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Obama blames Founding Fathers’ ‘structural’ design of Congress for gridlock
wash times ^ | 5/23/14 | d boyer

Posted on 05/24/2014 5:37:11 AM PDT by bestintxas

President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate.

At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population.

“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.

The Founding Fathers decided in the “Great Compromise” in 1787 to apportion House seats based on population and give each state two seats in the Senate regardless of population. The solution was a compromise between large states and small states in a dispute that nearly dissolved the Constitutional Convention.

The president also blamed “demographics” for the inability of the Democratic Party to gain more power in Congress, saying Democrats “tend to congregate a little more densely” in cities such as New York and Chicago. He said it gives Republicans disproportional clout in Congress.

“So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through,” Mr. Obama said.

He also said Democrats suffer from the “congenital disease” of not voting in midterm elections.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; idiotinchief; obama; penandphonepotus; yearofaction
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It is working exactly as the smart Founders envisioned.

This is undeniable proof Obama does not even know how America was founded: We are a nation made up of individual states. We are not simply one big country.

The Confederacy was correct on this one.

1 posted on 05/24/2014 5:37:11 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas
What do you expect from a incompetent buffoon?
He always blames somebody else for his incompetence.
2 posted on 05/24/2014 5:41:29 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We have just about used up the race card and the Politically Correct card too. Gay card next! !)
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To: bestintxas

“This is undeniable proof Obama does not even know how America was founded:”

Do you really think that the problem here is Obama’s ignorance?

If I wanted to demolish my house I would have to hire an expert on construction to make sure this was done properly. Those who want to demolish America’s constitution have also engaged the services of an expert.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 5:41:43 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: bestintxas

The founders had the Obamanation in mind when when they set up checks and balances throughout organization the republic,not just the congress. And quite intentionally these get in the way of would-be dictators.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 5:41:54 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: bestintxas

Sounds to me like Barry is advocating an over throw. This is like a dog whistle to his supporters. Go for it Barry, you and your legions of leaches verses the producers and workers. I will have a front seat in that battle and we can settle this once and for all times.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 5:42:10 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: bestintxas
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In his dreams.

6 posted on 05/24/2014 5:43:03 AM PDT by newheart (The greatest trick the Left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: bestintxas

Can I call out Obama on a demagogic statement?

He’s saying the GOP has been rejected by the public. How so?

Most of our state governors are Republicans. A majority of state legislatures are controlled by Republicans. Republicans control the House.

DEmocrats control the Senate and White House.

How, by any objective standard, can anybody say that the public has rejected the Republicans, when Republicans control so many areas of government around the country???

Yet the lap dog media will report this as gospel, and will find its way into MSNBC talking points, that the GOP is a fringe minority party.

The GOP is marginalized on the Upper West Side, but there are many places in America where the Republican party is alive and well.

is s samll


7 posted on 05/24/2014 5:43:04 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: bestintxas

This is at least the third time it has been posted. One just a few minutes before

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3159656/posts


8 posted on 05/24/2014 5:43:16 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: bestintxas

Sure Mr. President, the gridlock that keeps you from ruling like a monarch. Sort of a checks and balances thingy we bitter clingers cherish.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 5:43:25 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: DeaconRed

He.s a Constitutional Genius.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 5:47:18 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bestintxas

Yes, and it was those damned Founding Fathers that gave us a constitution of “negative liberties” (for the government), too. Other than giving us the greatest nation on earth, what have they done for us since then?


11 posted on 05/24/2014 5:49:05 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didnÂ’t end because we ran out of stones)
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To: bestintxas

So he wants a one party government? He would be wiser to learn how to work with the other party ... like Clinton had to do with Newt. Our government set up checks and balances for a reason.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 5:49:37 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: bestintxas

Only proves he believes in “Dictator”.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 5:52:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bestintxas

‘One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population’

Yes, it was an INTENTIONAL inclusion to prevent the idiot masses and fascist CIC from ruining this great country.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 5:54:01 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: bestintxas
Why is it every time the Balloon Head in Chief speaks, a report on it seems like it should be made by some semi-serious news or satire site?
15 posted on 05/24/2014 5:57:54 AM PDT by stevem
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To: bestintxas

The 17th Amendment already screwed up the original intent of the Founders regarding Senators and probably insured that no President will ever be truly removed from office.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 5:59:44 AM PDT by kempster
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To: bestintxas
 photo shithead_zps47fface5.jpg His problem is obvious.
17 posted on 05/24/2014 6:00:10 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: bestintxas

I could make a similar complaint that Rhode Island gets as many senators as Texas...


