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President Scofflaw
American Thinker ^ | April 7, 2012 | James Lewis

Posted on 04/06/2012 11:48:04 PM PDT by neverdem

I've seen many debates about the war powers of the U.S. Congress, but I've never seen an American president openly laugh at the idea of seeking congressional approval for a major U.S. military assault on another country.

Obama did it with Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Kenya and tried it in Syria. But not in Iran.

Gaddafi is dead, Libya is a disaster, and no one has gotten any answers. Other than that contemptuous laugh. The media don't even dare to ask questions. They are afraid of retaliation.

I haven't seen an American president openly pressure the U.S. Supreme Court to protect his party's takeover of one-seventh of the American economy.

As Charles Krauthammer pointed out regarding the assertion of Federal jurisdiction made by Obama:

If [being born] ... means entering the market, Congress is omnipotent, authorized by the commerce clause to regulate "every human activity from cradle to grave."

I have not seen any American administration publicly claim its powers to rule by arbitrary decree about illegal immigrants, like a European despot.

I have not seen an American president take over banks and auto companies on behalf of his political friends, like the United Auto Workers.

I have never seen a U.S. president give open approval to a campaign of law-breaking and sometimes violent "occupations" -- as this White House has done with sixty organized leftist mobs around the country, with the ACORN voter fraud group.

I have never seen an administration that scapegoated the democratically elected opposition as "extremist." This administration has.

Obama is the first American president to assert that "international permission" beats the U.S. Constitution.

I have not seen a U.S. Justice Department that openly approved weapons-smuggling to the Sinaloa drug cartel, resulting in many Mexican killings.

I have never seen a politician who ran...

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To: MestaMachine


21 posted on 04/07/2012 2:11:20 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

“Tyrant” is more accurately descriptive than “scofflaw>”

22 posted on 04/07/2012 2:31:27 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: p. henry

obama is not the tyrant. He is simply the face we see. The tyrant is the face we don’t acknowledge, don’t mention, don’t watch, and never utter the name of. It baffles me.

23 posted on 04/07/2012 2:37:45 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: neverdem

The country voted to commit collective suicide in 2008.

R.I.P. America.

24 posted on 04/07/2012 2:44:55 AM PDT by Blado (Hey libs - write in Mick Jagger! He's the more Authentic African-American!)
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To: Diogenesis
Maybe encouraged is not the right word. Congress passed the laws, he just signs them. Having said that, the Executive Branch bureaucrats make the regulations which IS his deal. The Congress does not provide ANY oversite. The USSC tries but so far.... It's really to late. We had a good run.
25 posted on 04/07/2012 3:32:09 AM PDT by vortec94
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To: neverdem
by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Patriots now is the time to stand and be counted!

26 posted on 04/07/2012 3:32:37 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: neverdem
I've been thinking about his SCOTUS comments. I believe it had other reasons for coming out. If they let ObamaCare stand, he has showed his "glorious power" over them. If they trash it, it will be spun that they had a petty, childish reaction to his comments and don't deserve to sit on the bench. Either way, SCOTUS is marginalized, which is his real goal. ObamaCare isn't nearly as important to him as being able to defy a maginalized SCOTUS for some of his upcoming gyrations against Freedom.
27 posted on 04/07/2012 4:35:12 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: piytar

Can you survive 4 more years of this guy? That’s the big question.

28 posted on 04/07/2012 4:35:36 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: zeestephen

Absolutely! I’ve come to see that there is a cabal that rules the Left: News media elites, big university professors, union bosses, and community organizers.

They are all part of that leadership of the current democratic party.

They all feed off of and assist each other.

Their goal is to crush a free people. Utterly.

They serve their father:

Jesus said to them, “If God really were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own authority, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my message. You are the children of your Father, the Devil, and you want to listen to your Father’s desires. From the beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of allies.”

29 posted on 04/07/2012 4:56:38 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: trebb

I don’t believe for a second that, except for the obvious libs in their midst, the Supremes give a flyin’ fiddler’s damn what Obama thinks.

30 posted on 04/07/2012 5:15:28 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

I don’t believe Scalia and Thomas care a whit, but I bet they are savvy enough to recognize his game. When Scalia mentioned the SCOTUS “rope-a-dope” I was heartened that he not only understood Obama’s real goal, but also knows how to ensure Obam looks the fool while SCOTUS retains credibility with the “masses”.

31 posted on 04/07/2012 5:20:23 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: LibWhacker

But we all know Romney would be just as bad, right?

