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Take Lessons From America’s Great Generals in Fighting Obama Lawlessness
Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Bob Barr

Posted on 07/03/2014 1:24:58 PM PDT by Kaslin

U.S. Generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton were two of the most brilliant military minds in the history of modern warfare. Under their commands, American forces in Europe and the Far East decimated hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers, making way for freedom in countries previously ruled by evil tyrants, and preserving our way of life at the same time. An essential element of their strategic approach to warfare was the knowledge that when an enemy is attacking on more than one front, you cannot rely on a single weapon or plan of attack; you must fight with as many options as possible, on as many fronts as you can.

Today, Republicans in Congress could use some of that strategic wisdom in battling a President who is attacking the very foundation of liberty in America from all directions.

There is little question that President Obama is waging total war against the rule of law in America. He uses “Executive Authority” to bypass Congress in making unilateral decisions by decree. He colludes with Democrats in the Senate to create gridlock, providing him more opportunity to justify his unilateral actions. He makes [now illegal] “recess appointments” to stack key government agencies with high-level bureaucrats to institutionalize his Big Government agenda. He tampers with congressional investigations into the gross misconduct of his federal employees through political pressure and manipulation. Those under him destroy evidence. And, to ensure immunity from legal consequences for his unconstitutional activities, he has compromised the Department of Justice -- turning Attorney General Eric Holder into his Enabler-in-Chief.

Republicans, long somnambulant in holding Obama accountable for shredding the Constitution, appear finally to be mustering the courage to fight back; evidenced by Speaker John Boehner’s announcement of a forthcoming lawsuit against Obama’s illegal Executive Actions. “For years Americans have watched with concern as President Barack Obama has declined to faithfully execute the laws of our country,” Boehner wrote in a memo to Congressional Republicans last week, “ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others, and at times, creating laws of his own.”

According to reports, Boehner will call for a vote in the House in the next few weeks to authorize its general counsel to file suit against Obama covering a number of his executive actions. The lawsuit then will wend its way through the federal court system in the District of Columbia; hopefully to land eventually in the laps of the Supreme Court justices, where an important precedent will be set – one way or the other.

The lawsuit is just one of four crucial “fronts” – including legislation, appropriation riders, lawsuits, and ultimately impeachment -- for Congress to use in stopping a president or an Administration operating outside the law and the Constitution.

As I noted here last week, the House could begin sending to the Senate a number of bills narrowly tailored to specifically target, and reverse, onerous executive actions taken by the President. Not only would Obama then be forced to follow the law rather than making up excuses for acting on his own, it would at least force Harry Reid and Democrats in the Senate to explain why they have failed to allow any meaningful and realistic legislation from the House to reach the floor of the Senate. Appropriation riders would help cut funding for Obama’s fiat-created federal programs, as the House has the constitutional power to do so. Lastly, the House could begin an official “inquiry” into whether the President may have committed impeachable offenses, as a preliminary step in collecting and organizing evidence for possible impeachment.

As Patton and MacArthur demonstrated on the battlefield, Boehner and the majority Republicans in the House should utilize all four “fronts” in the coming months to go on the offensive against Obama’s lawlessness. There is no better time than now to act, while Democrats still refuse to accept the reality they helped Obama create, in spite of defeats in the Supreme Court.

Fortunately, voters increasingly are coming to recognize the danger of having a President allowed to exercise unfettered power. The scandals at the IRS and the Veterans Administration, the massive spying programs targeting law-abiding citizens, inept foreign policies in the Middle East, a border with Mexico being overrun with illegals – have combined to open Americas’ eyes wide to the dangers posed by this President and this Administration.

Were Douglas MacArthur or George Patton in the Congress today; they would be attacking relentlessly, repeatedly, and vigorously. Because that is how you defeat a stubborn enemy.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 0bamaadmin; lawlessness; strategy

1 posted on 07/03/2014 1:24:58 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"Today, Republicans in Congress could use some of that strategic wisdom in battling a President who is attacking the very foundation of liberty in America from all directions."

We are truly and throughly screwed, if you put your hope in strategic wisdom or simply fighting in John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

Man, the House GOP "Leadership" are complete morons, who can't see past their next bar tab.

