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President Obama’s Abuse of Power
by Herbert I. London
October 25, 2010 at 4:30 am
President Barack Obama, with massive midterm losses looming and his presidency potentially paralyzed as a result, has made the startling claim that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was accepting foreign donations to launch a campaign against him, a charge that even the NY Times – an enthusiatic Obama supporter – described as “groundless.”
Having relied on the claim of one blog, the president echoed the charge at a Maryland political rally: “So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections,” he said,” and they won’t tell you where the money for their ads come from.”
Tom Donahue, president of the Chamber, immediately denied the accusation, explaining that strict accounting procedures keep foreign and domestic contributions separate. Remarkably, denunciation of the president’s claims spanned the political spectrum with some liberals suggesting the president “went too far” in the direction of stifling dissent; and David Axelrod, the president’s senior advisor, conceded that the administration had no evidence to support the president’s claim.
Nonetheless, Axelrod and the president stuck to their guns by suggesting the Chamber “may have” violated U.S. laws. Axelrod asked, “do you have any evidence it is not [true]?”
Overlooked by most members of the press corps were the questionable contributions to the Obama campaign on foreign credit cards, a claim that had more than a semblance of hearsay.
It seems that the president is trying find a political argument wthat has traction. Allegations against the Chamber fall into the category of a populist denunciation of big business, even though Democratic operatives are assuring job-generating corporations they are on their side, and reciients of bailouts posted record bonuses this year.
With Senator Al Frankin calling for a Federal Election Commission probe, a campaign is being launched despite the lack of evidence. The Democratic National Committee released an ad castigating the Chamber as “shills for big business.” Of course, the purpose of the Chamber — what it was organized to do — is to represent business interests.
The underlying issue, the one that has a chilling effect on campaigns, is the unleashing of government power to silence political opponents.
By any standard, this presidential claim is an abuse of power that should be condemned by every member of the media.
President Obama insists through indirect assertions that “you don’t know. It could be the oil industry. It could be the insurance industry. It could even be foreign owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.” Indeed since you don’t know, it could be the tooth fairy. This is an example of the Cicero gambit: As you do not have any facts on which to rely, make speculative arguments especially with reference to unpopular entities such as the oil and insurance industries.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case allows organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce to advertise for and against candidates of their choice and to accept anonymous donations in order to do so. President Obama indicated he does not support the Court’s decision, but like it or not, it is the law of the land.
(Of course, we will never forget the moment …)
The fact that the questionable claims have become an issue may be an effort to shift concern from jobs and the precarious nature of the economy to campaign practices. But without evidence, and with the arrogant display of political power, this stratagem has backfired on the president and the Democratic Party.
Can the president dig his way out of this matter before November and convince voters that he will not abuse the power of this office?
On election day the answer will be clear.
posted by rightthingtodo on October 27, 2010
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NPR Is Now Sharia-Compliant Where No Criticism Of Islam Is Tolerated; America, The Firing Of Juan Williams Is A Warning
Sharia Law creeps in … very slowly. People, please remember that Islam is not simply a “religion” or a “cult,” but a “system of life” – with religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components.
It begins with Muslims agitating for religious privileges when there are enough members of their group in a city, state or country. The process is gradual. Political Correctness is Islam’s greatest ally.
When a culture comes to regard tolerance of Islamic religious practices as politically correct, the rest of Islam’s components begin creeping in.
We have just watched exactly that these last couple of days. First, there was the Bill O’Reilly brouhaha on The View, during which the liberal hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off stage while debating O’Reilly about the Ground Zero mosque. In the middle of the heated discussion, O’Reilly stated that Muslims had killed us on 9/11. The rudeness of Goldberg and Behar walking off the set simply illustrated once again that liberals are not capable of engaging in rational debates because they have become slaves of the 900 lb. gorilla in the room called “political correctness!”
Take a look:
Did you hear Barbara Walters say you cannot take a whole religion and demean them? Get it? She and everyone else is focused on the religious component of Islam and that’s exactly what Muslims want us to do. They know that Islam is the one religion/cult that will not be criticized throughout the world – why? Because of political correctness.
Bill O’Reilly and FOX Cable News became the target of the crazed left loonies.
Then next, on the O’Reilly Show, Juan Williams said, “Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
That comment cost Williams his job at the now Sharia-compliant NPR, where no criticism of Islam is tolerated.
But, you should know that something else happened prior to Juan’s firing that likely played a big role.
Islamic apologists at CAIR issued a press release condemning Williams and demanding that NPR take action in response to his “irresponsible and inflammatory comments.” Presumably not wanting to lose their heads, NPR executives sacked Williams.
