Washington Times Columnist to Obama:Resign!

Ben Johnson,The White House Watch

The pages of The Washington Times today reflect the nation’s
disenchantment with Barack Obama’s presidency. The op-ed section contains an
article by Jeffrey T. Kuhner,president of the Edmund Burke Institute for American
Renewal
,entitled,“Don’t
Go on Vacation —Just GO.”

Last September,Kuhner called
for Obama’s impeachment.
This year,he’s taken a new tack:Telling Obama to
quit:

Mr. Obama is the most arrogant,self-absorbed and self-obsessed president in
U.S. history. Nothing is ever his fault. He blames everyone and everything for
America’s economic woes –Tea Partyers,Wall Street,Japanese earthquakes,insurance
executives,oil companies,millionaires and corporate jet owners. He lashes out at
imaginary enemies without ever taking personal responsibility. In his mind,he is
–and always will be –the Anointed One.

There is only one solution:Drive him from office. Americans should forge a
mass grassroots movement demanding that Mr. Obama step down –immediately.
Through bumper stickers,picket signs,posters,T-shirts and rallies,tens of
millions of citizens should express the same message:Leave. It is highly
unlikely he will step aside,but such a movement would cripple the president’s
authority and possibly blunt him from doing further harm. It also would puncture
his boundless ego. A widespread manifestation of no confidence would break him
–politically,morally and psychologically –in order to save America. Mr. Obama is
out of his depth. He lacks the character,intelligence,skills and experience –the
basic competence –to be the leader of the free world.

Resign,Mr. President.

Of course,Obama resigning is as likely to occur as Bill Clinton entering a
monastery;they both love the thrill they get from their self-indulgent pursuits
too much to forsake them for their own good,much less the nation’s.
However,there is some value in his analysis.

A growing number of Democrats are sick of Obama,too. Contrary to what some
people believe,political parties are not primarily dedicated to promoting ideals
or ideologies. They are dedicated to power:getting it,exercising it,keeping
it,and denying it to their enemies. Democrats understand this better than
Republicans,in part because Democrats are the statist party,in part because
Republicans believe in the transcendent values the Left denies. Democrats are
happy Obama is president;they generally agree with him even when they are afraid
to say so;and they hope he will be re-elected in 2012. But they saw the
monumental butt-thumping the American people gave them in 2010,and they aren’t
willing….

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Golfing While the Constitution Burns

Golfing While the Constitution Burns

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

 

When Barack Obama and John Boehner played golf this weekend, they played
on the same team
. How appropriate.

Barack Obama has violated the Constitution’s war-making power – reserved by
Article I, Section 8,
to Congress – from the moment he sent American troops into harm’s way without
Congressional approval. He has been violating the War Powers Resolution since at
least the 60th day of that campaign. And he has violated the most
liberal reading of that act – the one Boehner has adopted as his own – since
this weekend. Yet despite the letter
Boehner authored last week, which the media presented as an “ultimatum,”
Obama has neither obtained Congressional authorization nor removed our troops.
Boehner’s
letter weakly supplicated
“I sincerely hope the Administration will
faithfully comply with the War Powers Resolution,” but at least it seemed to set
this weekend as a definitive cut-off point.

The “deadline” has come and gone, and Obama has not answered the most burning
questions of the mission’s legality to anyone’s satisfaction. Instead, the
president has thumbed his nose at Congress in general, Boehner in particular,
and the American people at large, and the Speaker-cum-caddy has made no
meaningful response whatsoever.

Obama insists the American role in Libya is too diminutive to constitute
“hostilities,” so his action is perfectly legal. White House spokesman Jay
Carney repeated
his boss’s party line at Monday’s press conference, stating, “the War Powers
Resolution does not need to be involved because the ‘hostilities’ clause of that
resolution is not met.” However, soldiers in Libya are receiving an additional
$25
a month in “imminent danger pay.”
American drones still rain missiles down
upon military targets. NATO is alternately
bombing
Muammar Qaddafi’s home
and killing the innocent Libyan civilians they are
purportedly protecting. (We had to kill the civilians in order to save them?)
NATO admitted (at
least
) one of its bombs went off target on Sunday, killing
nine civilians in Tripoli
, while allied bombs allegedly killed
15 civilians in Sorman on Monday
.

