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Bryan Preston


December 5, 2013 - 7:50 am
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We have a significant problem on our hands. A constitutional law adjunct professor has gotten himself elected president. Like a hacker who knows where to find security holes in a computer system to exploit, this constitutional law professor knew exactly where the Constitution’s flaws are. He understood that a divided Congress is an ambitious president’s best friend, because a divided Congress will be unable to act against a president who steps outside his authority. When half of the divided Congress agrees with his actions because it views the ends as justifying the means, the president has license to break, violate, ignore and rewrite laws according to his whims. When he has a media that remains in love with him, he has sufficient air support to divide and destroy what remains of his opposition.

Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley laid out the significance of the problem during House testimony this week.

REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?

JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.

This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There is two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.

Video at the link. During the same hearing, Cato legal expert Michael Cannon warned that Obama’s habit of ignoring and/or rewriting laws on the fly can lead America to a very dangerous place. If the government isn’t bound by the law, citizens may soon believe that neither are they.

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The Constitution is not broken. Our ability to understand and apply it is broken.

"This government was designed for a moral and religious people. It is wholly unsuited to any other kind." - James Madison

Church attendance is too low. Lack of morals and religiosity ensues.
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There is a meeting of representatives from thirty states in Mt. Vernon this weekend to discuss the process of having a convention of states under Article V to propose amendments to the Constitution. A hopeful development, and perhaps our best hope of rescuing our republic from tyranny.
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Our problems are too large and significant to define.

By that, I mean they are too widespread, too infused into our systems, too hidden from view and too complex in structure to begin to get our heads around, much less our arms. Where we need our liberties the most, where we must demand our protections most forcefully, where we cannot shrink in our where today...we are now most vulnerable.

1) freedom of speech, religion, assemblage and dissent

By utilizing the IRS as a weapon, Obama and his cabal have crossed the ruling Rubicon. There is no place of return, this is an act of war against the electorate.

By forcing religions to sacrifice their basic tenets to the whims of the State, Obama and his cabal have not separated church and state, they have subjugated church TO State.

By having our armed forces trained to view Catholics, Jews and Christians as terrorists, while conducting outreach and alibi for Islam, the State has created a preference cascade in favor of one religion, over those who follow the Bible.

2) the sanctity of the polling place and our reverence for free and fair elections must ensure that our voting system remains as a hallmark of representative SELF-governance

Obama and his cabal have shut off the credit card security system, allowing foreign and domestic cheating and influence

Obama and his cabal have allowed and encouraged, if not arranged for massive voter fraud, foreign and domestic cheating and influence and intimidation in our election processes.

Obama and his cabal have loaded the DOJ with constitution breakers, who refuse to administer equal justice on the basis of racial animus.

3) homeland and world security

Obama and his cabal have plotted in concert with sworn enemies and simultaneously intentionally spat upon and weakened allies....making our safety and security geometrically more unstable

Obama and his cabal exercised a major act of tyranny in falsely blaming, then falsely arresting and incarcerating an innocent man in order to further a yet unknown scheme of international disgrace.

Obama and his cabal spied on world leaders, ran guns to drug cartels, and spied on the press...a press that lives in the den of thieves, groveling at his feet.

The use of the media as a propaganda machine deprives the electorate of informed consent to be governed.

All of these and more, create merely the visible shell of the danger that has befallen us. We do not and cannot know the billion other traps and tripwires that have been set for us.

We must know this. Failure to resist will bring more, not less. Timid, halting and hesitant resistance is worse than surrender. And calling Obama and his cabal "liberal", "progressive" and his propaganda machine "mainstream", gives them their most effective place to hide. Out in the open.
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my friend's sister-in-law makes $71/hour on the internet. She has been out of work for five months but last month her pay was $18831 just working on the internet for a few hours. Get the
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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,,
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Well, I think it's safe to say that the Ruskies and their agencies have turned up the volume to max now.
Obama is an absolute threat to our way of life, our future, and everything awful we can imagine. I personally have no doubt about this, in the least.
Yet, looking ahead, I see a very big vacuum that the Republican Party cannot possibly hope to fill in its current form. There is no leadership, no imagination, no retail politics, no connection with its base, no smarts... pretty much a worthless piece of crap party that has proved itself complicit with the Democrats at every turn. And I say this not as some weirdo 3rd party advocate, but a regular conservative.
What I see coming next is the rise of radical libertarianism. Like Europe caught between Fascism and Communism, the political center (the normal people) has all but died among the political class. There are precious few regular Republicans left. Santorum and Cruz come to mind, as does Allan West, but that's about it. And even they spend too much time yelling at the liberal media as opposed to connecting with Americans on issues they care about.
You cannot expect a citizenry to rally behind any party that does not primarily concern itself with the people. Neither party in this country does right now - it's like they're two bulls with locked horns. But instead of remaining at a stand still, they're walking "forward" in unison.
The only "party" that does connect with the people are the libertarians. And the truth about that movement is that it is so loaded up with foreign and drug interests that it may be little better than Obama in terms of its respect for Constitutional government, anti-corruption, a pro-American foreign policy, and the well-being of the people.
Can we get an American party back on the ticket, rather than 1) an Ikhwani-infested, Nazi-like Democrat Party, and 2) a weak, sniveling, complicit Republican Party run by the quisling Rove, and 3) the Libertarian Birchers, who might as well be Fascists?

