'Out-and-out lawlessness'

Astoundingly, that's what this Justice Department seems to be doing

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Nearly four years into his presidency, and months before Mr. Obama sits for re-election, suddenly “it’s the right thing” to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who were brought here as children.

Is that it? A sudden attack of moral conscience?

Or, in bypassing Congress to, again, decide to pick and choose for himself which laws to enforce, is Mr. Obama merely cashing in the Constitution in order to buy votes?

It seems obvious – about the only transparent thing about an administration that promised transparency but hardly ever delivers it.

In claiming that his unilateral decision to change the nation’s immigration laws is not “amnesty,” the president now becomes the second person ever to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, after daredevil Nik Wallenda. We don’t know what else you call suspension of a law to benefit someone or some group.

Well, maybe “unconstitutional.”

It’s not the first time this president has suspended the laws of the land to suit his personal taste or political fortunes. He also unilaterally decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and has handed out waivers – permissions to violate certain laws – to help entities and groups avoid complying with the federal health care act and No Child Left Behind Act.

Don’t like the laws? Have good political connections? There’s an “app” for that!

It is stretching the bounds of constitutional government for a chief executive to be nullifying the acts of a legislative body as he sees fit.

Even Mr. Obama seemed to agree with us on that – just over a year ago, when he told a group of Hispanics, “America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the president, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that. That’s part of my job. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.

“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

The difference is, this version of the same president – Obama 3.0 – sees his re-election chances slipping. So all that constitutional law professor mumbo-jumbo of a year ago is out the window.

It is a frightening set of precedents – they keep getting more and more brazen – that should alarm all Americans and frighten both parties in Congress. Even if you agree with the decision to grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens up to age 30, as this president has just done, what about the next president? What if he starts taking actions you don’t agree with that are arguably outside the bounds of his authority?

Members of Congress of both parties should be on the warpath today, and should act immediately to block this president’s abuse of authority. It’s the legislative branch’s power he is appropriating.

“In effect, Obama is doing by himself what Congress so far has spurned,” writes Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers.

The administration cites “prosecutorial discretion” in its grant of amnesty. But that, too, is a perversion. Law enforcers need discretion to enforce laws according to particular circumstances in specific cases – not to simply up and decide not to enforce a law utterly.

“The executive branch’s authority to defer deportation, as an act of prosecutorial discretion, is not explicitly spelled out either in regulations or in statutory law,” Doyle writes.

Further, Doyle notes, courts have said such a policy exists for “administrative convenience” – and not, we would argue, for political expediency.

“The Hispanic population in Florida, Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado may well decide the November election,” Joseph Curl writes in The Washington Times, “and with working-class whites, religious blacks, disenchanted young people and Jews fleeing in droves, Mr. Obama is looking to shore up his support, even if that means violating his oath to protect the Constitution.”

Of Mr. Obama’s action, commentator Charles Krauthammer concluded, “This is out-and-out lawlessness.”

Borders – between countries, between branches of government – appear to mean nothing today.

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specsta
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specsta 06/23/12 - 12:59 am
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Who's The Real Lawbreaker???

Wow, where does one begin, when talking about actual crimes committed by a President? How about we go back to George W. Bush, a president who should be behind bars at this very moment, a president whose Administration conducted some of the most corrupt and illegal actions in US government history.

Here are some highlights:
- The torture of Iraqi detainees at Guantanamo via waterboarding and physical assault, in clear violation of the Geneva Convention rules.

- Bush’s secret directive to the NSA to conduct surveillance of telephone calls without a warrant, in clear violation of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).

- The illegal Iraq war – Americans were told so many lies and fabrications about “weapons of mass destruction”, and "yellow-cake uranium”, served up with a fake Al Qaida tie to Iraq , courtesy of G.W. Bush.

- Bush’s actions to send troops into illegal wars has led to the deaths of over 162,000 civilians and soldiers in Iraq alone and tens of thousands of deaths in Afghanistan.

- The PATRIOT Act (nothing more needs to be said about this corrupt law)

Now let’s compare the Bush Administration to Obama’s:
- The Obama Administration proposed a healthcare law that allowed more sick people to see doctors and enacted more preventative healthcare.

- President Obama directed a mandated to stop deporting young immigrants which enacted a part of the DREAM Act - to create a path for citizenship for these young people.

Obviously, President Obama has served to help people, while the previous administration served to kill and torture people.

Big difference.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/23/12 - 02:05 am
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SPECTA, USING MOST OF YOURS

SPECTA, USING MOST OF YOURS TO RESPOND. MY RESPONSES WILL BE IN ALL CAPS.