Not to worry, though; Defense Secretary Robert Gates said over the weekend,
in a confidence-builder worthy of Churchill, “I think this is
going to end OK.”
Gates, who once
opposed
the Libyan adventure, has pulled
a 180
on the matter.

Even Obama’s short-term fellow Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, agrees
Libya more than rises to the level of hostilities.

So, too, we have learned, do the best legal minds of Obama’s administration
(not a coveted nor much-contested title, I assure you). In overruling
his own lawyers, Obama rejected the
considered conclusions
of Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel,
and Caroline Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal
Counsel (OLC). The New York Times reported
it is “extraordinarily rare” for any president to overrule the OLC. “Under
normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding
on the executive branch.”

But then, nothing in the Obama administration transpires under “normal
circumstances.”

Two former OLC lawyers outlined precisely how unusual the dismissal was….

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more
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Michele Bachmann 2012? Congresswoman to Form Presidential Exploratory Committee

Michele Bachmann 2012? Congresswoman to Form Presidential
Exploratory Committee

March 24th, 2011

Aliyah Shahid, New York Daily News

Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory
committee in early June, according to a published report.
Sources told CNN the move could come even sooner, allowing her to participate
in early Republican presidential debates in New Hampshire, South Carolina and
California.
“She’s been telling everyone early summer,” one of the sources told CNN’s
website. “If [debate sponspors] come to us and say, ‘To be in our debates, you
have to have an exploratory committee,’ then we’ll say, ‘Okay, fine … I’ll go
file the forms.’”
The decision to form the committee is an important step in any candidate’s
bid for the Oval Office because
it’s a significant fund-raising tool that generally signals an upcoming run.

The GOP’s Political Salvation: Impeachment?

The GOP’s Political Salvation: Impeachment?

March
25th, 2011

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

So far, the first person to seriously raise the issue
of impeaching Barack Obama over his
illegal,
unconstitutional war in Libya
is Dennis
Kucinich
. That means the man whose ideas may do the most to unite the
Republican Party is a Democrat.
To be clear, impeachment is a constitutional remedy for a president intent
upon violating its strictures. Unfortunately, it is also a political act, which
means politicians must feel they have sufficient support before undertaking it.
Many authorities have stated the Libyan intervention rises to the level of an
impeachable offense. However, it might simultaneously be the perfect storm
necessary to pluck Obama out of office, splinter the Democratic coalition, or
weld Republicans together.
Months into the new Republican Congress, the GOP Establishment worries it
will not be able to corral the Tea Party. Despite pseudoconservative attempts
to order Tea Party members around
and establishment
promises to “co-opt them,”
this citizens’ uprising induces fear and loathing
in the political class on both sides of the aisle.
To mollify their constituents, Congressional Republicans have tried to prove
they are serious about the Constitution and cutting the deficit. They have
passed bills requiring members to cite specific constitutional authorization. To
date, the Beltway Republicans’ miniscule budget cuts not satisfied the
disaffected populist movement.
What might work? Impeachment.
King Obama’s
war-by-decree
was launched with zero constitutional authority. Obama did not
obtain a declaration of war, nor even a Congressional “authorization of
force”….
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more
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Michele Bachmann: The Female Reagan

