Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XXXI – Very UnCONSTITUTIONAL

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories. This edition is all about how Obama’s unconstitutional actions WILL affect your life

Brief 1:  One option that a president has to get some of his controversial nominees appointed is to wait for Congress to recess and then is able to appoint them to a limited term.  I remember celebrating W’s recess appointment of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador.  Obama stired controversy on recent recess appointments because Congress was not actually in recess.  The Supreme Court and settled law had determined that if Congress was not in session for three or more days then they were in recess.  Obama, with the backing of his Justice Department waited ONE DAY to claim a recess and appoint his henchmen.  Fortunately we have a strong Congress who cares about maintain the delicate balance of the three branches of government and will soon fix/find a way to reverse the appointments – – Oh wait we don’t have enough Congressmen with the guts to take on Obama.

Brief 2:  You should know that Obamacare is headed to the Supreme Court.  The major issue is whether the federal government can MAKE you purchase something.  This “individual mandate” would require you to purchase health insurance.  The way the Obamacare law is written there is no severability clause meaning that if one part is struck down it all goes down.  This was a poor way to write their signature piece of legislation, but I suspect they left it out on purpose as a way to push back at critics and force the issue; daring Congress or other to take them to court.  They got their wish and SCOTUS will hear the case this year and should have a decision before November’s election.  Perhaps sensing doom for Obamacare the White House through the Justice Department advised SCOTUS;

“Other provisions can operate independently and would still advance Congress’s core goals of expanding coverage, improving public health and controlling costs even if the minimum coverage provision were held unconstitutional,”

In other words Obama doesn’t care about the law, justice, or the American way.  He wants to push his will on to the American people…Constitution be damned.  By the way Obamacare does not “advance Congress’ core goals” they advance Democrat’s core goals.  One shouldn’t confuse Republican Senator’s timidity with their desire to rid us of Obamacare, at least that’s what they say during election time.

Brief 3:  When Obama cannot get Congress to give him everything that he wants he does the unconstitutional thing and does it by fiat or Executive Order.  Again since our Congress is a bunch of mamby pamby wishy washy Washington scaredy cats nothing is done about it except for a little bluster by Republicans.  Obama seems to be bolstered by a lack of consequences of prior executive orders and is doubling down;

“I’m here to say to all of you and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas, we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will. I’ve told my administration to keep looking every single day for actions we can take without Congress, steps that can save consumers money, make government more efficient and responsive, and help heal the economy. And we’re going to be announcing these executive actions on a regular basis.”

Actually who can blame him when Congressional Democrats won’t say no to him and Congressional Republicans are hand-cuffed by timidity or ineptitude.  One way for Congress to reign in Obama is to cut his purse strings, but they just allowed another increase in the debt limit and haven’t been able to pass a budget in over 1000 days.  Our ship is sinking and these rats aren’t deserting the ship they are poking holes in it to allow the water to get out.

So far there have been 109 ObamaLaws (executive orders) and the only website that I have found that seems to be keeping an accurate tally is:  1,461 Days (that’s the length of Obama’s term in office – hopefully no more).  The site is a little slow, but if you want to see the list…

Brief 4:  President Obama approved the assassination of a United States citizen.  The good news is that it was terrorist Anwar al-Alwaki.  The action has spurred discussions about sentancing a citizen to death with out a trial or tribunal.  Essentially Obama sentenced a man to death without a trial.  That’s scary shit!  But wait…Reuters reported that the U.S. Government has a secret panel that;

“American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate…The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.”

Brief 5:   Scary Barry being the “Christian” that he is doesn’t seem to care about health care providers First Amendment rights.  For instance if you are a Catholic employer you will be forced to provide sterilization, birth control, and abortions as part of your coverage.  In an open letter one Catholic bishop wrote:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.  By this ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. Unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to violate our consciences or drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.”


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