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Obstructionism Is Patriotic ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT by Kaslin

Three cheers for right-wing obstructionism. Can we have more, please, and louder?

This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a rebuke against arrogant White House power-grabbers who thought they could act with absolute impunity and interminable immunity. Second, the ruling is a reproach of all the establishment pushovers on Capitol Hill who put comity above constitutional principle.

In a nutshell: The high court determined that Obama lawlessly exceeded his executive authority when he foisted three members onto the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, during what Democrats declared was a phony-baloney Senate "recess." In reality, the Senate was holding pro forma sessions over winter break precisely to prevent such circumvention. The ability to convene pro forma sessions is a power retained in both the House and Senate. It's a time-honored, constitutionally protected tradition.

No matter. Our imperial president and his crafty lawyers declared that the Senate wasn't in business despite the Senate's declaration that it was, and the White House rammed through the appointments of Terence Flynn, Richard Griffin and Sharon Block while the Senate took a brief weekend break in between the pro forma sessions. The steamrolling gave the NLRB a quorum -- and a green light to issue hundreds and hundreds of legally suspect decisions.

But conservatives objected. Plaintiff Noel Canning, the businessman who challenged the legitimacy of NLRB decisions made by the shadily packed panel, objected. And President Rules-For-Thee-But-Not-For-Me got hoisted by his own petard. The high court resoundingly rejected the administration's ploy to usurp "the Constitution's broad delegation of authority to the Senate to determine how and when to conduct its business."

The decision also vindicates conservative pushback against Obama's overreaching recess appointments of radical SEIU lawyer Craig Becker in 2010 and unfettered financial czar Richard Cordray in 2012. As Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, put it: "(T)he real victory goes to the Constitution's separation of powers. ... By striking down these appointments, the Supreme Court delivered a much-needed bench-slap to the Obama administration's contempt for the Constitution."

The Canning decision should embolden "obstructionist" conservatives on Capitol Hill -- led by House Republicans -- who have raised bloody hell over Obama's imperial governance in defiance of establishment GOP go-along, get-alongism. Staunch conservative Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out after the NLRB ruling: "This marks the 12th time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama administration's calls for greater federal executive power."

Thanks to patriotic obstructionism, this should and will be far from the last rebuke. Continued accommodation of this control-freak president and his cronies is suicide. There are only two responsible replies to a Constitution-trampling, end-run executive unilaterally declaring, "Yes, I can":

1) "No, you can't."

2) "Hell no, you can't."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: nlrb; obstructionism; recessappointment; supremecourt

1 posted on 06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Now, lets see if something actually gets done. Do you really think those people will be removed from those positions or ever miss a days paycheck?

2 posted on 06/27/2014 5:20:58 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Kaslin

Oone would be wise to not take this as a win but to listen to Mark Levin’s analysis before getting so overjoyed.

3 posted on 06/27/2014 5:21:41 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: wbarmy
What about their rulings? Aren't they null and void also. And lawsuits against the NLRB for their illegal actions? It only took, what 2 years and John Boehner's launching a lawsuit too instead of using his constitutional power, he wants to put the fight on ice for years and years while the lawsuit wends its way through the courts.

Is there a person in DC more useless than John Boehner? Probably.

4 posted on 06/27/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

You know, about the Boehner thing, sitting back and seeming to take no action until WAY later. I have suspicions that the real deal is that all these groups start demanding that we fax our complaints to Boehner, and of course they ask for money. Since it doesn’t really cost $15 to fax a letter, where is this money going? I think it is really going to the RNC through a back door. That is why, when I receive those “surveys”, of which we NEVER see or hear any results, I never (if I even bother filling it out) send in one dime. $15 for someone to look it over and put the results in a computer? I’d like that job, please!

No, methinks that this is just another way that the establishment gets our money, tricking us into thinking that we are getting a say in something. I do not send any money to any survey put out by the RNC in any way. And, I think those “LET BOEHNER KNOW......” are another ruse to get our money.

I say let’s just keep on sending our money to our favorite candidates, support the REAL groups that are defending our Constitutional rights (ACLJ, David Horowitz, and a small number of others and pro-family, pro-religious freedom groups, True the Vote, etc. ) I am no longer supporting ANY tea party group. Some of their candidates are less than stellar. Not only that, but some are not ready for prime time. I wait to see who Palin and Cruz support, mostly.

5 posted on 06/27/2014 6:23:27 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Shery

Stop jumping to conclusions. *rme*

6 posted on 06/27/2014 6:41:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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