It's the Tyranny, Stupid

Obama's dictatorial bent has perverted our constitutional government

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If our Founding Fathers had felt the need for a campaign slogan, it wouldn’t have been “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” Most of them were fairly well off. Yet, they still rebelled.

Nope. Their slogan would’ve been “It’s the Tyranny, Stupid.”

That’s because it doesn’t matter how well you’re doing or how good the economy is if you’re under the thumb of an oppressive monarch – like our founders were, and like we’re getting to be.

It’s an interesting, almost paradoxical contrast: Never before have we had a president so devoid of leadership skills and yet so power-hungry.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says President Obama is verging on becoming an elected dictator, with an increasingly overbearing and imperious approach in which he rules by executive order in order to circumvent Congress. Paul is absolutely right. It truly is alarming to see the growth in executive power and arrogance under Mr. Obama. Even Democrats in Congress may come to rue their negligent acquiescence to this perversion of constitutional government and its checks and balances.

One can only pray the American public sees what’s happening and changes course next year. Indeed, a new Gallup Poll this past week, says U.S. News and World Report, shows Mr. Obama’s approval rating is the lowest “of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.”

Yet, we would caution conservatives and Republicans from making the 2012 elections solely about the economy. For one thing, the economy could uptick, out of the sheer natural force of a restive population that’s been held down by regulation and taxation too long. What then? Wouldn’t Mr. Obama be giddy to claim credit?

More importantly, this election can’t be about the economy alone because, as the experience with the Founding Fathers proves, some things are more important – such as freedom.

Since taking office, Mr. Obama and his friends on Capitol Hill have deigned to order us to purchase health insurance, while reserving to themselves the right to prescribe what it includes and what procedures will be paid for; bypassed Congress to regulate carbon emissions with an eye toward refereeing nearly all business activities; gone to court multiple times to block states from protecting themselves against illegal immigration; passed the most strangulating
financial regulations in American history, in the Dodd-Frank bill; nationalized two-thirds of the U.S. car industry as well as the student loan industry; tried to block non-union jobs in South Carolina at a time of record-high unemployment; installed a shut-off valve on American energy production; and much more.

All of these things have a deleterious effect on our fiscal fortunes, to be sure, but they are much bigger and more important than even the world’s biggest economy. They do unmasked violence to the very nature of what it means to be American.

There have, on occasion, been shocking glimpses into the nature of what it means to be Barack Obama, but here’s an especially apt example for this discussion. Speaking to CBS anchor Katie Couric in February 2010, he said:

“I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, academically approved approach to health care (that) didn’t have any kinds of legislative fingerprints on it, and just go ahead and have that passed. But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately, what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.”

Yes, self-rule does get in the way of elites who would prefer to “simply come up with some very elegant, academically approved approach” to solving all our problems. But most of us wouldn’t call the consent of the governed and the input of our elected representatives “unfortunate.”

It’s the Tyranny, Stupid.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/04/11 - 12:12 am
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Wait, did you guys just say

Wait, did you guys just say Ron Paul was right?

Haki
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Haki 12/04/11 - 02:22 am
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This is the type of argument

This is the type of argument that keep Republicans behind. I hate bringing up the past, but our previous President upsurped the Constitution and there was no calls of a tyranny.

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Techfan 12/04/11 - 05:40 am
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Bush executive orders: 2009 -

Bush executive orders:
2009 - E.O. 13484 - E.O. 13488 (5 Executive orders issued)
2008 - E.O. 13454 - E.O. 13483 (30 Executive orders issued)
2007 - E.O. 13422 - E.O. 13453 (32 Executive orders issued)
2006 - E.O. 13395 - E.O. 13421 (27 Executive orders issued)
2005 - E.O. 13369 - E.O. 13394 (26 Executive orders issued)
2004 - E.O. 13324 - E.O. 13368 (45 Executive orders issued)
2003 - E.O. 13283 - E.O. 13323 (41 Executive orders issued)
2002 - E.O. 13252 - E.O. 13282 (31 Executive orders issued)
2001 - E.O. 13198 - E.O. 13251 (54 Executive orders issued)

Obama executive orders:
2009 - E.O. 13489 - E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
2010 - E.O. 13528 - E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
2011 - E.O. 13563 - E.O. 13589 (27 Executive orders issued)

At this point in each administration, you have Bush issuing 126 EO, and you have Obama issuing 101 EO. Did I miss the editorial decrying the "tyranny" of the previous administration, or is the AC being hypocritical as usual?