Then to add insult to injury, Vivian Schiller, NPR’s CEO, remarked that Williams should discuss his views about Muslims with his psychiatrist. Do you get it, folks? To the elitists at NPR, if you have any concerns about Muslims in the wake of 9/11 – or the London bombings, the Madrid bombings, the Bali bombings, the Mumbai attacks, the Fort Hood shootings, or the failed Christmas Day or Times Square plots – YOU are the crazy one!
So what are we going to do about this injustice that has happened to Juan Williams? Now, it’s Juan – tomorrow it will be us, unless we stop it!
posted by rightthingtodo
Does This Look Like Someone Who Will Pivot???
What the heck is Senator McConnell and the old Republican Establishment talking about? This is NO time to reach across the isle. This is the time to put your game face on and slug it out with the Commie Thug-in-Chief!!
Senator McConnell, just in case you have not heard …..
Obama Considering Rule by Executive Order in 2011
Obama recently stated on a black radio program that a Republican dominated Congress will result in “hand-to-hand combat.”
WHAT PART OF ‘HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT” DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND, SENATOR MCCONNELL!
Forget about bi-partisanship – those days are long gone. Obama has no intentions of honoring the wishes of the people of this country. He never has and he never will. His objective is to destroy as much of our free-market capitalist system as possible, period. He will go around and over the Republican majority if he is allowed.
The reality is most of the action will take place behind their backs and over their heads. All indications are, if Obama cannot get his legislative agenda enacted by Congress, he will impose it by decree.
The evidence comes buried elsewhere in an October 8 L.A. Times piece by Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons under the hum-drum headline, “Obama Reshapes Administration for a Fresh Strategy.” The story makes clear the “fresh strategy” borders on government by executive fiat. It begins, “As President Obama remakes his senior staff, he is also shaping a new approach for the second half of his term: to advance his agenda through executive actions he can take on his own, rather than pushing plans through an increasingly hostile Congress.” This rule by divine right of kings is confirmed by no less an Obama insider than David Axelrod, who said, “It’s fair to say that the next phase is going to be less about legislative action than it is about managing the change that we’ve brought.” The Times states candidly:
So the best arena for Obama to execute his plans may be his own branch of government. That means more executive orders, more use of the bully pulpit, and more deployment of his ample regulatory powers and the wide-ranging rulemaking authority of his Cabinet members. (Emphases added.)
Nicholas and Parsons note how the president has replaced the few appointees with ties to Capitol Hill in place of Chicago insiders. They specifically state the “the Environmental Protection Agency is determined to use its regulatory power…to begin lowering [carbon] emissions, in the absence of congressional action.” In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the EPA could regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act, although the act did not have these “pollutants” in mind. Seizing on this ruling, an anonymous insider who “was not authorized to speak publicly” told the Times, “The ambition is to get a reasonable start” on implementing his extremist vision.
The plan fulfills a threat Obama made earlier this year. The Associated Press reported in June, “The Obama administration says it would prefer that Congress enact climate change legislation, but has used the threat of EPA regulations to goad lawmakers into action.” Within the last week, Congressional Republicans have called the regulations job-killers, and Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia has sponsored a two-year freeze on certain EPA regulations. Now it looks as though the president will run roughshod over Rockefeller, the Republicans, and the will of the American people.
More concerning than the aims to which Obama plans to use unfettered executive fiat power is the circumvention of Congress, and the Constitution, in the first place. William Galston of the Brookings Institution took the LAT Obama will employ this strategy even if Republicans do not take back either House of Congress. “Whether or not the Republicans take over majorities in one or both houses, the margins will be so much narrower that the strategy of putting together a Democratic bill and picking off a handful of Republicans to push it over the top won’t be viable anymore,” he said.
Rather than triangulate, repackage his radicalism, or take an electoral chastening, Obama plans to ram his agenda down the American people’s throats “by any means necessary.”
What will this agenda look like? In part, it is already in place. On illegal immigration, the president has already excluded Congress, several states, and the overwhelming majority of the American people to aggressively promote an Open Borders agenda. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services draft memo that surfaced this summer contemplated ways to enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action.” Shortly thereafter, an ICE draft memo appeared, instructing all law enforcement – including any “state, local, or tribal officer” – that no one “should not issue detainers against an alien charged only with a traffic-related misdemeanor.” Traffic stops have been one of the most fruitful ways of finding and deporting illegal aliens and make up the heart of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to exercise their federally delegated power in arresting illegal immigrants.
