Obama defies Constitution

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I was appalled to read the following news story:

“President Smith today rejected calls to move forward with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In his response to Congress, the president stated, ‘I can only conclude that your decision to enact this legislation by a party-line vote was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to improve health care in the United States.’ Amid a growing media firestorm and calls for impeachment, Democrats vowed to fight the president’s clear violation of the law and failure to respect the Constitution’s establishment of co-equal branches of government.”

Of course, there has been no such headline or story. What we do see, however, is this: “White House rejects subpoena request for Solyndra docs.”

“‘I can only conclude that your decision to issue a subpoena, authorized by a party-line vote, was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation,’ Obama’s counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, wrote in a letter to the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce committee.”

From the nightly news and major newspapers, we hear crickets. Irrespective of one’s party affiliation, it is dangerous to grant the executive branch the authority to disregard measures enacted by Congress in accordance with the law. In an era in which legislators are on record saying, “I don’t worry about the Constitution,” we should worry when we read that the president’s lawyer’s justification for failing to comply with a subpoena relating to $500 million in wasted taxpayer money is a party-line vote. Much congressional action results in party-line votes – the PPACA being a perfect example.

Will the same media silence greet some future unconstitutional act when the party affiliations are reversed?

Anthony Shaffer

Augusta

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carcraft
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carcraft 11/17/11 - 05:53 am
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Excellent letter-I find it

Excellent letter-I find it interesting that the press is all over the Cain Sexual harrassment story but Solyndra, Fisker Motors, Fast and Furious not a peep. They don't even ask Obama about his faith in Holder the head of the justice department when over 2,000 guns were smuggled into Mexico with the aid of the ATF! It would be fun to watch the press mess with Obama like they did Bush..After all Bush did it to and the press wa all over him...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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CorporalGripweed 11/17/11 - 07:33 am
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"Will the same media silence

"Will the same media silence greet some future unconstitutional act when the party affiliations are reversed?"
This is of course a rhetorical question. Any one with an ounce of intellectual honesty will of course answer....Of course not!!
Let these same actions be performed by a President with an "R" before his name and watch the media howl.
As it stands now, the media is hell bent on making "Our Dear Ruler" a two timer and no amount of ink is to be spared in this goal.
Hopefully enough of the electorate sees through this "empty suit" and will send him packing next year.
I'm reminded of the quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor. "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve".
All the conservatives I know, (and plenty of liberals too) have found this resolve.

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copperhead 11/17/11 - 08:01 am
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When will folks realize the

When will folks realize the hussein admin is above the law? Folks should re-read cloward-piven/obama.

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augusta citizen 11/17/11 - 08:26 am
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Good letter, good points.

Good letter, good points.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/17/11 - 08:28 am
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Didn’t Bush order Rove and

Didn’t Bush order Rove and Meirs to defy congressional subpoenas? Didn’t he and Rice refuse to testify to the 9/11 Commission under oath; with Bush insisting Cheney be there to hold his hand?

carcraft
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carcraft 11/17/11 - 08:34 am
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bjphysics, Yes,and didn't the

bjphysics, Yes,and didn't the press raise a stink about it? All I hear a crickets chirping....

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/17/11 - 08:53 am
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Google: “Obama defies

Google: “Obama defies congressional subpoena”

About 1,690,000 results (0.12 seconds)

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/congress-votes-subpoena-white-house-solynd...

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Techfan 11/17/11 - 08:57 am
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Perhaps if Darrell Issa was

Perhaps if Darrell Issa was truly interesting in doing an impartial, legitimate investigation, he might have more cooperation. issa uses his committee as some sort of Inquisition, inverstigating on a partisan basis. Over 85,000 records have been turned over on Solyndra so far. Issa somehow managed to only request/supoena records back to the first day of Obama's administration, even though the loan process began much sooner. The same with "Fast and Furious", no records on "Operation Wide Receiver" were requested. Issa has even been known to shut down his own witnesses when they diverge from the predetermined result that Issa wishes. Do a little research on Issa get back with us. Maybe he's just still ticked that he spent $1.7 million of his own money to get Grey Davis recalled so he could run for Ca. Governor, but Arnold beat him to it. It did make him break down and cry.