Techfan
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Techfan 12/04/11 - 07:37 am
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"From his inauguration

"From his inauguration through April 15, 2011, President Obama has issued 17 signing statements affecting 25 specified provisions and making four mentions of unspecified provisions of law in 16 Congressional enactments. Obama has issued seven rhetorical signing statements, nine constitutional signing statements, and one statement remarking on an "inadvertent technical drafting error" in the affected bill"

"George W. Bush issued 161 signing statements affecting over 1,100 provisions of law in 160 Congressional enactments."
http://www.coherentbabble.com/about.htm

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Rhetor 12/04/11 - 07:54 am
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No, ACES, it's not about

No, ACES, it's not about tyranny, it's about ranting paranoia. Is it tyranny to outlaw brazen fraud? Of course white collar criminals will think so. But, no, outlawing brazen fraud is not tyranny. Nationalized 2/3 of the auto industry? My goodness, ACES, have you lost your minds? The major auto companies are still privately owned and managed even as we speak. You can see that on your own financial pages--for that matter, on your own advertising pages. The bailout is cause for controversy, but it's been paid back and is certainly not nationalization. Shut-off valve on energy production? That's not just factually wrong, it's silly. All he wants to do is to cut public subsidies of the oil industry. Since those subsidies come close to socialism, any real conservative (which you obviously are not) would oppose them. The President has surely done things wrong, but these mindless, incoherent, and stunningly ignorant attacks cast great discredit on you, not on the President.

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Riverman1 12/04/11 - 08:07 am
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Simply let our leader, Barack

Simply let our leader, Barack Obama, with his central planning committees come up with 5 year plans to run our nation without all the whining by the people.These committees come under the auspices of the Gosplan. Giving the Obama "O salute" to my fellow comrades.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/04/11 - 08:09 am
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Elections and people speaking

Elections and people speaking out....how archaic.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/04/11 - 08:13 am
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Curious how, Bush issues
Unpublished

Curious how, Bush issues orders to take out Al-Qaeda members and is villified by the Arab world, and celebrities. He's even called "the world's biggest terrorist" by that icon of intellect, Harry Belafonte. Obama issues orders to take out Osama Bin Laden, and...no response from the Arabs or celebrities. And Tech, I know you like to blame Bush and the Repubs for all the world's ills, but FYI, BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE, AND THE DEMS STILL CONTROL HALF OF CONGRESS! Have a great day, y'all.

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bjphysics 12/04/11 - 08:18 am
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No mention of SRS assets

No mention of SRS assets being converted to Soylent Green processing?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/04/11 - 09:02 am
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Not surprising that the

Not surprising that the President's approval rating is low. Hey, if I listened to FoxNews 24/7 and believed everything you print about the president, I would oppose him, also. I pity those who have no other means of gather news.
One area that this administration has failed at is not countering every stupid allegation lodged by right-wing media and those running for the Republican nomination for president. There was a time that I believed that saner minds would always prevail; however, today with the unrelenting 24 hour news cycle and talk radio shows, I am not so sure. Do you remember some parents kept their children home from school so children would not hear the president’s message to school children because they thought he would “beam them up” I guess. Since before the election this president has had to defend his birth place (some still claim that he is not a US citizen), his religion, and a plethora of other absurd accusations. In my years of working with youth, I would have never disrespected the person holding the highest office in the land, and trust me, many of them were NOT people for whom I voted. There is a basic courtesy of respect due the presidency that too many conservatives have lost. (Rep. Joe Wilson shouts out at the State of the Union address, “you lie,” then, without remorse for his total lack of incivility used the incident as an opportunity to raise money.)
Mr. Editor, how easy would it be for you to be effective in your job if the boss and those whom you must depend on to get the job done, said to you from the outset, “My # one priority is to see that you do not retain this job and that you fail?” I will admit this is not totally apples to apples, but the point is that there must be a spirit of goodwill and doing what is good for the country in order for any president to succeed.
Finally, tyranny, my friend, is Grover Norquist’s and FoxNews’ hold on Republicans in this country.

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F. Williams 12/04/11 - 09:19 am
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...our right-wing local GOP

...our right-wing local GOP Mouth Piece at it yet again, DUMB, DUMB & DUMBER!!

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 12/04/11 - 09:45 am
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ACES is getting its long

ACES is getting its long overdue share of blow back for another tabloid style editorial. Glad to see a rising number of critical thinkers speaking out. Those setting The Augusta Chronicle's editorial policies are tyrannical IMO. This editorial certainly isn't very rational. I agree that Obama has abridged our civil liberties every bit as if not more than George W. Bush did. Obama is a hawk and a militarist. Why doesn't ACES complain about that? They don't because Obama has given Republican establishment hawks everything they demanded under the guise of "national security". Bottom line, it does not matter which Republican establishment candidate get elected or whether Obama gets re-elected, our national security establishment will continue to suck the life blood out of average Americans leading to more civil unrest in this empire in decline. Militarism is the culprit, but neither ACES nor either establishment party is wont to speak truth to mindless military might. Military madness is killing this country.

