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Dem Sen. Ben Nelson Admits He’s Not Sure Obama has “Constitutional Authority” for What He is Doing
Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 19, 2010 | Brian

Posted on 06/19/2010 6:05:39 AM PDT by Federalist Patriot

Here is video of Nebraska Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson admitting he “doesn’t know” if President Obama has the “Constitutional Authority” to force BP to surrender their stockholders’ money without due process of law. But, Nelson said, he has the “moral authority.” When asked if there were any limits to the quagmire of Obama operating on the basis of this “moral authority,” Nelson said there are limits to any authority, but he would not specify what that limit is.

The U.S. Constitution is exactly the “authority” devised to limit the power of our President and the other members of our Government. The “moral authority” must be based on what is allowed under the law, not on the feelings of the moment. We all want the people of the Gulf Region to be compensated for what they have lost, but it makes you wonder what is happening when an elected U.S. does not seem to care whether or not the President has the “Constitutional Authority” to do what he is doing.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: bennelson; bho44; bhofascism; bhotyranny; democrats; obama; tyranny

1 posted on 06/19/2010 6:05:39 AM PDT by Federalist Patriot
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To: Federalist Patriot
The dumb ass ought to know, maybe before becoming senator they need to pass a constitution (US that is) test.
2 posted on 06/19/2010 6:07:56 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
Ben Nelson is still spinning from that last wake up call.
3 posted on 06/19/2010 6:13:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Federalist Patriot
Daniel Webster once stated, "Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and the republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
4 posted on 06/19/2010 6:13:48 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Well, considering Obama made DoD Sec. Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen swear loyalty to HIM in the White House last year... why would anyone think this man has any respect for our constitution?


5 posted on 06/19/2010 6:14:52 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Federalist Patriot
Ben Nelson, a duly elected Senator from the State of Nebraska doesn't know if what Obama is doing is Constitutional?

Senator Nelson is the reason there is a Tea Party today....Americans are fed up with the dumb, politically correct politician sent to Washington, D.C......Ben Nelson, Senator, and all his colleagues should know and understand the United States Constitution inside and out. Obama has trashed and abused the US Constitution even when he was Senator Obama.....he is a Marxist...Nelson is just clueless.

6 posted on 06/19/2010 6:24:42 AM PDT by yoe (The "N" word stands for NO...as in NO MORE VOTES FOR IRRESPONSIBLE CONGRESSMEN OR SENATORS.The new)
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To: Federalist Patriot
Amazing, hey, that the MSM promoted BHO as a constitutional scholar - what a horrid textbook case of misbranding!
7 posted on 06/19/2010 6:25:54 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

O had no authority to force anything on BP

He threatened them or made a deal with them.

BP did not have to take the deal, they could have said “see you in court”.

So authority or not, it is irrelevant if BP agreed.


8 posted on 06/19/2010 6:29:17 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Federalist Patriot

A lot of them know he’s not an American citizen too.


9 posted on 06/19/2010 6:32:30 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: cajungirl

BP was only too happy to give up the job of paying claims.
A pal at the company told me that their offer of a year of income had to substantiated by copies of the last four years of income tax returns (BP would pay the average of the last four years of income.) No one filing a claim was able to do that...


10 posted on 06/19/2010 6:32:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: cajungirl

My thoughts exactly. BP is in on the deal, we just don’t know what their plan is. Other than, of course, shafting the stockholders.


11 posted on 06/19/2010 6:33:51 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: autumnraine
Well, considering Obama made DoD Sec. Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen swear loyalty to HIM in the White House last year

That one slipped past me! Obama needs to be impeached, tried for treason and shipped to Gitmo to rot with his muslim buddies.

12 posted on 06/19/2010 6:34:19 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Federalist Patriot

He doesn’t know? That’s a fine answer, one tantamount to non-denial. He’s left himself quite vulnerable having parsed himself into a legalistic, moralistic corner like that. I would think it would up to BP to fight the administration in court if the President’s diktats have indeed exceeded his authority.


13 posted on 06/19/2010 6:38:44 AM PDT by lbryce (Obama Notwithstanding, America's Best Days Are Yet To Be .)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Simply illustrates the sheer idiocy we have today in the Congress and White House......and to think, these idiots severely lambasted the Bush administration for its lack of ability to follow the US Constitution.....=.=


14 posted on 06/19/2010 6:43:59 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I read or heard that a lot of the businesses seeking relief earned their income “off the books.” Obama needed a way to reward the tax cheats... again.


15 posted on 06/19/2010 6:46:27 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: boomop1

Maybe we need to enforce the idea that if you take an oath to upohold the constitution that you have to understand it.