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Chillen 11/17/11 - 09:13 am
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Obama quote. "the

Obama quote. "the Constitution is a Charter Of Negative Liberties". Listen to his marxist rant right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jr9mLB3yKs

1963 Communist Goals (as presented to Congress) - "Discredit the Constitution by calling it inadequate........". Among other goals that have all come to fruition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huPLsFVzPWc

Please wake up America. We only have a small window of time left. Get these radicals out of power. They are waiting for a "crisis" to swoop in & "save us". Folks, the crisis is upon us - the economic calamity that is about to destroy our way of life.

Remember the quote from the obama administration? "Never let a good crisis go to waste".

LISTEN to them. They tell you all you need to know about their intentions.

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allhans 11/17/11 - 09:12 am
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More to come. The stink

More to come. The stink grows larger.
Seems that Obama even found a need for a "stimulus" czar among the high paid advisers he employs.
The man has no idea what this country is about. He might have studied constitutional law as reported but if so, maybe it was to find a way around it, not follow it.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/17/11 - 09:17 am
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Does anybody remember the

Does anybody remember the discussions a few years ago wherein many Republicans and Cheney in particular were big advocates of The Unitary Executive? When a Republican holds the Presidency, Republicans are big advocates because they think the Presidency is a quasi-hereditary office to passed on from one Republican to the next*. Be careful what you wish for because you can’t always get what you want.

[This is why conservative media has systematically engaged in a campaign of delegitimizing Democrat presidents since Clinton. Seen Bush or McCain’s birth certificate anyone?]

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augusta citizen 11/17/11 - 09:18 am
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allhans said, "He might have

allhans said, "He might have studed constitutional law as reported but if so, maybe it was to find a way around it, not follow it." I agree, that would be the only motivation.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/17/11 - 09:24 am
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"Be careful what you wish for

"Be careful what you wish for because you can’t always get what you want." Huh?

americafirst
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americafirst 11/17/11 - 09:24 am
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Techfan, the Obama

Techfan, the Obama adminsistration has only turned over what they have chosen by cherry picking what they want Congress and the public to see.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/17/11 - 09:26 am
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1963 Communist Goals (as

1963 Communist Goals (as presented to Congress) - "Discredit the Constitution by calling it inadequate........".
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/slideshows/12-ways-republicans-want-to-cha...
There you go.

allhans
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allhans 11/17/11 - 09:41 am
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The site given by techfan

The site given by techfan says"opinion" so somebody, somewhere has an opinion. (As we do)

Solyndra hearing to begin on C-span in a few mins. Might be worth watching. (after some leaf raking)

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burninater 11/17/11 - 09:45 am
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Solyndra, and other stimulus

Solyndra, and other stimulus loans to donors stinks to high heaven.

But, as pointed out above, a) when the parties WERE reversed, the R administration refused subpoena requests, and b) the press is all over this.

Stick with what's real, it does all of us a favor.

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Sargebaby 11/17/11 - 10:05 am
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If a President of the United

If a President of the United States of America violates his/her oath of office, can't they be fired? Seems that the current "occupier" has violated not only his oath of office, but the Constitution as well! Quick....somebody fire the guy!

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Chillen 11/17/11 - 10:16 am
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allhans. I looked at

allhans. I looked at techfans link also. See, that is the difference between democrats and republicans. Most democrats work off of opinion & emotion. Most conservatives use facts.

As I said. Listen to them. Watch them. Their actions tell you all you need to know, obama himself said he wanted to "fundamentally transform the United States of America".

He was deadly serious my friends.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/17/11 - 10:20 am
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Agree with you chillen. All

Agree with you chillen. All it takes to annoy a liberal is to use facts and logic!

burninater
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burninater 11/17/11 - 11:06 am
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Excellent, now that the ad

Excellent, now that the ad hominem attacks on Techfan are over, I'm sure you can find a single one of the 12 Republican initiatives to alter the Constitution Tech linked that is not factual.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/17/11 - 11:12 am
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Burninater has spoken.