32 posted on 04/07/2012 5:31:56 AM PDT by PAR
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To: LibWhacker

Where we gonna go? America was/hopefully is, the last best hope of freedom in the world; so, where we gonna go?

With a Totalitarian in control (along with his lackies), what good will a passport do?

33 posted on 04/07/2012 5:45:43 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: LibWhacker
And go where, exactly ?

Just how realistic do you imagine that to be ?
Most families' major asset is their home .. in a shite housing market, how do they liquidate it ?
Maybe I've been poor too long to imagine it, but do you really think most families have the financial wherewithal to simply pack up, leave everything, and start over in an unfamiliar country ?

No, you bail out if that's what you think is right.
But I'm grateful our Founders didn't have that attitude .. and they were men who, for the most part, did have the financial resources to flee.
I'll be staying and trying to make as many of the bastards precede me in death as possible.

34 posted on 04/07/2012 6:08:57 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: piytar
Maybe that poll is correct. But a month ago, Gallup had him at 41%. Obama did not have a good month of March, and yet he has jumped 9 points? I would say that number is dubious, at best. The media is trying to artificially keep this Marxist trash afloat - no president that polled below 45% in the month of March prior to an election has ever been re-elected.
35 posted on 04/07/2012 7:40:55 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: tomkat
Oh, no, no, no, no. Did I say I was leaving? You're projecting.

Personally, I refuse to leave. I will not be getting a passport. Any man who leaves is a coward (or ought to be too old or sickly to be of any use). Doesn't mean I won't move heaven and earth to get my family to safety if the need arises.

36 posted on 04/07/2012 9:38:27 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: tomkat; Twinkie
Interesting comments by a Jewish man about fleeing Nazi Germany before the door slammed shut:
8. Many Jewish leaders felt they had to stay as shepherds of their flock. But some of the most highly placed leaders advised other Jews to remain as well. This feeling of duty to stay was not limited to, say, rabbis; I felt it strongly as a teacher in a Jewish grade school, and also as a son. For if an opportunity had offered itself to me as a young man, it was certain that I would have had to leave my mother in the midst of the danger I sought to escape. Many cases of able-bodied young persons who were given the chance and left, of rabbis who made use of their special standing outside the immigration quota, filled us with sadness and indignation. The situation was not yet one of “everyone for himself,” and for some it never came to that.

Beginning perhaps with the Nuremberg Laws in the fall of 1935, and from then on increasingly through 1938, the terror grew and the belief of a Jewish future in Germany faded away. Then many of us who had not done so before began to contemplate emigration.

9. Before the open panic started, reaching the decision to emigrate was still an individual process; some arrived at it earlier, others later. People who were still employed or in business probably tarried longer than those without means. But aside from this factor, individuals have different thresholds, even with regard to acting and reacting in the face of grave danger. Once the decision had been made, the urgency grew quickly, and the feeling was: the sooner the better. But at that time there was, connected to the willingness to emigrate, still the consideration of where to go and how to build a new future there.

10. Now there was this true tragedy: in the measure that the need to emigrate became evident, in the same measure the opportunities for emigrating decreased rapidly and radically. The American immigration quota was overdrawn, and the consulates handed out waiting numbers that stretched ahead years into the future. The certificates for Palestine sharply decreased because the mandatory power did not want to alienate the Arabs. As far as England itself was concerned, the demand for housemaids -- one of the few ways of being admitted to England, except for a number of children transports -- was saturated. Those countries that sold entry visas asked ever-higher sums, and there were ever fewer Jews who could raise the money.

All in all, long before the German exit door was slammed shut, immigration countries barricaded themselves effectively against the Jews. The causes were economic and social, combined with the fear of displeasing Hitler or outright sympathy with his goals and methods, among them anti-Semitism. By that time, every Jew in Germany spoke his own “Get thee out,” but God did not show him a land.

11. I wonder whether those who ask such a question as “Why did you not leave Germany while there was still time?” realize that not everyone could have emigrated. There were definite qualifications and conditions, and those who did not meet them could not leave. Our conversations were governed by such things as affidavits, sponsors, certificates, quotas and visas, requirements of age, skills and health, relatives abroad, rumored loopholes in immigration laws from New Zealand to Chile. Thousands, tens of thousands of German Jews simply could not emigrate if their life depended on it -- which it did. And if I, a healthy young man with a certain sense of adventure, could not emigrate, what about young children and old people, the sick and the handicapped?

