Obama, Democrats Want the Constitution Out of Congress

Obama, Democrats Want the Constitution Out of
Congress

January 14th, 2011

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Opening the 112th Congress by having a succession of
representatives read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House was a
worthwhile exercise, despite heated criticism to the contrary.
If nothing else, it showed how little respect many members of Congress have
for the supreme law of our republic. Fewer than half the members even bothered
to be present during the reading.
Some members groused about what a waste of time it was, sniffing that it was
cheap grandstanding. Perhaps it was. We won’t know until we’ve had time to see
whether Republicans actually uphold the Constitution with their votes.
Nonetheless, the most bizarre criticism was that of Rep. Jerrold Nadler,
D-NY, who denounced the reading of the Constitution as “propaganda.”
The most comical (tragi-comical?) protest came from Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA),
who tried to delay the reading on the grounds that Congress hadn’t had 72 hours to review the
document in question
. Seriously. This was hypocritical,
since Democrats routinely ignored the 72-hour provision during the last two
years (e.g., the non-stimulus and Obamacare). It was also ludicrous, since one
would have assumed that all members of Congress are familiar with the
Constitution, since they have solemnly sworn to uphold it.
The resistance by Nadler and Inslee to reading the Constitution was not an
aberration, but indicative of the deeply entrenched disdain that many
progressives have for it, even as they publicly proclaim their admiration.
Consider:
President Obama has long
lamented
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The worst sheriff in America

The worst sheriff in America

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 12, 2011 08:25 AM

In the ignominious tradition of camera-hogging police chief Charles Moose (remember him?), Pima County (AZ) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has become America’s new worst celebrity lawman. While he cuddles up to MSNBC’s entire Tea Party-bashing line-up, more facts about Tucson massacre suspect Jared Loughner’s encounters with law enforcement are coming out. We now learn: “The police were sent to the home where Jared L. Loughner lived with his family on more than one occasion before the attack here on Saturday that left a congresswoman fighting for her life and six others dead, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said on Tuesday…The news of police involvement with the Loughners suggests that county sheriff’s deputies were at least familiar with the family, even if the reason for their visits was unclear as of Tuesday night.”

Also still unclear: What Dupnik knew and when about Loughner’s history of making death threats.

Despite continued revelations from Loughner’s friends about his nihilist, Nietzschean nuttiness, Sheriff Dupnik is clinging to his Climate of Hate blame game embarrassing his fellow lawmen, Arizona’s largest newspaper, and the rest of decent America with every new baseless utterance aimed at suppressing conservatives’ political free speech.

I had hoped against hope that President Obama, who heads to Arizona today to speak at a memorial for the massacre victims, would spurn Dupnik’s demagoguery. But as ABC News reported last night, Obama phoned Dupnik and offered him thanks for his service. New tone? With GOP-basher-in-chief Nancy Pelosi accompanying Obama tonight, not likely.

A reader has launched a Recall Dupnik effort. It’s a longshot. But lucky for Loughner, he can always apply for a job at Arizona-bashing UC Berkeley if he needs a sanctuary.

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The worst sheriff in America
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

There are many heroes who showed indomitable courage and grace under fire during this weekend’s horrific Tucson massacre. Blowhard Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was not one of them.

If the White House has any sense, President Obama will stay as far away from the demagogic Dupnik and his media entourage when he visits Arizona on Wednesday to memorialize the victims. Indeed, if the White House is truly committed to unifying the country, it will explicitly disavow Dupnik’s vulture-like exploitation of the shooting rampage.

Within hours of the bloody spree, Dupnik mounted more grandstands than a NASCAR tour champion. A vocal opponent of S.B. 1070, the popular state law cracking down on illegal immigration, Dupnik immediately blamed Arizona for becoming a “mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” To date, there is no public evidence that massacre suspect Loughner was in any way motivated by the national rancor over illegal immigration and the Arizona law (though open-borders extremists from the Justice Department on down most certainly wish it were so). When he complained about non-English-speakers, Loughner’s nonsensical diatribes were aimed at illiterates in general – not illegal aliens — and “grammar control” by the government.

No matter. Dupnik vehemently singled out “people in the radio business and some people in the TV business” like Rush Limbaugh for creating the New York Times-patented “Climate of Hate.”  Sounding more like an MSNBC groupie (which, surprise, he confesses to be) than a responsible law enforcement official, Dupnik baselessly suggested that the shooting was part of a larger conspiracy and railed against “vitriol” from limited-government activists who are stoking “anger against elected officials.”

