. The subpoenaed papers and things were deemed necessary by the Committee in order to resolve by direct evidence fundamental, factual questions relating to Presidential direction, knowledge or approval of actions demonstrated by other evidence to be substantial grounds for impeachment of the President. In refusing to produce these papers and things, Richard M. Nixon, substituting his judgment as to what materials were necessary for the inquiry, interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, thereby assuming to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the sole power of impeachment vested by Constitution in the House of Representatives.

Nixon's problems all started with a secret, covert bombing excursion into Cambodia, without congressional approval. Ironically, it was the New York Times that first reported on the Cambodian war. Here is what they said about Obama's secret war: “WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.”

This is just another in a long list of the Obama administration's actions which ignore, subvert or bypass Congress, the Judicial Branch, and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Congress passed a resolution last week, requiring the President to come before them with justification for the Libyan action, and the Senate takes up a measure next week. “Ba-rraaaaak! You got some splainin' to do!”

Here is a partial list of the current Administration's abuses of power:

Contempt of Court

Refusal, in defiance of a court order, to turn over documents in the Al-Haramain terrorist trial, including evidence that the DOJ wire-tapped his lawyers.

Voter Intimidation

In 2008 members of the New Black Panther Party in paramilitary garb were at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. (Some of this behavior is on YouTube.) One of them, they say, brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats.

The Justice Department under Eric Holder has refused to prosecute the case, in effect saying voter intimidation is OK as long as it is intimidation against folks of non-color.

Contempt of Congress and Obstructing Freedom of Information Requests

Catherine Papoi, who was DHS deputy unit chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act, said officials are “breaking the law by knowingly and intentionally delaying and obstructing the release of agency records.” She was passed over for a promotion and forced to vacate her office the day after she met with investigators.

Last March, Papoi went to the DHS Inspector General to complain of “hundreds” of cases of illegal stonewalling. The IG report has yet to be released a year later.

Health care slush fund

The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program under the new Obamacare legislation, in a style to make the late great Huey Long envious, has doled out billions of dollars to friends and supporters of Barack Obama, with almost no oversight as to who the recipients are. They include GE, GM, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, UAW, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, The Washington Post, CBS and NBC.

Health Care Waivers

In a system which is supposed to treat everyone equally, health care waivers, exempting certain organizations from Obamacare regulations for a period of time, are again being handed out without any transparency. Again the appearance is that they are going to Obama supporters.

Health Care

Obamacare itself is thought to be unconstitutional by at least 28 State Houses and at least 2 federal judges, one of whom ordered the Obama Administration to cease and desist. That was an order they ignored prompting a rebuke from the Florida judge, and an insistence that the Administration expedite the appeal process.

Medicare 45% triggers

Enacted in 2003 the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernizations Act requires the President to submit a proposal to better fund Medicare when 45% of its costs are coming from the General Fund of the treasury. Obama has refused to do so, in violation of the law.

Defense of Marriage Act

President Obama has unilaterally decided that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and therefore has directed the DOJ not to defend it in court. Last time I looked the President doesn't get to decide which laws are constitutional and which will be enforced.


Organizing for America, Obama's campaign arm was very significantly involved in the Wisconsin State Legislature's fight over paring back collective bargaining privileges for state workers. This may well be in violation of the tenth amendment to the constitution.


And while we are at it, how come no one is asking about all these fund raising trips? Are tax dollars being used? Are Air Force One and other government resources being used to raise funds or further Mr. Obama's campaigning? Inquiring minds want to know! Well I want to know anyway.

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