American Elephants

This Imperial President Is Above Mere Laws by The Elephant's Child

The White House seems to have an odd relationship with the separation of powers. The 2010 mid-term election when Republicans took over control of the House of Representatives was a sharp rebuke to the administration and congressional Democrats. Rather than understand that as a call for more cooperation and bipartisanship, Obama saw it as a sign that he should just go around Congress, accomplishing his goals by executive orders and agency regulation.

The Friday night news dump showed that Obama had exceeded his own guidelines. He decided that he would ignore the restrictions of Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act with a “waiver.” He made the decision to pour American taxpayer dollars —$192 million — into the coffers of the Palestinian Authority despite its being illegal. This was first printed in the foreign press (AFP), where many of the more interesting things about this administration first appear.

Congress mandated that no funds may be made available to the Palestinian Authority until it ends its terrorist activities and an independent audit is conducted of its finances. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said it would ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” This is the same moderate government which has tried to form a pact with Hamas. He added that “the PA had fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.”

In the real world, the PA is not only not moderate, but has reneged on all its commitments. The whole thing is a blatant  lie.

Obama’s thinks of himself as an imperial president, above mere laws. His rant against the Supreme Court in the wake of the ObamaCare hearing was a disgrace. The Supreme Court is a fully equal branch of the government to the executive branch, and they decide what is Constitutional — not the president, who was a part-time lecturer on the 15th Amendment at the University of Chicago —not a professor of Constitutional Law.

Obama instructed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to inform Congress of the move, on the grounds that “waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States.” Embarrassing.

Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy suggests that Congress should slash the executive branch’s budget— perhaps with a treble damages rule. Will they do it? remains to be seen, but unless they respond definitively, the imperial presidency will continue. Obama doesn’t think anyone will dare to do so.


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Isn’t this some of the same things that George Bush did when he circled around Habeas-corpus and totally disregarded the constitution and instituted warrentless searches of EVERYBODY in America.

I seem to remember that he was his own little law maker and woe be unto anyone who got in his way.

He started a war against the non-enemy and wasted thousands of lives and gained absolutely nothing…except a trillion dollar price tag. The man was an idiot, pure and simple.

At any rate, Bush did exactly the same stuff you are blaming Obama for…but much worse.


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Obama has deliberately ignored a Congressional mandate — a law. Something Bush never did, nor did Bush ever disregard the Constitution. You have accepted a lot of liberal propaganda as fact, always a mistake. No illegalities. And most certainly nothing that I am blaming Obama for. Study up, don’t take my word for it.


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Then perhaps you can tell me where our rights to privacy went to when Bush authorized the snooping into EVERYONES electronic communications…you know; phones, emails, Facebook. Then of course the government can come into your home while you are away, make copies of all your correspondence, copy your hard-drive, and threaten any neighbors who saw them enter your home with arrest if they tell you.

They can go to your local library and threaten the librarians to give them info on what books you checked out in the past…again arrest them if they tell you what happened.

Also is the fact that the government can arrest you on the flimsiest of charges and put you away without telling anybody and they can hold you forever if they choose.

Used to be that was illegal and Americans had the RIGHT to come before a judge and hear charges, and they had the right to that one phone call, to let someone know where they were and what was going on.

All of the above can now be done without a warrant and is totally unconstitutional and now being practiced by federal government agents.

And ALL of this stems from laws that George Bush put on the books…and he gave the Congress the bums rush by insisting on a vote too quick for anyone to read what the legislation was all about.

George Bush certainly violated his oath to uphold the Constitution…it’s all on record; it is not some Democratic mythos.


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Neither George W.Bush nor any member of his administration had the slightest interest in everyone’s communications. The only thing they were interested in were communications to and from suspected terrorist numbers in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was perfectly legal, done with the approval of the court, and they had to have permission to do it. Your whole screed is false. Didn’t happen. As I said, don’t take my word for it, study up. Do some serious reading. You are parroting propaganda.


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No sir, I believe you are.


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I should add that Obama does not seem to be in a hurry to get these unconstitutional laws thrown out.

The Fourth amendment is essentially toast now…thanks to George Bush. We are ALL of us under surveillance now.
We are now subjects of a semi-democratic dictatorship. The government can spy on us with no consequences from the constitutional law, and they can arrest us and hide us out, whenever they want, with no consequences


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