How about we go back to George W. Bush, a president who should be behind bars at this very moment, a president whose Administration conducted some of the most corrupt and illegal actions in US government history.

Here are some highlights:
- The torture of Iraqi detainees at Guantanamo via waterboarding and physical assault, in clear violation of the Geneva Convention rules. YES, SOME USED UNAPPROVED TECHNIQUES AND THEY WERE PUNISHED. WB WAS DEEMED AN ENHANCED TECHNIQUE REQUIRING BOTH THE PRESIDENTS APPROVAL AND BRIEFINGS TO CONGRESS. THE LAW WAS FOLLOWED. WAS A TREATY VIOLATED? MAYBE.

- Bush’s secret directive to the NSA to conduct surveillance of telephone calls without a warrant, in clear violation of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). HMMMM....I'LL GET BACK TO YOU ON THIS ONE.

- The illegal Iraq war – Americans were told so many lies and fabrications about “weapons of mass destruction”, and "yellow-cake uranium”, served up with a fake Al Qaida tie to Iraq , courtesy of G.W. Bush. THE "WAR" WASN'T ILLEGAL, BUT THEN AGAIN IT WASN'T A WAR ACCORDING TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND LAWS. OUR USE OF FORCE OCCURED IAW OUR CONSTITUTION AND LAW, AND WAS THEREFOR LEGAL. THE BAD INTEL THAT LED USE TO THE WAR WAS YEARS IN THE MAKING AND DIDN'T MAGICALLY APPEAR AFTER 911. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON'S FOLKS COLLECTED AND ANALYZED MOST OF IT.

- Bush’s actions to send troops into illegal wars has led to the deaths of over 162,000 civilians and soldiers in Iraq alone and tens of thousands of deaths in Afghanistan. BUSH ALONE? HARDLY. CONGRESS FUNDS OUR MILITARY ACTION AND COULD HAVE PULLED THE PLUG, AND THEREFOR SHARE ANY OF YOUR BLAME. WAIT, MILITARY OFFICERS ARE SWORN TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AND TRAINED TO QUESTION ILLEGAL ORDERS. EVERY OFFICER WHO DEPLOYED OR SUPPORTED THIS COMBAT ACTION ARE ALSO TO BLAME. WAIT, WASN'T BUSH RE-ELECTED AFTER HE STARTED IRAQ?

- The PATRIOT Act (nothing more needs to be said about this corrupt law). CHALLENGE IT IN COURT NOT THE PRESS.

Now let’s compare the Bush Administration to Obama’s:
- The Obama Administration proposed a healthcare law that allowed more sick people to see doctors and enacted more preventative healthcare. NEXT WEEK WILL TELL IF IT WAS A GOOD CONSTITUTIONAL OR BAD UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW.

- President Obama directed a mandated to stop deporting young immigrants which enacted a part of the DREAM Act - to create a path for citizenship for these young people. LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT DECIDED TO STOP ENFORCING LAW THE EQUALLY .

Obviously, President Obama has served to help people, while the previous administration served to kill and torture people.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/23/12 - 03:06 am
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The Washington Times?
Unpublished

Really?

Techfan
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Techfan 06/23/12 - 03:22 am
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You could say technically,

You could say technically, since only Congress can declared war, all of our conflicts since WW ll have been illegal.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 04:16 am
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Y'all reckon hussein will

Y'all reckon hussein will grant amnesty to terrorists next?(none have been tried during his time in office) Maybe decide not to enforce the law against rape or murder! Maybe he will substitute sharia law for our present set of laws! Maybe he can grant amnesty to all criminals as long as the alledged crime was committed before last friday!

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 04:32 am
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Who knows,maybe hussein will

Who knows,maybe hussein will need the child rapists' vote and give them amnesty so they will vote for him! They are a minority! When citizens break our laws,they face punishment. When noncitizens break our laws,they are rewarded with citizenship and public assistance.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/23/12 - 04:42 am
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No, TECHFAN, you can't call

No, TECHFAN, you can't call them illegal. Actions under a law are either conducted legally or illegally. Our military actions follow the law and are therefor legal. A law itself can't be illegal, but it can be unconstitutional. In this case the War Powers Act which was a bill, then was passed by both houses of congress and signed by a president became law. No successful challenge in the surpreme court deems it currently constituional.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/23/12 - 04:58 am
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Specsta you can not call the

Specsta you can not call the patriot act illegal either since it was passed by Congress. Since Obama signed an even tougher version he is just as guilty as Bush. The enhanced lnterrogation techniques were approved by the House and Senate intel over site committee so the Democrats on those committes (Pilosi for one) are also guilty. There was yellow cake uranium in Iraq so that wasn't a lie!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 05:01 am
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Vote Buying