16 posted on 06/19/2010 6:49:45 AM PDT by kempster
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To: autumnraine
Well, considering Obama made DoD Sec. Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen swear loyalty to HIM in the White House last year...

WTF, O? Was this reported on? If so, do you have a cite on it? That's absolutely outrageous.

17 posted on 06/19/2010 6:50:37 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Federalist Patriot

How much did Reid promise Nelson this time?


18 posted on 06/19/2010 6:51:16 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: Federalist Patriot

It’s called confiscation. Authoritarian regimes do it all the time. Things will get worse before they get better.

Meanwhile, the corrupt and dishonest Democratic news media covers for everything this bunch does.


19 posted on 06/19/2010 6:51:18 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Federalist Patriot
Nebraska Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson admitting he “doesn’t know” if President Obama has the “Constitutional Authority” to force BP to surrender their stockholders’ money without due process of law.

Let me help you out here, Senator:

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

20 posted on 06/19/2010 6:51:58 AM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: hennie pennie
Amazing, hey, that the MSM promoted BHO as a constitutional scholar - what a horrid textbook case of misbranding!

Do you hear the GOP reminding the public of that fact?

Crickets

21 posted on 06/19/2010 6:52:00 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: kempster
Make every government employee bound to uphold the constitution, even the ones that can't read.
22 posted on 06/19/2010 6:55:20 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: pnut22

B.A.N.K.R.U.P.T.C.Y.


23 posted on 06/19/2010 6:57:24 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Of course there is no constitutional authority. Notice how the “justice” dept threatened BP with going to jail over this thing just before the One demanded their money. That’s extortion.


24 posted on 06/19/2010 7:16:57 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (leftism: uncurable mental detioration)
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To: Federalist Patriot
Sen. Ben Nelson admitting he “doesn’t know” if President Obama has the “Constitutional Authority”

In a word; Duh!

Is this just now occurring to an elected Congressman? Do you realize how sad it is that this has not entered his mind before now? Is it possible there are other elected representatives who have not yet experienced the epiphany Congressman Nelson is experiencing?

Perhaps Representative Nelson should share his revelation with other uninformed representative.

25 posted on 06/19/2010 7:29:04 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: SMM48
>>> "Do you hear the GOP reminding the public of that fact?

Crickets" <<<<

Good point!!

I hadn't even noticed, as it's become the NORM for the GOP to let everything pass.

26 posted on 06/19/2010 7:35:26 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: autumnraine

“Well, considering Obama made DoD Sec. Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen swear loyalty to HIM in the White House last year” ????????

Yeah, I’d like to see a citation on this, too. I couldn’t find one, other than somebody who was making a comment on anther site.

There are enough problems with this administration that we shouldn’t be making up new ones, so PROVE YOUR STATEMENT!


27 posted on 06/19/2010 1:21:35 PM PDT by QuestionBoldly (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Ronald Reagan)
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To: QuestionBoldly; Bob; All

See last line of this excerpt...

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/05/15/secrets-from-inside-the-obama-war-room.html

“This was a cold and bracing meeting,” said an official in the room. Lyndon Johnson had never talked to Gen. William Westmoreland that way, or George H.W. Bush to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton had all been played by the Pentagon at various points but hadn’t fought back as directly. Now Obama was sending an unmistakable message: don’t toy with me. Just because he was young, new, a Democrat, and had never been in uniform didn’t mean he was going to get backed into a corner.

Mullen described himself as “chagrined” after the meeting. He had always felt strongly about the importance of civilian control of the military, and in 2008 had delivered a message to the armed forces reminding all service personnel to stay out of politics. Now he and Gates pledged support and told the president that the conduct would change, and it did. On Oct. 5, Gates said in a speech to the Association of the United States Army that it was “imperative” that generals provide their advice “candidly but privately.” (He felt the White House was just as guilty of damaging leaks as the Pentagon, and he hoped his message of discretion was heard there, too.) Mullen and Joint Chiefs vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright stopped selling the McChrystal plan and told Petraeus and McChrystal to stop talking publicly until the policy deliberations were resolved. “They swore loyalty,” said one senior civilian official. “And we chose to believe them.”


28 posted on 06/19/2010 2:17:27 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: QuestionBoldly

P.S. It’s really nice to know that because YOU couldn’t find this, it must mean I am ‘making up new ones.’

Get over yourself.


29 posted on 06/19/2010 2:18:56 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Federalist Patriot

?????????? Doesn’t know if President Obama’s actions are Constitutional?Is it a requirement to get a brainectomy when you become a member of Congress?


30 posted on 06/19/2010 9:58:41 PM PDT by screaming eagle2 (bama)
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