12. The greatest irony, something that to us could only appear as a cruel hoax, was the international conference on the refugee problem held at Evian, France, in July 1938. If President Roosevelt had deliberately convened it as a political measure to demonstrate to his constituency in the U.S. that the state of the economy, especially the unemployment situation, did not permit the immigration of any more Jews, he could not have chosen a more effective means. Strange that he should not have realized what the outcome would be; we Jews in Germany knew that the conference would lead to precisely nothing, for each of us had heard the regrets and refusals of the different countries privately, before at that conference delegate after delegate from country after country stated them publicly. There were gloating headlines in the German press day after day during the conference: how right Hitler had proven to be, how the world was beginning to see things his way, how nobody wanted the Jews.

There were tiny sparks of hope -- and I want to single out Australia and the Dominican Republic for a blessing -- but they only emphasized the total darkness on the face of the earth. We read the newspapers with a growing dread; we were glued to the radio in honor. Right there in Evian our fate was sealed. We did not have to wait another two months for Chamberlain’s journey to Munich to know that the world was buckling under to Hitler. As directly as Chamberlain’s Munich led to the invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland, as surely Roosevelt’s Evian made possible the Crystal Night. The message was loud and clear: do what you want with your Jews -- it’s an internal affair. And we, the rest of the world, won’t lift a finger.

13. It is commonplace to say that the Crystal Night was the dress rehearsal for what was to come. It is seldom realized that it was also a last chance. The world was being tested once more for its moral fiber, and once more the world failed. For a few days after the event, border police in neighboring countries -- Holland, Belgium, France -- were less strict about repelling Jews who dared the desperate nighttime dash over a frontier in the woods. Then this loophole was closed too, and the trap shut on us.

As for the Jews left in post-Crystal Night Germany there was nobody anymore who had any hesitation about leaving. Never mind tearing up old roots or striking new ones; it was a mad scramble. But emigration was available for only a few; the rest were caught. Quiet despair settled over us. We continued our different tasks under ever-worsening conditions; I went on teaching at my Jewish grade school. Many of us were very pessimistic, depressed and gloomy; many anticipated still worse to come, even though nobody imagined -- or could have imagined -- Einsatzkommandos and gas chambers.

One more thing I did not anticipate: that 40 years later a well-meaning student of a brand-new academic subject called “Holocaust Studies” would ask me: “Why didn’t you leave Germany while there was still time?”

What are the lessons here? That one shouldn't wait too long? That fighters should remain behind and not hesitate to organize and begin resistance operations (I'm just asking general questions here about what, if anything, people who find, or perceive, themselves to be in such a situation, should do)? That you should remove your innocent to safety even if it means great financial hardship and suffering for them? Starting over is better than being gassed and thrown into ovens, which certain heads of state ARE NOT above doing to their political/religious/racial/tribal enemies.
37 posted on 04/07/2012 10:32:35 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Major Matt Mason; piytar
Maybe that poll is correct. But a month ago, Gallup had him at 41%. Obama did not have a good month of March, and yet he has jumped 9 points? I would say that number is dubious, at best.

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

"Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points."

So it's not even registered voters, much less likely voters, the sample which has the best predictive value.

Add in what Obama's doing to working class whites, and the historic base of the rats, the Jacksonian Democrats with his energy and environmental policies. Don't be surprised if November is a blowout.

38 posted on 04/07/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: LibWhacker

Now, with this Obama regime, the Christians are their popular whipping boys, and they think it’s just OK and even intelligent to whip us.

My daddy was a combat veteran in the U.S. Army during WWII, in N. Africa, Sicily, Italy, marching like crazy as fast as they could, up through Sicily, Italy, and across the Rhine into Germany, having broken the Gustav Line, taking it straight up to Hitler and ramming it down his throat. He committed suicide just 30 minutes before the American troops marched into Berlin. Daddy said they had been hearing stories that were coming down through the ranks about Hitler & ovens; that they immediately began doubling down on their fighting to defeat the Nazis, trying to get to those poor people just as fast as they could. Daddy was in the 88th/351st, and he said when they got out of basic training, they were prepared to charge Hell with a bucket of water. They were brave men, brave men, and so we are called to be as well. I am a woman & I have failed Christ many times in the past. With His help, I will stand now and in the future.

I grew up with the results of a poor shell-shocked all to hell combat veteran all my life. What he has left with me is that he paid such a price for my liberty, that I understand that living under a bootheel is not for me.

Hitler got such a foothold; and all little Hitlers throughout time have taken every inch they could - and the sad thing is that they are sad little mentally ill men that ordinary people allow to ascend to thrones that only belong to the Lord.

39 posted on 04/07/2012 3:53:49 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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