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Jan 05 2012

Obama Ignores Constitution, Seizes Dictatorial Power

With the attempt to “recess appoint” Richard Cordray to the pernicious new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and more muscle to the increasingly oppressive National Labor Relations Board while Congress is not in recess, the Obama Administration is crossing the line from an imperial presidency into the early stages of a genuine dictatorship.

Other than our guns, all we have to protect us from government is the Constitution, a document Obama has described as deeply flawed and is now ostentatiously using to wipe his scrawny behind. Intones our Affirmative Action Mussolini:

“I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer… when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.”

If he were acting within the confines of the law and the Constitution, the argument might make sense. But Obama has now adopted a theory of executive power so expansive that a reporter at a recent press conference understandably asked whether the president believes we have a virtual monarchy, a president of unlimited powers subject only to periodic elections but not to the rule of law.

According to a 1993 brief from the Clinton Justice Department, Congress must remain adjourned for at least three days before the adjournment constitutes a “recess” for the purposes the recess appointment power.

The origin of this three day period is Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which states: “Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.”

In other words, the president can only recess appoint when the Senate has adjourned for more than three days, and the Senate cannot adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the House.

Attempting to appoint the anti-business radical Cordray to this alarmingly powerful new position and more pro-union kneecap-breakers to the malignant NLRB is in itself a power grab:

Those nominations had all been stymied by congressional Republicans, who said Mr. Obama was accruing too much power to himself through those two agencies.

It wouldn’t be that hard to get the appointments through by working with our spaghetti-spined Congress, but that’s not part of the game plan:

These appointments are brazen enough that they have the smell of a deliberate, and politically motivated, provocation. Recall the stories over the New Year’s weekend, clearly planted by the White House, that Mr. Obama planned to make a campaign against Congress the core of his re-election drive. One way to do that is to run roughshod over the Senate’s advice and consent power and dare the Members to stop him.

He is also running roughshod over the Constitution he swore to uphold.

Remember this?

In 2008 candidate Sen. Barack Obama famously said: “This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he is going along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing and end run around Congress.”

This administration is unfolding as a tragic farce, just as all reasonable people expected.

Don’t blame Obama. You take a community organizer with no serious qualifications — a narcissistic punk who has spent his entire life surrounded by self-proclaimed America-hating communists — and put him in charge of the executive branch, how do you expect him to behave? Faulting Obama for systematically destroying America would be like getting mad at a snake you stepped on for biting your leg. It is the traitors and fools who elected him and would do so again who are to blame.

Separated at birth?

On tips from Varla, Curtis, and ConservativeBC. Hat tip: Right in the Whop-Sucker.

47 Responses to “Obama Ignores Constitution, Seizes Dictatorial Power”

  1. lao says:

    A telling sign: Scott Brown comes out in support of Cordray recess appointment

    “I support President Obama’s appointment today of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB. I believe he is the right person to lead the agency and help protect consumers from fraud and scams. While I would have strongly preferred that it go through the normal confirmation process, unfortunately the system is completely broken. If we’re going to make progress as a nation, both parties in Washington need to work together to end the procedural gridlock and hyper-partisanship.”

  2. Wilberforce says:

    FDR would be positively jealous and simultaneously filled with admiration at what he’s accomplishing.

    The man’s never been told “no” in his life.

  3. Wilberforce says:

    By the way, I heard that some people in Congress with an ‘R’ after their names agree with an Obama position from time to time thereby rendering Conservatism itself and the concept of Constitutional rule of law therefore void of any validity.


  4. lao says:

    Remind me again wilber, who is the party of NO!?

  5. hiram says:

    There’s a debate about whether or not Scott Brown is a RINO. Lao’s post pretty much proves he is.

    Thanks! I know who to work against now.

  6. Jay B. says:

    Hey Lao, how’s your shit-colored messiah working out for you?

  7. Wilberforce says:

    Whoever the progressives say it is this week.

  8. lao says:

    The Grand Strategy Behind Obama’s Recess Appointment

    Fights between Congress and the president over presidential appointments have gone on for decades. But Senate Republicans have taken the fight to a new level by using the power to deny appointments to require changes in the laws. The Dodd–Frank financial reform established the C.F.R.B., but Wall Street hates it, and Republicans openly vowed not to confirm any director unless Obama agreed to weaken the law.

