Skip to comments.King Barack’s (Unconstitutional) power grab
Posted on 01/05/2012 5:18:21 AM PST by tobyhill
President Obama yesterday played a violent game of kickball with the US Constitution, making a number of high-level recess appointments even though the Senate isnt actually in recess.
He named former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Board, a nomination Republicans have been fighting.
And then he named three new members of the pro-union activist National Labor Relations Board.
Presidents have the right to make temporary appointments when Congress is away from Washington, of course, and both parties have used that power.
But Obama is the first president to declare that he, and he alone, can decide whether the Senate which must confirm his appointments is actually meeting.
In order to block recess appointments, the Senate intentionally has been holding pro forma sessions every few days, each of which lasts only a few seconds.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with then-Sen. Obamas support did the same thing in 2007 to block any recess appointments by President George W. Bush.
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If nothing else, he’s guilty of dereliction of duty. He took an oath, he’s broken his promise. Sadly, the majority of Americans will never hear about this nor care if they do.
As long as American Idol starts on time and gas stays under $4/gal, all is well.
November? He’s guilty NOW! This isn’t a matter of diddling around, he’s literally taken over the Federal government by nullifying the Constitutionally outlined powers of Congress.
Americans should be LIVID about this! But they aren’t...
Yes it is treason and I’m wondering where the Republicans on the hill are?
I’ve only seen a couple of ‘protests’ and absolutely no even implying impeachment.
I’ve gotten very disillusioned with the Repubs that just can’t seem to stand on principal and against tyranny.
It’s time for a new, principled ‘Conservative’ party.
I hate this man so much...in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine electing a president that would actually engineer the demise of our great country.
In former Free Republic postings comparing Obama’s administration in any way to Nazi’s or Fascism has been regarded as a bad idea.
My view is: How can we compare it to anything else.
He is set on destroying the Constitution and getting his way by using the FORCE of the Presidential office.
A force that really des not exist except in his own mind.
The problem is not the checks and balances of our form of Government.
It is the lack of courage it takes by the other two branch’s to see that the Executive Branch does not overstep it’s bounds, and so far I do not see the willingness of the other two branch’s to stop this man from becoming a faux dictator as he is already a faux President.
It started as the Supreme Court did not have the courage to listen to arguments that purported that Obama was ineligible and it has grown from there to here and now when this Narcissist declares that he can make up his own laws, regulations assign the people he wants and the hell with Congress.
P.S. You think he is bad now, Give him 4 more years.
His arrogance will start a Civil War.
“I hate this man so much...in my wildest dreams, I couldnt imagine electing a president that would actually engineer the demise of our great country.”
My feelings exactly. He has to go.
The fact that he did this on pupose (he could have done it legally the day before) leads me to believe it may be a “watch this hand” moment. I’m not sure what the other hand is doing but I can guarantee it is pretty bad.
Dictators behave alike.
Hussein is no different from the many others we name.
To be successful, however, he needs a compliant press and A LACK OF OPPOSITION (RINO) IN THE LEGISLATURE.
Got that too, evidently.
Somebody wake up Boner—PLEASE???
Washington republicans BETTER make a BIG deal of this - and I’ll be contacted all whom I can to urge them on.
I recognize that zer0 WANTS to raise the temperature of DC rancor even more than it is, wants to run against Congress, and wants to excite his base.
That said, from the R angle, if this fight needs to be had, then R’s should be shouting from rooftops to make the American people, R’s and U’s and hopefully many D’s, aware of this NOT ISOLATED flagrant constitutional violation.
If it is unconstitutional, why don’t the Republicans take this to the Supreme Court? To do so would not only stop the appointment but also embarrass Obama as well as respond to his anti-Republican rhetoric.
This is frustrating. The Republicans let themselves get walked over and do nothing about it.
How many FReepers took the time to write a letter of protest to your senators?
2012 is an election year and all the incumbents need to be voted out! Even first term “Tea Party” backed members of Congress and the Senate. These people are not doing their jobs and need to be fired. The alternative is a multi-million person march on Washington to demand the removal of the President.
Terrifying thought. Imagaine what he'd do in a nothing-to-lose second term?
But then, what good would bureaucracy be if it could not be politically manipulated?
Well then maybe we need to take matters into our own hands. I have called my Dem congressman twice about this . We ALL need to bust chops and get this message out . This is treason in my book
I sent letters to both of my senators yesterday, Portman and Brown of Ohio, asking them to take legal action against this usurpation of power.
The recess appointment authority given to the President was not given to provide the president a way around the Senate's power of advice and consent. It was granted because in the late 1700's travel and communication were extremely slow and a recess meant as much as a month of travel time for Senators.
This is also unconstitutional because the language of the Constitution clearly says that the vacancy must take place DURING a recess of the Senate. That clearly is not the case.
This is also unconstitutional because the Senate had ALREADY begun consideration of this nomination prior to any recess and, had it been an emergency, they would have moved on it. It was STILL being considered, so there was absolutely no justification for the president's illegal act.