18 posted on 05/24/2014 6:00:30 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: bestintxas

Funny it’s all seemed to work until obama got in office..
Must be the racism thing, right?


19 posted on 05/24/2014 6:00:36 AM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRC)
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To: bestintxas

These same “problems” he is always going on about are part of the reason idiots like him and his party can control the Senate, the Executive branch, and the Judiciary. It really cuts both ways.


20 posted on 05/24/2014 6:01:47 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: bestintxas

I cannot fathom the arrogance and conceit that must be at the core of this pretender. For him to suppose, to presume to know more and ponder more greatly than the collective minds of the Founders, AND the first generation of Free Americans who ratified the Constitution is simply beyond belief.

And, now to have him in a position of the most significant power, with a penchant for ruling rather than leading, and a cadre of sycophants to do his very bidding, simply compounds the danger he represents; a clear and present danger.

I pray for the nation.


21 posted on 05/24/2014 6:03:42 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: bestintxas

This crap from a self-described constitutional law professor. This ‘swipe probably thinks the Connecticut Compromise is how he got his Social Security card.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 6:04:34 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: bestintxas

Well, yeah . . . coming from an illegal alien such as he is, I guess that’s what you’d expect


23 posted on 05/24/2014 6:05:42 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Dilbert San Diego

0bama is a compulsive liar. I think he’d rather tell a lie he thinks he can get by with than to utter a true statement that would do him more good.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. We’re all supposed to bow at his feet and obey his commands.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 6:07:26 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: luvbach1

Exactly.

They were wise enough to know that someone like obumbler would come along some day.

And here he is: The biggest con man in our political history.

Or a front man , a Trojan Horse for something more sinister?


25 posted on 05/24/2014 6:09:26 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: baddog 219

Your photo sums up the situation completely.


26 posted on 05/24/2014 6:11:47 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: bestintxas

It’s only a disadvantage to megalomaniacal tyrants who think they have all the answers to overcoming life’s difficulties even thought they’ve never achieved anything of substance or proven they can even solve their own problems without spreading other people’s money to their friends and cronies.


27 posted on 05/24/2014 6:13:06 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: bestintxas

Oh, I get it .. it’s George Washington’s fault!


28 posted on 05/24/2014 6:13:19 AM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: bestintxas

obama is a complete dumkopf if he doesn’t comprehend that gridlock is a good thing and the Constitution was designed that way deliberately to slow down destructors who managed to get into powerful places


29 posted on 05/24/2014 6:14:46 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bestintxas

States have rights

feds have a few enumerated powers which they have overstepped and abused


30 posted on 05/24/2014 6:15:40 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bestintxas
“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.

The United States Constitution is obviously putting Mr. Obama at a disadvantage....again.

31 posted on 05/24/2014 6:17:24 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Mouton

It’s time for it.


32 posted on 05/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: DeaconRed
He's not incompetent. He knows exactly what he's doing and this is all by design.

I knew Obama was a fraud even when he gave his stupid 2004 DNC Convention speech.

33 posted on 05/24/2014 6:19:13 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: traderrob6

To be more precise, the Senate was selected by the State Legislatures to represent and do the bidding of the States as their legislatures deemed in the State’s best interest. Those legislators were far more accountable to their small local constituencies, where the founders knew the origins of those checks and balances needed to reside. The 17th Amendment changed that.


34 posted on 05/24/2014 6:19:56 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: bestintxas

Constitutional lawyer my eye. Has anyone ever heard of anyone who was in law school with this guy or had a class taught by him?

I was just reading about Madison the other day as to how the system is intentionally adversarial; ow he believed that the competition between the three limited branches would slow or stop tyranny.


35 posted on 05/24/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by rey
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To: laweeks

f he were actually born in Hawaii, it does not make him an illegal alien. The fact that his father was never a citizen is at the heart of his legal standing to run for the Presidency. The more people try to go the route of where he was born just obfuscates the basic argument which most seen incapable to comprehend. It is about the status of a Natural Born Citizen.

http://www.constitution.org/abus/pres_elig.htm


36 posted on 05/24/2014 6:29:46 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: mazda77

Clown Prince nobama should be impeached, convicted of his many, many crimes and exiled. Waterboard the buffoon, however, prior to exile to find out who he really is.