Okay, he sealed the Mexican vote. I just hope he doesn’t pardon Jerry Sandusky to seal his gay support

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 05:01 am
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"undocumented immigrants"

"undocumented immigrants" have shown they have no respect for our(U.S.) laws and now they know there are no consequences for breaking them. Now THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/23/12 - 05:02 am
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SPECTA, I'm not convinced

SPECTA, I'm not convinced President Bush's team crossed the line with warrantless wire tapes using the power congress gave them in both the PATRIOT ACT and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF). Did they make some mistakes in the early going trying to balance anti-terrorist activities and FISA? Sure. Did a pretty good job since the current President is doing the same, and we've been able to stop attacks before they really get started.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 05:09 am
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I think hussein and holder

I think hussein and holder will pardon hasan next to get the radical islamist vote.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/23/12 - 05:14 am
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Ummmmm all praise king Obama

Ummmmm all praise king Obama ummm ummmm ummm. Ummm ummm unman he smite the laws of man for he is above them ummmmm ummm ummmm. The lawsof other nations are as dust ummmmm bow before him ye worships for he is fault less ummm ummm ummm for the guilt lies with Bush the less. ummm ummm ummm

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 05:15 am
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Specsta, techfan,jon

Specsta, techfan,jon lester,IF bush's policies were soooo terrible,why has hussein continued or enhanced all of his policies? Why didn't he negate them all when he had a super majority?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 05:21 am
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Pardon Taxpayers

I wish a president would do something really radical and pardon all taxpayers one year.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 05:41 am
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hussein will now be deciding

hussein will now be deciding which laws are fair and which will be enforced-this seems like what a dictator would do!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/12 - 05:43 am
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Sorry River

Won't do it River, most taxpayers vote Republican.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/12 - 05:46 am
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Observation

Couldn't help but notice that no Lib has had a defense of President Obama's actions. Only deflection to another issue (Bush did it and so forth). Even Libs know its wrong.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 05:53 am
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The libs are beginning to

The libs are beginning to realize that hussein can change the laws that they like as well as the ones they don't like!

Techfan
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Techfan 06/23/12 - 05:58 am
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Do you think the left is

Do you think the left is happy that Obama carried on a lot of Bush's policies? (Or I guess that would be Hussein and Walker, or we could go down the line and have Presidents: Jefferson, Herbert, Milhous, Baines, Fitzgerald, David, S., Delano, Clark, etc.. Do you use these names when referring to these Presidents?) One of the reasons Obama isn't blowing away Romney is that he's lost a lot of the vote on the left. Whether the AC, or other right wingers admit it, Obama HAS continued a lot of Bush's policies and has been a center right President, not the radical leftist that they try to make him appear.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 06:02 am
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Hey libs,your taxes just went

Hey libs,your taxes just went up,we have to pay for the newly added 1 million unemployed young people that can't find jobs! Or i should say OUR (taxpayers) taxes went up-few,if any,libs pay taxes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 06:06 am
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Techfan if Obama is not a

Techfan, if Obama is not a radical leftist president, it's going to be something when the real one gets here.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 06:08 am
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Techfan,amnesty for at least

Techfan,amnesty for at least 1,000,000 lawbreakers is "center right"?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 06:09 am
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Obama A Center Right President?

I didn't realize Obama was a center right president. I wonder if he will attend C-PAC this year?

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 06:13 am
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Maybe hussein could suspend

Maybe hussein could suspend enforcement of the law against stealing sand from augusta national! Or ticket scalping- they ARE unfair!

Techfan
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Techfan 06/23/12 - 06:14 am
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Actually, taxes are lower

Actually, taxes are lower than any time since the 1950's, (with the exception of 2009 and 2010 since those years had the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, which has expired).
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3151

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 06:17 am
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Techfan,now figure in the 1+

Techfan,now figure in the 1+ million new documented workers!

Techfan
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Techfan 06/23/12 - 06:17 am
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I didn't say he was a

I didn't say he was a Republican, I said he has governed from a center right position, much like Clinton, and both Bush's (other than Bush ll's massive tax breaks for the upper brackets).

Techfan
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Techfan 06/23/12 - 06:25 am
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So, you don't think these

So, you don't think these people have jobs or are in college?

copperhead
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copperhead 06/23/12 - 06:26 am
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Techfan,the president is not

Techfan,the president is not supposed to govern,he/she is supposed to uphold the existing laws!

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