    This is an entirely new use of congressional power to block appointments. The normally mild-mannered James Fallows has called this “nullification,” and Republicans have begun using it to paralyze large swaths of the government.

    But allowing Congress to functionally eliminate full-passed laws simply by denying the president any appointments to carry them out is a dangerous precedent that Obama would be derelict if he allowed to stand.

  9. Sam Adams says:

    I’ve simply got to buy some more shotgun shells.

  10. lao says:

    Excellent Hiram, that means you will be working to vote in Elizabeth Warren.

  11. whotothewhat says:

    Well with the upcoming election Lord Obama is playing to the Union goons and drumming up support both for votes and most importantly for Cash from said union goons.

    With this power grab he is satiating the call for blood from union leadership which have been taking a drubbing in some states including my home state of WI. The unions are at this point figuratively speaking locking and loading for the upcoming election year.

    On a conspiracy note Obama along with Leon E.Panetta downsizing military ground forces could be a ominous “Something Wicked This Way Comes” reality. Some troops that have returned overseas are looking for purpose with some former soldier looking towards communist groups or turning violent like what had happen more recently in news. Could Obama’s dream of a civilian army become a reality?

  12. Sam Adams says:

    “But allowing Congress to functionally eliminate full-passed laws simply by denying the president any appointments to carry them out is a dangerous precedent that Obama would be derelict if he allowed to stand.”

    How about an administration that refuses to enforce laws that are passed? Congress can, in principle, defund any agency that it wishes (as long as the administration doesn’t have a bag of TARP money it can use as it wishes).

  13. lao says:

    Congressional Research Service – Recess Appointments Frequently Asked Questions

    How Often Have Recent Presidents Made Recess Appointments?

    President William J. Clinton made 139 recess appointments, 95 to full-time positions. President George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.2 As of December 8, 2011, President Barack Obama had made 28 recess appointments, all to full-time positions.

  14. Sam Adams says:

    So are you suggesting that George Bush should be Obama’s example. Remember…George Bush was responsible for the TSA, Homeland Security, no child left behind, and the Patriot Act. How’s that working for you?

  15. Sam Adams says:

    BTW, Lao; when is a “recess appointment” not a recess appointment?

  16. Wilberforce says:

    Apparently, Dave, you’re right over the target.

  17. A. Levy says:

    “With the attempt to “recess appoint” Richard Cordray”? It wasn’t an attempt. He did it!

    These are the kinds of things that heppen to a nation of formally free people, who now have become simply a totally confused heard of weak, gullible, and mindless sheep.

  18. Kevin R. says:

    Sam Adams @ 9:36, exactly. It isn’t a recess appointment. It’s Obama defying the constitution.

    How many previous presidents made appointments in complete defiance of the congress and the constitution?

  19. Lao in Space says:



  20. Winston Smith says:

    As much as I cant stand Obama or Cordray, Congress adjourned before Christmas and the recess appointment was after the 3 days required. Unless the recess appointment occured just before Christmas.

  21. DavidD says:

    Who edits his stuff?

    “when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk”

    Why shouldn’t Congress refuse to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk? Who’d want Congress to act in a way that hurts our economy or puts people at risk?

    OK, I know he meant it the other way, but he sounds stupid when he says stuff that can be so easily “mis-“interpreted.

  22. RC Lighthill says:

    Perhaps Speaker Boehner needs to go to the White House, grab Obama by the scruff of the neck, and drag his skinny azz right out of the Oval Office, then declare hiimself President. Sound far-fetched? It’s as Constitutionally Allowed as what Obama is pulling with the non-recess Recess appointments.

  23. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Lao’s threshold for tyranny ?

    One Republican

  24. Kevin R. says:

    Winston Smith @ 10:50, Congress is in pro forma session. They have not been adjourned for more than three days as per the Constitution for Obama to make recess appointments.

  25. KHarn says:

    LAO THE COMMIE is jerking off to this story.

  26. IslandLifer says:

    Oath had been broken. Impeach this purple lipped communist already!