Sheriff Dupnik’s mouth has done more to stoke self-inflicted ire against elected government clowns than anything the Right could muster against him. Had the hyper-partisan Democrat been more in tune with his job than the media airwaves, the murderous, maniacal gunman might have been stopped.

As Sheriff Dupnik himself has now admitted, Loughner leveled death threats against others that were investigated by law enforcement – and then apparently shrugged off. Locals note that Loughner’s mother worked for the county and may have had some pull. Pima County College campus police reported five serious confrontations with the mentally unstable young man before he was kicked out of the school, which he decried as an unconstitutional “torture facility.” Classmates said they feared for their lives. His friends say he was a pot-head, a 9/11 Truther, and a UFO conspiracist so kooky that even flying-objects adherents spurned him.

Despite zero evidence that Rush Limbaugh, cable news, the Tea Party movement, or immigration enforcement activists had anything to do with accused shooter Jared Loughner’s warped attack, shameless Sheriff Dupnik shows no signs of shutting up.

The worst sheriff in America is walking in the footsteps of another infamous law enforcement official who put fame, ambition, and ideology above public safety: disgraced Montgomery County, Md. Police chief Charles Moose, the publicity-hungry Keystone Cop who grossly bungled the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002. Like Dupnik, Moose let politically correct assumptions drive his investigation and incessant press conferences. He insisted on hunting the wrong vehicle while the snipers’ Chevy Caprice (spotted by several witnesses and stopped at least 10 times for license-plate checks during the shooting spree) got away. The hapless Moose clung to the notion that white militants in a non-existent white box truck were to blame – leading to a string of unnecessary murders as the real shooters escaped capture for several deadly weeks. No matter. Chief Moose cashed in on his notoriety, inked a fat book deal, and beat a hasty retreat to Hawaii.

Sheriff Dupnik is now following the same ill-gotten path. But decent Americans understand that he and his civilian counterparts have traveled a smear too far. Despite desperate attempts by the progressive Left to pin the massacre on the “harsh tone” of its political opponents, a vast majority of Americans reject the cynical campaign to criminalize conservatism, suppress political free speech, and capitalize on a madman’s crime for electoral gain. At the risk of being accused of inciting violence, you might say they’ve done gone and shot themselves in the foot.

Hang the WikiLeakers for Treason

Hang the WikiLeakers for Treason

December 1st, 2010

Michael Reagan, FloydReports.com

If we had a  president in the White House who understood  that we are  at war with a  crazed faction of Islam, and was willing to  act on that  belief, there  would be no question about how we should deal  with  people who give aid  and comfort to the enemy — they’d be tried  for  treason and when found  guilty stood up before a firing squad.

Julian Assange and his  fellow conspirator Pvt. Bradley Manning   allegedly betrayed the United  States, gave aid and comfort to the   terrorists who seek to destroy the  United States, and if found guilty   they  deserve nothing less than death  sentences for their unspeakable   crimes.

Their pitifully lame  excuse that they were merely trying to provide   information to the  American people that was being improperly withheld   from them by the  government is on a par with Benedict Arnold’s claim   that he was merely  trying to inform the British on information the   American people believed  they deserved to have.

On the contrary, the public does not have  the right to know   everything — some information needs to be kept  secret if the public’s   safety is to be assured.  Consumers do not need  to know the gory   details of how sausage is made, nor do the people need  to be made aware   of all of the details of what is being done to protect  them.

Nobody ever demanded that those scientists engaged in  building the   atomic bomb that ended the war with Japan should do their  work openly   and share their secrets with the public, and nobody has the  right to   decide which secrets the public has a need to know.

The  release of these so-called WikiLeaks documents has put the   American  people at risk, as Secretary of State Clinton has said, and   the two  culprits deserve to be made to pay the price for their   treasonous  actions.

Pvt. Bradley Manning, the soldier who is alleged to have  illegally   obtained the documents, is already behind bars where, if  justice is to   be served, he will remain for the rest of his life.

Assange’s  punishment is yet to be determined, but it should be   equally as harsh,  if indeed he escapes the hangman’s noose, although he   should not.