Anyone agree?
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Socrates in the Republic teaches the safety of the city requires that the people choose worthy guardians; the credentials for a guardian according to Socrates is that he must be innately just and must have a love for philosophy (political wisdom). We can find examples of such philosopher kings in names like Cicero, Jesus, and Thomas Jefferson. Socrates also gives a description of someone unsuitable for the guardianship of the city; someone who is naturally inclined toward wickedness, and having no love for wisdom, loves personal entertainment. Americans must ask themselves, why is America losing the protection of their laws? Because the American people have failed to secure good guardians of the law; they have failed in electing philosopher kings and have handed the most dangers force in the human community, the police power of the state, over to unaccountable agents who lack a natural inclination toward justice and fail to love wisdom. Article VIII to the US Constitution restores the philosopher king as guardian over the laws of the Union. Read it:
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The EPA does this with environmental action committees. Other agencies do it as well. By not defending against legal actions, the plaintiff wins. This way agencies get legal decisions that they then can gladly write regulations to enforce. It's insidious. Kinda like our Liar-in-Chief.
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The real difficulty is that Mr. Obama is not a president and the Democrat party is no longer a political entity. What has happened is that Mr. Obama has become a cult leader and the Democrats his cult. How else can anyone explain how independents give Mr. Obama a 40% approval rating and yet the democrats are close to 70% and Blacks are closer to 85%? When you consider the absence of success of any of his policies, the wealth of failures and scandals and the debacle of Obamacare, not to mention Mr. Obama's serial lying, having such a high approval rate is nothing short of having a severely deluded constituency. The real risk now, is that this constituency is so deluded with their cult hero, that anything he does will be justified in their eyes. This will not end well.
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If nobody goes to jail for the crimes of this administration then I'll know the direction this country is taking ---- and I don't much like the thought of that.

I didn't like when the republicans passed the Patriot Act (a misnomer if ever there were one) with help from across the isle - a bad idea is just that - a bad idea. There is nothing 'patriotic' about that act. We are now seeing what a tool such an act can do in the wrong hands. The seeds of tyranny were sown with that 'act' and we are witnessing the reaping of those seeds at the hand of someone who understands tyranny very well. The scythe cuts deep.

I find it ironic the things that O'Zero was most against when he was in the senate are the things he most likes (and abuses most) as president. A thief sees everyone else as a thief. In his heart (does he have one?) O'Zero sees rivals as dictators too.

When the next president comes to office (a conservative I hope!) she/he will pick up the reigns of power that has grown exponentially in its scope of power. All because so few cared to speak up and tell this wanna-be dictator "you can't do that." Not the courts - not Congress - not the MSM - and we have become voiceless as a consequence. Someone must pay!

Ironically enough it'll be an increased domestic powers and a much reduced world powers that the next president inherits. O'Zero has pissed away the goodwill and faith in the US Government that other countries have relied on for so many years. That goodwill and trust will be difficult if not impossible for one president to regain.

So much has changed in so few years.

Can a citizen panel impeach this SOB?

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Didn't the Congress see this coming? Once it abdicated its legislative function by allowing Administration agencies to write regulations without its approval, what we now face is a natural outgrowth of that abdication. About the only way this can be reversed is that when Congress contracts out to the Administration the writing of regulations, it must require that the regulations must come back to it as a bill to be voted on and signed by the President. If Congress does not vote for the regulations, then they cannot be enforced. Congress can also systematically go through all agencies and vote to require any future regulations to be presented to it as a bill to be passed and for the President sign off on it.
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In New York, if you are the victim of a state agency ruling, you can challenge it. However, the ruling will be defended by an Asst Attorney General. Your chance of winning against the AG's office is slight. It is an absolute farce for anyone to think the AG's office defends the public good.
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"The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction."

The SCOTUS has gone off the rails.

Thomas and Scalia should stay. The rest should be impeached and removed.

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Time for impeachment,
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