Burninater has spoken.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/17/11 - 11:15 am
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Bjphysics, As a mater of fact

Bjphysics, As a mater of fact John McCain's birth certificate was present and a resolution of congress passed, that dispite being born in Panama he was a nautral American citizen and could run for office of president! www.opencongress.org/bill/110-sr511/show

burninater
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burninater 11/17/11 - 11:24 am
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Lol Riverman, I just wouldn't

Lol Riverman, I just wouldn't want someone who praised fact and logic to betray their stated principles.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/17/11 - 11:28 am
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burninator. techfans link,

burninator. techfans link, by in large, takes the ideas of a few individuals - not the entire party. Despite the claims that it is THE republican party doing these things.

We are talking about AN ADMINISTRATION THAT EMBRACES MARXISM and, by the President's own words, is anti-U.S. Constitution. We are talking about communists who are infiltrating our nation (not the entire democratic party). Their goals were presented to Congress in 1963 and are a matter of record and are certainly being realized.

Perhaps you don't care if we end up communist. It sure sounds neat & sexy doesn't it? But, if you are over 40, I'm sure that you well remember it.

Got that apples & oranges comparison going again. Distract and deflect to get the heat off of the current discussion. But don't address the issue. It is the liberal way.

burninater
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burninater 11/17/11 - 11:37 am
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If distract and deflect is

If distract and deflect is the liberal way, why did your post attempt to do exactly that?

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carcraft 11/17/11 - 11:40 am
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Techfan-Anchor baby law needs

Techfan-Anchor baby law needs to be done away with, It allowed the Children of slaves the right of citizenship and it's purpose is past. We now have people having anchor babies as a way of bilking American citzens and negating our immigration laws and this is costing us billions! Gays getting married, then how can you stop any consenting adults from choosing what they want to call marriage? Do you want the occupy Wall street grouop deciding what is a marriage? We have been told," OH you don't need a constitutional amendment , we passed DOMA" Now Obama refuses to defend DOMA. I could go on`but why bother..Some of these have marit some don't. Interesting that Techfan didn't get his boxers in a bunch when North Carolina Governor Democrat Beverly Purde, followed by several other Democrates suggestd suspending elections in the US. Here are some other fun constitutional perversions the Democrates have suggested. Note that weith the Democrates constitutional meddling the voters are not included as with constitutional amendmennts... floydreports.com/suspend-elections-democrats-put-fascism-on-the-ta...

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Bizkit 11/17/11 - 12:05 pm
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Well Obama had told us it is

Well Obama had told us it is Congresses fault the economy still tanks and he hasn't solved all our problems, so it seem the easiest answer is to eliminate the defective archaic constitution and make Obama "god" -I mean King. Then with a fascist rule he can solve all our problems and all life will be peachy keen. Let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. I get chill bumps like Chris Mathews just thinking of it. We won't have to work or worry and we will all be rich and educated. Wow. Remember too change takes time so he may have to be King a good 100 years or more. But don't worry aging researchers will keep him alive-tain't biotechnology grand.

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burninater 11/17/11 - 12:06 pm
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Carcraft -- 1) agreed, anchor

Carcraft --
1) agreed, anchor baby law causes a serious problem for immigration enforcement.
2) You stop people from calling anything marriage the same way you stop gay marriage: with the law. Generally speaking, the law now is two consenting adults, certain distance of blood relation, opposite sex. You change the last part. Nothing else. Polygamy, incest, whatever slippery slope scenarios people come up with, are not suddenly made possible. OWS and the Supreme Court are actually two separate entities. It's the latter, not the former, that will decide this question. DOMA doesn't override the Constitution, and Obama probably isn't defending it for electoral reasons.
3) As far as Purde, not everyone thinks its worth wasting any time whatsoever on something as ridiculously stupid as a statement like this. Hopefully her reelection chances are torpedoed by it.
Just my thoughts, can't speak for Techfan on these obviously...

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OJP 11/17/11 - 12:17 pm
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@Chillen: Did you listen to

@Chillen: Did you listen to Obama's explanation of "negative liberties"? The term "negative" wasn't used as a synonym for "bad".

OJP

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