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Riverman1 12/04/11 - 09:59 am
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I say we all live in tents

I say we all live in tents like the Occupiers and share all food and medical care. We could just sleep all day, splice a power line from the closest pole and play x-box 360 games all night, dude.

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10aikenite 12/04/11 - 10:40 am
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Wow! Are all of your

Wow! Are all of your commenters Obama supporters? It is telling that some of these commenters are very adept a clouding issues with irrelevant facts. Why does it matter how many executive orders are issued? This is typical misdirection by the left. If I say I love a thousand times, does it prove I love you? No. It's how I show you I love you every time.

The mainstream media shows how they love Obama everyday. They persistently refuse to give daylight to any of the substance to his actions. Where are the Watergate tapes on Obama? How about just some commentaries on how his administration refuses to release information pertaining to Solyndra (I mean all of it) or how about releasing the paper trail of his campaign donations.

So when the Augusta Chronicle dares to bring facts to light, let's fill the blogs with a myriad of propaganda and irrelevent facts. If just one of you has a specific point to be made, make it and let's get the facts - on both sides. Or, just continue to bury democracy like the Obama Administration does. Here is an example:

Obama shut down oil drilling in the Gulf. He says the ban has been lifted but his henchmen are holding all permits indefinitely while making a deal with China to allow exploration a few miles off of the Florida Coast. In addition, the Obama Administration has made another Federal land grab to prevent all kinds of energy exploration. There's some apples to chew.

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carcraft 12/04/11 - 11:09 am
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Lets see, Lies about Fast and

Lets see, Lies about Fast and Furious, Obsfication on the White house visitors logs, refusing to honor FOI requests for Solyndra and Fast and Furious, Light Squared etc , purposing regulationtions that would allow government officials to lie about FOI requests. And I hate to bust your bubble but even if Bush did twenty times as many executive orders etc we were told Obama isn't Bush. Now it seems like we have Bush 2.0 in the White House. LOL. How many press conferances have been held and ANY Jouronlist ask Obama about Holder and Fast and Furious? It would seEm to be important that the US government allowed thousands of illegal weapons to be smuggled into and independant Nation and then having these weapons turn up at crime scenes all over that country and the US. The Having government officials lying to congress about it...Wait Herman Cain may have had an affair, that's it....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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carcraft 12/04/11 - 11:12 am
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10aikenite-Don't forget that

10aikenite-Don't forget that Obama voted present on the Keystone pipe line project that had several environmental studies etc. This alone is costing Americans thousands of good high paying jobs, but that's OK Hermen Cain amy have been inappropriate with a couple of women, we need to lead with that..

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harley_52 12/04/11 - 11:15 am
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It's pretty apparent that a

It's pretty apparent that a big part of the Obama election strategy is going to be 'he's no worse than anybody else.' It's easy to see in the postings of the resident lefties as well as the paid DNC folks who visit from time to time.

Some even add the stipulation that 'yes, he's bad alright' to the front end, mainly to trick you into believing they're really on your side as they trivialize, marginalize, and vilify the Republican candidates and try to make the association of the Tea Party to the OWS movement or, more recently, the mass murder at Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978.

There is only one Barack Hussein Obama. He told us he would fundamentally change America and he's well on his way to doing it. He must be watched, not heard, to see that he is hell bent on destroying our representative republic and our Capitalist economy. He has already transformed the Executive branch of our Government, made inroads in the Supreme Court, and controls half of the Legislature. He has set us back fifty years in race relations and has inflicted a festering sore between the rich and poor. Our Economy teeters on the brink of disaster and ruin.

If he is reelected, he will succeed. If you love America, you will do whatever you legally can to see him (and his plans) defeated.

carcraft
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carcraft 12/04/11 - 11:16 am
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Rhetor- White collar criminal

Rhetor- White collar criminal fraud? How many head line News stories have you seen about Obama and Biden's good Buddy John Corzine? Over One Billion dollars in investors funds missing and collapse of a huge investemnt fund..OH wait thats a Democrat with ties to Obama, Can't report on that , will give it a couple page ten stories and then not report on it...

Techfan
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Techfan 12/04/11 - 11:36 am
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The State Department made the

The State Department made the decision to delay the Keystone pipeline, not Obama. The delay is to study alternate routes to avoid the Sand Hills region of Nebraska and the Ogallala Aquifer. Please try to post accurate information.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/04/11 - 11:39 am
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Techfan said "Please try to

Techfan said "Please try to post accurate information."

You mean like making the case the State Department would make a decision like that without the President's direction and for some reason other than politics?

Techfan
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Techfan 12/04/11 - 11:49 am
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The Obama administration has

The Obama administration has delivered more than 185,000 pages of documents to the House subpanel investigating Solyndra. The right wing Judicial Watch is the group seeking the FOIA info and has received info that has been released to the public. There is an ongoing investigation in the House so info that may interfere with the investigation won't be released. Again, please try to post accurate information.