2 posted on 07/03/2014 1:36:36 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Kaslin
they would be attacking relentlessly, repeatedly, and vigorously. Because that is how you defeat a stubborn enemy. (My emphasis)

The operative word is attacking which doesn't seem to exist in the GOPe vocabulary....

3 posted on 07/03/2014 1:42:39 PM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: Kaslin

“As Patton and MacArthur demonstrated “

Both Patton and MacArthur demonstrated how to be removed from command by the President.


4 posted on 07/03/2014 1:45:32 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Kaslin

In a perfect world, the repubs model general would be WT Sherman.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 1:46:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: TexasGator

Patton certainly had severe personality flaws.

And he was the only General the Nazis were scared of.

Often those traits are combined in a person who achieves great things.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 1:49:13 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: varon

Well someone snapped Howard Dean


7 posted on 07/03/2014 1:55:42 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: nascarnation

“Patton certainly had severe personality flaws.”

War is hell ...


8 posted on 07/03/2014 1:56:17 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Kaslin
Were Douglas MacArthur or George Patton in the Congress today;

They'd be labeled as obstructionist, attacked for being Tea Party candidates and called extremist. ALL by the GOPe!

9 posted on 07/03/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: TexasGator

Mac was an arrogant SOB who thought of himself first. Not exactly the guy you want running your country.

The Patton most people think of is really George C Scott.

Patton was a Renaissance man; a poet and a thinker. His tactics on the battlefield were wonderful. His ability to get his message across to superiors was also arrogant and ham-handed.

While I would want Patton leading me on the field, neither of them would have made decent politicians.


10 posted on 07/03/2014 2:10:19 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: varon

Oh, the word is in their vocabulary.

When they’re against conservatives!


11 posted on 07/03/2014 2:16:34 PM PDT by Luircin
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To: Kaslin

The hell with WWII generals. I’m thinking we should be following the WWII vets from Athens, Tenn.


12 posted on 07/03/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: Jabba the Nutt

Yup these bassturds have created a real legacy - the willful destruction of our beloved Republic.


13 posted on 07/03/2014 2:28:40 PM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: Fledermaus

Douglas MacArthur was known as “Dug-Out Dug” for a reason and I suspect he would fit right in with the current bunch. How incredibly sad...


14 posted on 07/03/2014 2:35:27 PM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately, 0bama and his fascist minions are well inside the feckless GOP's OODA Loop and are maintaining at least two steps ahead.

The GOP's strategy is like Saddam Hussein's strategy against the US military which was to sit in place and wait for something to happen so you could react to it. That strategy will be just as successful for the GOP capons as it was for Saddam.

15 posted on 07/03/2014 2:45:05 PM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: Vermont Lt

“Mac was an arrogant SOB who thought of himself first.”

Where did you get that? From HST?


16 posted on 07/03/2014 2:55:11 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Kaslin

Doesn’t mention the fifth and strongest front of contempt of congress for officials who waffle. They need to apply this post haste.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 3:05:28 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Joe 6-pack

An arsonist is no model for anything except terror. We don’t need generals; we need fighters. Like Daniel Morgan, Francis Marion, John Singleton Mosby.


18 posted on 07/03/2014 3:12:21 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: varon

“...attacking ... doesn’t seem to exist in the GOPe vocabulary....”

Neither does “defending”.

How about “Roll over and play dead”? Yeah, they’ve mastered that trick. Unfortunately.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 3:22:46 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: TexasGator

My Dad worked for him in Japan during the occupation.


20 posted on 07/03/2014 6:00:10 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: varon
Crawling into the corner in the fetal position is the only thing I see from the GOP "leadership" in the House.

Sadly, it looks like they will be rewarded in November. Another victory they have not earned or even understood.

21 posted on 07/03/2014 6:01:04 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Vermont Lt

” Japan during the occupation.”

Another MacAuthur success story.


22 posted on 07/03/2014 6:52:57 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

Yes, someone who was there and around the man almost daily would have no idea of what he is talking about.

No, he was not involved in the “big meetings” but he was behind the closed doors most of the time.

My Dad did not have much good to say about Mac. It is the impression of a very young man who happened to be in the “right place at the right time” and ended up inside.

I would imagine any young man would be intimidated by that kind of power up close.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 7:58:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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