Michele Bachmann: The Female Reagan

January 24th,
2011

J. Matt Barber, CNSNews.com

From the instant his fruitful eight-year reign ended, Republicans have pined
for the next Ronald Reagan. To date, no man has succeeded in filling the
conservative standard-bearer’s legendary boots. Well, maybe it’s time to swap
boots for pumps. Could he be a she?
Sarah Palin, you say? Perhaps, but there’s actually another outspoken,
attractive, fearlessly conservative Tea Party favorite firing up the
center-right grass roots: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican.
Forget a Senate run. The buzz inside the Beltway is that Mrs. Bachmann may be
looking to add a woman’s touch to the Oval Office (beyond just sprucing up its
temporary occupant’s eyesore decor). Her spokesman, Doug Sachtleben, has
confirmed to media that the congresswoman is considering a potential
presidential run, saying: “Nothing’s off the table.”
Mrs. Bachmann also hinted at the possibility, recently telling MinnPost.com:
“We’re going to have a deep bench for 2012, I have no doubt, and I think what
people are asking for is a bold, strong, constitutional conservative.”
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more
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Killing the Czars: House Republicans Fight Obama’s Executive Power Grab

Killing the Czars: House Republicans Fight Obama’s Executive Power Grab

January 7th, 2011

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Congressional Republicans have wasted no time fighting back against Barack Obama’s plan to rule by executive fiat. Only days into their new majority in the 112th Congress, conservatives have introduced measures to end the most egregious offenses: abolishing the unelected system of czars, repealing Net Neutrality regulations, and preventing the EPA from imposing job-killing carbon dioxide standards on power plants. The imperative steps will prevent an imperial overreach and minimize the damage Obama can do the American people. However, if they hope to succeed, Republicans need to move beyond these necessary defense mechanisms and present a coherent and comprehensive program of limited, constitutional government.

Nothing so perfectly encapsulates this president’s push to federalize every aspect of American life better than his team of czars. These multiple dozens of ideologues — unelected and unconfirmed, because they are unelectable and unconfirmable — exercise power in every aspect of our lives from the environment, to domestic violence, to the automobile company we collectively purchased for the UAW. On Wednesday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, introduced a bill co-sponsored by 28 others to abolish all federal czars. His proposal, which is supported by 28 other Congressmen, would eliminate anyone who….

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The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make

The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make

October 25th, 2010

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

When you step into the  voting booth on November 2, you will make the  most important decision  of your life. You’ll literally be voting on your  future – or, more  precisely, whether or not you and your country will  have one.

Would you like to live in Cuba, own a business in Venezuela or have the   civil liberties of an Iranian? Without a radical reversal of course,   those happy fates could be yours.

Think of the watershed elections of our lifetime – Nixon-McGovern   (1972), Reagan-Carter (1980), The Contract With America (1994), and   Bush-Gore (2000). None even comes close to the importance of what will   happen in less than two weeks.

You won’t just be voting for a House member and, in some cases, a   Senator. You won’t just be voting on whether Nancy Pelosi (“We have to   pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it”) remains Speaker of the   House, or whether Harry Reid (town meeting protestors are   “evil-mongers”) is still the Senate Majority Leader.

You will be voting on whether Obama will still have a rubber-stamp   Congress on January 3, 2011 – where a Democratic majority (liberal pod   people) vote robotically for whatever economy-annihilating measures the   administration dreams up.

If you want a snapshot of Obama’s vision of America (a Kodak moment  from  Hell), consider the political mutants who descended on our  nation’s  capital on October 2 to push his agenda.

Along with the usual assortment of labor hacks, educrats and racial   guilt-mongers, One Nation Working Together included the Communist Party   USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, the American Muslim   Association (People for the Jihad Way), the U.S. Campaign to End the   (alleged) Israeli Occupation, and the National Council of La Raza (The   Race).

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We Don’t Need a “Great Victory”; We Need to Save Our Country

We Don’t Need a “Great Victory”; We Need to Save Our Country

October 19th, 2010

Kevin “Coach” Collins, Coach Is Right

The Political Class is our enemy. It wants a “Great day,” but  that’s not what we want. We can’t be satisfied with a “great day.”   “Great days” are the victories the Political Class craves because to  them elections are a series of games – “Sometimes you win sometimes, I  win. Let’s go get a beer now that this is over.” To us this is saving  the very life of our country, the life or death of America. To the  Political Class this is a muscle flexing contest. All of them see us as  “true believer suckers.”