When the Obama administration is not making law, it is busy ignoring it. The New York Times reported that the government simply stopped deporting young illegal aliens this summer – an exemption that applies to 726,000 people – because they may be eligible for the DREAM Act, which Congress has not yet passed (and probably never will). The administration began dismissing virtually all cases against illegals who had not committed any violent crime, letting a potential 17,000 illegals off-the-hook. Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security seems to have let a Congressionally mandated program to assure visa recipients leave the country slide – although overstays are the entry point for 40-45 percent of all illegal immigrants in the United States. That is how six of the 9/11 hijackers entered the country. Although Congress supports enforcement, the administration has simply shut down their requests.
Obama has unilaterally decided not to apply equal rights to disenfranchised white voters, dropping all such lawsuits targeting minority organizations. DoJ appointee Julie Fernandez said, “the Obama administration was only interested in bringing…cases that would provide political equality for racial and language minority voters.” Two former, high-ranking DoJ voting rights lawyers have testified the racist arrangement is an official government policy.
The Obama administration has already begun to entertain aspects of the Green Left’s agenda, a trend it will increase in the second half of its first (and, we hope, only) term. The EPA considered, then rejected, banning fishing gear and traditional bullets this summer. Obama has taken steps toward nationalizing millions of acres of land in the American West. In July, the president established the National Ocean Council, staffed with 27 members, by decree. Rep. Sam Farr boasted at the time, “We already have a Clean Air Act and a Clean Water Act. With today’s executive order, President Obama in effect creates a Clean Ocean Act.” Some have written this panel will implement the never-ratified UN Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).
The danger is not merely that the president will enact legislation with the stroke of a pen, like Caesar. It appears likely he will accelerate his trend to pre-empt domestic political questions before the United Nations. Obama hauled Arizona before the UN Human Rights Council this summer over the state’s aforementioned immigration law. A couple of weeks ago, the UN’s Global Migration Group issued a new report blasting opponents of Open Borders and welfare for illegal aliens as “xenophobes and racists.” Now, the Justice Department has solicited 11 Latin American nations to weigh in on its lawsuit stating the Arizona law violates the U.S. Constitution – as though any of the parties would know or care. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer called the foreign intervention “incredibly offensive,” adding, “American sovereignty begins in the U.S. Constitution and at the border.”
The Obama administration has already rendered one of these moot and is now working to undermine the other. He has appointed two Supreme Court justices who believe in supplanting the U.S. Constitution with foreign law.
Obama used the same UN report to push a far-Left agenda (including card-check union organization, bilingual ballots, universal preschool, and gays in the military) under the guise of “human rights.” He likewise extended benefits to the same-sex “partners” of some federal employees in advance of a Congressional bill to do the same.
Where does the president derive these dictatorial powers?
Simple: he claims them. Article II of the U.S. Constitution delegates to the president only the powers to act as commander-in-chief of the military, grant pardons, make treaties (which must be approved by the Senate), appoint ambassadors and Supreme Court justices, and give the State of the Union address.
And, if necessary, the “right” to be impeached.
Barack Obama is dedicated to use whatever time he has in office forcing as much of his agenda on the United States – and so transforming the economic and electoral make-up of our nation – that his radical vision can be foisted upon Americans as a fait accompli.
Many Americans believed the velvet words of hope and change during the 2008 campaign. If the thuggishness of the past two years has not convinced them of his disregard for popular will, the U.S. Constitution, and the rule of law, two years of radical, royal decrees may.
Obama has only one use for the U.S. Constition and that is …
If Congressional Republicans do their jobs in 2011, Obama may not fill out two more years in office.
Channing Moss was impaled with a piece of live ordinance. The medical people could have followed protocol and let him die, but they saw the value of one human life and did what they had to do. What a testimony of the power of a living God, who works through willing vessels everyday.
Our God does not look for our capability – He looks for our availability and He does the rest. Each team member that played a part in the rescue of SPC Channing Moss’ life may not have recognized at the time that God was there waiting for them, to work through them to save this kid’s life. Amazing grace.
October 19, 2010
Dancing with the Stars results: Bristol Palin safe, Florence Henderson eliminated
“Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas were eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” after five weeks of competition. They earned the lowest combined score of judges’ points and viewers’ votes, though Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned lower scores from the judges.
The 76-year-old was gracious about leaving the show. “I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honestly, this is one of the best produced shows I’ve ever been on.” She thanked the crew, the hosts, the musicians, “even” the judges and, of course, her “darling” partner Corky Ballas.
In the first five minutes of the show, viewers were surprised to learn that two lowest scoring couples — Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas — received enough viewer votes to return to next week’s sixth competition episode.
Here’s some backstage media after Bristol and Mark danced last night