  27. Winston Smith says:

    Proforma session? Hadnt heard that. That explains it.

  28. jen says:

    That liar and his 10-yr history of “teaching the Constitution…”

    Look it up…one class was on the equal protection clause, one was on voting rights, and the third was on community organizating.

    Check out the blackboard pic they show where obama is “teaching.” The words he is writing on the board (in fine, graphic-oreganizer form) are “power,” “corporations,” “banks,” and other such terms pertinent to Constitutional studies.

  29. Tim says:

    I saw this above, but had to pile on:

    “when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.”

    Yes, Mr. Obama, this is what you’ve been doing, with or without Congress. Talk about Freudian slips; this is what Barry H. is all about !!!

  30. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    This is all simply on account of the fact that Obama does not want us to know the radical leanings of these appointments before Boehner and clan rubber stamp them anyway.

  31. Barack's Beard says:

    Leave my Barry alone!


  32. Sam Adams says:

    I wrote to my senator and congressman a couple of months back and asked when they are going to act on Obama’s clear unlawful acts, rather than continue to act as potted plants. My senator, who usually writes me back, has not replied. My congressman continues to ignore me.

    I think that those running against them in the upcoming need some more ammo. It isn’t enough to get rid of Obama. RINO’s need to be an endangered species.

  33. J says:

    Contempt for Congress
    Obama makes recess appointments when there’s no recess.

  34. J says:

    Carney Admits Obama Broke Bush Agreement With Senate Not To Make Pro Forma “Recess” Appointments…

  35. 762x51 says:


    I have been telling you all for months that we need to stop this commie scum before it is too late. He is BREAKING THE LAW, therefore he is a criminal, nothing more. If this country survives until next November, vermin like Lao(Cambodian for Shiney Turd) will reelect him and he will complete his mission of destruction against our nation. This scum and his minions like the aforementioned Shiney Turd are your mortal blood enemy. They are merely targets in the coming civil war. No one in the current power structure is going to do anything to stop this enslavement until we the people ring the capital with steel and force them to resign or face death. Then we undo every “progressive” act in the last 50 years.

    But in order to keep it from happening again we must cleanse our nation of the disease that is killing it. We must cauterize the infection know as liberalism and nothing cleanses quit like fire. Clean up America, kill a communist.

  36. two amber lamps says:

    Democrats = the party of NO limits on constitutional authority

    All hail Barack “Il Douche” Obama!

  37. Bill T says:

    President Barack Obama hasn’t reduced youth unemployment, so his officials are now pressuring companies to let him announce a wave of new summer jobs and internships.
    On Thursday he will announce that companies and non-profits have agreed to create 180,000 summer jobs and internships for youths this summer. Of which only 70,000 of the “work opportunities” will be paid.

  38. lao says:

    The radical Republican tactic behind Obama’s controversial nominations

    …the Obama administration is taking the position that, legally speaking, pro forma sessions are recesses — the Constitution is very vague on what is and isn’t a recess — and is making recess appointments anyway. If Republicans disagree, they can take him to court. Congress-expert Sarah Binder thinks, for the record, that they’ll lose that case.

    Obama’s maneuver was about the agencies, not the appointees. In the absence of a director, the CFPB can’t exercise its powers. The expiration of Craig Becker’s term on the NLRB, meanwhile, means the board is about to fall from three members to two members — a number that the Supreme Court has ruled is less than a legal quorum, and so a number that means the NLRB cannot make binding rulings.

    Republicans have straightforwardly argued that they would obstruct the confirmation of any and all nominees to the CFPB until the Obama administration agreed to radically reform the agency. They were, in other words, using their power to block nominations to hold kill or change agencies that they didn’t have the votes to reform through the normal legislative order.

  39. Marian says:

    Where the hell are the good guys?

  40. Sinister66 says:

    762×51 says:


    Its been a slow day.

  41. 762x51 says:

    Benito Mussolini was identified by Fascists as Il Duce (“The Leader”)

    Obama can be identified by Americans as Ill Douche (“The Bag”)

  42. J says:

    Obama’s Executive Order Youth Jobs Plan Includes 110,000 Unpaid Positions, Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers $1.5 Billion…

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