Published On: Fri, Jan 6th, 2012

Left Swoons, Right Fumes, Obama Keeps Detached Cool while Dismantling America

Barack Obama has had a busy week.

Our President, the constitutional expert and brilliant legal scholar (No, really: just ask him), has decided to take matters into his own hands.  His accomplices on the left are all a tingle while the conservative majority is outraged, but almost no one has recognized his actions for what they are.

The President knows his days are numbered and is preparing an orderly retreat while looting our constitutional heritage and setting the palaces of American Democracy ablaze.

Although he loves the perks, the President is clearly tired of the job, realizes that re-election is most unlikely, and has decided that now is the time to take advantage of the twelve short months he has remaining to do as much damage as he can to the American nation as we know it.  His motives were always clear to those who would see. His wife expressed his guiding principles best during the 2008 campaign:

“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”

Obama is now going to move as fast as he can to make us “a different place as a nation”. His allies in the Democrat party like Nancy Pelosi are proud and “glad that the president took the lead”, and the media applaud what they see as bold executive action, but this week’s actions are so politically suicidal that it can only mean that Obama knows the end is very near.

Like Carter before him, Obama’s actions will ensure a generation of American conservatism, but unlike Carter, he is taking the time to carefully plot his retreat and try to permanently deconstruct the American Nation. Although it is assured that most of these imperial edicts will be held to be unconstitutional and vacated, there is the added benefit that these actions will throw the Republicans off their game and lure them them into a fight that will let Obama make the specious claim that he standing up for the rights of Americans while he guts those very same rights.

Well rested after yet another 4 million dollar, two week vacation at taxpayer expense, Obama touched down in Washington Monday, rested up for a day and then with breathtaking audacity, announced Wednesday that he was brushing aside constitutional strictures and time honored precedents to make recess appointments while the Senate was not in recess.

Former Ohio attorney general, perennial political loser and Democrat Hack Richard Cordray was installed as the Director of the latest State apparatus, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, brought to you by those brilliant financial watchdogs Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Before the day was out, Mr. Cordray expressed his thanks to the President and outlined his guiding principles on the CFPB website. Interestingly, his remarks were simultaneously cross-posted on the Huffington Post.

Fair and balanced all the way.

It is understandable why Mr. Cordray would win Obama’s heart and attention, for he shares the President’s disdain for Constitutional boundaries. Here he explains why virtually any legislation that the Congress might choose to pass should be deemed constitutional because if such action has even “incidental effects on the economy” it would be a “valid exercise of congressional authority”.  (Money quotes is around 1:30)

Within hours, Obama spun the Wheel of Presidential Appointments a second time and installed three new union lackeys as members of the discredited National Labor Relations Board.  The NLRB increased it’s infamy in 2011 with it’s stunning lawsuit against Boeing’s investment in South Carolina, jeopardizing the company’s billion dollar investment and thousands of jobs.

Feeling like he was in the groove, on Thursday the President floated the idea of a massive mortgage forgiveness scheme, flirted with releasing a known Taliban drug trafficker and terrorist killer from Gitmo so he could sit across from the administration’s minions at “peace talks” with the deposed outlaw regime, and announced the decimation of the American military. There was also talk about sharing nuclear defense secrets with our friends in the Russian Federation.

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In the summer of 1944 as the allies closed in from all sides, the madman across the Rhein was obsessed with the destruction of Paris.  Recognizing that the City of Lights was a beacon to the entire free world, he ordered it’s elimination, and burned up the telephone lines between the Reich and Paris.

“I demand to know! Yes or no?  Is Paris burning now?

In this election year, as the forces of American Electoral Democracy close in on that other beacon of light to the world, Washington DC, we can expect that same degree of fervor as the Last Marxist President tries to immolate the American Experiment for good.

 

About the Author

- Russell Halley is a lifelong political voyeur. Halley started writing for weekly newspapers in the early 70's, and advanced to a successful career as a freelancer, having been published in several national magazines. Eventually, however, the call of commerce lured him away and he switched to circulation, working with many of the largest publishers around the world to increase readership. As an avocation, Russell has always followed and participated in the minutia of the political world, and migrated from a severe left wing point of view to conservatism. He was flattered when the San Jose Mercury News once described his style as “Republican Punk”, and prides himself on a certain expertise in this arena, with a perspective that he hopes sheds light on the issues of the day. Read more of Halley's clips here.