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Obama’s Envoy: We’ll Slash Carbon Footprint “Even Without Domestic Legislation”

Obama’s Envoy: We’ll Slash Carbon Footprint “Even Without Domestic Legislation”

November 30th, 2010

Dana Gatusso, National Policy Center Blog

As  UN negotiators attempt to lower the expectations bar on the  climate  change talks that kicked off yesterday in Cancun, keep your eye on  Todd  Stern, the Obama administration’s special climate change envoy and  the  U.S. government’s representative at the talks. Already he is  promising  U.N. officials that the U.S. will cut carbon emissions even  though  Congress never approved legislation and the American people are  against  any such measures.

Desperate to avoid any repeats of the failure that was the Copenhagen summit last December, UN officials assert….

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Incredible damage from Wikileaks doc dump

Incredible damage from Wikileaks doc dump

Rick
Moran

 

How bad is it? It appears that the most secret
deliberations from not only our government but governments around the world is
now fully open for inspection by anyone who wants to know.

Catastrophic
is not too strong
a word:

A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic
cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look
at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of
foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several
other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing
the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was
originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret
documents. WikiLeaks posted the first installment of the archive on its Web site
on Sunday.
The disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic
establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing
international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and American ambassadors around the
world have been contacting foreign officials in recent days to alert them to the
expected disclosures.

Over the next few days, the US will be engaged in major league damage control
as more and more revelations hit the press. The effect, as the Times story says,
is unknown but could run the gamut from straining relations with other countries
to internal strife being whipped up as a result of what some leader said to
us.
Hold on to your hats. It’s going to be very bumpy over the next few
days.

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Shellacked at home, shellacked abroad. President Obama’s Asia trip is extending a losing streak

Chronicle:

Shellacked at home, shellacked abroad. President Obama’s Asia trip is extending a losing streak with the latest setback – a refusal by other major financial powers to follow his lead to revive the global economy.The president’s nostrums, which began with a call for stimulus-style pump priming by other nations, had evolved into a plan to ease wild swings in currency values and overboard trade imbalances. But he got next to nothing in showdown meetings with other leaders of the G-20 nations, or major economic powers. U.S. leadership, once taken for granted, has all but vanished, and no one’s in charge.

The Chronicle seems surprised by the idea that US leadership “has vanished.” Where have they been for two years? Barack Obama’s centerpiece of his foreign policy was that the US was “first among equals” and would defer to the United Nations and other international organizations. He also clearly stated that he wished to abdicate American leadership when he said,

“[N]o one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.”

Refusing to lead is not a bug, it’s a feature of the Obama presidency. The real question is why would the administration be surprised when other nations take him at his word and ignore anything he proposes?

And why should liberals be surprised when his sweet words of surrender with which they became so enamored  during the campaign and in the first heady days of the Obama administration would result in exactly the kind of international response we are seeing today?


Those dumb, dangerous, ‘fundamentalist’ constitutionalists

Those dumb, dangerous, ‘fundamentalist’ constitutionalists

Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Bill Schneider of CNN political analysis fame echoes the new line of attack on Tea Partiers in his piece at Politico, Tea party: Political fundamentalists.
He writes, “The tea party is a political fundamentalist movement. Like religious fundamentalists, its members do not tolerate waverers . . . They drive out heretics . . . They punish unbelievers . . . And they believe in the total inerrancy of scripture – in this case, the U.S. Constitution as originally written in 1787.”
Dahlia Lithwick and her two Slate colleagues, Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosen, used that theme of confluence of Biblical and constitutional fundamentalism in their online chatty posts, Decoding Christine O’Donnell. Lithwick’s post in particular raised howls of amazement at her constitutional ignorance, and from many sources.
It is no stretch to understand what liberals are trying to do. ‘Fundamentalists’ conjures up visions of snake handlers and the like. You know, all the people made fun of by smart city-folk.
Post 9/11, fundamentalism is a term associated with Al-Qaeda.
So, the new liberal meme is that the Tea Party, with its emphasis on constitutionalism, is a bunch of dumb and dangerous ‘fundamentalists.’
Mr. Schneider also repeats the left-wing meme that “tea partiers are anti-government.” Now, that’s dumb. The Constitution established our government, and created its structure, authorities and limitations. Therefore, how can we be pro-Constitution yet anti-government?
Anti-lawbreaking government? We are that.
To those of us who believe the Constitution is the law that government must follow, or amended only as provided in that governing document and not through fiat or usurpation, transparent attacks devoid of fact and logic like those of Ms. Lithwick and Mr. Schneider merely remind us how important it is that we proceed and succeed.

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