Finally, this is LAWLESSNESS and DICTATORSHIP, not because I don't like the decision, but because in the future there is now no impediment to any president appointing anyone to power with zero oversight whatsoever. All it takes is the dictator making a decision on the person he wants.
This really is a usurpation of power and is an exact parallel with those usurpations that led to the rebellion and the Declaration of Independence.
Because they are getting the media spin version on the local news before they go to bed.
Congress can do something about it all by themselves.
The SCOTUS is not necessary.
The problem is, the ‘Will’ is lacking and they just don’t have the back bone to do it.
4 more years will turn into something much longer, I’m afraid.
You say that like that would be a bad thing.
The lib press is fond of telling us that without Obama there will be blood in the streets. They neglect to say that with Obama there will be blood in the streets.
Excellent points all.
“You say that like that would be a bad thing.”
It would be a bad thing.
How is this Treason?
Is this not GOP Confirmation of Obama's
antiConstitutional, if not treasonous, behavior?
Exactly my thoughts as well. I believe he’s jab-pushing Uncle Sam as he is surrounded by fellow gangbanger’s trying to cause a reaction so they can jump him, and beat him down typical of the sort of Street Punk he is.
I think the more brazen moves such as this by Obama, and Co. are by design to start conflict for a specific purpose.
I believe he, they are trying to draw out, and force a showdown so they can use their influence with the MSM to blame the Republicans for all our woes by diverting the focus away from the Democrats destruction to our Constitution, our way of life.
Living in a country that doesn’t follow it’s Constitution is worse than a Civil War. At least if your state(s) manages to fight it’s way out of this stinking union it will be able to start over.
The correct term is ‘Corporatism’.
Obama and the ‘Progressives’ are following the collective agenda to a ‘T’. However, in other countries, the proletariat revolted and had to be put down. Here, they seem to chose to be slaves than poor.
Some of us do not make good slaves.
My bet is he’s trying to force an impeachment.
Frankly, the Constitution leaves us few options ~ which is why the Speaker calling out the militia may well be the only one that can get "their" attention.
Tell you what, when Boehner calls out the militia he should send a detachment up there to start rounding up Democrats and holding them pending conclusion of the hostilities.
It's easy to do there ~ just build a fence around the state. Put a half dozen guards on duty to shoot anyone who tries to get in or out. Then wait.
Finding enemies of the Republic in that state is a trivial problem ~ they are all enemies as far as anyone can tell.
Oh, yeah, and cut off their electric power and fuel oil. Let'em freeze to death in the dark this winter.
They'll begin to see the error of their ways.
Again, this calls for precipitate action. Call out the militia.
Obama is showing his desperation here.
Remember, everything he does now is tied to getting re-elected, and he’s a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. (Shakedown artist).
I’ll bet his donations are not coming in as expected.
So, he’s in a hurry to get this appointment in place, in order to begin to shakedown an industry for protection money/donations to the campaign.
“Give me a donation for my campaign and we’ll exempt you from the pinch we’re going to put on your industry”.
Look for the non-bank money services industry-pay day loans, title loans, check cashing, buy-here-pay-here entities, to be vilified incessantly. They will threaten to cap interest rates, fees, etc. in the name of protecting the consumer.
“I’m the only one standing between you and the pitchforks”.
It will be easy to identify the ones who will have “donated”. They’re the ones who will be exempted.
This is what community organizers do.
McCain was furious about this arrogant power grab, or whatever he called it, with the Friends this morning. So what are you going to do about it, Senator???
Question: What exactly is anybody going to do about it?
Taking an example from the Catholic Church, after Vatican II, situation ethics became all the rage. Basicaly, if it felt good, do it. Today, the BOHICA Party’s two factions operate under different rules. The progressives/reformers operate under situation ethics while the conservatives/traditionalsts operate under the rules. Then, as now, we lost.
So long as one party rules, we are the losers.
The republicans are not going to do doodly squat about it and Barry knows it. He probablay could declare martial law and declare himself president for life and Tammy Faye Boehner would come out to the cameras boo hooing in his hanky and saying “Thats the best we could get”. They ought to be threatening him with impeachment and defunding the position of the nomineee. Let the guy serve for free.
Then how about Churchill..?
Churchill to his war cabinet on strategic issues to defeat the Nazi's
1. Destroy means of refining and distribution of petroleum
2. Destroy means of production and distribution of electricity...starting with coal mining.
3. Destroy manufacturing capacity starting with ball bearing factories.
4. Terrorize the civilian population with fire bombing.
Seems to me 0bambi is channeling Churchill in his war on America.
Public fears allayed
Czar and fettering won't interfere with Super Bowl, Obama promises
Taking on powers not granted to him in the constitution. Add that to the other power grabs he’s attempted.
“Tammy Faye Boehner”
I like that.
And you’re right. Bonehead and the rest will just sit back and cower.. no guts between the lot of them.
Even the so-called ‘tea party’ group we voted into office.
It seems once they hit Capital Hill, the change began immediately..
Precisely so! Buuuuuump
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.