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  1. Andrew Davis says:

    So wait, in an unprecedented display of obstructionism, the House minority Republican party holds the President’s appointees hostage for months, even years, and then finally he gives up trying to work with them and makes a few overdue appointments during Congressional recess (in FAR fewer number than Presidents Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II had performed at a comparable point in their first terms)… and suddenly he’s a maniacal autocrat?

    It is _really weird_ sometimes to realize just how far separated from reality the extreme right bubble is.

    • Mscholsky says:

      Um, no, the Senate was not in recess. That’s the whole point. Did you even read the article?

      Do you even know that the Senate is controlled by Democrats?

      Obama has been a maniacal autocrat since Inauguration day.

      • Andrew Davis says:

        Senate minority, sorry. In my defense, I was distracted by the waves and waves of content-free hyperbole in the article. (And continued in your response.)

        We’ll see if the Republicans’ tactic of holding pretend Senate sessions holds up in court (if it ever gets that far), but it’s undebatable that they’re abusing their own rules to prevent the normal functioning of government. You do realize that Obama has had a greater percentage of his nominees and appointees blocked by an obstructionist Congress than any president in history? I guess if you’re beholden to an extremist minority that hates any and all government actions (except vast funds spent on foreign wars, of course), lighting the whole thing on fire is better than actually allowing the system to work.

        • paulejb says:

          Andrew Davis,

          If pro forma sessions are pretend sessions does that mean that the extension of the payroll tax holiday which was passed during a “pretend” session is invalid?

    • toni huntington says:

      Not as separated from reality as that well known mental disorder known as- liberalism is…

    • Rcephd says:

      Care to explain “the House minority Republican party?” What a well-informed observer you are mommy would be proud. (not). Btw since the SENATE is not in recess, ‘recess appointments’ are moot. and void. Furthermore, under similar proforma circumstances, Bush DID NOT atempt to force through illegitimate “recess appointments.” He had enough respect for the Law to observe it. Not so, obama.

      • Andrew Davis says:

        Yes, the Senate was in recess. They were holding pro forma sessions every three days to try to get around the Constitution, but nowhere does the Constitution define the President’s powers of recess appointments as starting on the fourth day of a recess. That was simply Republican wishful thinking.

        In the meantime, an entire agency is blocked from doing its job without a director. The fact that President Obama is only exercising these abilities in extreme circumstances indicates how much he’s bending over backwards to avoid aggressive uses of presidential power.

        • Hank Reardron says:

          Facts matter to you at all Andrew?

          “On the other side of the argument at that time was Reid, who began holding pro forma sessions in 2007 to block Bush nominees.

          “I had to keep the Senate in pro-forma session to block the Bradbury appointment. That necessarily meant no recess appointments could be made,”

          From The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/202335-reids-backs-obama-for-ignoring-pro-forma-sessions-he-once-pushed

          • Andrew Davis says:

            Yup, they sure do.

            “Republicans maintain that unless an intra-session recess lasts longer than three days, it is technically not a “recess” and thus the president can’t exercise his Constitutional power to make recess appointments (circumventing Senate confirmation). The source of the “three day” rule turns out to be a Justice Department opinion issued in 1993 during the Clinton administration. … The Constitution doesn’t define what constitutes a valid recess for the purpose of the president’s proper exercise of the recess appointment power, leaving it open to interpretation.”

            Source: http://themonkeycage.org/blog/2012/01/04/is-the-president-playing-fair-during-recess-the-cordray-appointment/

            And yes, I believe this pro-forma session tactic was first widely used by the Democratic minority to obstruct Bush II, then expanded to even further heights by the Republicans once they were in the minority. Reid supports the Cordray appointment now because he’s being hypocritical, as most members of both parties are as the need suits them (should we see a Republican majority in the Senate again, rest assured they will howl about the Democratic minority abusing the rules to block appointees).

        • paulejb says:

          Andrew Davis,

          It is still blocked. The implementation of the law requires that a head of the new bureaucracy be “confirmed” by the Senate. Obama’s unconstitutional end run fails to fulfill that requirement.

    • paulejb says:

      Andrew Davis,

      What part of “advise and consent” do you not grasp, Andrew? Obama is not a dictator, yet. He is still required to follow the Constitution just like every other office holder who takes the oath.

  2. Obama Unleashed is a daunting proposition. This is likely just the beginning of his “blatantly unconstitutional” period. Hold on to your hats – 2012 is due to be a rock-n-roll year.

  3. paulejb says:

    It is still unclear who will protect the consumer from government decisions like loans to now bankrupt Solyndra and to auto manufacturers whose electric car manufacture was moved to Finland.

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