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bjphysics 12/04/11 - 11:56 am
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Techfan: “Please try to post

Techfan: “Please try to post accurate information.”

“The Keystone XL has faced lawsuits from oil refineries and criticism from environmentalists and some members of the United States Congress. The U.S. Department of State in 2010 extended the deadline for federal agencies to decide if the pipeline is in the national interest, and in November, 2011, President Obama postponed the decision until 2013. On November 30, Senate Republicans introduced legislation aimed at forcing the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days, unless the president declares the project is not in the national interest.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Pipeline

“…and in November, 2011, President Obama postponed the decision until 2013.”

Sounds like Obama did get directly involved. The fact that the decision is delayed (pleasing the environmental sensitivities of Obama’s base) until after the election is pure coincidence.

Wink, wink, nod, nod…say no more.

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Riverman1 12/04/11 - 12:11 pm
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Criticize Obama and black

Criticize Obama and black sedans will show up with reverse mags on them to take you to the Gulag.

carcraft
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carcraft 12/04/11 - 12:21 pm
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Tech fan-This isn't accurate

Tech fan-This isn't accurate ? LOL Obama the Obama adinistration is seeking to make lying an official policy BWAHAHAHAHAHA /even Obama's syncophinic press is finding this hard to swallow! http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-press-club-urges-admini...

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Techfan 12/04/11 - 12:21 pm
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There's definitely politics

There's definitely politics involved. The Kochs, TransCanada, and other oil companies have been spending tens of millions lobbying for its approval. Who cares if could wipe out water supplies for the middle third of the country, as long as they get to pump the dirtiest hard to pump oil so they can export it to Europe and Asia.

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Techfan 12/04/11 - 12:27 pm
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"Federal agencies have long

"Federal agencies have long been able to withhold from public disclosure under the law certain categories of information, including data that pertains to ongoing criminal investigations or that is classified. " Thanks for proving my point car. Bwa ha ha.

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john.q.publius 12/04/11 - 01:20 pm
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Techfan, your comments are

Techfan, your comments are usually much better. Did you miss your coffee this morning? Stipulating that ACES used the loaded word "tyranny" rather than commenting on this administration's lack of transparency and refusal to abide by the standards President Obama set for himself, what does the number of executive orders have to do with anything? There are perfectly legitimate uses of EOs. For example, had President Bush been a real conservative, he would have issued an EO in the wake of Kelo v New London stating that no federal agency could provide material support to any body seeking to confiscate private property in violation of the Constitution. That would be a wonderful EO; in fact, I'd love it if President Obama would do that.

The point, though made clumsily in the op/ed, is that President Obama refuses to seek the "consent of the governed" when he really, really wants to get something done. It's kind of odd, really: his only real "qualifications" are in academia, and he views himself as the professor and the country as his infantilized students, yet he refuses to re-teach the material until we all get it and understand how brilliant this or that plan is. Every day is pop quiz day with President Obama. He shows up with a packet of papers, and we are supposed to read them (or not...he's a little fuzzy on that point) and then jump and and down, all but wetting ourselves in excitement as we rush to approve his latest initiative. If we don't get it right away, if we don't jump on board with his genius as demanded, why then we are stupid, we're lazy, we're bitter clingers, or we're (naturally) racist. And, since nobody is expected to take into account the doubts and concerns of dumb, lazy, racists, he's perfectly free to work with Nancy and Harry to find a way to do an end run around the people for whom he is supposed to be working.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a party thing. I strongly suspect that Romney will be our next president, and he'll do the same. The nature of the nominating process is such that only that kind of arrogance can make it across the finish line. I will be more likely to agree with more of Mitt's goals, but I will be equally appalled by his tactics, I'm sure...

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Bizkit 12/04/11 - 01:33 pm
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According to the National

According to the National Archives I count Bush with 46 executive orders during his 8 years. Obama has 45 in his first term so far.

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swcohen 12/04/11 - 01:35 pm
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Proof that listening to too

Proof that listening to too much talk radio can affect your critical thinking.

Before you all end up wearing tinfoil hats and sleeping in your hall closets, ACES editors need to spend a month or two listening to some smooth jazz instead. Ahhh... Isn't that better?

"Tyranny"... You guys slay me.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/04/11 - 01:45 pm
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john.q.publius: “There are

john.q.publius: “There are perfectly legitimate uses of EOs. For example, had President Bush been a real conservative, he would have issued an EO in the wake of Kelo v New London stating that no federal agency could provide material support to any body seeking to confiscate private property in violation of the Constitution. That would be a wonderful EO; in fact, I'd love it if President Obama would do that.”

Which branch of government has the final say on what is and what is not constitutional?

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