Skip to comments.Orson Scott Card: Obama Spits on the Constitution
Posted on 10/24/2010 6:04:49 PM PDT by neverdem
What do you do if you're President and you want to nominate an extreme leftist to be in charge of American banking and consumer lending?
By law, the position requires the advice and consent of the Senate, and you know that your candidate for the job will never be confirmed. Many in your own party won't vote for her. It will be a big public relations mess.
Here's what you do, if you're Barack Obama. You appoint her to a much lower-level position, an advisory one that doesn't require Senate confirmation. But then you instruct the Secretary of the Treasury not to interfere with any of her decisions and make sure they're carried out.
Technically, she doesn't have the position that requires Senate confirmation (i.e., she doesn't have the title or the salary). But she has all the power of that position, and the cabinet officer who was confirmed by the Senate has been told that this appointee has the ear of the President, which is code for "stay out of her way."
The extremist who has been unconstitutionally given authority she has no right to hold is Elizabeth Warren, who is effectively running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without any checks and balances whatsoever (unless we count Obama's "firm hand").
Now, if Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had any spunk at all, he would resign his position over this. Obama's action is unconstitutional and politically stupid. It shows his contempt for the Constitution. It shows his ignorance of and contempt for American business.
Something as vital as consumer credit is no longer under the supervision of our elected representatives -- now Obama and his cronies can do what's "good" for us, without our opinions mattering at all.
As the Wall Street Journal puts it: "Remind us again why the tea party critique of Obama governance is crazy."
If the Republican Party had any spunk, they would respond to this outrage by introducing a resolution of impeachment in the House of Representatives. President Obama has clearly shown by this action that he despises his oath of office.
He promised in that oath to "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States," and avowed that he would "to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Circumventing the advice-and-consent role of the Senate is a clear violation of the Constitution. Instead of preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution, he is doing his best to erase it, to make it meaningless.
And the fact that the Democrats in the Senate are sitting still for this shows what depths the Democratic Party has sunk to. There was a day when, regardless of party loyalty, Congress would have acted at once to block a President for a power grab like this.
After all, what is to stop him from appointing all kinds of unconfirmable radicals, morons, and otherwise offensive candidates as "advisers to the President" and then instruct cabinet officers to look the other way as these illegal appointees do whatever they want?
This is what dictatorship looks like, boys and girls. And Obama has been doing it all along. What do you think his "czars" are? But this case is so obvious, and so dangerous to the economy as well as to our freedoms, that it cannot be allowed to stand.
But even if Obama decides to withdraw this unconstitutional appointment, we must not forget that this is what he wants to do and how he wants to govern.
Even a brainless, rubberstamp Congress like this one seems to annoy Obama too much for him to put up with that silly "Constitution" stuff. What will Obama do when he faces at least one house with a Republican majority? When the Democrats lost Congress in 1994, Bill Clinton suddenly discovered how conservative he had been all along, and coopted all of Newt Gingrich's achievements so that he could get reelected.
But Obama? He's shown that he'll simply ignore the Constitution.
The question is, how far can he go? At what point do loyal, oath-keeping government officials say, "I will not follow that instruction because it's unconstitutional"?
Better to be fired by this President than to remain in an administration that is determined to govern as if we had a Dictatorship of the Proletariat instead of a Constitution.
Rebellion is brewing!!
Sic semper tyrannis
Obama is Satan spawn.
Yeah, I’d say he’s a mad rat.
It is time to restore the Constitution.
It is time to SAVE the Constitution.
This used to happen during the Co-Presidency, too. Remember Reno on TV spluttering about Waco, “W_webb Hubbell wa_was in charge...”
If they do get to "that point", it's still no problem for Zero. He has his Executive Orders and an entire fleet of Czars at his command.
who is letting him do it..since he was elected president he has acted more king...
That is what his supporters think a president
is ought to be.
As long as he's a leftist, that is.
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The extremist who has been unconstitutionally given authority she has no right to hold is Elizabeth Warren, who is effectively running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without any checks and balances whatsoever (unless we count Obama's "firm hand"). Now, if Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had any spunk at all, he would resign his position over this. Obama's action is unconstitutional and politically stupid. It shows his contempt for the Constitution. It shows his ignorance of and contempt for American business.Thanks neverdem.
He’s not a rat.
How would the lessons of ENDER’S GAME apply to this presidency? When things were tough Ender chose the most direct, efficient, winning strategy, disregarding all other concerns and shocking the heck out of the PC folks watching him. Right or wrong it may be in our world, but to Ender the birthers’s solution would be the strategy against Obama. Declare he never was eligible, thus never was really president and that all done in his name is null and void. Let the consequences fall where they may. And of course with Ender running things the strategy would be sure to work; in our real world the results are far from certain.
He used to be...don't know about now. Sure doesn't sound like he's voting rat this year.
obama’s “firm hand” made me laugh.....the i roflmao-—the only “firm hand” Obama has is on Reggie’s azzzzzzzz
Just wondering — Are any current Congressional candidates members of the Oath Keepers?
My favorite line from ENDER’S GAME, and the one that prompted my screen name (which I use most everywhere) is as follows, where Ender is recovering from a quick whuppin’ only to hear:
“I am your enemy, the first one you’ve ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher.”
Mr. Orson Scott Card has it spot on. (As usual.) I wish more FReepers were paying attention to this.
rhino times on Freerepublic! Excellent.
I’ve read his Uncle Orson stuff for years. He has not been a liberal during all that period.
Maybe something of a libertarian but never a rat.
...added to the list of impeachable offenses...
We are the Constitution, and if they subvert it, we subvert them. FUBO!
Don't know about now.
I can say that if all Democrats were like Card America would survive.
I think Card is a wonderful writer and ready his columns weekly. 95% of the time he is spot on. I have shook my head for years wondering how he was ever/still is a democrat.
Like I said, I don't know his current political affiliation.
This whole WH situation is headed for a very bad ending...
Thanks for the ping!
When did he see the light?
I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations.November 06, 2006 By Orson Scott Card
Love that book....
Could not put it down.
I’m wondering...if/since the president is invited to speak at the SOTU (technically) by the House of Representatives...too bad they can’t just rescind the invitation...
“I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America’s role as a light among nations.”
Lemme guess, Orson:
You didn’t get it about the national security necessity of America kicking the ass of terrorist scum in their own backyard, even though the theme of your fictional construct in Ender’s Game, was defense against an alien attack.
You Lefties LOVE to throw out the hypocrite label. You are one.
You didnt get it about the national security necessity of America kicking the ass of terrorist scum in their own backyard, even though the theme of your fictional construct in Enders Game, was defense against an alien attack.
You should have checked the link. He, unlike most rats, appreciates the Islamofascists for the threat they pose.
I think Card is a Democrat about like Victor Davis Hanson is a Democrat. They both hearken back to a time before the Dem party was taken over by the Communist Left.
Look on the bright side:
When the King is driven from office, flees home to Kenya with a bounty on his head, there will be work for bounty hunters...
Yep! Guess I better get my passport in order...Don't want the cake cut & eaten before I get there...