37 posted on 05/24/2014 6:32:03 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: bestintxas

FUBO... another Marxist that has zero clue about the US Constitution and the travesty that is 17A.


38 posted on 05/24/2014 6:37:39 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: bestintxas

Poor Captain Midnight. Those damned founding fathers standing in the way of his dictatorship.


39 posted on 05/24/2014 6:41:40 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: bestintxas

He does not and cannot conceal who and what he is. His hate America upbringing and education spill out every time he gets into the public arena, especially without his faithful TelePrompter.


40 posted on 05/24/2014 6:45:07 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sacajaweau

“Only proves he believes in “Dictator”.”

I’m thinking His Highnesty would prefer the word “King”.


41 posted on 05/24/2014 6:45:30 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Rodamala

These are the words of a Tyrant seeking to overthrow the foundational principles of the republic.


42 posted on 05/24/2014 6:46:04 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: bestintxas

What our Founders did not think to put in the Original Constitution was TERM LIMITS on both president and Congress, and to make the Senate a 4 yr term, and set pay rates, no retirement, and how long a bill could be. Make USSC a ELECTED office where justices are accountable to the People. Some of the Secretarial post should be elected too.


43 posted on 05/24/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: bestintxas
The Founding Fathers created the structure of Congress as more than just a "compromise". The House which was to be proportional to the population of each state was by design to be volatile with every seat up for election every two years. The House was to reflect the mood of the country. The Senate, whose members were initially elected by the state legislatures, were given longer 6 year terms with no more than one third of the membership up for election every election cycle. Each state was given two senators so that small population states would not be drowned out by the larger population states. The Senate was to counter balance the volatile House and give stability to Congress.

In Obama's view the flyover states, which tend to be more conservative, would have virtually no say in Congress and only a few large population and liberal states would control Congress. The same is true for doing away with the electoral college and going to solely a popular vote for POTUS. Again small population states would become irrelevant in presidential elections and a few large states would control who was elected POTUS.

Obama's Constitutional scholarship is farcical and his revisions to the Constitution would disenfranchise half the the country

44 posted on 05/24/2014 6:47:43 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: hal ogen

I agree, but it serves no purpose to go after anything that cannot be proven. We can prove that he is not a Natural Born Citizen and insomuch where the focus ought to be directed. Not all of these other unprovable nuances that just muddy the water from focus.

Once the determination has been made that he is not and therefore ineligible, he and the entire cabal needs to be prosecuted and incarcerated to the FULLEST extent the law allows, including treason and sedition.


45 posted on 05/24/2014 6:51:07 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"He's not incompetent."

He wrote the book on it. . . . . . .
What makes him even worse, is that NOBODY has told him he is. . . . .

46 posted on 05/24/2014 6:54:34 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We have just about used up the race card and the Politically Correct card too. Gay card next! !)
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" Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body,
independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act.
In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established,
be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.
" James Madison Federalist No. 39, January 1788

Click The Pic

47 posted on 05/24/2014 6:54:35 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Which leads us to the fact that the GOP is incapable of fighting back either out of incompetence or by choice. Reagan was the last person in my memory who was able to rise above the rabble and say what needed to be said without fear. We have a few conservatives who are doing the same, but they are labled as wackos, even by their own party.

Even here where we should all support one another in our cause, the tendency toward kneejerk reactions is our biggest undoing.


48 posted on 05/24/2014 7:02:38 AM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: DeaconRed

A few willful people, or an absolute oaf, can bring gridlock to any system of human commerce.

The US Constitution was written for men of a certain moral stance, and is applied through Christian principles. While you may or may not believe in Christ, the principles exist largely independent of that exercise of faith. There was a certain assumption about the basic level of reading and reasoning capability, as well, and the expectation that the electorate would be well-informed on the issues of the day.

Many of these pre-conditions either are greatly diminished or no longer exist in the psyche of many people, which may be approaching a majority.


49 posted on 05/24/2014 7:05:04 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: bestintxas

Obama would have nothing to say if he couldn’t blame someone for something... If only HE could have been Adam in the garden of Eden, we wouldn’t have the world of mess we have today...


50 posted on 05/24/2014 7:06:27 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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