We have to stay focused and make certain we  leave nothing undone. We are fighting the Second American Revolution.  Winning this one is even more important than winning the first one.  Losing the first Revolution, would not have put us in anywhere near the  sorry condition we are in today.

What each of us must do

To win this fight and save our country we have to take a number of steps.

We have to give as much money as we  possibly can to a conservative candidate.  As bad as things are now  we’ll be in worse shape if we fail to rid ourselves of these Marxists.  It will embolden them to more Statism.

Volunteer at a campaign headquarters.   You’ll find friendly people eager to welcome you and ask you to pitch in  on a number of tasks.

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‘Build The Party, Trust The People,
Save The Country’–McCotter At SRLC

Posted on | April 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

by Smitty

Thaddeus McCotter is heroic. He starts off with an “simple country lawyer” reference, going back to Anatomy of a Murder, and continues through a rousing speech with punchline sufficiently arid for Steven Wright.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY-RAc5w3PU&feature=player_embedded

Thaddeus McCotter: because not all rhetoric has to be served in ALL CAPS with a shot of adrenaline.

Obama and the Daley Machine

Obama and the Daley Machine

Bruce Thompson
A well-spoken black liberal from Hyde Park is elected to the highest office. Blacks are rejoicing that one of their own had risen so high and affirmed their chance for the brass ring. Been there, done that with the election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago in 1983.

What ensued was called Beirut on the Lake or Council Wars. By 1989 Richard M Daley was elected mayor. He is now destined to supplant his father, Richard J Daley (1955-1976) as the longest serving mayor in Chicago’s history. Simply put, Chicago is Daley’s town and has been for over 50 years. There have been eleven presidents elected in that span, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and now Obama. Presidents come and go, the Machine lives on.

Now the Democrats have been out of power for eight years, with the last Democratic President having left office in an ethical cloud of Biblical proportions (Monica Lewinsky, the perjury conviction, the last minute pardons for assorted lowlifes etc. etc.). Not so good for a city yearning for federal handouts. Even worse, during the Clinton administration various Clintonistas had been absorbed into the Daley Machine and vice versa. Some common names are Bill Daley and Rahm Emanuel. Then the party chooses and loses with two mopes, Al Gore and John Kerry, opening the way for Hillary Clinton to be the anointed one in 2008.

 

With typical Clinton tactics, she had been trying to co-opt the Daleys to get the Machine to do her bidding. Bad move, as it alienated them. And they are the masters of co-opting! Since none of them could run for President with their Machine reputation (and U S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on the Hired Truck case) they needed someone to support against Clinton. They picked Barack Obama. They had seen a black superstar rise before and within six years had re-asserted control.

 

There are those who will tell you Obama is not a Machine politician, he is a Hyde Park liberal. But read Mayor Washington’s biography again: he was in and out of favor a few times. Heck, Richard J. Daley won his first election as a Republican! There are always internal struggles going on among the lieutenants. But they know who’s Boss.

 

It is quite telling that both Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama know their places in the sphere of Chicago politics. Obama’s first appointment was Emanuel as his “minder” from the Boss. For those mindful of the rat-tat-tat Chicago of Al Capone, just remember that the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was Capone versus another mob boss, Bugsy Moran. Plus ca change, plus la meme chose!

 

Find this a bit far-fetched? Note that Daley’s biggest future plan is the 2016 Olympics, something he co-opted from Republican businessman Pat Ryan, which has its own minder Valerie Jarrett as Co-Chair. Yes the same Valerie Jarrett who hired Michelle to work at City Hall when she was deputy chief of staff to Richard M Daley. The one who got to chaperone the Barack-Michelle romance.

 

Barack Obama has a shorter leash than you might assume a president-elect could wear, and Mayor Daley holds the other end.