Skip to comments.Obama blames Founding Fathers’ ‘structural’ design of Congress for gridlock
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, its 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.
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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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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This is at least the third time it has been posted. One just a few minutes before
Sure Mr. President, the gridlock that keeps you from ruling like a monarch. Sort of a checks and balances thingy we bitter clingers cherish.
He.s a Constitutional Genius.
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?
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.
Only proves he believes in “Dictator”.
‘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.
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.
I could make a similar complaint that Rhode Island gets as many senators as Texas...
Funny it’s all seemed to work until obama got in office..
Must be the racism thing, right?
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.
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.
This crap from a self-described constitutional law professor. This ‘swipe probably thinks the Connecticut Compromise is how he got his Social Security card.
Well, yeah . . . coming from an illegal alien such as he is, I guess that’s what you’d expect
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.
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?
Your photo sums up the situation completely.
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.
Oh, I get it .. it’s George Washington’s fault!
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
States have rights
feds have a few enumerated powers which they have overstepped and abused
The United States Constitution is obviously putting Mr. Obama at a disadvantage....again.
It’s time for it.
I knew Obama was a fraud even when he gave his stupid 2004 DNC Convention speech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FUBO... another Marxist that has zero clue about the US Constitution and the travesty that is 17A.
Poor Captain Midnight. Those damned founding fathers standing in the way of his dictatorship.
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.
“Only proves he believes in Dictator.”
I’m thinking His Highnesty would prefer the word “King”.
These are the words of a Tyrant seeking to overthrow the foundational principles of the republic.
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.
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
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.
He wrote the book on it. . . . . . .
What makes him even worse, is that NOBODY has told him he is. . . . .
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.
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.
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...